Healthy ‘Day After’ Hump Day: Sufferin’ Succotash!

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I’ve always been a morning person. As soon as I could pour myself a bowl of cereal, I was up way before my folks cozying up in the family room watching early morning cartoons on a Saturday. There was lots of TV to digest before the Saturday lineup – a Tiger Mom trifecta of piano, swimming lessons and Chinese school which in aggregate was hours of ‘not so much fun’.

Sylvester The Cat

I grew up in the era of Looney Tunes. Bugs Bunny was awesome but I always had a soft spot for Sylvester the Cat and Marvin the Martian – both probably on the loser-y side of the winner/loser spectrum of the Looney Tunes cast of characters. Marvin the ‘Martian’ looked more like a beetle dressed as a Roman warrior – which made zero sense to me.  Sylvester the Cat (equally loser-y) commonly used the phrase ‘sufferin’ succotash!’ which I now understand to be sugar-coated profanity.

Marvin the Martian

Either way, this blog post is dedicated to the ‘loser’ contingent of the Looney Tunes cast. Oh, and happy healthy hump day everyone!

I’ve used a zephyr squash from my garden for this recipe but any summer squash will do. These French Fillet beans were also the first of the season!


Summer Succotash

  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch of chili pepper flakes, optional
  • 4 fat cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sprig of thyme, whacked with the back of a knife
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 big handful of snow peas and or beans, diced
  • 1 cup peas or fava beans
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 sprigs of fresh basil and or mint, torn
  • 3 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 100 g feta or goat cheese, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper
  • More olive oil to serve


In a large pan over medium high heat, heat the olive oil until it glistens. Add the garlic, thyme and onions and cook until fragrant and slightly translucent. Add the zucchini, beans and peas. Toss until softened.

Pour the hot veggie mixture into a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, fresh basil, parsley and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Mix everything together, top with cheese and some more olive oil right before serving.

 Serves 4 to 6


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