3 Sistahs Succotash

3 Sistahs Succotash

Published Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016

Native American tribes have survived and thrived by growing and eating the 3 sisters: corn, pole beans, and squash.  YOU can thrive on the 3 sisters, too.  These sisters support each other and help each other thrive.  The corn grows tall and gives support to the pole bean’s vines.  The beans provide nitrogen (fertilizer) to the soil to feed them all. The squash’s large leaves provide ground cover to keep the soil from drying out and to keep weeds from growing around the plants.  All 3 sisters are happily growing at SEEDS. This recipe showcases the family and is a healthy, meatless dish.

3 Sistahs Succotash


2 cups butter or lima beans (shelled and rinsed)

2 cups sweet corn (rinsed and cut off the cob)

2 cups diced yellow squash

4 TBSP olive oil

2 garlic cloves (minced)

1 medium onion (diced)

1 red bell pepper (diced)

¼ cup fresh sage (minced)

1 tsp dried thyme or 3 tsp fresh thyme

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper



  1. Heat the oil in a large pot on medium-high heat.
  2. Sauté the onions and bell peppers for 4 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté an additional minute.
  4. Add the beans and corn to the pot; cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the squash to the pot and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the tomatoes; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in the herbs and seasonings.



Vera E. Braswell, SEEDS Volunteer & CEO of Temple Ministries

The premise is simple first, you select from one of the categories such as art, architecture, transport, fantasy or my personal favourite craftown that allows you to print out templates for items to make an entire paper city.