Summer Succotash


As summer is coming to a close, I'm scrambling to make use of all the bounty of the season. Ive found myself with a bunch of corn, lima beans, broccoli and tomatoes. The best thing to do seemed like a succotash, traditionally a Pennsylvanian favorite which became a family staple in the great depression due to the wide availability of corn and limas. You can simply sauté all the ingredients together and have an excellent side dish, but we look ours to the next level with a little gouda lemon and jalapeño. Enjoy!

Summer Succotash

1 large onion, diced

1 cup shelled lima beans

1 1/2 cup corn kernels

1/2 cup brocoli florets

3 tablespoons butter

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 jalapeño, minced

1/2 cup grated cheese (gouda, manchego, and pecorino are all excellent) 

Basil, chopped

Salt, Pepper & Red Pepper Flakes, to taste

Sauté onions in oil till soft,  add beans, corn and broccoli and cook until till tender(about 5 minutes). Stir in butter, herbs, lemon, jalapeños to finish. Top with cheese and basil. 



No-Bake Coconut Blueberry Pudding


Chia seeds are one of the most amazing health foods around. Yes, the once chia pet seeds also pack a real dietary punch! Rich in omega 3 fatty acids and fiber, chia has many benefits in one tiny seed. The interesting thing about chia seeds is when moisture is introduced, wether it be water, milk or kombucha they expand and become gelatinous. This makes chia seeds useful for vegans who miss jello and other such animal products. One of my favorite recipes I stumbled upon on the back of a trader joes package was to mix chia with coconut milk and create a rich pudding like dish. Simply combine coconut milk and chia seeds and allow to firm up in the fridge for a minimum of an hour. I experimented with different preparations, adding macerated fruits and honey. My favorite was this recipe but try any and all of your favorite summer fruits!



No-Bake Coconut Blueberry Pudding

1 cup coconut milk

1/4 cup chia seeds

2/3 cup maple syrup/honey

Handful mashed or puréed blueberries/summer fruit

Dash cinnamon

Combine all ingredients. Stir until chia seeds are completely covered in milk. Refrigerate for one hour or until firm.