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Learn to Love: Summer Squash

I have always held Winter squash in greater esteem than the Summer variety, since zucchini and crook neck squash seem to pale in comparison nutritionally. But it looks like I was wrong, because Summer squash has a lot to offer.


One cup of zucchini provides about 15 percent of the recommended daily intake for vitamin C and 10 percent of vitamin A. This veggie is high in manganese, a trace mineral that supports an active metabolism as well as brain function and bone health. One cup of Summer squash also provides two and a half grams of fiber, and every little bit of fiber adds up to make a healthy diet. Plus, you get around 10 percent of your daily intake requirements for potassium, folate, and vitamin K with a cup of squash, as well as a bit of omega-3 fatty acids. This variety of squash is also high in phytonutrients, though not quite as high as root vegetables, which have cancer-fighting effects.

Now that I have convinced us both of the nutritional merits this versatile vegetable, I am sure you are going to want to cook some up tonight. You can check out my serving suggestions when you

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Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy green and yellow zucchini, crook neck squash, patty pan, and butter blossom squash:

  • Chop up a variety of Summer squash and saute in olive oil with garlic and red pepper flakes for an easy side dish.
  • Slice zucchini lengthwise, dip in olive oil, and grill.
  • For a veggie entree, cook up some creamy zucchini boats.

Love Summer squash? How do you like to cook you zucchini?

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kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
We just had grilled zucchini with our dinner last night! Yum!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'm not a huge fan of it, but it grows so well here that my inlaws and my parents always plant it and give me a ton of it. I've learned how to make them palatable though...I steam them and eat them with a bit of lemon juice and basil. I also chop them up and add them to vegetable soup and pasta sauce.
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 8 years
I steam it and serve it with stewed tomatoes. YUM!!!
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
Oh, you don't have to waste your breath trying to get me to eat zucchini, because I love it. I had some last night, in fact. Grilled those bad boys up and put them on my turkey burger. :D I put squash in my food year round, thanks California!
Renee3327 Renee3327 8 years
These are my favorite summer veggies - I like to throw some zucchini and yellow squash on skewers along with peppers and onions and grill them up for tasty veggie kabobs. I also drizzle olive oil in a pan and cook them up, squeeze a little lemon juice and sprinkle some parmesan cheese...so good!
kclulu kclulu 8 years
Good idea mamasitamali, I am going to have to try that. I also love to grill it though with olive oil and rub it with some garlic. I wish it were summer all of the time!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I julienne it and add it to cole slaw/salads
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