Pan-Seared Yellow Squash

This recipe is simple and tasty, and it’s a great way to eat some summer squash. Make sure you choose young, smaller squash: the flavor will be slightly sweeter and not as starchy as more mature squash.

Ingredients (1 serving)

olive oil

2 scallions

1 clove garlic

1 small/medium red beet

4 baby yellow squash

salt and pepper

6 leaves bok choy

fresh basil

1 lime (juiced)

balsamic vinegar (to taste)

1. Chop the scallions and press the garlic clove.  Then sautée both in olive oil.

2. Cut the beet into cubes or small rectangles and add to the pan.

3. Slice the squash lengthwise. Sprinkle salt and pepper over each cut side. Lay each cut side down on the pan to sear. After several minutes the squash should be golden brown on their cut side.

4. Rip the bok choy into bite-sized pieces and add to the pan.

5. Chop the fresh basil and add to the pan.

6. Juice the lime and add to the pan.

7. When it’s just about done, add a splash of balsamic vinegar to the pan. it will bubble up and coat the squash. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Why summer squash?

Summer squash are in season, notoriously abundant, and delicious! What’s not to love? The summer variety of squash are soft-shelled with thin edible skins and edible seeds. They have tender flesh that only requires a short cooking time. Since they are very perishable, you generally want to eat them within a short period of time. They are very low in calories, high in vitamin C and high in fiber.

Food for thought:

You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.

-Julia Child

Julia’s got it right! Though the more complicated meals can be invigorating and well worth it, sometimes simple food trumps everything. To me, fresh ingredients are key. If you’re cooking this dish in the summer, look for local or organically grown ingredients: they’ll be undoubtedly fresh, in season, and have great flavor.

To Complement:

– A salad with fresh greens, raw beet, yellow squash, and lime juice

– A lime margarita or limeade


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Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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