Vegetarian Succotash

Sufferin’ succotash! I promise, that’s my last Loony Tunes reference. This vegetarian succotash recipe is fresh, vibrant and bacon-free. It features pan-seared corn, plump lima beans and…

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succotash recipe

Sufferin’ succotash! I promise, that’s my last Loony Tunes reference. This vegetarian succotash recipe is fresh, vibrant and bacon-free. It features pan-seared corn, plump lima beans and fresh peppers.

Make this recipe now with fresh early fall produce, or bookmark it for your Thanksgiving table. You can easily use thawed frozen corn if fresh sweet corn is hard to come by.

succotash ingredients

As you’ll read below, succotash has Native American roots and many variations. Here in Kansas City, succotash is the namesake dish at a local restaurant called Succotash.

This recipe is my own interpretation of this uniquely American dish. I seared the corn in a skillet to develop more complex flavor. I added a variety of peppers (poblano, bell pepper and optional jalapeño) for some spice to help balance the sweetness of the corn. I’ve written the recipe to give you as much control as possible over the spice level, since individual preferences and corn’s sweetness can vary so much.

I omitted tomatoes because they made this dish more stew-like, and it’s more of a warm salad without. Creamy butter (no cream) and fresh herbs make this produce-driven, vegetarian side dish completely irresistible.

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Pineapple Jalapeño Granita

This sweet-and-spicy Pineapple Jalapeño Granita recipe is perfect for making a refreshing summertime dessert. And don’t worry, it’s not too spicy! Beat the Heat with a Frozen Treat I love North Carolina, but it is hot here.

Pineapple Jalapeno Granita
This sweet-and-spicy Pineapple Jalapeño Granita recipe is perfect for making a refreshing summertime dessert. And don’t worry, it’s not too spicy! Beat the Heat with a Frozen Treat I love North Carolina, but it is hot here.

Cilantro Hemp Pesto

Looking for an easy way to liven up your meals? Add a fresh sauce! Let me introduce you to my latest favorite—this refreshing cilantro and hemp seed…

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cilantro hemp pesto recipe

Looking for an easy way to liven up your meals? Add a fresh sauce! Let me introduce you to my latest favorite—this refreshing cilantro and hemp seed pesto. It’s made simply with fresh cilantro, hemp seeds, garlic, optional jalapeño (for some heat) and olive oil.

Even if you typically don’t love cilantro, there’s a strong chance you’ll enjoy this sauce. My husband is typically in the “no cilantro” camp, but he kept going back for spoonfuls of this pesto.

how to make cilantro hemp pesto

I’m using the term “pesto” loosely here, since traditional basil pesto is made with basil, pine nuts and Parmesan. Instead of pine nuts, I used hemp seeds, which are high in protein and key minerals, including potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.

When blended, the hemp seeds become so nice and creamy that this sauce tastes complete without cheese. This nut-free and dairy-free pesto would be great with basil as well.

This recipe is inspired by a cilantro-hemp sauce that I enjoyed at True Foods Kitchen in Kansas City. They serve it on their “Ancient Grains Bowl,” which is topped with sweet potatoes, onions, portobello mushrooms and avocado. Naturally, this sauce goes well with all of the above, as well as almost any meal with Mexican-inspired flavors. You’ll find more ideas below!

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Easy 1-Pot Tikka Masala

We’ve grown quite fond of curries around our house, both Thai- and Indian-inspired. And after watching many friends order and enjoy tikka masala — a creamy tomato-based curry — at restaurants, I wanted to create a dairy-free version I could enjoy…

Easy 1-Pot Tikka Masala

We’ve grown quite fond of curries around our house, both Thai- and Indian-inspired. And after watching many friends order and enjoy tikka masala — a creamy tomato-based curry — at restaurants, I wanted to create a dairy-free version I could enjoy at home.

This 1-pot tikka masala is simpler than most as it doesn’t require any marinating, obscure ingredients, or fancy methods. Just throw everything in one pot and watch dinner appear before your eyes.

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1-Pot Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Welcome to flavor town. This comforting soup is a fusion of both Thai and Mexican cuisine (two of our absolute loves), requires ingredients you likely have on hand right now, and is made entirely in 1 pot.
It’s also versatile with options for bo…

1-Pot Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Welcome to flavor town. This comforting soup is a fusion of both Thai and Mexican cuisine (two of our absolute loves), requires ingredients you likely have on hand right now, and is made entirely in 1 pot.

It’s also versatile with options for both meat eaters and vegans. And we include plenty of serving options below. Let’s make soup!

It all starts with a base of onion, garlic, ginger, and serrano or jalapeño pepper.

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