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Stuffed Summer Squash with Tomato Lemon Salad

Updated on June 22, 2015
Stuffed Summer Squash Recipe
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Stuffed squash with salad - a meat-free recipe

I do like to cook with seasonal ingredients and these beautiful summery-yellow squash were almost begging to be bought from the grocery store.

I've only recently started to use squash when I'm cooking and I've really no idea why I didn't realize before just how adaptable this ingredient is. What's more, I found out that it also have several health benefits so that adds yet another reason to make the most of it when it's in season.

In common with every meal I cook, I had to use these squash in a dish that would be quick and easy to make - plus tasty. of course. The shape of the squash, and the fact that they have a seed cavity that must be cleaned out, means that they simply cry out to be stuffed with a delicious savory filling.

They are packed with nutrients too so if I feel that we've been overdoing things a little (that extra glass of wine with dinner too many times...) then these tasty vegetables are a great way to get things back onto track. The only ingredients needed are ones that I usually have in stock and these take only minutes to prepare before baking in the oven.

Photographs © BritFlorida.

Ingredients

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You need

To serve two

  • 3 small summer squash
  • 2 mushrooms
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 small leek
  • 2 oz. cheese (I used Amish Swiss)
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomato & garlic pesto
  • Lemon wedges
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Small slice wholewheat bread
  • A little olive oil

Squash

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SIMMER TO SOFTEN

Preheat the oven to 400°. Boil a pan of water on the stove. Clean the squash and cut off the little knobbly bit at the bulbous end and add the whole vegetables and let them simmer until they are slightly soft, Depending on the size, this will take about five minutes.

PREPARE THE LEEK

While they are simmering, prepare the leek. Cut off any older, tougher leaves and wash the leeks well. Retain a little of the very tender parts to decorate the salad. Slice them into rings and wash well again under running water. Now chop the rings and wash yet again. Yes, I am a little neurotic about getting leeks clean - they seem to have so many crevices that specks of soil can hide in!

GARLIC AND MUSHROOMS

Clean and chop the mushrooms and peel and chop the garlic. Add the oil to a frying pan or skillet on a medium heat.

RSVP Endurance 18/8 Stainless Steel Nesting Measuring Cups, Set of 6
RSVP Endurance 18/8 Stainless Steel Nesting Measuring Cups, Set of 6

These are very cool and are the ones I use. I have a very small kitchen so I have to make the most of every drop of space.

By choosing these - they store inside each other - I was sure that I was making the most of my limited cupboard area.You can see mine in the shot above of the ingredients, holding the tomato pesto.

 
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SAUTÉ

Pat the leeks dry using paper towel and sauté them in the olive oil until they are a beautiful bright green color. That should only take a couple of minutes. Add the chopped mushrooms and garlic. Leave them on a low heat, stirring once in a while.

SQUASH

Slice these in half lengthwise and remove the seeds with a spoon. They come away very easily. Arrange them top-to-tail in an ovenproof dish.

Make the stuffing

STUFFING

Stir the tomato pesto into the mushroom / garlic. leek mix. Grate the bread into the pan also, followed by the cheese. Stir well. The cheese will start to melt so now remove the pan from the heat. Pile the stuffing into the cavities in the squash as shown below.

BAKE

Bake for about 20 minutes.

Quick and easy salad

SALAD

During baking time, simply slice the tomato onto individual plates to be served separately. Garnish with the reserved tender leek slices and lemon wedges.

Serve!

SERVE

When I plated this dish, I decided that they looked rather like little yellow fishes so I garnished them with basil leaves to make a 'tail'. There is room in cooking for a little silliness from time to time!

Further reading

Need more inspiration? Amazon has a huge range of vegetarian cookbooks that can be delivered right to your door. These are some of my particular favorites - lots of ideas and info.

© 2013 Jackie Jackson

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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Thank you Paula. I guess we can all do with more veggies.

    • Paula Atwell profile image

      Paula Atwell 

      3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      This recipes sounds good. I will have to try it. We need more vegetables in our family.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      That's an excellent idea - thank you!

    • caossquidoo profile image

      caossquidoo 

      4 years ago

      This looks so good! And a great idea for the summer diet... need to get ready for the beach :)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SusanneB: Thank you for visiting!

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      SusanneB 

      4 years ago

      I like this lens

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Deannamay LM: Thank you!

    • Deannamay LM profile image

      Deannamay LM 

      4 years ago

      Great lens and photos. Looks to good!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @opatoday: Lovely to see you here - thanks!

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      opatoday 

      4 years ago

      your pictures are soooo good I'm hungry and I pined it as well

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @smine27: Thank you!

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      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Great recipe!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Coffee-Break: Cooking certainly can be silly - it's one of my favorite ingredients :)

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      AntonioM23 

      5 years ago

      Great lens with great content,Really enjoyed-Thanks

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      This sounds yummy, I will definitely try it. I like the silliness of the dish, the stuffed squash is visually appealing.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @AntonioM23: Thanks so much for visiting!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Do let me know if you try it!

    • Jogalog profile image

      Jogalog 

      5 years ago

      It sounds really delicious. I haven't had squash for ages but I think I might have to get some now.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Susan Zutautas: They are so good!

    • Susan Zutautas profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh my, your stuffed summer squash looks and sounds delicious! I can almost taste them now.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @inspiration01 lm: It's very tasty :)

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      inspiration01 lm 

      5 years ago

      I love vegetables and this lens looks so delicious!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @jastreb: Thanks for dropping by!

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      jastreb 

      5 years ago

      looks delicious. thanks for the recipe.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      It looks like a lot of work but surely well worth the effort!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Nutrisimohealth: Thanks for visiting!

    • Nutrisimohealth profile image

      Nutrisimohealth 

      5 years ago

      This looks delicious! Great lens! :)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @farazulhasan: Thank you!

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      farazulhasan 

      5 years ago

      pics are really cool

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Lady Lorelei: Isn't it strange that it's a rather ignored ingredient these days? Thanks so much for visiting!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Oh delicious and perfect for summer time barbecue fare. I was just telling my husband the other day that I have not had squash since I was a kid and that I wanted to get one. It is so good baked in the oven and smothered in butter, salt, and pepper.

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