Zucchini & other summer squashes

Sesame Zucchini “Noodles” with Snow Peas

Zucchini snow pea salad

This very green salad has a contrast of flavors and textures, from the crunch from the snow peas to the tender raw zucchini “noodles.” Though nice and light, the sesame dressing and two kinds of seeds — sesame and sunflower — give it substance.

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Zucchini Fettuccine with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Zucchini Fettuccine with Fresh Tomato Salsa from Laura Theodore

This raw “noodle” side dish is low in calories, a breeze to prepare, and fabulous fare on a hot summer night. The zucchini strips really do look and taste a lot like fresh pasta. Photo by Warren Jefferson. more→

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Vegan Zucchini Summer Quiche

ZUCCHINI QUICHE

A warm-weather brunch calls for quiche, so I created this vegan version to pleasingly fit the bill. Featuring shredded zucchini and a flaky, gluten-free crust, this quiche will be declared a winner when served at any midday meal. Recipe from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites* by Laura Theodore (BenBella Books 2013), reprinted by permission.

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Asparagus, Squash, and Red Bell Pepper Sauté

Asparagus, squash, and red bell pepper sauté

An appealing vegetable trio — asparagus, zucchini or summer squash, and red bell peppers — is enlivened by a wine-scented sauté. This colorful veggie side dish is perfect for embellishing everyday meals as well as spring holiday dinners. 
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Summer Squash, Green Bean, and Chickpea Salad

Squash, chickpea, and green bean salad detail

This appealing mix of yellow summer squash, green beans and chickpeas is especially welcome when slender fresh green beans are abundant. It makes a great summer salad that can be a main dish, served with crusty bread and fresh corn, or as a side dish for vegan quesadillas or grain dishes.

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Raw Squash “Noodles” with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Raw zucchini noodles

Making raw spaghetti-like “noodles” with a spiral slicer (I got the one made by World Cuisine* and enjoy it quite a bit) is all the rage among those who have adopted raw food diets. It’s also a boon to those who’ve gone gluten-free, as well as gardeners who have more squash than they know what to do with. For anyone else who just wants to eat lighter and fresher during the summer, it’s just plain fun. more→

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Summer Squash with Corn and Green Chiles

summer squash and corn sauté

The combination of fresh summer squash and corn, flavored with garlic and chiles, is simply delicious. This is a delightful side dish in late summer, when fresh corn and squashes are at their peak of abundance and flavor. This is good served with quesadillas or other Southwestern dishes, as well as simple bean dishes. more→

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Creamy Zucchini Soup

Creamy Zucchini Soup - vegan

This tasty, creamy zucchini soup easy to prepare. Use smaller zucchini, as they’re more flavorful than large ones. It’s a perfect soup for late summer, when zucchini are in abundance. This is good served hot or chilled. more→

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