Remember how I told you guys we were building a new deck?


Yeah, it’s a lot of work.

Yesterday we got a delivery from Home Depot of ALL the supplies. They just dropped it off on our driveway (taking three trips with the fork lift) like it was no big deal. Then Meeker, his brother, his mama, and I moved it all from the driveway, around the side of the house (down a steep hill) and into our basement.


That’s easily 2,000 lbs of supplies (lumber, trex, bags of cement) being lugged around for an hour and a half. I felt pretty hardcore carrying those manly supplies in the hot summer sun. Aaaaand I can’t wait to have a new deck…so I was glad to do it.

However. You can imagine that the last thing on this earth that I wanted to do after that was stand in a kitchen with the oven on. And then do a sink full of dishes.

What’s a wife to do?


…another one-pot-wonder to the rescue! You guys…this chicken is GOOD. I mean really good. Probably in the top three chicken recipes I’ve ever made. And it takes all of 15-20 minutes from start to finish.

Trust me, you would carry around loads of lumber and cement for this meal, too. You really would. And then you would take some scraps of wood from your old deck and use them as a background for pictures of said chicken….oh wait, that’s just me.

But the chicken part, you’ve got it covered.


One-Skillet Lemon Garlic Chicken

PRINT Recipe

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 zucchini
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 can cannellini beans (or any white bean), drained and rinsed
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 T olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • green onions for garnish  (optional)

Put the olive oil in a large skillet and set over medium high heat. Slice the zucchini and add it, along with the garlic, to the pan.

Next, season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and add them to the pan. Make sure you nestle them down so they aren’t sitting on top of the zucchini, but rather sitting on the bottom of the skillet.

Let it all cook for 7-8 minutes or until the underside of the chicken starts to brown. Then flip the chicken. Add the beans, spinach, and lemon juice.

Cook for another 4-5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Garnish with green onions and serve.


A little behind the scenes action. That living room is the place to be around dinnertime.


Biiite. Mama biiiite. It’s nice to have someone feed you when your arms are so tired you can’t even lift them to feed your face. Thanks, A.

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