I know you’ve all just been hanging by a thread, waiting for my next post, right? No? Hmm. I didn’t think so. Well in any case, my apologies for not posting sooner. It’s been a while. I don’t have any great excuse. I want to say I haven’t had the time, but the truth is that I haven’t MADE the time. Until today. I hope you’ll find this recipe worth the wait…
There’s so much to love about summer, including fresh produce! I was inspired by a recipe I saw on a cooking show recently. I knew it would be an easy to one to recreate so that it was vegan and gluten-free. So yes, my friends, this Stuffed Summer Squash recipe is an 86 Lemons original! You should know by now that I wouldn’t post it if it wasn’t awesome. I’m tellin’ ya – this one is a winner.
The squash “boats” make a fun presentation. In fact, calling them “boats” may be a good way to get your kids to eat more veggies. The spicy avocado “cream” (a twist on the “pesto” in my last post) is the star of the show, so don’t skip it! In fact, you’ll probably find several uses for it–it’s great on burgers/sandwiches and potatoes, and as a dip. All together, the combination of fresh flavors in this recipe tastes like summer to me. For the full summer effect, next time I would grill the stuffed squash instead of baking it. I might also try other veggies/greens like asparagus, eggplant and spinach in the stuffing mixture. It’s a versatile recipe, so feel free to put your own spin on it.
Hubs was definitely a fan of this dish, too. I gave it quite a bit of heat since he loves spicy food. If you prefer a milder flavor and/or are serving it to children, use less cayenne or omit it.
I hope you are making the most of your summer, wherever you are. If I’ve learned one thing from living in Michigan, it’s not to waste the limited warm, sunny days we do have. Enjoy all of the little things that make summer so great–like sandals/shorts/tank tops, no coat/hat/gloves, windows down/sunroof open in the car, beach days, eating outside, flowers in bloom, loooooong days, summer walks/bike rides, bonfires with friends, cool summer rains, chillin’ on the deck (like I am right now) and fresh produce! Here’s to summer!