1Rinse the beans well if they’ve come from a jar, then combine with lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper (i like lots of ground pepper). Leave for a couple of hours at room temperature if you’ve got time. You can do this in the morning and put in a container to mix later for a work lunch.
2Add the olive oil to the beans and stir well.
3Combine the beans with the fennel and chicken, top with parmesan.
A humble ham bone is the basis of this hearty, classic soup. Carrots, onions, celery, and thyme add nuance to the savory broth, and white beans add bulk and creamy texture (some beans are mashed to thicken the soup, while some are left whole). Diced ham stirred in at the end makes this a filling, flavorful meal.
A large, fresh dinner salad is great for busy weeknights. With lightly breaded chicken, this top-rated recipe can star as a main dinner entrée, and can still be taken as leftovers for lunch the next day.