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The CSA Box: Summer Squash Recipes

The CSA Box: Summer Squash Recipes

I do not like summer squash or zucchini. I’m talking about these beauties that show up EVERYWHERE this time of year.

Summer-Squash

We’ve been getting them week after week in our CSA box and they’ve slowly been collecting in my fridge. Since no one else in my family really eats vegetables in their natural state (I’m trying, I really am) I had to get creative.

With zucchini, I always make bread or muffins. My sons will eat them, even knowing there is a vegetable hiding among the cinnamon and oats. I think next time I’m going to try making zucchini fries and see if anyone will try those dipped in tomato sauce. This left me wondering what to do with all the yellow squash. I turned to my frenemy, Pinterest, and found these two recipes that turned out pretty well.

Summer Squash Recipes

Blueberry and Yellow Squash Bread This bread is really tasty. The lemon zest adds a nice flavor and other than a very slight almost pumpkin bread kind of flavor (it’s really not pronounced at all) you cannot taste the squash. I substituted half of the sugar for raw honey to eliminate some of the refined sugar in the recipe. The second time I made this recipe, I used mini bread pans so I could stash a few in the freezer. Great way to use blueberries which are abundant this time of year as well.

Squash and Cheese TartletsZucchini and Cheddar Tartlets Don’t let them name fool you, you can use summer squash here too. I made these for dinner and called them muffins. My husband I thought they were pretty good, and were great reheated the next day for lunch. My kids would only nibble at them, but that’s pretty standard for them so not a good indicator of taste.

Nourish Mom also shared a good recipe a few summers ago for Cheesy Zucchini Biscuits.

Next on my list, attempt to make pickles out of the hundreds of cucumbers coming not only from my CSA but my own garden. Any good techniques or recipes to share there?

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3 comments

  1. Heather August 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I love zucchini, but am the only one in my house that will eat it. I found this recipe last summer: http://www.farmerdaves.net/aunt-janes-zucchini-pie and love it! My husband will eat it, my daughter will cook it with me, and I’m holding on to the hope that she might even eat it this summer. A mom can dream, right?

  2. MediaMom August 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    No one in my house likes zucchini except my son who will eat any vegetable. So when my husband accidentally bought one (he thought he was picking up a cucumber), I figured it would just serve Benjamin for a week. But I was making burgers on my indoor grill pan and just decided to give the zucchini a whirl. I made thin slices length-wise, tossed them a little olive oil, salt and pepper and grilled them (indoors) until they caramelized. I swear I’m not lying when I tell you that the entire family of devoted zucchini haters loved it so much it’s now a staple in our dinner rotation. The caramelizing changed the taste and texture so much that even my 6-year-old, who is not at all inclined to so much as look at a vegetable outside her standard repertoire, proclaimed them “delicious.” I know. I wouldn’t believe me either if I hated zucchini as much as I do. It’s too simple. But I promise you it worked.

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    Kate August 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I may not be the best person to ask because my house is filled with zuchinni and squash lovers (we have one/both grilled or roasted several nights a week), but here are some good zuchinni recipes that aren’t too “zuchinni-ish”:

    Zuchinni Chips (good for a healthy swap): http://vittlesandbits.blogspot.com/2012/03/baked-zucchini-chips.html

    Zuchinni Fritters http://americanchefinlondon.com/2012/08/30/zucchini-fritters-with-avocado-quark/

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