The summer squash and zucchini are just starting to come in from my garden. It won’t be long before I am overwhelmed. I only planted two zucchini plants this year, so although I have a lot of zucchini, it is still manageable. However, this year I went wild and planted 3 crook neck squash and 3 yellow straight neck squash on purpose and 2 on accident (and I think I have a volunteer next to my eggplant). I compiled a list of summer squash recipes last year to address the abundance, and decided it was time to do it again this year. If you have any favorite summer squash recipes that you would like to share, please leave me a link or recipe in the comments and I will include it in the list.
Recipes that are in my meal rotation now:
~Zucchini Potato Skillet
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 Plan in the near future:
~Skillet Squash (might not be the real name, but Lori at A Frugally Old-Fashioned Homemaker did not name it. I miss your post Lori, Thanks for keeping your blog up!). Another great tip from Lori: Use yellow squash in place of zucchini in zucchini bread.
Zucchini Frittata is the frugal recipe of the week at I’m Losing It Here. Laura says her family also likes zucchini casserole. Which is basically lightly steamed squash tossed with toasted bread cubes, diced pancetta or bacon, garlic cheese and a milk and egg mixture to set the casserole. Very easy to put together, and very pretty when made with different types of squash. Laura also loves to add grated zucchini (moisture squeezed out) to sour cream and diced green onion for enchilada filling.
~Zucchini and Chicken Pasta with Parmesan I know this is a zucchini recipe, but Liz at The Frugal Engineer said it would work well with squash instead of zucchini (I hope you are doing well Liz! Thanks for keeping your blog up too!).
Visit Amy at The Finer Things in Life . She compiled a wonderful list of zucchini recipes many of which could be adapted to include summer squash. And since I am passing on zucchini recipes, visit Kara's Kitchen Creations. She has tons of wonderful recipes including Zucchini Brownies, Cinnamon chip Zucchini Brownies and Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread.
~Zucchini Frittata (I don't know if this can be adapted to squash or not, but it sure looks delicious).
~Zucchini Pancakes and Summer Squash Breakfast Burritos. If you are really over run with summer squash and need to step your consumption to three meals a day than try these recipes.
~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 easily grill squash. Cut yellow squash in half, coat the cut side with you favorite marinade, and grill it alongside your steaks.
~You can eat it uncooked. Try adding some to your next salad.
~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.
What is your favorite way to eat squash?
N.B. I have discovered that neighbors are more willing to accept my overflow, If I bring it with a couple of recipes for how it can be prepared.
This post has been linked to Food On Fridays.