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Published on September 8th, 2011 | by Rachel Fox, RD

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4 Ways to Enjoy Zucchini and Squash

summer squashTired of your old squash recipes? Try these 4 new delicious cooking methods to spice up your squash.

Recipes are always great the first few times you eat them, then they start to get old. This could cause you to get sick of certain foods if you don’t have any other ideas of how to cook them. Vegetables are the most important foods not to give up on!

Each squash (summer that is) has about 4 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. Each also provides almost an entire days worth of vitamin C. Squash have a very mild flavor so they can easily be added to combination dishes or jazzed up with your favorite seasonings.

Try these 4 new cooking methods with your squash:

  1. Squash quesadilla: Dice fresh squash into 1/2 inch pieces. Lightly fry up with onions and garlic. Add to quesadilla filling. I like to put black beans in my quesadillas for protein. Squash tastes great with Swiss cheese for filling.
  2. Squash chips: Thinly slice squash into rounds. Place on sheet pan on top of parchment paper. Lightly brush with olive or canola oil. Sprinkle lightly with parmesan cheese and your favorite herbs. Use tongs or a fork to flip them. Apply the same oil and seasoning to side two. Bake on 375 for about 10 minutes. Check crispiness and flip. Bake until chips are at desired crunch.
  3. Squash sticks: Cut your squash in half once, and then lengthwise into 3/4 inch strips. Eat the strips raw with your favorite hummus or vegetable dip.
  4. Casserole addition: casseroles are not just for green beans, broccoli and mushrooms. Add diced squash to any casserole for great color and texture.

Image credit to creative commons user Wally Hartshorn

 

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About the Author

Rachel is a Registered Dietitian and food and nutrition enthusiast from southeast Michigan. She has her Bachelor's in Dietetics from Central Michigan University and completed her dietetic internship at Michigan State University. Rachel aspires to get a Master's of Public Health in the near future. Her passions include cooking, baking, and even grocery shopping. She supports local food, slow food, and good food! Rachel's spare time is devoted to attending local concerts and festivals, reading and playing tennis.



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