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air fryer summer squash

Air Fryer Yellow Squash (Summer Squash)

Summer Yule
Can you air fry yellow squash? Yes! Air fryer yellow squash is a quick and easy vegan side dish that’s also low carb, keto, and gluten free.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 111 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut the ends off of the squash. Cut the summer squash in half lengthwise, and then into ½-inch (1.27 cm) thick pieces. 
  • Put the cut squash in a medium-sized bowl. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle on the seasoning. Give everything a good stir. 
  • Spread the squash in a single flat layer on two air fryer trays. Don’t crowd the trays if you want the squash to be browned nicely. Cook the squash in batches if you don’t have enough room. 
  • Air fry the squash for 7 minutes at 400°F (200°C). (The squash on the top tray may be done at this point if you don’t want it very browned.) Flip the squash, switch the position of the trays in the air fryer, and air fry 7 minutes more. Enjoy!

Notes

This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). Yellow squash is a super low-calorie side dish that can be incorporated into a variety of meals. 
For weight loss, I’d add lean protein and some additional low-oil non-starchy veggies to your meal. The idea is to create a nutrient-dense meal that will help you stay full while maintaining a calorie deficit. This also creates a low carb meal (because many of the strategies to make filling low cal meals also reduce carbs).
For kiddos, athletes, and others who need more energy, add some starch to the plate. This can be a grain, such as rice, noodles, or bread. It could also mean some starchy veggies, such as corn, peas, sweet potatoes, or potatoes (in any form).
Another way to bump up the energy is to choose protein foods that are less protein dense (i.e., less protein per calorie). That can mean fattier meats (such as chicken with the skin) or carbohydrate-rich legumes.
The food components that people tend to find most filling are protein, fiber, and water. You’re getting plenty of water and some fiber with a generous serving of this yellow squash. (The squash is cooked with some healthy fat, because getting some fat in the diet is essential as well.)
The main thing that’s missing here to create a satiating meal is protein. A few examples of lean proteins that may help support a healthy weight include skinless chicken breast, white fish (such as cod), shrimp, and egg white omelets. It can be difficult to eat an excessive amount of calories from lean protein food sources and non-starchy veggies.
Nutrition information is for one serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 5.1gProtein: 1.8gFat: 9.6gSaturated Fat: 1.4gPotassium: 396.1mgFiber: 1.7gVitamin A: 6% DVVitamin C: 42.8% DVCalcium: 2.3% DVIron: 2.9% DV
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