Summer Squash Casserole

This was another recipe scavenged from my mother’s recipe box, and another one that I don’t remember her actually making. It’s probably more of a summer dish, but I made it anyway. It’s called Summer Squash Casserole, which I think sort of implies it’s intended for yellow squash although I believe zucchini qualifies as “summer squash”. All I can get right now is zucchini, so I that’s what I used.

I won’t bother transcribing the original because all I did was swap out cheddar for nutritional yeast and a little dijon mustard, butter for olive oil, and Better Than Sour Cream for real sour cream.

Summer Squash Casserole

1 summer squash
1 small onion
1 tsp olive oil (original called for 1 Tbsp butter or margarine)
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1/3 cup vegan “sour cream”
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp bread crumbs (I used panko)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the squash …

… and the onion.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add olive oil and bring it up to temperature. Add the onions and squash.

Meanwhile, mix together the “sour cream”, nutritional yeast, dijon mustard, thyme, and paprika in a small bowl.

When the squash and onions are slightly brown, remove from heat.

Stir the “sour cream” mixture into the squash and onions and place in a small baking dish.

Top with bread crumbs.

Bake for 20 minutes.


This was okay. Honestly I don’t usually adorn side-dish veggies with sauce or casserolize them; I prefer them simply steamed or sautéed. I think this may be good with a summer meal. Mark, a certified zucchini hater, ate an entire serving, though, so that’s certainly a good thing. I think I may be conquering his zucchini fear, though. Maybe he didn’t realize what it was.

Also featured in the photo above is something else I’ve been working on, but I’m not quite ready for a post yet.

In cat news, I’m always trumpeting Brachtune as the “good” cat. I throw around phrases like “my little angel”, “my sweet little love dove”, and “my perfectly-behaved little princess” in relation to Brachtune. Lately, though, Brachtune has picked up one of Tigger’s annoying habits: internet hacking. I came into the library to upload my summer squash casserole photos and found this:

She had done a search on Amazon, Google, Wikipedia and seven other sites for “hhhhhhhhhggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhgggghhhghgh”, hidden a couple of my photo directories and password-protected them – something I didn’t even know you could DO in Picasa – and turned off my touchpad.

Meanwhile, Tigger is curled up in the cat tree right behind Brachtune (you can see it, but not Tiggs, in the background of the Brachtune-being-bad picture), sleeping half on a router and half on the lap of a headless doll. He’s really been loving that headless doll lately. These cats are weird.


  1. Cindy Said,

    November 8, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

    I’ve lost several important keys due to little kitty nails getting stuck while trying to dislodge a cat from a laptop. Nothing like seeing your cat hanging off your computer by the ENTER key. Maine Coons are my favorite.

  2. muck Said,

    November 8, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

    Max is also quite effective at discovering new and seemingly irreversible functionality on my laptop

  3. renae Said,

    November 10, 2008 @ 12:06 am

    Cindy, I love Maine Coons too! I have a hard enough time keeping Brachtune groomed up, though, I can’t imagine if she were three times bigger and even furrier!


  4. Sarah Said,

    November 10, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

    This was too cute. Hopefully you got your photo directories back, even without the secret password. I have 3 dogs and you have to be careful to never ever leave the laptop on a sofa or couch or they will just tromple it right over it like they own it. That’d be very bad…

  5. Jennifer Said,

    November 10, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

    Thanks for always intermingling pics and stories of your cats with the pics and stories of your meals. I really enjoy reading them all!

  6. Mom Said,

    November 10, 2008 @ 5:44 pm

    I don’t think I did ever make this, but I did make sauteed squash with yellow squash and zucchini. I doubt you will remember that. Apparently everything I ever cooked was totally forgettable.

  7. renae Said,

    November 10, 2008 @ 6:24 pm

    Jennifer, well, the cats are always intermingling with my meals, so I’m forced to mention them!

    Mom, as the matter of fact I DO remember you making sauteed squash and zucchini, using crops from our garden. I thought it was yummy.

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