There was a time in my earlier twenties when I shed my structured, organized life in exchange for spontaneity. During that time, the thrill-seeker in me longed for adventures and allowed myself to be seduced by the unknown. Each weekend brought about endless possibilities; each work project offered the promise of exotic travel locales. I loved that I didn’t have to report my whereabouts to anyone, and could pick up at a moment’s notice if Jetblue was offering flight deals.
As I cultivated that relationship with myself over the years, I have also come back full circle to my original roots. Naturally a Type A planner, I’ve come to embrace the new routines of my more settled life. Work, weeknight dinners with the girls, indulging in Gossip Girl and American Idol, dragging myself to the gym, and then….welcoming home my man every Thursday night as he dependably lands in Newark Airport at 9:36pm.
Weekends still offer exciting variations of dinner parties, birthday gatherings and double/triple/quadruple dates, but the one “couple tradition” we hold very near and dear is our lazy Sunday of gym, laundry, catching up on HBO shows, and enjoying a simple meal of leftovers or a creation inspired by ingredients leftover from the week.
This succotash features corn and zucchini as the star ingredients. While it may not be the most traditional, the crunch of fresh veggies drenched in creamy sweetness will transport you into a world of ease and relaxation. It takes but minutes to put together and it’s exactly what we needed to wind down the weekend and welcome in another busy week at work.
Sunday Succotash Ingredients:
- 1-2 cups of corn kernels
- 1-2 zucchinis, cut into 1/4 inch disks
- 1 red/yellow/orange/green bell pepper, sliced
- 1 handful of baby bella mushrooms, sliced
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup of fat free half & half OR 2 tbsp of creme fraiche + 1/4 c. of veggie broth
- 1 – 2 tsp soy sauce
- (optional) fresh basil, cilantro, or parsley – whatever you have in your fridge, or substitute with dry herbs
Lazy Sunday Instructions:
- Throw all the ingredients into a frying pan and stir fry until all veggies are just cooked, about 5-7 minutes (doesn’t get any easier than this!)