Monday, 8 December 2014

Cannellini Beans with spinach, garlic and spring onions

It was Saturday night, a peaceful, warm and relaxed summer evening.
The New York steaks were resting at room temperature, the red/white quinoa salad was prepared, eggs boiled, wine opened and potatoes peeled and sliced ready for a quick frying.
From outside came the contented purr of the lawn mower, then suddenly hubby came bursting through the front door screaming "ah the bugg_rs are stinging me" as he raced towards the bathroom.

I could still hear the lawn mower purring away ...

A few minutes later he emerged and said two bees had stung him on the leg while another had stung him on his eyebrow.  Full of sympathy (as I know how much it hurts on your head) I offered the sting-ose, a steroid pill, anithistamine and aspirin knowing these would help him.

He went to lay down and I knew the barbecued steaks would not now eventuate ...

So I changed course and seasoned the steaks to cook inside on the teppan and made this hasty cannellini dish as another healthy side.


Cannellini beans with spinach, garlic and spring onions.

Serves 4 - 6 as a side dish

1/4 cup olive oil
400g can cooked cannellini beans, drained   (butter beans or chick peas)
1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
1 red chilli, chopped, optional
1/2 bunch fresh spinach, (4 big leaves) washed and chopped
4 shallots, sliced

Heat a small frypan with the olive oil, swirl and add garlic plus chilli (if using) to fry for one minute over medium heat.
Add spinach and beans, toss to combine and cook for three minutes or until the spinach wilts.
Add the shallots, season with salt and pepper and fry for another three minutes.
Remove from heat and serve warm.


(P.S.After resting for an hour, hubby's eyebrow was swollen from the bee venom and his jaw ached so much he only had two bananas for dinner.)

This is my speedy go-to vegetable offering, I would love to know what speedy dish you cook at these times and do you swell when stung by a bee?

Buon appetito, enjoy, Merryn xo


  1. Oh, so delicious - Merryn - I love beans and adore spinach - great combination.

    1. Thanks Rachel, they are such a healthy combination too :D

  2. yum, this sounds like my kind of combination. I would add a nice squeeze of lemon juice at the end. thanks for a great idea.
    hope your hubby's bee stings are better.

  3. A squeeze of lemon juice is a good idea, that would give it a summery flavour. Thanks for the suggestion and yes, hubby was much better the next day :D

  4. Oh no, your poor hubby! I hope he is ok now? I can't imagine how much it hurts!

    1. Indeed each bee sting seems to hurt more than the last one, especially on your face.

  5. Ouch, poor hubby. I hope he feels better now. Very nice recipe, like the idea of adding spinach to it.

    1. Thank you Amira, he is better and I am so pleased you enjoyed this recipe :D