July 4, 2016

10 Ways to Enjoy Summer Squash


The heat is on, and squash season is right around the corner.

Ten ways to enjoy summer squash

I've heard stories of people who find bags of zucchini inside their cars, placed there by an anonymous neighbor who is overrun with them. This is the first year I've grown squash, both zucchini and other summer squash, so I don't know if that's really true or not, but I think I'll find out soon!

Summer squash are very low-calorie vegetables, containing 17 calories in a 100 gram serving. They are also an excellent source of protein, vitamins A and C, thiamine, niacin, phosphorus and copper, as well as a good source of fiber, vitamins K and B6, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, potassium and manganese. They nourish your eyesight with high levels of beta carotene and lutein. High in antioxidants, squash also keep free radicals at bay.

Summer squash come in many shapes and sizes, from warty crookneck squash to long zucchini, round or oval shapes, and scalloped varieties.

According to Burpee Seeds, summer squash does everything but plant itself. As long as you give it full sun, warm temperatures, well-drained soil and steady moisture, you'll be rewarded with a bumper crop of squash about seven weeks after planting.

So, what can you do with this abundance of squash? I asked some of my blogging friends for their favorite summer squash and zucchini recipes; here's what they shared. (Photos used with permission.)


Pasta with lemon, zucchini and basil from terristeffes.com; photo used with permission

Terri from Our Good Life enjoys zucchini in this pasta with lemon, zucchini and basil dish.
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Zucchini quiche from Nancy on the Homefront; photo used with permission.

Nancy from Nancy on the Homefront, who is one of our weekly Our Simple Homestead
blog hop co-hosts, makes zucchini quiche
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Corn zucchini salsa from Nancy on the Homefront; photo used with permission.

Nancy cans a corn-zucchini salsa
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Zucchini relish from Nancy on the Homefront; photo used with permission.

and she also makes zucchini relish.
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Chocolate chip zucchini cake from Nemcsok Farms; photo used with permission.

Chocolate chip zucchini cake is something I've heard a lot about, but I've never tasted
it before. It's what Evelyne from Nemcsok Farms does with zucchini.
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Newlywed recipe from True Agape; photo used with permission.

Cassie at True Agape calls this summer vegetable bake
her newlywed recipe.
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Squash au gratin from Restoring the Roost; photo used with permission

Megan at Restoring the Roost uses yellow squash
to make squash au gratin. It has to be good, it has cheese in it.
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Megan also told me that she likes to saute squash and onions together in bacon fat
for a long time over medium heat until it turns a bit brown and mushy, it's so yummy!
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Greek veggie zucchini boats from 918 Plate; photo used with permission.

Hillary at 918 Plate makes Greek veggie zucchini boats.
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Squash casserole from Homesteading with Heart; photo used with permission.

Jamie at Homesteading with Heart writes that this squash casserole
tastes like it has cheese in it, but it doesn't. It's an economical and delicious dish.
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They all look delicious to me. Which one will you try first? Or do you have a recipe you'd like to add in the comments?


You might also enjoy:
10 Ways to Use All That Winter Squash



This post has been shared at some of my favorite blog hops.


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28 comments:

  1. I like to sautee squash & beans in a small amount of olive oil with salt, pepper, and garlic. Let the veggies start to brown and they are amazing.

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    1. Thank you for sharing this, April. It sounds simple and delicious.

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  2. The zucchini relish and cake look so yummy! I will have to try them! Thank you for the feature!

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    1. You're welcome, Cassie. Let me know how you like them.

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  3. I love both squash and zucchini, so I'm really glad that I got to visit with you today. I'm excited to try each recipe. Thanks so much for sharing! GOD bless you, beautiful friend! :-)

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    1. I'm glad you visited today, Tai, and found all these new recipes!

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  4. fresh from the garden summer squash is the best! there are some great recipes here, thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome; I'm so glad you stopped by.

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  5. Oh wow, thanks for putting together this great list! I didn't plant summer squash this year, now I wish I had. My husband thinks he doesn't like squash, but I think that I could easily change his mind with these recipes ; )

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    1. I bet you could too, Michelle. He might not even realize it's squash unless you told him.

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  6. I've been making zucchini bread for days now! I have 34, 2-pound loaves in the freezer already. Only 20 more loaves to go. After I have 54 loaves frozen, then I can take a deep breath. My husband whines like crazy if he doesn't have his zucchini bread all year long. I'm swamped with zucchini this year. I'll be making at least 25 loaves to share with our new neighbors and friends this summer also.
    We steam zucchini and serve it as a side veggie. We also shred it and serve it to our dogs (mixed in their kibble). Our dogs LOVE zucchini - raw, steamed or grated.
    Thank you for the wonderful recipes. I'll be trying most of these. I also add FRESH zucchini to our spaghetti sauce - it's always a big hit around here.

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    1. All I can say is WOW, Bobbie! That's a LOT of zucchini! Thank you for sharing your ways of serving it.

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  7. Great post, I have a friend who thinks zucchini relish is the best stuff ever but I have never tried it!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Jamie Marie, now we have some recipes to try!

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  8. Sauteed in coconut oil with a fried egg and a couple of cherry tomatoes. It's the perfect summer breakfast.

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    1. That's very different, Jennifer. It sure sounds good!

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  9. I love making ratatouille with zucchini and a bunch of other yummy veggies. These all look good!

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    1. Ratatouille sounds delicious, Daisy!

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  10. This is a nice roundup. I want to make some lemon zucchini bread.

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    1. Oh, that sounds good too!

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  11. I can't wait for our summer squash to be ready!!! Thanks for adding this to From the Farm, this is one of this week's favorites!

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    1. Thank you so much, Heather!

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  12. I love all the fresh Ideas! I think I'll look at that squash casserole with the cheese first! Thanks for posting this at country fair blog party! Love it!
    Jan

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    1. You're welcome, Jan. I hope you find a new favorite.

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    2. P.S> You were the most viewed post for our link up this month so you will be featured on our September link up as well as posted on all my social media and pinned on our pinterest board! Congrat's and thanks again for joining us!

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    3. Thank you, Jan! I'm excited! Thank you for all the shares and the pin too!

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  13. Congratulations on receiving the most-clicked post from last month's Country Fair Blog Party! We can't wait to see what you have in store for this month :) http://www.cornbeanspigskids.com/2016/09/country-fair-blog-party-september-2016.html

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    1. Thank you, that's an honor I'm thrilled to have!

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