Green bean succotash recipes

Green bean succotash recipes are a piece of cake.

In late summer gardeners will often have a surplus of corn and green beans in their gardens. Are you looking for new ways to tempt the family?

Corn and beans is a staple in many parts of the world. The combination of a starch and a protein is vital for good health, and many folk are turning away from animal to vegetable protein to supplement their diets. That means legumes, so green beans are perfect, of course.

Most often, in the western world, corn and beans would both be canned; frankly, not very exciting. But home grown corn and beans is absolutely delicious.

If you want really tasty food, don't think McDonalds and Applebys; just start planting a few seeds in your own back yard.

Both fresh green beans and corn have what is known as resistant starch; they are only slowly digested in the small intestine having a very minor effect on your blood glucose. Instead they pass through to the colon where they are fermented instead by the probiotics in your gut, forming strongly anti inflammatory compounds like butyrate.

If you suffer from an autoimmune disease, be it angry muscles and joints, inflamed blood vessels or a very unhappy bowel, read more about this simple technique called reheating resistant starch. Let your food be your medicine.

Starches get bad press but that's because they are so refined these days; get back to the food your great grandmother served and you'll find they were perfectly healthy living on fresh, unrefined carbohydrate.

What are phytosterols?

What are phytosterols is a question everyone should be able to answer.

Another big plus is that both corn and green beans are loaded with phytosterols, those chemicals that defend our bodies against cancer, keep our cholesterol down and, particularly for the men, keep your prostate in good health. Not unimportant! Prostate ops and the subsequent impotency aren't much fun! What are PHYTOSTEROLS and where can you get them?

Good Food Made Fast

I'll be honest, if you are looking for pretty gourmet food, go elsewhere to one of the gazillion recipe sites on the web. Here we are talking about tasty and healthy food, made fast. Short cuts for the busy person who wants to feed a hungry family good food, but doesn't have hours to spend in the kitchen.

It's also about educating your family's tongues. Just as we have to train our children a culture of exercise and learning, promoting things of the spirit, so the tongue needs to be educated. There's interesting research that shows if you give your little ones junk food, their tongues become hooked on fritos and candies, colas and fast food in a very short time.

Then they wouldn't be interested in your green bean succotash recipes. Nor your fruit salad, nor just a glass of drinking water when they are thirsty. Every thing must be sweet and sugary. If you want to be healthy and take no pills then learn about the term glycemic index. Understand GI and you'll never become obese. 

Sufferin Succotash

Traditional succotash is made with lima beans and corn cut from the cob. Good stuff, but of course you can use any sort of beans. Like green beans for example.

My lima beans aren't ready, but we are about to harvest a crop of green chickpeas, another legume, sometimes known as garbanzo beans. So the next dish will be chickpea succotash.

Here's an update; chickpeas will grow in our climate, but they clearly don't like a wet summer. Long dry, hot periods is what they like.

Very soon it will be Spring in the Northern hemisphere. That means it's time to order seed, in this instance your favourite corn and pole beans.

Here is South Africa, we are now reaping our summer vegetables. Hickory King mealies and Witsa pole beans are my favourite. Sweet corn is fine, of course. Pole beans bear for months, but you'll have to keep planting a row of corn every few weeks.

  1. Four fresh ears of corn, remove the green husks.
  2. A good few handfuls of green beans, fresh from the vine.
  3. A good dollop of butter, S&P 
  4. A dollop of thick cream. If your cholesterol is in good shape!

Green bean succotash recipes

Green bean succotash recipes are rich in vegetable protein and low glycemic index carbohydrate.

Knowing how to grow corn, and having a big enough garden, makes for the very best, fresh succotash.

PS. Do you understand all that stuff about LDL and HDL, poly and mono unsaturated, omega 3 and 6?

Really, it's not that difficult to make changes in your diet. Just the olive oil benefits will make a huge difference to your health.

Let's get on with green bean succotash recipes

  1. Boil a kettle and pour enough water to cover the corn ears in a large pot. Bring hard to the boil.
  2. Meantime top 'n tail the beans.
  3. Once the corn is boiling hard add the beans to the pot. Cover and simmer for about five minutes. Depending on how old the corn and beans are. Succotash is traditionally made once the maize is a bit too hard to eat as corn on the cob.


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I was taught to make green bean succotash recipes by a Lebanese foster mother. Electricity was cheap and plentiful; she would cook the corn until done, remove them, and then cook the beans in fresh boiling water in another pot.

Save yourself some time, and your utility bills. Just toss the beans on top of the corn as it's cooking. Less leaching away of precious minerals from the beans too they are particularly rich in magnesium which research shows is vital in the prevention of arthritis and heart disease.

Don't take magnesium tablets; just enjoy green leafy vegetables and keep that water for your EASY SOUP RECIPES.

Cooking Green Beans


  • When your cobs have cooled a little, slice the kernels from the ears, tossing them back into a small pot.

Slice the beans, and add them to the mealie kernels.

Vegetable protein

Vegetable protein unpleasing as that may be, is the future for those who want to live long and healthy lives; not many of us red meat lovers were please with the latest offering from the WHO that processed meats are definitely cancer causing, and red meat probably is.

That means gradually reducing our reliance on particularly red meat, and replacing it with vegetable protein; that means legumes like beans and chickpeas.

  • Add a good dollop of butter, or cream.
  • S&P
  • Heat gently for a few minutes. Stir.
  • Absolutely nothing sweet, but you might add a couple cloves of garlic, or slither of hot chili. I don't, because it's not traditional but perhaps it's time to try it; we have plenty of jalapenos in the garden. Some like it hot, eh!

Jup, butter is back and none too soon; I always knew that margarine was crap! Trans fatty acid isomers in hydrogenated foods like margarine are highly toxic. In the context of a meal like this you can have your butter and eat it.

Easy Lunch Recipes

Now I've made a pig of myself!

  • Green bean succotash recipes
  • Two kinds of spinach, lettuce and rocket
  • Radishes and baby tomatoes for the prostate
  • Olives and feta cheese (of course!)
  • Hummus on home made bread.
  • Olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.

You could add some anchovies, or leg of chicken, slice of ham or boiled egg, but all means; but red meat absolutely no more than once a day. I aim for twice a week; rather more vegetable protein from legumes.

Know what? It takes me 3-4 hours to build a webpage like this at but, including picking the corn, beans, lettuce and radish, it takes me less than an hour to make a lunch like this. GOOD TASTY FOOD, MADE FAST!

Of course the hummus is already done (it takes only five minutes to make our AUTHENTIC HUMMUS RECIPE), and the olives and feta too are already in the fridge. A lemon from the garden.

Of course, making a compost pile and growing the pole beans and corn takes a little added time! Want to live to healthy eighty or ninety with all your marbles and your prostate intact? Do it. Plus there are few more rewarding things than growing your own vegetables.

Can I let you in on a little secret? I, the chiropractor Bernard Preston, too have lower back problems. Fortunately I have a daughter who can sort me out (I have a treatment EVERY six weeks regardless)... but my back has never been better than since I've got stuck into the garden. But I do my lower back exercises EVERY MORNING BEFORE GETTING OUT OF BED. I NEVER MISS. You should do them too. See if you can put your chiro out of business!

Prostate and Statins

So, you have raised cholesterol, and your doctor has prescribed drugs called statins to lower cholesterol.

Do you know shy s/he has done that? Probably because it's dashed difficult to get folk to change the way they eat and to exercise. It's a tad easier to prescribe drugs... but IT COMES AT A COST. New research published at Prostate 2011 Dec; 71(16): 1818-24 reveals that taking statins increases the risk of prostate cancer, the number one cancer-killer of men.


"After examining nearly 400 prostate cancer cases and over 1,500 control patients, we found that use of any statin was associated with a significant increase in prostate cancer risk."

Whilst this research is controversial (there is research indicating otherwise) it makes sense to increase the photosterols, such as found in green bean succotash recipes, and tomatoes too, to protect your prostate and simultaneously lower your cholesterol. FOODS THAT LOWER CHOLESTEROL ...

Avocados incidently reduce the other nasty, benign prostate hypertrophy; old man's lurgy. Can't empty your bladder? Think tomato, avocado and all foods rich in phytosterols; like our green bean succotash recipes.

Life is about choices. Either you exercise your back, or you'll continually be visiting your chiropractor, or worse the surgeon. Either you eat phytosterols or you suffer from prostate disease. Either you enjoy a lunch platter like that below, or you take statins with the attendant cost and risk of impotence. It's your choice.

Growing Green Beans

Nothing could be easier... COOKING GREEN BEANS.

I just picked 37 pods from just two plants; neither the first picking nor the last. On average they contained 7 seeds; that's 180 times increase.

A great hindrance is a little beetle. One bug can produce over a million Mexican bean beetle larvae in a season that can decimate the crop.

What is Glycemic Index?

Understanding GI is what helps prevent you getting fat! Foods with a high GI produce an insulin rush - insulin is the hormone that stores fat. Eating foods like our Green Bean Succotash recipes is what keep you slender and slim! GLYCEMIC INDEX and Carbohydrate count chart ...

Banting diet

There's lots going for the Banting diet as a way of losing weight; but our green bean succotash recipes would be strictly forbidden. No corn, no legumes. If you are serious about losing weight think rather of this modified Banting diet; I recommend it.

Useful links

  1. Bernard Preston
  2. What are legumes
  3. Cooking Green Beans
  4. Green bean succotash recipes

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