Crookneck Summer Squash
No. of Servings: 1
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Crookneck summer squash, sliced – ½ cup
Margarine or low fat butter – ½ tablespoon
Preparing Crookneck Squash:
- Add water to a large saucepan and place on medium heat. Add the slices of crookneck summer squash and bring to a boil. Continue to boil for about five minutes, until the squash slices are tender.
- Instead of boiling, you may also steam the squash over boiling water.
- Once the squash is tender, drain and brush with margarine.
Nutritional Information: (Amounts per serving)
- Calories 61
- Saturated Fat 3g
- Dietary Fiber 1g
- FAT(total) 5g
- Carbohydrates 4g
- Cholesterol 0mg
- Protein 1g
- Sodium 90 mg
- Summer squash has a delicate flavor and succulent creamy flesh that serves as an excellent addition to any meal.
- This dish can also be prepared by sautéing the slices of squash. Brush with butter or lemon and sprinkle with fresh herbs such as marjoram or parsley.
- Crookneck summer squash and other summer squash may also be served in sandwiches and salads. It can also be sautéed along with eggplant, onions, tomatoes and bell peppers to prepare a ratatouille. Raw summer squash serves as a healthy snack when served along with a dip.
- Summer squash is a valuable source of vitamin C, manganese, magnesium and vitamin A. It also contains folate, copper, riboflavin, potassium and fiber. These nutrients are associated in the prevention of heart disease due to diabetes and atherosclerosis. The magnesium in summer squash is also known to protect against heart attack and stroke. The fiber helps to protect the colon cells from toxins that result in cancer. Beta carotene, folate and vitamin C help to protect the colon cells from chemicals that cause cancer. Summer squash contains anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma which are characterized by inflammation.