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Yellow squash (also known as summer squash) is a mild vegetable that’s harvested when immature and while the rind is still tender and edible. It cooks up easily and takes on the flavor of the food that it’s cooked with. This vegetable has two varieties and their names provide a visual so you can understand what they look like without actually seeing one—crook neck and straight neck. Both are fat-bottomed and have slightly bumpy skin with creamy white flesh and uncommonly large seeds compared to other varieties of squash.
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How to Cook Yellow Squash
Yellow squash can be eaten raw when harvested young, but they can also be cooked in both sweet and savory dishes. Summer squash be used after a good wash and with no peeling required. Just cube, dice or slice the squash to prep for grilling, sautéing, roasting or baking. Much like zucchini, they are the perfect addition to baked goods, too. Add it to breads or muffins for a healthy snack. Your kids won’t have a clue that they’re enjoying a vegetable, plus it keeps the bread moist.
Healthy Reasons to Eat Yellow Squash
With vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as folate and magnesium and fiber, there are many healthy reasons to add this colorful vegetable to your plate. A 1-cup serving contains only 4 grams of carbs, making it a good substitute for other high-calorie vegetables.
Best Yellow Squash Recipes
When these vibrant yellow summer squash are in season, you can easily find them growing in your neighbor’s yard, at the local farmers market and at roadside fruit stands, as well as piled high in the veggie aisle in your local grocery store. Use them to make yellow squash casserole, roasted yellow squash, yellow squash soup, grilled yellow squash and so much more, with these 31 best yellow squash recipes.
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