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Make your favorite summer squash into a colorful main dish.


  • 2 zucchini or yellow squash
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (basil, oregano, thyme)
  • ¼ cup grated cheddar or parmesan cheese (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste


Step 1: Preheat oven to 375º. Slice squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out a few spoonfuls of flesh from the center of squash, place it in a medium bowl and set aside.

Step 2: Brush the cut side of squash halves lightly with olive oil and arrange, cut side up, on a baking dish. Bake for about 8–10 minutes or until squash is slightly tender.

Step 3: Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a skillet on medium-high and sauté onions, peppers, garlic and Italian seasoning for 2–3 minutes until slightly tender.

Step 4: Add onion and peppers to the bowl with the squash mixture, stir in half of the grated cheese, mix well and add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5: Spoon the mixture into the squash halves, sprinkle with remaining cheese and return to oven. Cook for 5–7 minutes until cheese is melted

Learn more about squash substitutes.