Easy & delicious ways to use up your summer zucchini bounty

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Let’s talk about summer squash! Or rather, let’s make some summer squash recipes!

I love squash because they are delicious, but I also love them because they are usually relatively cheap in the summer. If you know me at all, you know that I am all about that frugal living, so if any fruit or vegetable is in season and on sale, I am cooking it nonstop!

I just got a massive bunch of squash, so I needed all the squash recipes I could round up so that my family and I don’t get bored of the same food all the time. I love cooking and trying new recipes, so this was right up my alley!

Easy and healthy meals that you can serve quickly to your family are my jam! There is nothing like settling down to a delicious family meal- money can’t buy that kind of happiness!

So check out these delicious summer squash recipes and enjoy!

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1. Calabacitas con Elote (Zucchini with Corn)

Here’s an easy way to make Calabacitas con Elote (Zucchini with Corn) – a zesty and satisfying side dish to have in your summer menu. The buttery creaminess of the suero (whey) catapults me to my childhood every time.

Calabacitas con Elote (Zucchini with Corn) – Muy Bueno Cookbook

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2. Foil-Packet Grilled Vegetables

Summer means grilling. And you should definitely grill some summer squash this summer. It’s so easy in a foil packet. Plus, that means easy clean up too.

Foil-Packet Grilled Vegetables – Drugstore Divas

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3. Italian Zucchini Bake

Italian zucchini bake is an easy side dish idea that takes only a few ingredients and comes together quickly for all your summer dinners!

Italian Zucchini Bake – Sweetpea Lifestyle

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4. Zucchini Stuffing Recipe

Zucchini, carrots, and onions, along with your favorite stuffing mix, combine to create a savory, veggie-infused side dish. Bonus? It’s on the table in about an hour.

Zucchini Stuffing – crinkledcookbook.com

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5. Zesty Zucchini Stir Fry Recipe

A flavorful spiced zucchini stir fry makes a great side dish when you are in a hurry and you want or need something quick and easy.

Zesty Zucchini Stir Fry Recipe  | MasalaHerb.com

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6. Calabacitas a la Mexicana

Mexican-style squash, or Calabacitas a la Mexicana, is an easy and tasty dish. It’s hearty enough to serve as a main dish or as a side dish. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Calabacitas a la Mexicana | inmamamaggieskitchen.com

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7. Easy Sauteed Zucchini Recipe

This recipe for easy sauteed zucchini is a must-try if you love this vegetable. Tender crisp zucchini pieces are seasoned with cumin seeds, salt, and pepper.

Easy Sauteed Zucchini – Framed Recipes

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8. Fried Squash Recipe

Fried Yellow Squash is pan-fried to golden perfection with a crisp and crunchy batter. It’s made with yellow crookneck squash that tastes amazing straight from the garden, grocery store, or farmer’s market!

Fried Squash | Quiche My Grits

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9. Sheet Pan Zucchini Recipe

These easy sheet pan zucchini are topped with crispy coriander panko bread crumbs. They make a great summer side dish that’s super easy and quick to make.

Sheet Pan Zucchini | thespicetrain.com

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10. Vegan Zucchini Fries

These yummy zucchini fries are made in the oven and are super easy to make! You’ll eat up that excess of summer squash in no time!

Vegan Zucchini Fries | theveganlarder.com

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11. Zucchini Babaganoush (Smokey Courgette Dip)

This delicious dip is made with fire-roasted or BBQd zucchini instead of the traditional eggplant. It’s the perfect way to eat up an excess of summer squash!

Zucchini Babaganoush (Smokey Courgette Dip) | The Vegan Larder

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12. Baked Feta With Peppers, Onions, And Spaghetti Squash

Enjoy all the flavors from summer farmer market vegetables in one beautiful and tasty dish.

Baked Feta With Peppers, Onions, And Spaghetti Squash | Sip Bite Go

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13. Zucchini Bread

Summer is the perfect time for outdoor cooking and this excellent zucchini bread!

Dutch Oven Cooking: Zucchini Bread | learningandyearning.com

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14. Zucchini and Pesto Muffins

Those savory muffins are perfect for a lunch box meal or a picnic. They are super easy to make, vegan, and gluten-free.

Zucchini and pesto muffins (AIP, paleo, vegan) | Go Healthy With Bea

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15. Gluten-free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This moist gluten-free chocolate zucchini bread is a real treat! This super easy recipe is also paleo and vegan.

Gluten-free chocolate zucchini bread (Paleo, vegan) | Go Healthy With Bea

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16. Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread (Paleo)

This gluten-free chocolate zucchini bread is the perfect summer dessert! It is light, fluffy, and super easy to make.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread (Paleo) – Organically Addison

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17. Chocolate Vegan Zucchini Muffins

Everything is better with chocolate! Even summer squash! Grate them up and use them in this easy and delicious vegan muffin recipe!

Chocolate Vegan Zucchini Muffins | The Vegan Larder

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19. Chicken Tinola Recipe

This chicken tinola soup is a Filipino dish of chicken broth and chayote squash. It’s a soothing bowl complemented with fish sauce for a vibrant, tasty finish!

Chicken Tinola Recipe: A Heart-Warming Filipino Soup for Chilly Days | healthyrecipes101.com

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20. Creamy Summer Squash Soup

Easy yellow squash soup that can be served chilled or warm. This soup also freezes well so that you can have a touch of summer in January!

Creamy Summer Squash Soup (GF, Vegan) | Peel with Zeal

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21. Healthy Corn and Zucchini Chowder

This easy corn and zucchini soup recipe is the perfect summertime soup. Filled with sweet summer corn, zucchini, cauliflower instead of flour, and half and half instead of cream, this healthy corn and zucchini chowder will leave you feeling full and happy all summer long.

Healthy Corn and Zucchini Chowder | The Forked Spoon

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22. 5 Ingredient Vegan Lasagna with Zucchini

This summer, squash and zucchini lasagna is the perfect lighter dish! Completely vegan and gluten-free!

5 Ingredient Vegan Lasagna with Zucchini | Home-Cooked Roots

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23. Instant Pot Zucchini Recipe

This instant pot zucchini dish is a mix of zucchini and mushrooms topped with parmesan cheese. Ready in 15 minutes, it makes a convenient treat to put together at any time!

Instant Pot Zucchini Recipe: Juicy, Well-Seasoned Summer Eats (healthyrecipes101.com)

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24. Meat Stuffed Patty Pan Squash

Meat stuffed pattypan is a low-carb dinner meal idea. This is a great dinner meal idea to use up your pattypan squash.

Meat Stuffed Patty Pan Squash [sunburst squash] | MasalaHerb.com

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25. Creamy Zucchini, Corn, and Poblano Rajas

All the flavors of summer in one tasty skillet – Creamy Zucchini, Corn, and Poblano Rajas!

Creamy Zucchini, Corn, and Poblano Rajas – Muy Bueno Cookbook

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26. Summer Squash Casserole

Summer Squash Casserole is the classic you crave with cream and cheese, buttery crackers for a crunchy topping, and fresh produce from the garden.

Summer Squash Casserole – Sweetpea Lifestyle

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27. Vegan Southern Squash Casserole

This Vegan Southern Squash Casserole recipe is just like the old-fashioned classic! This is made with fresh seasonal yellow squash, a creamy, cheesy dairy-free sauce, and buttery gluten-free cracker crumb topping! It’s a perfect allergy-free side dish to feed a crowd at potlucks or holiday gatherings! Simple and easy with just eight ingredients!

Vegan Southern Squash Casserole (Gluten-Free, Allergy-Free) | strengthandsunshine.com

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28. Easy Vegetable Lasagna with Alfredo Sauce

This easy-to-make vegetarian lasagna is packed with veggies, including summer squash and zucchini. Freezer-friendly too!

Easy Vegetable Lasagna with Alfredo Sauce | Mighty Mrs

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29. Sausage and Squash Skillet: One-Pot Yellow Squash Recipe

This one-pot meal is made of summer squash and link sausage. You can also change it up by adding orzo. It is such a quick and yummy meal!

Sausage and Squash Skillet: One-Pot Yellow Squash Recipe from The Gifted Gabber

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30. Vegan Zucchini Noodles Recipe with Alfredo Sauce

This Vegan Zucchini Noodles Recipe with Alfredo Sauce is a delicious dinner that is healthy, filling, and gluten-free. It also takes just about 20 minutes to get on the table.

Vegan Zucchini Noodles Recipe with Alfredo Sauce | vnutritionandwellness.com

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31. Zucchini, Chickpea, and Potato Curry

This curry starts with fresh produce such as summer zucchini, onion, garlic, and potatoes for a hearty filling recipe. The coconut milk curry is medium spiced and has a rich, savory flavor that is velvety and satisfying.

Zucchini, Chickpea, and Potato Curry – The Short Order Cook

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32. Italian Ratatouille

Sense and Edibility’s Italian twist on the classic French provincial ratatouille recipe makes it the perfect year-round comfort meal. It highlights your summer squash, along with zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes, for a meal the whole family will enjoy.

Italian Ratatouille: A Recipe From the Garden of Sense and Edibility

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33. Air Fryer Zucchini Double Cheese Pizza

Air Fryer Zucchini Double Cheese Pizza. If you love cheese, then you are in for a real air fryer treat. Our double cheese air fryer pizza is fast and simple and includes two types of cheese, zucchini and seasoning.

Air Fryer Zucchini Double Cheese Pizza | Recipe This

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34. Air Fryer Zucchini Burgers

Air Fryer Zucchini Burgers. My best zucchini burgers are loaded with chickpeas and zucchini and make a delicious homemade zucchini burger for cooking in the air fryer. Even better, these zucchini burgers are vegan, vegetarian, and plant-based.

Air Fryer Zucchini Burgers | Recipe This

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Recipes Using Summer Squash

With summer upon us, squash is sure to be cheap and plentiful. Make delicious food at home by using ingredients that are on sale and are in season. Don’t forget to stock your freezer with anything easy to double-batch and store.  Advance meal prep (especially if you are preparing for a significant life change, such as a baby) is a great way to save money.

One of the best frugal living tips I can give you is to cook with the food that is in season. Not only is it usually cheaper, but it is more delicious.

If you have a recipe you love, then make double and freeze it- it’s great always to have something put away for those days when you don’t have time to cook or bake!

If you are worried about having too many extra squash and not enough time to eat or use them all before they go bad, cut them up into small pieces and freeze them. It’s not the same as fresh squash, but they will work great in many of these recipes. No need to throw food out!

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