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5 ways to add summer squash to your meals

Basket of garden fresh squash and zucchini

Tired of potato salad this summer….why not try summer squash!

Some of the benefits of adding summer squash to your BBQ list:

  • more potassium
  • vitamin C
  • fibre
  • helps you stay hydrated

In Ontario, summer squash are available from late spring to early fall, and come in green or yellow colours.

If you are still wondering what I am talking about, most people call summer squash – Zucchini.

5 different ways to eat summer squash (zucchini):

  1. BBQ
  2. Sliced and added to salads
  3. Cut lengthwise as vegetable sticks with dip
  4. Grated in breads and muffins
  5. Spiralized (my personal favourite) as a spaghetti noodle.

Here’s what spiralized zucchini looks like:

You will need a device that can cut the zucchini in long thin noodle like strings. Food processors often have that adaptor or even a simple hand-held device will do.

Quick & healthy zucchini noodle recipe:

Fresh zucchini spaghetti isolated on white


  • 2 zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 15ml
  • ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper 5ml
  • 3tbsp grated Parmesan cheese 45ml

Putting it all together:

  1. In a saucepan, warm olive oil at medium heat
  2. Add garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes
  3. Add the zucchini noodles and cook no more than 3 minutes, tossing a few times.
  4. Remove from heat and add parmesan cheese.
  5. Enjoy as a side dish for any meal.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition information:
½ cup (125ml): 70 calories, 6g fat, saturated fat 1g, 5mg cholesterol, sodium 10%,  5g carbohydrates, 1g Fibre, 3g sugars, 3g protein,  iron 6%DV , 8% DV Potassium, 36%DV Vitamin C.

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