The Three Sisters Go Green

Preparation info
  • Makes

    6 cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Kick Diabetes Cookbook

By Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina

Published 2018

  • About

The three sisters—squash, beans, and corn—were the main crops of several Native American nations. These plants benefit each other, so they were grown close together. Not surprisingly, this companionable trio benefits people as well.


  • 1 cup (250 ml) water or vegetable broth
  • 3 cups (750


Put the water, squash, onion, and garlic in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Decrease the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender, about 20 minutes. Add the tomatoes, beans, corn, optional chile, cumin, oregano, optional salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Add the kale and cook, stirring occasionally, un