Have an abundance of summer squash in the garden? Try this deliciously seasoned low carb crock pot zucchini and yellow squash casserole. A great side dish!
Have you ever become attached to one of your old appliances even though you know it’s time to toss it for an upgrade? That’s how I feel about my old oval crock pot. I’ve used it to make everything from crock pot shrimp scampi, to crock pot white turkey chili.
The crock is cracked but doesn’t leak, and the finish on the outside has been peeling for a while. I’m probably attached to it because it was a bridal shower gift and it is the first crock pot I’ve ever owned.
My husband and I got married a little over twenty years ago so the crock has been with for quite some time. I do have a newer crockpot that my husband bought for me a few years ago, but it’s a round select-a-size.
The round bowls don’t work as well for some dishes like the oval crock so I still use both. I already have my eye on some new styles so I think this is the year I’ll finally ditch my old crock pot.
This crockpot zucchini and yellow squash casserole is one of the dishes that cooks up better in the oval crock. You really need a larger surface area on top to spread out the toppings. It is, after all, a casserole dish which tends to be more short and flat.
There are a lot more options with the newer slow cookers. I’ve seen models with programming, thermometer probes, and sealing lids. They even make mini sized crock pots for those who prefer to make one small meal. Or I’m assuming, for 1-2 people vs feeding a family.
It always seems that more complicated digital controls break more often than the simpler old fashion controllers with only switches and dials. However, I’m sure that one of the programmable digital crock pots is sure to last more than 10-15 years which is a little less than I’ve had my old oval slow cooker.
I’d like a solid color crock pot as well. Both of my crock pots have patterns on them. Solid colors are more popular these days and I do like red.
Although a little sad, this is likely to be the last recipe I post using my beloved old crock pot. I’ve just got to do a little more research before I decide on a new model. So many choices, it’s going to be a tough decision.
Do you have a favorite feature on your crock pot that you wouldn’t want to give up? I’ll admit that I went years without using my crock pot much. I’ve just recently discovered what a useful tool the slow cooker is so I plan to use it more often now.
We always grow yellow squash and zucchini in our garden every summer. So, I’ll likely make this crock pot zucchini and yellow squash casserole again.
It had good flavor and was fairly easy to put together. I also love that it cooks up a crock pot so the oven doesn’t heat up the house.
Crock Pot Zucchini and Yellow Squash
- 2 cups medium zucchini sliced and quartered (about 2 )
- 2 cups medium yellow squash sliced and quartered (about 2 )
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup butter cut in cubes
- 1/4 cup Parmesan or Asiago cheese grated
- 1/4 cup crushed pork rinds optional
Place cut zucchini and yellow squash in crock pot.
Sprinkle with pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and sea salt.
Top with butter pieces, cheese, and pork rinds.
Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Makes 6 servings
Nutrition per serving: 3.7g net carb