If you’re looking to add more vegetables to your diet, you aren’t alone. People are always looking for tasty ways to cook that are still good for the body, particularly during a time when many have packed on their share of "pandemic pounds" — yes, there’s an actual name for our 2020 weight gain. On the other hand, maybe you just want to try new ways to enjoy delicious, nutritious veggies. We’ve got that covered as well!
Whatever your reason for turning to garden vegetables, yellow squash is one of the best options to add to your cooking repertoire. Many people substitute squash for other foods — pasta and rice, for example — but squash doesn’t just have to be a substitute dish. It can be a delicious addition to any family meal, including holiday meals like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Ready to make a vegetable-centric culinary change? Start with these unique, interesting and delicious yellow squash recipes that will ensure you never find this vegetable boring again.
What Are the Health Benefits of Yellow Squash?
As a gourd vegetable, yellow squash comes packed with valuable nutrients your body needs, including vitamins A, B and C, manganese, potassium, folate, magnesium and phosphorus. It even offers a nice dose of daily fiber. However, before you pull out your baking sheet and open your spice drawer, you also need to consider a few other things that could make a difference in your cooking approach.
Old School Squash Casserole
If you ever doubted it, this recipe proves that traditional squash casserole doesn't have to be a mushy, bland burden on your diet. Instead, it can be rich, layered and deliciously satisfying. This recipe is perfect for a weekend event but is also easy to prepare for any random weeknight, even when you're sandwiching dinner between work and nighttime obligations.
Yellow Squash Soup
If you love warm, creamy, comforting soups, then you’ll be happy to hear that you can make a version with yellow squash that's so rich and delicious, you won’t even remember that it’s also healthy. This recipe is obviously perfect for chilly winter weather, but it’s also light enough to satisfy your soup cravings in the heat of summer. Even better, making this soup is simple and uncomplicated.
Fried Yellow Squash
If you’re familiar with Southern comfort food, then you’ve probably eaten or at least heard about fried yellow squash. Frying is a simple approach that makes just about anything taste delicious, including vegetables, and it doesn’t have to be a bad thing if you choose heart-healthy oils for your frying. This particular dish also doesn't take up a lot of time if you're looking for something to make quickly for dinner when you get home.
Yellow Squash with Parmesan Cheese
If frying adds too much fat and calories for you, but you still like a good crunch on your squash, baking offers a great alternative — especially if you add some cheese to the mix. You have a lot of choices when it comes to cheese and yellow squash, but this recipe calls for Parmesan. However, be aware that not all Parmesans are created equal. Fresh grated options from the dairy section are much more flavorful than the grated aged crumbles in plastic containers in the spaghetti aisle. The fresh version has a very different flavor profile than its aged counterparts.