My mother always made a large sauce pot of green summer squash with tomatoes, tomato sauce, ground hamburger, and other seasonings. Us kids, my brothers and sisters and I, always looked forward to summer, but not the pots of summer squash, we dreaded those meals.
But now as an adult, summer always arrives, with no break from work like we had from school when we were kids. I have acquired a taste for squash. It seems the adult taste buds are a lot different than that of a child’s taste buds.
Our featured recipe is Honey-Basil Summer Squash, and can be a side dish to any main dish platter of beef, chicken, pork or fish.
One cup of summer squash has the following minerals:
All of these trace minerals have many functions in the body. Such as potassium for blood pressure and heart health, and magnesium for muscle relaxation, and calcium to make the muscles work. All three of those minerals need vitamin B-1 to work properly. Zinc is great for the skin and collagen. Vitamin-C is needed so zinc will be absorbed well.
Now for the featured recipe and here is what you will need:
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoon dried basil or ¼ cup fresh basil, minced
6 tablespoons soy sauce (Brigg’s amino-acids)
2 tablespoons Lime juice
¼ cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons honey
To make the sauce, combine all the above ingredients in a large bowl, mix up well, and set aside.
For the summer squash you will need:
2 small yellow squash, sliced diagonally into 1 inch slices
2 small green squash, sliced diagonally into 1 inch slices
1 small Mexican squash, sliced diagonally into 1 inch slices
Add sliced squash to a steamer with already boiling water. Steam the vegetables for 5 minutes, stirring them twice to evenly steam them. They should still be crunchy when steamed after 5 minutes.
Place steamed vegetables in to large bowl with the sauce ingredients. Mix the vegetables till well coated.
Spoon vegetables into a serving bowl and enjoy as a side dish with your favorite main dish selection.
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