When it comes to summer squash, such as zucchini, patty pans and yellow crooknecks, you've got options. You can stuff it, bake it, steam it, roast it or grill it. Or even eat it raw on salads or dip pieces into hummus.
Get creative cooking this vegetable and make it a fun activity to prepare with kids. With many health benefits, 1 cup of summer squash is an excellent source of vitamin C and has potassium and fiber as well.
Since different varieties of squash are similar in texture, they can be swapped out for one another in recipes. Here are a few ideas about how to incorporate summer squash into your menu.
- Grate it and bake with it. Summer squash can be used in pancakes, muffins, breads and cakes.
- Stuff it. Summer squash can be stuffed with beans and lentils or used as a boat for any baked side dish.
- Grill it. Cut into long strips and place directly on the grill or cook smaller pieces in tin foil.
When selecting summer squash, keep in mind that young, smaller squash tend to have more flavor. Summer squash can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.