Quick succotash recipe

Quick succotash recipe

Quick succotash recipe helps you enjoy corn and beans in a jiffy.




Fresh young mealies, as we call them in South Africa, and lima beans combine the very best of a healthy starch and vegetable protein dinner.

One ear of corn and about a dozen pods of limas is all you need for a delicious meal for two.

Both corn and lima beans have a relatively long growing season, so considerable patience is needed. What affirms me, is the need to increase the vegetable protein in our diet; the World Health Organisation warns about the dangers of too much animal protein. With one in eight women getting breast cancer, it's not inappropriate to make some small changes; it doesn't just happen to other people.

And if you keep chickens they will simply adore any excess, or deformed corn and beans, and respond with delicious eggs, high in omega-3 fatty acids. That means less work for the chiropractor, surgeon and rheumatologist. Do your level best to keep us out of business.


quick succotash recipe ingredients

Quick succotash recipe

Corn and beans in a pot

Quick succotash recipe really is only for those who are determined to get back to the food that our grandmothers once served, and an aversion to the rubbish dished up today in so many homes; no wonder we are so ill, have so much pain and are so obese. If you don't care about these values then this Dr Bernard Preston site isn't for you!

Do you have a real desire to take virtually no medication, and consult your doctor less than once a year? Then it's time to start growing your own veggies; start with pole beans, rather than limas, and ordinary spinach, or Swiss chard. They are the easiest, and require very little care.




Quick succotash recipe is very simple if you grow your own limas; or you can cheat and use canned butter beans, but check first how much salt, sugar and preservatives they are loaded with.

This is not banting food, but it's interesting that I've been enjoying fresh corn from the garden all summer long and not put on a pound. It's all about the balance of the meal; eat plenty of salads, veggies and fruit and you won't have a problem with your weight.

It's the refined starches that are the problem.

  • One ear of corn.
  • A dozen pods of lima beans.
  • Optional is a clove of garlic and perhaps a jalapeno chili.

Having picked and shucked the ear of corn, and podded the lima beans, it takes about twenty minutes from start to finish to complete this quick succotash recipe.

Lima beans and corn sizzling in butter
  1. Drop the lima beans into a little hot water and bring back to the boil for ten minutes; with the lid on.
  2. Plop the ear of corn into the pot, on top of the beans, and bring back to the boil for another five minutes.
  3. Rescue the cob, allow it to cool and, using a sharp knife, slice off the pips.
  4. Meantime add a large dollop of butter into another small pot, heat and drop in the garlic and jalapeno.
  5. As soon as it's sizzling, scoop in the beans and corn pips, add a teaspoon of water and heat it through.
  6. Add salt and pepper and grub's up.




How to grow corn is not a lesson that any country bumpkin will need, but perhaps you're an urban dweller like me with a large vegetable garden. 

Not many foods beat a fresh ear of corn straight from the garden, either in terms of taste or health. Three days old from the green grocer and you have something very dull.

Growing limas may be more mysterious, but in fact it's no more difficult that pole beans; they just have a long growing season, and you have to be patient.

I prefer the pole beans as they are more prolific, easier on the back to pick and the hens won't get to the pods before you do. Plant them along a fence or on a wigwam of canes.

Our quick succotash recipe is traditional American fare; it's definitely allowed on our modified Banting diet; I haven't put on an ounce whilst enjoying it through this summer, but then I know all about exercise and cholesterol and the virtue of the eight coloured foods per day diet.

That means plenty of salads and fruit, and veggies that include the magic of beets and butternut.

If you're still on the black and white diet, it's time to step up to colour.

Lima bean pods

In South Africa I've never seen them in the green grocer. You have to grow them yourself.


Growing lima beans

Growing lima beans requires a hot summer, plenty of water and a large garden; and a good deal of patience. They require a long season to mature. But if you want to make your own quick succotash recipe, like grandma did, then you'll make the time, right?


Lima bean plants

How to grow corn

How to grow corn is just as easy as growing lima beans, but the season is slightly shorter; repeated plantings are necessary in spring and early summer to make sure they ripen at the same time as your limas; that's if you want to make this quick succotash recipe.

If not growing corn for your quick succotash recipe then just enjoy them every day for lunch; it's interesting that you'll have less desire for bread then; they provide plenty of the complex starches we need.

And if you keep hens, then they'll just love your quick succotash recipe left overs; they need plenty of vegetable protein to produce the golden yolked eggs we love.

Permaculture is the study of how to work with nature rather than against it; organic gardening is just one feature of it. It encapsulates the philosophy that we have the responsibility to leave a habitable planet to our grandchildren, rather than the silent spring that's looking all the more likely.

It starts with small things like planting a seed; eventually the subject may grab you, as it has us, and you'll build a solar generator on your roof and start collecting rainwater.

One step at a time; start with a few spinach plants, and pole beans. Meantime read about the wonderful phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin in corn at world's healthiest foods.


» » Quick succotash recipe


Bernard Preston

Bernard Preston is a self confessed healthnut. Determined as far as possible to avoid the side effects of drugs, through exercise and proper nutrition, such as growing lima beans and fresh corn, and chiropractic adjustments for ailing joints, he aims for a life without medication; this quick succotash recipe is just one of many from his slow food, made fast menus.

It is of course for some a pipe dream, but a lifetime commitment to better health and exercise means that neither he nor Helen take any medication, no mean feat as they approach seventy.

This quick succotash recipe, rich in vegetable protein and healthy corn is typical of the food they enjoy in late summer.

Did you find this page interesting? How about forwarding it to a friend, or book and food junkie. Or, better still, Face Book or Twitter it. 


What's this site about?

Bernard Preston books

A family affair by Bernard Preston

Consulting a chiropractor

Femoral nerve AP Xray

Bernie's healthy choice foods

Cooking green beans Bernard Preston passion

Bernie's bread

Bread machine loaf by Bernard Preston

Bernie's garden

green beans and granadillas Bernard Preston

Bernie's bees

Bees workforce in Bernard Preston's garden

Bernie's solar

Residential solar panels at Bernard Preston's home

Bernie's glider

View from Bernard Preston's glider