Summer squash have thin, edible skin, soft seeds, and mild, tender flesh. They are low in calories, high in fiber and vitamins A and C, and quick to cook. Popular squash varieties include yellow, crookneck, zucchini, and pattypan.
Note: Zucchini and yellow squash may be used interchangeably in recipes.
Boiling summer squash is a quick way to cook it to add to recipes. In just a few minutes, boiled summer squash is tender and ready to eat!
Steaming summer squash can be just as quick as boiling, and it might be a little more flavorful once it's finished. Just remember to season your squash once it's finished steaming.
If you don't have time to wait for water to boil, try steaming your summer squash in the microwave. The cooking time may be a little longer, but this method is quicker overall than boiling or steaming because you don't have to start with a pot of boiling water.
When summertime arrives, there's only one way to cook yellow squash: on the grill! For a super-delish veggie side, toss skewers or slices of squash onto the grill at your summer cookout for serving alongside burgers, chicken, and barbecue.
The addition of shredded summer squash to baked goods helps to ensure moist, tender results. Using the coarse side of a box grater, shred zucchini or yellow squash for use in baked goods.
It might take a little extra time to roast summer squash, but the delicious caramelization roasting adds to the veggies is oh, so worth it. Add any seasoning you like before roasting, but try not to use too much olive oil or your squash can get soggy.
If you don't have time to roast your squash and the weather isn't good for grilling, broiling summer squash is another great cooking method. Prep your veggies just like you do before roasting, but let your broiler make quick work of the squash instead.
If you're not adding summer squash to soup or eating it all on its own as a side dish, try making a summer squash casserole! You can easily combine multiple kinds of squash into one casserole recipe, so it can help you use up a few odds and ends. Plus, most squash casserole recipes call for adding in other veggies, like sweet peppers or tomatoes, so squash casseroles are usually a pretty healthy meal choice.