Sufferin’ Succotash it’s cold out there!
Does anyone remember this meme? It perfectly sums up how I feel right now.
It is absolutely freezing outside! I haven’t left the apartment in 3 days (other to go grocery shopping)…and honestly, I don’t want to…because I live where the air hurts my face. Why do I live in a place where the air hurts my face?! (This statement was true in middle school and is still true today).
With the New Year only being a few days old, many of you may still be thinking about New Years Resolutions. How can you better yourself? What do you want to accomplish in 2018? etc. Some of you have it set in stone!..and others may be like me and you put this whole resolution thing off because who really follows them past early February anyway? However, this year I really thought of something I am passionate about and will stick to. My goal is to help people like you live a healthier life through food.
Feeling better begins with eating better. Food is fuel. If you put crap into your body, you’re gonna feel like crap. I’ve repeated this statement (to my high schoolers) over and over again, and it couldn’t be more true! On the flip side, if you fill your body with nutritious meals that you enjoy making and eating, you’ll feel better. Makes sense right?! And can it really be that easy?
If you don’t already eat a diet consisting of fresh, whole, mostly-unprocessed foods than no, this will not be easy. It’s going to be a big shift in your lifestyle. But it is doable! And I’m here to help by providing you with healthy recipes featuring fresh, nutritious foods that will fill you up and won’t break the bank. If I can feed 80 freshman and sophomores for under $100/meal in a nutrition class, I can feed you too. (That comes out to $1.25 per kid!)
So let’s get started!
Because of this wicked cold, I searched my fridge for foods I already had to make this dish. I found frozen corn, some zucchini, and some slightly wrinkly (but still good) cherry tomatoes. I knew I had onions on hand and lots of seasoning at my fingertips. With a bit of imagination and lots and lots of spice, the zucchini succotash was born!
What is Succotash you ask?
Well it’s more than just a catchy Looney Toon phrase. Succotash is a medley of corn, beans and other vegetables. This recipes doesn’t call for beans (cause I didn’t have any) and honestly, it doesn’t need them. What really brought this dish to life was my Penzy’s Red Chipotle powder. It has such a rich, warming undertone with a kick of heat!
Health wise, this dish is a nutrition jackpot! It’s full of fiber, potassium, lycopene (yass tomotoes yass!), Vitamins A and C, just to name a few. It’s also low in cholesterol and fats- because it’s all veg! This is a great side dish to any white fish or chicken tacos for a balanced meal.
After I shoot the pictures for this post, I sat on the floor in my “studio” (it’s a small corner of my guest room/office lol) and devoured the whole thing. Maybe it was the sweet summery day dreams the summer squash reminded me of or it was just that good.
Give it a try for yourself and leave a comment below!
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 red onion, diced
- 2 zucchini, cut in quarters and sliced
- 1 cup frozen corn, thawed and drained
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp red chipotle powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cilantro to garnish
Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. When oil is hot, add onions and zucchini. Saute, stirring occasionally for 5 mins.
Add the corn, tomatoes, paprika, chipotle powder, salt and pepper. Continue to saute for 3-5 mins.
Finish with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro and serve warm.
Not a fan of tomatoes? They add a great acidity to the dish. You can easily replace this with a few splashes of lime juice.
If you can't get your hands on red chipotle powder and still want a kick, substitute in a pinch of cayenne pepper. Remember that cayenne is hotter, so less is more!