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Summer Squash Casserole

Happy Wednesday, y’all!  I’m still “on plan” and if you’re at all interested in what I ate yesterday, well, here it is:

Breakfast -  2 eggs scrambled in coconut oil, about 1/2 cup watermelon and coffee with coconut milk

Lunch – Chicken salad; leftover roast chicken, spicy mayo, chopped onion, chopped celery, chopped pecans and a handful of raisins (yes, I bought some more raisins and nuts, but I haven’t been pigging out on them)

Dinner – I threw a roast in the crock pot before work yesterday morning, then I made today’s recipe to go along with it

Along with tomatoes, cucumbers and melons, we’re also swimming in summer squash right now, both zucchini and yellow, so I figured I’d better find something to do with what I had in my fridge before I got my next delivery from the CSA.  I didn’t want to just sauté it, so I thought a casserole might be nice with the roast (it was actually cool and wet yesterday; good casserole weather).  I wasn’t at all sure how it was going to turn out, but the enthusiastic “Wow!” and “Man, this is good!” I received from my Better Half  while I was photographing my plate laid to rest any doubts I may have had about it.  Of course, then I tasted it, and I have to agree with him – Wow!  Was it good!

What I was attempting to accomplish was a creamy casserole with a crunchy topping, sort of like those I had as a child, minus the flour, milk and crackers, of course.  The topping wasn’t exactly crunchy, but the whole dish was creamy, rich, comforting and incredibly tasty.  It is also very filling; yes, it is baked in an 8″ X 8″ baking dish and serves 8 – Beloved went back for seconds, but I simply couldn’t eat any more.

Of course, if you want to substitute the coconut milk with heavy cream you can, but I rather liked the slightly sweet, exotic flavor it gave the dish.

You know, I’m sort of starting to dig on this Whole30 thing.  I think I’m going to try a Whole30 barbecue sauce next…

Summer Squash Casserole

Summer Squash Casserole

5.0 from 3 reviews

Summer Squash Casserole
 
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 4 cups sliced summer squash (yellow and green)
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 heaping tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ghee or clarified butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease an 8″ X 8″ baking dish.
  2. Melt the tablespoon of ghee in a 12″ skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Increase the heat slightly and add the sliced squash to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, just until the squash begins to soften, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. While the squash is cooking, heat the coconut milk in a small saucepan until hot, but do not boil. Cover and keep warm.
  5. Layer half the squash in the casserole and sprinkle with half the arrowroot powder; repeat with the remaining squash and arrowroot. Pour the warm coconut milk evenly over the squash.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the melted ghee with the almond flour until “crumbly.” Season lightly with salt and pepper, and sprinkle over the squash mixture in the baking dish.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the almond topping is brown, and the squash is tender. Serve immediately.
  8. Nutrition (per serving): 206 calories, 17.2g total fat, 9.5mg cholesterol, 357.4mg sodium, 343mg potassium, 9.2g carbohydrates, 3.2g fiber, 2.3g sugar, 1.3g protein

 


8 comments

Be says:

Not only did this taste great but the texture really was nice – something about the crispiness that is comforting. I see some casseroles in our future.

Mmmm … this looks good. Maybe I’ll make it on our trip …!

Michele says:

Summer squash is a favorite at our house. I love to stuff it.

Lisa says:

This sounds brilliant.

Susan says:

Hi – Just a quick note – the recipe looks wonderful – will try tonight. Do you eat any type of yogurt while on this plan?

Jan says:

Dairy is problematic for me under the best of circumstances, especially cow’s dairy, although I occasionally indulge in small amounts of goat/sheep diary. However, under the Whole30 plan, no dairy is allowed at all – so no, no yogurt. I’m beginning to believe that I’m better off without it all together.

I love the name of your blog, btw. :)

Brooke says:

Thank you so much for this recipe, it came at the perfect time! I had two giant zucchini’s that have been staring at me for more than a week that I just could not cut up and saute because I’m SO OVER sauteed squash right now. I made the recipe a few nights ago and can’t stop eating it, it’s great! I even bought more squash this morning so I can make it again. My only sub was cooking the garlic, onions and squash in bacon grease. Amazeballs, thanks!

[...] by golly, they can:  they make a lovely casserole, very similar to the Summer Squash Casserole I posted in August.  This version is every bit as delicious, every bit as suitable for the season, [...]

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