Recipe; Chicken and Beans in a Pan
Living on a restricted diet is a little difficult at times, but has made a great difference in my quality of life; I used to have chronic stomach problems and ‘asthma’ but ignored them. Next to debilitating fatigue they seemed unimportant. My stomach might be double in size and sensitive to touch but I could still work/walk/socialise. I get an asthma-like allergic response to some artificial preservatives/flavours and all nuts. I am intolerant of apple, celery, tomato, onion and banana but I find I can handle them in small doses and better when they are cooked for some reason. I have given up sugar* as high levels of fructose are not good for anyone, and the sudden energy spikes and drops are difficult to handle. I gave up gluten (wheat/ rye/barley) as I found that it makes me bloated and painfully constipated. I don’t eat dairy (with the exception of natural yoghurt) as it makes me feel bloated, heavy and unwell. I gave up alcohol to decrease the stress on my liver.
Chicken and beans in a pan became a staple of mine a few years ago not because it is so healthy – although it is, but because it is so quick. I could walk in the door and have this ready to eat within ten minutes. Often to save even more time (and dishes) I would eat it straight from the pan – hence the name. This year as I slowly started to restrict my diet I relied upon it more and more, so when a friend recently asked me to give her a meal that she could cook for me, naturally this was the first one that I thought of.
Chicken and Beans in a Pan
Chicken breast, canned cannellini beans, light olive oil, thyme, broccoli, salt/pepper on the table. I haven’t given any quantities because you can do this however you like it. I usually put one can of beans with a large chicken breast and a medium broccoli head to feed two people.
- Dice the chicken breast into medium-sized cubes. Lightly coat with light olive oil and dried thyme.
- Wash the broccoli and cut into florets, then turn the frying pan on to hot.
- Rinse and drain the cannellini beans and use the microwave to steam the broccoli.
- Put the chicken into the hot pan, wait a minute or two before turning – the chicken should be golden on the underside. Wait another minute and then add the cannellini beans. Stir/poke around to mush up some of the beans and to make sure all of the chicken is cooked through. It will take a little over a minute for the beans to warm through.
- Plate up the chicken and beans with the steamed broccoli. Dinner is served!
*I wrote a blog article about my experiences quitting sugar and a review of Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar book. You can read it here.