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Summer Squash & 5 Ways to Cook With It

What comes in two different colors, is long and lean, and one of the most versatile produce there is? Summer squash! This vibrant vegetable is now in season and can be utilized a variety of ways in the kitchen. Not only can it take on multiple responsibilities in a recipe, it’s also good for you.

Now through late August, you’ll find plenty of yellow squash and zucchini on the shelves of your grocery store, some of which might even be locally grown. That’s the thing about buying in season. Even large chain grocery stores often offer produce from local farms as a way to support the community and reduce carbon footprint. Buying in-season produce is more affordable, and contains optimal amounts of nutrients and flavor.

Health Benefits of Summer Squash

Zucchini and yellow squash are a high-water, high-fiber vegetable. Including these veggies in your diet will help promote healthy digestion and heart health. They are also high in antioxidants, classifying them as an anti-inflammatory food, and contain over 50 percent of your daily vitamin C needs!

5 Ways to Use Summer Squash

As a noodle. This is no new news, but zucchini make a fantastic low carb noodle alternative. When bought prepared in the store, they can turn soggy quickly, so it’s best to spiralize them fresh at home. Don’t have a spiralizer? No problem! Use a veggie peeler to create zucchini ribbons, then slice lengthwise to create fettucine-like strands. Top it with this Mushroom Walnut Bolognese for a light, comforting summer dish!

In a stir fry. This classic Asian dish is the perfect way to use up any leftover veggies you have on hand, including summer squash. The benefit to using squash is that they cook quickly, so you can have a healthy and delicious stir fry on the table in no time at all. Try it in this Easy Zucchini Stir Fry recipe.

As a boat. No, not literally. As a stuffing boat! Scoop out the inside to create a nice landing spot for your favorite filling, whether you’re feeling like pizza or tacos.

In a muffin. This is a great way to sneak in veggies where your kids might not notice. Adding grated zucchini to your muffin or loaf batter is a great way to boost nutrients and achieve a moist texture. Try these Healthy Zucchini Muffins with chocolate chips.

As a pizza crust. Veggie pizza crusts are still all the rage, especially if you’ve tried your hand at the keto lifestyle. They can be tricky to make from scratch because of the high water content of zucchini, but when carefully executed, it can turn into a success! This Four Ingredient Zucchini Pizza Crust looks like it just might be a winner.

Of course, you can always sauté zucchini and yellow squash with a little olive oil, onion and fresh herbs for a delicious side that will make the natural flavors truly shine. No matter how you experiment in the kitchen, incorporating summer squash into your cooking is delicious and nutritious!

 


Carly Paige, health coach and cooking instructor, believes that healthy doesn’t have to be hard. Her mission is to show you simple swaps in and out of the kitchen to elevate your everyday that will transform your health. Carly is the author of Simply Swapped Everyday, a healthy guide and cookbook with over 75 plant-powered recipes and founder of FitLiving Eats – a place where she shares nutritious recipes and how-to guides.

 

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