Using Summer Squash
August 3, 2010
Yesterday I told you about the different types of summer squash and their nutritional benefits. Whether or not you have made summer squash before, I wanted to share some different ways to cook with it and use it:
- Grill it. Toss sliced squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper and grill until cooked and browned on both sides. Below is a picture of some summer squash I grilled for dinner one night.
- Sauté it. Heat vegetable oil in a shallow pan over a medium-hot flame. Once the oil is hot, add sliced squash and let cook for a couple of minutes. Using a spatula, move the squash around the pan and continue cooking until cooked through and browned on both sides. Below is a picture of yellow squash, onions, green beans, and kale being sauteéd together.
- Add summer squash to a stew. I like to add zucchini to ratatouille with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, and chicken.
- Make zucchini bread or muffins.
- Make summer squash soup. Much lighter than winter squash soup, and if served chilled it is perfect for the hot days of summer.
How do you enjoy summer squash?
Yes, this is the perfect post for me! We have a garden FULL of summer squash (Actually winter squash….but very similar). I have been steaming mine, but using it in bread and/or muffins is something I had not thought of!
Thanks for reading! hope that you get some inspiration – there is so much to do w/ squash! For winter squash i have some other recipes, and I’ll be posting another one soon. Winter squash holds up better to roasting. Enjoy it all – your squash looked great!
I like summer squash but I like winter squash better! As a matter of fact, I eat spaghetti squash every single day… and butternut squash&/or pumpkin ALMOST every single day! I always feel so incredibly healthy! I cannot wait until the fall when it’s winter squash’s peak season – although they are available year round! 🙂
That’s great you get so much winter squash into your diet! I actually have a couple of recipes using winter squash coming up soon!