Before we went on vacation, I took a look at my garden to decide what I should harvest before I left. The squash seemed a little on the small size, so I left it to grow for a few more days. Big mistake! I came home to an overwhelming amount of squash:
I only planted two zucchini plants this year, three yellow straight neck squash and one pattypan squash. That combined with rich compost is enough to produce more than my family of 5 can eat. Fortunately, the excess can be diced and frozen.
I have compiled a list of summer squash recipes the last two summers to address the abundance, and decided it was time to do it again this year.
Recipes that are in my meal rotation now:
Most of the above recipes allow us to savor the fresh picked squash. As we tire of eating it every.single.day I will move to recipes where the squash will acquire more flavor from the recipe’s other ingredients.
Recipes that you will find on my Menu in the near future:
~Squash-sagna and here are more recipes that use squash as an alternative to noodles
~Pasta and Vegetables in Lemon Parmesan Sauce
~Summer Squash is a broad term that includes all squash that reach maturity in the summer (instead of fall like pumpkins). When I am in the garden I am inclusive in my definition, but once I step into the kitchen I tend to limit my definition to the yellow varieties.
~If you have a choice, choose smaller squash since they have less seeds.
~Grated summer squash can be used to replace carrots in carrot cake!
~You can freeze your squash. Cut it up into bite size pieces or shred it then freeze it. Erin at $5 Dinners cuts up summer squash along with zucchini, carrots, onion,and celery then freezes it so she can pull it out and add it when she makes Zucchini Freezer Soup.
~You can eat it uncooked. Try adding some to your next salad.
~You can easily grill squash. Cut yellow squash in half inch thick slices, coat with you favorite marinade, and grill it alongside your steaks.
What is your favorite way to eat squash? If you have any favorite summer squash recipes that you would like to share, please leave me a link in the comments and I will include it in the list.