Each summer I compile a list of summer squash recipes to address the abundance that a few squash plants can provide. Below is a list of delicious recipes created to help you use up your summer squash. Once we start harvesting squash it isn’t long before I am working it into every meal and my husband and kids are chanting “squash for breakfast, squash for lunch, squash for dinner, munch, munch, munch”. It isn’t quite that bad, but almost.
Summer Squash is a broad term that includes all squash that reach maturity in the summer (instead of fall squash 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.
Recipes that allow us to savor fresh picked squash:
Breakfast Recipes with Squash:
Don’t feel guilty sneaking squash into breakfast recipes. Desperate times call for desperate measures. You can also work summer squash into lunch with recipes like this Squash Calzone:
Recipes where the squash acquires more flavor from the recipe’s other ingredients:
Squash-sagna and here are more recipes that use squash as an alternative to noodles
If someone give you a large yellow squash, enjoy it, but if you are buying it by the pound choose smaller squash since they have fewer seeds.
Grated summer squash can be used to replace carrots in carrot cake or zucchini in zucchini bread!
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.
Amy at The Finer Things in Life has compiled a wonderful list of zucchini recipes, many of which could be adapted to include summer squash.
You can pickle squash! Kendra at New Life on the Homestead shares her recipe for Squash Pickles.
You can easily grill squash. Cut yellow squash in half inch thick slices, coat with your favorite marinade, and grill it alongside your steaks. Grilled Squash is great in Grilled Ratatouille.
What is your favorite summer squash recipe?