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Discover Heinen’s Summer Squash and How to Cook Them

Discover Heinen’s Summer Squash and How to Cook Them

The following information and photography was provided courtesy of Allianna Moximchalk from Allianna’s Kitchen.

If there’s one thing to add to your diet in the summer, it’s seasonal squash. They’re so versatile and can be incorporated into almost any dish. While zucchini and yellow squash are common summer picks, there are many more options just waiting to be enjoyed in Heinen’s Produce Department!

Check out the different kinds of summer squash below and get inspired with ways to feature them in everyday meals.

Whole Summer Squash

This is the variety most people probably think of when they hear the word squash! It is beloved for its versatility and can be used in both savory and sweet dishes.

For something savory, toss zucchini on the grill with vegetable kabobs, then top it with some avocado oil, salt and garlic. Zucchini is also easily roasted in the oven.

Roasting vegetables is one of the easiest ways to prepare veggies because all you have to do is chop, marinate and roast!

Contrary to roasting, zucchini is also a fun vegetable for baking! Fresh zucchini muffins and zucchini bread can be made in big batches and frozen to enjoy regardless of the season.

Yellow Squash
When it comes to yellow squash, there are two different types to choose from: straight neck and crookneck. The difference in appearance is very subtle. Both squashes are yellow; one simply has a hook on the end and the other is straight. Their taste is virtually identical too, making both ideal for roasting and grilling.

Combining yellow squash with zucchini on the grill or in a roasting pan in the summer creates the most beautiful combination of colors, and tastes delicious too! When roasting yellow squash, toss it in some avocado oil, salt, pepper and garlic and you are good to go!

Sliced Summer Squash

Zephyr Squash
This is one of the more beautiful summer squashes, but it can be tricky to find. It is half green and half yellow and resembles the perfect hybrid between yellow squash and zucchini. Despite it being a vegetable, it has a bit of a nutty flavor and is most commonly roasted or grilled.

Yellow Zucchini
This looks just like regular zucchini, except its yellow! The main difference between yellow and green zucchini is the flavor profile. Green zucchini is a little sweeter, but you can cook yellow zucchini on the grill or in the oven, just as you would with green zucchini.

Sliced Summer Squash

The Basics of Cooking with Summer Squash
When it comes to roasting or cooking squash, start with avocado oil! Avocado oil has a higher smoke point, so it maintains its essential properties in heat unlike other oils, such as olive oil, which has a low smoke point, so it often smokes if you cook with it.

When roasting or grilling squash, 400°F for 10 minutes is a good rule of thumb. If you cook any squash too long, it will become soggy. The air fryer method is also great for those days when you do not want to heat up the oven, or if you don’t have access to grill. The same time and temperature rules apply to cooking squash in the air fryer and, regardless of the cooking method, just don’t forget to flip the squash half way through the cook time.

Sliced Summer Squash
Heinen's Grocery Store

By Heinen's Grocery Store

In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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