Quinoa Succotash

Quinoa Succotash

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Quinoa Succotash

I’ve put myself on the back burner for a long time. I did it before I was a mother, and I certainly do it now that I am one. It just feels so much easier to take care of other people and other things instead of focusing inward, you know? It sounds noble, but it’s actually not. I think the noblest of thing is having the courage and wisdom to say, “Hey, I need to take care of myself, too!” and actually doing it.

That’s my issue—the follow through. In my big ole noggin (seriously, I can’t find hats that fit me), I know that I have to take care of myself to take care of the people I love. I know that taking care of myself is the best way to show my family and friends that I love them. I know that it’s actually selfish to not be selfish. I know all of this. But when it comes to putting it into action on a daily basis? Phew. I need some help. I make plans and lists and schedules, but when it comes to making the daily decision to take of myself, I seriously struggle.

It’s been particularly rough during this first year of motherhood. I think it’s only natural to be in a baby bubble when your kid is really young—and that’s the way it should be. But as Juniper gains more independence, I’m finding that I’m slowly emerging from the baby fog. I’m starting to feel normal again. I’m starting to feel like she doesn’t need me quite as exclusively as she did a few months back. And that freedom has opened up some time in my life to take care of me. What a crazy idea!

Quinoa Succotash

I’m actually really excited to start working on boosting my radiance. That’s the way I’m thinking of it—radiance. It’s not about overhauling my life, after all, I am happy and healthy! It’s about buffing away a little bit of dullness. It’s about so much more than eating better or working out more or drinking more water or giving myself some time to read a book every now and again. It’s about getting my glow back. It’s about polishing my wonderful self to a glorious shine. It’s about taking the little daily steps to make me feel like the best version of me.

There are a few places I’m really focusing on in my newfound self-care initiative. First up, I’m giving myself permission to not be everything to everyone all the time. Raise your hand if you suffer from Superwoman Syndrome. My hand is raised sky high! I want to be everything to everyone. I want to be the best mother. The best blogger. The best wife. The best daughter. The best sister. The best aunt. The best friend. The best human. The best pet parent. The best farmer. The best cook. The best housekeeper. The best whatever! And it’s totally and completely impossible. So I’m cutting myself some slack, and accepting that I’m not the best at some things, and that’s totally okay. And I’m giving myself permission to ask for and accept help where I need it.

I’m also trying hard to make sure I give myself pampering and grooming time. Which, when I type it out in black and white, sounds like I’m Captain Dirty McGee, but trust me, I have been showering! It’s more about taking the time to do the things that make me feel fresh, pretty, and put together—but have fallen to the wayside since becoming a mom. I’m talking about things like painting my nails, getting regular haircuts (from an actual stylist), and getting myself back into a skincare routine. I might even spring for a pedicure!

Quinoa Succotash

The last area I’m really focusing on is eating healthy. When I get busy, I stop putting good food high up on my priority list, and it means I end up eating dinners of tortilla chips and beer—which is fine every now and again, but a little lacking when it’s a frequent occurrence. The irony of all of this is that I’m usually busy doing other food-related things—working in the garden, canning, recipe developing, etc.—I’m so busy working with healthy, fresh food, I’m forgetting to enjoy it! Silly, right? So that’s my charge in the upcoming weeks and months—get back to my food roots. And I’m starting with simple, quick, seasonal recipes like this quinoa succotash. A few more meals like this one, and I’ll have my radiance back in no time. Yay!

Quinoa Succotash

Quinoa Succotash

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Quinoa Succotash is a healthy, vegetarian dish that is packed with whole grains, complete protein, and tasty summer veggies!


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup lima beans, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 2/3 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Melt butter over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Add in the garlic and onion and cook until just fragrant, about five minutes.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Remove from heat and let sit for five minutes, then fluff with a fork, check for seasoning, and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 317Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 222mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 18g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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  1. My radiance habit is yoga. I realize what I am about to write sounds like an infomercial, but just 20 minutes a day (but preferably about an hour) keeps me tuned in to me. I have made a habit of spending time with my body daily where I constantly ask questions (How does this feel? What do I need? How can this feel better? How can I challenge myself here? Do I really need to push myself at all today?). This makes it a little easier to drop into that self-attention during the rest of my day. What do I really want to eat? When am I done? Would a nap feel good or would a walk feel better? How can I take better care of myself right in this moment?

    Yoga has changed me. In a weird way that somehow holds total acceptance of who I am and a desire to be better all in the same moment.

    I am so thrilled to share this gift with others … and you on Saturday!

  2. erin

    I find that the days I shower, I feel better about myself. I do it often enough, but it’s so easy to say, oh, we are just going to be around the house today, I’ll just wear my hair in a pony tail. But when I make the effort to shower, and get ready for the day, I feel so much better.

  3. Stephanie K

    I totally get it about letting healthy eating fall to the side when you get busy! I’m studying to become a dietitian and even though I know exactly what I should be doing, after a cross country move and unpacking my diet is anything but perfect. 😉

    Would absolutely put this gift card towards my grocery shopping and all the delicious whole foods I can fill my fridge with!!

  4. megan

    I get this…i am also mom to a one year old. I began to gave these feelings at 4 months and sleep trained (not night weaned, she did that on her own at 9 months). It really helped me feel normal again! Check out RIE, it had been a blessing for our family. We are all rested and feeling healthy and that we have time to rake care of ourselves. I think you practice AP and, while they are very different, I think you can incorporate elements of both. Good luck-baby needs a healthy, happy rested mommy!

  5. Sarah M.

    I also struggle with giving myself time to boost my radiance. For me, it’s allowing myself to take some time away from my to do list. I don’t always have to be productive. And giving myself permission to not feel guilty about laying on the couch for an hour or reading a book, is powerful.

  6. Doreen

    Thanks for this simple recipe! I love that it’s quick and easy and I could totally customize it! I’m going to try it tonight!

  7. Vanessa Williams

    It sounds odd, but I play kickball in a women’s league… the sweat, the blood pumping sprints between bases, kicking balls as hard as I can, a red dirt sock ring around the ankles, girlfriends cheering each other whether on same team or not… it’s EXHILARATING & makes me feel so alive… not to mention the epsom salt bath & nap that follows to recover from playing in 100+ degree Texas heat!

  8. Amy

    I find that drinking lots of water helps boost my radiance. It’s not always easy, but I always feel better on days when I drink lots of water.

  9. I see myself in so much of this! Ever since Nora was born, I’ve struggled with my own sleep. Last week she started sleeping through the night, and now that I know I my services won’t be needed at night, it seems like my hyperaware insomnia is mostly gone! (Knock on wood.) Now that I’m feeling more rested, I think I have the energy to focus on some personal goals again. I stopped eating added sugar and have started running again – endorphin highs make me radiant for sure. 🙂

  10. Kat

    I’m working on getting to know myself again. In the past two months I’ve gotten married and moved in with my husband. Combined with greatly shifting responsibilities at work, I’ve been focused on one-step-at-a-time and I feel like I’ve become a little lost. I’m working on fixing that by getting to know myself in the context of my new roles 🙂

  11. Julie Wood

    I boost my radiance, and I stay radiant during the day is that I eat well and get enough sleep, and make sure to exercise every day. I also primp by getting myself a nice hair style and a manicure! It always makes me feel better when I take care of myself.

  12. Kelly D

    I boost my radiance by exercising daily and maintaining a healthy diet. I love to eat fresh fruits and veggies from my garden.

  13. Becky

    I boost my radiance by running. Getting a healthy start to the day always makes me feel great and encourages me to eat healthy foods as well.

  14. Amy

    I boost my radiance by having time in prayer and Bible Study. Walking close with the Lord brings me peace like non other.

    Thanks for a chance to win! I can think of a 1,000 ways I spend it, but I’m guessing I’d spend it on my kiddos. :o)

  15. Nicole

    I boost my radiance by getting up 30 minutes early to walk the dog. It’s so quiet and peaceful first thing in the morning, days I walk first thing always seem to run smoother.

  16. Natalie

    I boost my radiance by exercising every day, eating plenty of fruits and veggies, wearing sunscreen and getting plenty of sleep.

  17. Alaina

    Once again, I think you must be able to read my mind… This post is spot on with things I have been struggling with lately. Thank you for the post – it’s nice to know you’re not alone in the world. 🙂

    One thing that I have found to ‘boost my radiance’ (love that, btw) is to do something creative at least a few times a week. My current job doesn’t tap into that part of my brain very much and I realized that doing something creative (cooking, beadwork, sewing, drawing, writing poetry, etc) really helps me decompress and become my true self.

    So glad you are back!

  18. Katie N.

    Too be honest I’m struggling a bit in this area, but I think being out in nature or even just outside is key for me. I need to work on fitting it in to my schedule.

  19. Karen Fresh

    For me, it’s all about getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity. Zumba, yoga, treadmill, whatever, as long as it’s not casual walking.

  20. Kristy

    What a great post. Glad you had a pick me up on your family vacation. That always helps to put things back into perspective. Your family is lucky to have you!

  21. Maggers

    I try to get my exercise in, eat my veggies, and drink my water. It sounds simple, but it really shows on my skin when I do all three.

  22. I am redecorating my room! I realized at a certain point that my bedroom was not the sanctuary I need it to be to escape from the pressures of graduate school. I went to IKEA and got some small little details (dresser knobs, curtains to cover up my ugly built in closet mirrors, a soft and pretty rug) to make my room more rejuvenating to be in!

  23. Pampering: facials, infused baths (roses, oats, Epsom salts, etc).
    Good food: taking my time and cooking slow meals that nourish the soul.
    Vision walks: going out into the world with no expectations and meditating with plants.

  24. Mallory

    I boost my radiance by carving out time with my husband – it usually involves making dinner together, drinking some home brew, and playing video games!

  25. Cynthia C

    Besides eating healthy and exercising, I boost my radiance by trying to stay in a good frame of mind by staying positive.

  26. Carolsue

    I boost my radiance by exercising almost daily, making healthy meals for my family, and being kind to others
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  27. Samantha Daleo

    I try to boost my radiance from the inside out. I try to get enough sleep, to be grateful, peaceful and kind, to have faith and laugh a lot. I also like to drink a lot of water, eat as well as I can without denying myself the pleasures of great tastes. I love to get outside and walk and breathe in the fresh air. I also love to make other happy especially my family and any/all fur babies. All of these things help boost my radiance.

  28. Gina M

    I have decided to reconnect with my radiance by learning to truly love myself for who I am and what I look like, despite the messages put on us by society.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  29. Betty C

    In addition to trying to stay with a healthy diet and getting plenty of sleep I found that I look and feel better when I spend time with friends.

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