Kid-Friendly Zucchini and Summer Squash
Few vegetables have names that should appeal more to kids than “zucchini” and “squash.” Zucchini sounds straight out of Dr. Seuss, and squash just happens to be one of the most fun verbs around. Yet despite their entertaining labels, these delicious summer veggies are often last on the list of things kids want to eat.
As summer squash and zucchini come into the peak of their ripeness, now is the ideal time to show kids (and skeptical adults) just how great these vegetables can be. They’re healthy, versatile, and definitely delicious. All you need are some creative recipes to showcase the delicate flavors of zucchini and summer squash.
Here are some recipes that do the trick — all celebrating the great, fresh flavors of zucchini and summer squash. And they all are kid-friendly, too. Picky eaters of any age are sure to love the pesto-chicken pizzas, and our pineapple zucchini bread is a sweet and delicious way to get them a serving of veggies. In fact, each of these recipes is so tasty that we guarantee your kids will learn to love zucchini and summer squash, and not just in name only.
Sweet and moist, this bread is a great way to use up some of that extra zucchini in your garden. Serve this at breakfast with a generous smear of butter or cream cheese for a meal that’s tasty and filling.
Kids will love to create their own “custom” fajitas full of delicious grilled veggies, including both zucchini and summer squash. A dash of cayenne pepper adds just the right amount of heat.
These healthy pancakes are packed with a full pound of zucchini, making them as good for you as they are tasty. They also take only 20 minutes to prep, so they’re great for a busy summer evening.
Quick, easy and nutritious, this recipe is full of flavor. For extra variety, you can alternate strips of zucchini and summer squash.
This colorful pasta dish is a delicious blend of fresh summer vegetables and creamy cheese ravioli. Chickpeas give this dish an added boost of protein and flavor.
Who says these tasty appetizers can’t be a fun summer lunch for kids? Let them help you build these little sandwiches, and they’ll be sure to enjoy eating them as much as making them.
Make this great squash and zucchini casserole!