Summer Squash: 30 Zucchini Recipes


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30 Must Try Zucchini Recipes - breads, breakfasts, main dishes, and sides! by Barefeet In The Kitchen

If you’ve ever had a garden with a squash plant (or a neighbor with a squash plant), you’ve probably had occasion to wonder, “What am I going to do with all these zucchini?!”

A few years ago, we planted our first garden. My husband asked me how many squash plants I wanted him to plant and in pure naivety, I answered, “you can’t plant too many squash plants for me!”

Three months and 40+ squash plants later; we had a daily harvest of anywhere from a dozen to 3 dozen squash. Italian Zucchini, Eight Balls, One Balls, Crooknecks, Pattypans, Mexican Grey, you name it, we planted it.

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I LOVE zucchini, but even I reached my limit that year. We gave away bags and boxes of squash to anyone and everyone who was willing to take it off our hands.

The upside to an overabundance of squash is that it forces you to be more creative with your cooking.

I baked it, roasted it, sauteed it, stir fried it, dehydrated it (still working on that plan), slivered it, chopped it, pureed it (yikes, that was not a great idea), we even learned that squash can be eaten raw.

We ate squash with most of our meals for weeks that summer. We ate so much squash that I didn’t crave it again for a couple years. This year? I am giddy all over again to see the first harvest. We chose not to garden this year, but my brother was generous enough to bring me these beauties to play with this week. I can hardly wait!

A close up of food, with Squash and Bread

A pizza sitting on top of a plate of food, with Squash and Summer squash
A bowl of salad and a fork on a plate, with Summer squash and Olive oil
30 Must Try Zucchini Recipes - breads, breakfasts, main dishes, and sides by Barefeet In The Kitchen

(Recipe originally published 8-13-2012 – photos and notes updated 7-25-2014)

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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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    • Anonymous says

      Have a Zucchini bread recipe from my Mom's recipes wonderful everyone loves it She will always be in our memories Mom and Dad.