Zucchini & other summer squashes

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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Almost-Raw Zucchini “Macaroni” and Cheez

raw macaroni and cheezHave you been looking for a good, easy, nearly raw macaroni and cheez recipe? As with a lot of fancier raw recipes, I regret that this one needs machines — a high speed blender to make the sauce, and a spiral slicer (I love the World Cuisine Spiral Slicer) to make “noodles” from zucchini. But if you have those in your kitchen, you’ll enjoy this dish. This is recipe says “comfort food” like raw foods rarely do. more→

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Easy Zucchini Noodles with Peanut Sauce

zucchini "noodles" with peanut butter sauce

When the heat gets this intense, I try to make meals that don’t require much if any heat (even if the AC is on!). I’ve really enjoyed my spiral slicer, which makes instant “noodles” from raw zucchini. Now, don’t get me wrong — I have no problem with pasta, but in the summer heat, zucchini noodles just feel lighter. And they’re ready pretty much instantly, with a few cranks of the lever, and no heat needed. If you don’t have a spiral slicer, you can use your favorite noodles — rice noodles, bean-thread noodles, soba, or linguini —this works with all of them. more→

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Zucchini Chowder

Zucchini chowder

This soup recipe is a tasty adaptation of a southwestern classic. When zucchini becomes over-abundant in the late summer garden, this is one way to use up a fair amount of it! Serve as an introduction to a southwestern-style meal of soft tacos or vegan quesadillas. more→

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Quesadillas with Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, and Corn

Sweet potatoes on table

Quesadillas provide a quick and delectable way to get dinner on the table in a hurry. This combination of sweet potatoes, zucchini, and corn is especially delicious with salsa verde (tomatillo salsa).

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Summer Squash and Broccoli Relish Salad

Broccoli steamed

This simply yet tasty salad of yellow summer squash and broccoli goes well with veggie burgers, pasta dishes, and spicy grain or bean dishes. And— dare I say it—this might be just the kind of salad to entice younger eaters. more→

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Seasonal Summer Briam of Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomato

Briam (Casserole) of Eggplant and Zucchini

To honor Jason and the Argonauts and seasonal eats, here’s a briam — a Greek casserole of seasonal summer veggies. Many traditional recipes are oil guzzlers (fancy that). This has less oil but loads of flavor from the veggies themselves, and the produce and time does the work for you. Crusty on top, juicy on the bottom, it’s good over brown rice, quinoa or with crusty bread for soaking up sauce. Serve with a Greek—or any—salad.

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Simple Summer Squash Sauté with Dried Tomatoes and Basil

Summer squash sauté

This easy sauté calls for zucchini and yellow summer squashes, which are available year-round, but any tender squash, such as pattypan, eight-ball zucchini, etc., may be substituted or added. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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