Roasted Pattypan Squash with Lemon Dressing

Whenever I wander the farmer’s market in my little corner of the shire I see that almost every stall has a pile of these interesting little squash they call pattypan squash. I had never had one before but I do love squash. So, I picked some up and decided to go on a grand tasting adventure. It was a success.  I found that these little squash are a lot like zucchini and roasted with a drizzle of dressing they are divine! I suggest getting some next time you see them at your local farmers market. I love tasting produce I can’t get in a grocery store. Here is what I did:

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  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 2 tbl freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbl capers (I use organic if I can find them, better flavour)
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 4 cups pattypan squash cut horizontally in halves
  • 1 tsp virgin coconut oil, melted
  • dash of salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 475F, if your oven has a roasting setting use that.
  2. Toss the squash in the coconut oil. Arrange on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper cut side down. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast at 475 for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. While squash is roasting combine the lemon zest, juice, capers, olive oil and garlic in a ramekin. While mixing mash the capers down just a bit to have them contribute more flavour.
  5. Drizzle the dressing over the hot squash and serve immediately.

A great side dish with chicken or pork. Serves 4. Per serving, 72 calories, 5.6 grams fat, 5.5 grams carbs, 1.6 grams fibre, 1.6 grams protein. So tasty and so healthy.  you might want to have a double portion! Why not? I often do. Now that I have discovered the wonders of the pattypan squash I may just have to give growing them a try next year.

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