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Healthy Summer Squash Casserole

Summer squash and zucchini shine in this Healthy Summer Squash Casserole!

Healthy Summer Squash Casserole

Hi friends!

I finally did it.  After weeks of avoiding turning on the oven to cook, I caved.  My garden just started producing little baby squash and zucchini and I had my heart set on a yummy casserole.   You see I love classic southern squash casserole, but my thought process was to put a healthy twist on it and make a healthy summer squash casserole.

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I added fluffy quinoa, creamy Greek yogurt and piles of kale.

Basically all of the healthy goodness packed into one casserole dish.

And some cheese on top.  Just because I can.

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The end result is a mainly healthy comfort food and perfect complete vegetarian meal.

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It reheats well for lunches or makes a great summer side dish.

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Plus it’s  a great way to start eating all those squash my plant is growing!

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5 from 2 votes
Healthy Summer Squash Casserole
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Summer squash and zucchini shine in this Healthy Summer Squash Casserole!
Course: Side Dish, Vegetarian Meal
Cuisine: American, Southern
Servings: 8 servings
  • 1 cup dried quinoa
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 1 bunch curly kale about 6 cups
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 small yellow squash cut in 1/2 inch pieces (2 cups)
  • 1 regular zucchini cut in 1/2 inch pieces (2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons panko
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper divided
  • cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a 8 x 8 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Add 1/4 teaspoon of the salt to the water.
  3. Add olive oil to a large pot and warm to medium heat. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes until translucent. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Add kale and garlic to pot. Sautee for 1 minute. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Add another pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Add the broth to the pot and stir until kale starts to wilt. Cook kale for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add squash and zucchini. Add pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 5-8 minutes until tender.
  7. Stir in the herbs.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in Greek yogurt, cheese and the 1 cup of panko. Taste to check salt and pepper levels. Add if necessary.
  9. Stir in the beaten egg.
  10. Spread mixture in the greased casserole dish. Top with the remaining 2 tablespoons of panko.
  11. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Tomorrow is Fashion Friday and I’m showing you my favorite way to wear shorts this season.

Your turn!

What is your favorite thing to do with an overabundance of summer squash?

By | 2018-06-28T14:24:16-04:00 July 16th, 2015|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Side Dishes, Vegetarian Meals|39 Comments


  1. Patty June 22, 2017 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Am I overlooking the nutritional information?

  2. CL August 31, 2015 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Did I miss how the cooked quinoa is used? I was preparing this today and was flummoxed when I didn’t see it mentioned again. I mixed it in just before putting it into the baking dish. I haven’t tasted it yet. Fingers crossed.

    • JulieWunder August 31, 2015 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Yes, just mix it all in. I changed the wording some to be a bit clearer. Thanks for pointing that out to me. Let me know how it turns out! It’s a yummy one!

  3. Miz Helen July 24, 2015 at 11:39 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a fantastic weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  4. Sherry July 20, 2015 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Can I ask what plugin you use for your recipes? It looks really nice. Thanks

    • JulieWunder July 20, 2015 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I use Easy Recipe Plus and really like it. Just plain Easy Recipe is great too.

  5. Sherry July 20, 2015 at 11:16 am - Reply

    This seriously looks delicious and I love all the protein with the kale and quinoa. Will definitely be making!

    • JulieWunder July 20, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sherry! I tried to make it really worth eating!

  6. Tina muir July 20, 2015 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Nice and healthy, just what we need in our house right now! Thanks for linking up 🙂

  7. Jess @hellotofit July 18, 2015 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    There’s so much squash to go around this year! Or is it just me? Haha. This looks so yummy! I’ve never made a casserole with quinoa before.

    • JulieWunder July 19, 2015 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      I agree! Summer squash always seems to take over about now!

  8. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life July 17, 2015 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    I know what I’m doing with the squash I get at the farmer’s market this weekend! This looks wonderful!

  9. Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks July 16, 2015 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    I love this recipe! I pinned it right away. What an awesome way to eat a TON of veggies!

    • JulieWunder July 19, 2015 at 7:51 am - Reply

      Thanks Dani! I agree! And it’s filling enough to just eat for a meal too.

  10. Heather @Fit n Cookies July 16, 2015 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    I am hoping to have a garden next year! Right now we had to clear the whole top of our yard and try to regrade it or something, so no garden this year. This looks really good though!

    • JulieWunder July 19, 2015 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Thanks Heather! Hopefully you can find the right spot one year! Its a lot of fun.

  11. Emily Smith July 16, 2015 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    This looks and sounds delicious. Thanks!

  12. Dan July 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    now that’s what I’m talking about , a ‘personal size’ squash casserole , , lol , , pass the butter 😉 . . looking ahead to tomorrows post , what’s the difference between shorts and ‘hot pants’ ?

  13. That looks really tasty. Last summer, I surprised my husband with a summer squash quiche, which he loved. I’m going to give this one a try!

  14. Annette @ Sweating Through Life July 16, 2015 at 11:54 am - Reply

    This recipe looks fantastic and gave me new ideas for zucchini!! Thanks for sharing!

    • JulieWunder July 16, 2015 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy it!

  15. Jamie July 16, 2015 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Spaghetti squash is one of my favorite dishes to make, but I’m a total seasonal eater and associate it with fall. I love this recipe and it has been saved for a perfect “warm me up at night” dish : )

    • JulieWunder July 16, 2015 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      I try to eat seasonally too! I’ve been all about summer fruits lately.

  16. Danyelle Musselman July 16, 2015 at 10:49 am - Reply

    My mom has a ton of zucchini in her yard and has been looking for new ways to use them. Totally passing this recipe on, sounds so good!

    • JulieWunder July 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      It would be perfect for that! I hope she enjoys it.

  17. [email protected] July 16, 2015 at 9:24 am - Reply

    omg this sounds delicious. I absolutely adore squash and I love the use of greek yogurt and quinoa in it, I’ve been subbing that in a lot of my recipes lately and it adds such nice body and flavor to foods. Yum!

    • JulieWunder July 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Erin! I agree. I always keep a container of it in my fridge.

  18. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie July 16, 2015 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Squash and zucchini mixed with some cheese? Yes, please!

  19. I make a squash casserole too but haven’t put quinoa in it yummy!

  20. Dan Steadman July 16, 2015 at 7:50 am - Reply

    yum…looks good, for our overabundance of squash we make my late grandmother’s squash casserole…great reminder of the woman we loved so much

    • JulieWunder July 16, 2015 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Oh… I bet her casserole is amazing! You’ll have to make it this summer to remember her.

  21. Blane Sherer July 16, 2015 at 6:13 am - Reply

    I must say that if you were going to brake down and use the oven that you did your oven justice with this squash casserole !
    Looks like a winner !

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