One of my favorite things about summer is fresh vegetables from my garden. One of my favorite vegetables is summer squash. If you have never tried yellow squash, you really need to. It has such a wonderful flavor. While I love the flavor, I realize that not everyone does. In fact, my kids used to hate summer squash, until I found a few creative ways to add it to my meals that they would eat. If you have picky eaters and you want them to enjoy the health benefits of summer squash, I have a list of my favorite 15 summer squash recipes that those picky eaters are sure to love.
Summer squash in the South is normally fried, and there is a wonderful recipe in this collection for traditional fried squash. There are other ways to prepare it however, that make it a bit healthier.
If you try to avoid fried foods, you can bake or even roast your squash to make it healthier and still get that wonderful flavor. Plus, there are so many things that you can pair it with and spices that you can add that will make it flavorful so that everyone in your family will eat it.
Squash is one of the easiest foods to grow. Seriously, you just can’t kill those plants and they produce so many veggies. If you plan to grow your own squash this summer, you just have to check out these amazing summer squash recipes.
They are all so tasty and they are perfect for adding to any meal. They will go deliciously with any main course that you plan to prepare and they are all really easy to make. And if you love easy meal recipes, be sure that you check out these 25 fast and easy crock pot recipes for a quick and delicious family dinner.
1. Baked Parmesan Yellow Squash
Parmesan cheese gives this baked squash dish such a wonderful flavor. If you love the taste of squash and don’t want to overburden it with other flavors, this is an excellent dish to try.
It’s really easy and it’s baked as opposed to fried so it’s much healthier than traditional fried squash. Plus, there’s parmesan cheese in it! And, it bakes up so brown and crispy. You can have this on the table in less than half an hour.
2. Baked Zucchini And Squash Spears
Here is another wonderful baked squash dish that has the delicious flavor of parmesan. This one also has zucchini spears and it is very tasty. It’s also got the yummy flavors of thyme, oregano and garlic and it bakes up so deliciously brown and crispy.
You just cut your squash and zucchini into spears and then add the other ingredients. It’s an easy dish that is sure to please even your most finicky eaters. This would be great with any meat and served with roasted cauliflower.
3. 30 Minute Sauteed Yellow Squash
Sautéed squash is so healthy and delicious. If you truly love the flavor of summer squash then this is an excellent recipe to try. It lets that delicious flavor come through without other flavors to throw you off.
This one is super easy and only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. The recipe serves four but you could easily double or even triple it to make a larger batch.
4. Easy Cheesy Baked Squash Casserole
How do you get picky eaters to try squash? You cover it in cheese! I love this recipe. It is so easy to make and has so many wonderful flavors.
Not only do you get yellow squash, sharp cheddar cheese, and sour cream, but it also has a crunchy topping that you make with Ritz crackers. The entire thing is so delicious and it is sure to help you to convince your picky eaters to try some healthy squash.
5. Cheesy Sauteed Yellow Squash
This cheesy dish combines the flavor of yellow squash with bell pepper. This is a super easy recipe that also includes tomatoes, onion, garlic, jack or cheddar cheese and fresh or dry basil. It’s a really simple recipe that won’t take you long at all to get on the table and it’s relatively healthy because you bake it as opposed to frying it. And, it goes great with any main dish that you want to fix.
6. Roasted Summer Squash And Zucchini
Summer squash and zucchini pair so well together. I always add them to casseroles and other dishes together because they help to bring out each other’s flavor. That is certainly the case with this roasted zucchini and summer squash recipe.
It has both veggies as well as parmesan cheese, black pepper and garlic powder and it is a side dish that goes perfectly with any main course. Serve this with your favorite cast iron skillet chicken pot pie recipe for a wholesome and delicious family dinner.
7. Classic Southern Fried Squash
Here in the South, fried squash is a staple during the warmer months. I swear I fix this stuff a few times a week and my family loves it. If you want a truly traditional Southern dish, this fried summer squash is it and this is so easy to make.
Rolling the squash in flour and cornmeal after drenching it in egg and milk is what makes it fry up so crispy and delicious. Master this side dish and you will always have something to take to your potluck dinners!
8. Garden Stuffed Summer Squash
This recipe is a bit different than other squash dishes. It’s a stuffed squash recipe that is so delicious and you stuff your summer squash with other veggies from your garden. If you want a dish that will show off your gardening skills, this is it.
Along with bell pepper, tomatoes and onions, this stuffed summer squash also has bacon, cheese and breadcrumbs and it is sure to be something that even your pickiest eaters will love.
9. Garlic Parmesan Summer Squash Chips
Do you want your kids to eat more summer squash? Turn that squash into chips and they are practically guaranteed to love it. This recipe combines squash with parmesan and garlic for a wonderful flavor and then it is cooked to a crispy chip-like texture.
These are great for snacking and they are so much healthier than traditional potato chips. Go ahead and serve these to your little ones. They are going to love them!
10. Easy Roasted Summer Squash
I love recipes that are just as easy as they are tasty. That is definitely the case with this easy roasted summer squash recipe. You cut your squash lengthwise and then add olive oil, pepper and parmesan cheese to give it a wonderful flavor.
Kids are going to love these because they look like little boats. You are going to love them because they are delicious and so much healthier than other side dishes.
11. Fast And Easy Skillet Squash
What do you do when you need a super delicious and super easy side dish? You whip up this skilled summer squash and zucchini. This is one of the easiest side dish recipes you will ever make and it has such a wonderful flavor – if you love summer squash and zucchini that is.
Actually, you could add smoked sausage and maybe an onion to this one and create a main dish from it, too.
12. Spiral Summer Squash With Basil And Garlic
You don’t have to necessarily have spaghetti squash on hand to get that great spaghetti squash look. You can do the same thing with your summer squash. You will need a spiraling tool for this recipe. You just cut your squash into spirals and then cook with garlic, basil, and a few other tasty ingredients.
Kids are going to love this one because it looks like pasta. You don’t even have to tell them that it’s squash until after they gobble it up! This pairs perfectly with crispy garlic parmesan salmon.
13. Delicious Summer Squash Corn Chowder
Why not add that summer squash to your corn chowder and make a meal that everyone will love? Corn chowder is one of my favorite soups and this one has summer squash, so it’s even better than my go to recipe.
I love the idea of combining squash with chowder and this one in particular has yummy bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, green onions, celery and so many other wonderful flavors.
14. Tex Mex Summer Squash Casserole
Onions, jalapenos, salsa, cheddar cheese, summer squash and chilies are only a few of the ingredients that make this Tex Mex casserole taste so delicious. If you love spicy, you are really going to love this one.
And, it is so easy to make. This is definitely a casserole dish that you want for potluck dinners and family gatherings. It’s so yummy and it’s really healthy. There are fewer than 150 calories in a three-quarter cup serving.
15. Roasted Summer Squash With Lemon
I love recipes that call for roasting as opposed to frying. They are so much healthier and this one, in particular, is so tasty. You roast your summer squash with lemon and olive oil, two flavors that work really well together.
You could add mint or another flavor to this one too, to make it even more unique. This is going to go well with those barbecue dinners that you will fix this summer or it’s a great side for just about any main dish.