Anyone Can Cook Summer Squash!

Summer Squash


Summer squash are are harvested when immature. Their rind, seeds and flesh are tender and edible raw or cooked.

Common types include zucchini, yellow squash, pattypan squash.

The squash can be steamed, grilled, stir-fried, stuffed, and used in baked goods.


  • Summer squash
  • Seasoned Salt:
    • Salt, paprika, pepper, garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Onion
  • Cinnamon


Stuffed Patty Pan Squash

  1. Cut  large patty pan squash in half and scoop out the seeds
  2. Place skin side down on a baking sheet
  3. Brush with olive oil
  4. Spoon stuffing into squash
    • Stuffing: cooked ground beef, cooked onion, raw quinoa, blanched & peeled tomato, garlic, seasoned salt, cinnamon
  5. Bake in oven

Squash Salad

  1. Grate squash
  2. Add lemon juice, olive oil, seasoned salt
  3. Add grated cheese

Grilled Squash

  1. Chop squash in bite-size pieces
  2. Brush with olive oil
  3. Grill

Sauteed Squash

  1. Add oil to hot skillet
  2. Add chopped onion
  3. Add chopped squash
  4. Add seasoned salt
  5. Sautee until desired doneness

Seasoned Salt

  1. Sea salt
  2. Granulated garlic
  3. White pepper
  4. Paprika

Thank you to Kamal Hammouda from Relish for these wonderful recipes and hosting the cooking night!

Anyone Can Cook Eggplant!



Types of eggplant:

  • Traditional – frying, grilling, roasting
  • Japanese – sautéing, pickling, stuffing

Some eggplant can be bitter, especially if not freshly harvested. Eliminate bitterness with “sweating”. Lightly salt eggplant slices and place them between absorbent towels.

Fresh eggplants should have a smooth, glossy skin and are firm to the touch.

You can eat the skin and the seeds.


  • Eggplant
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Vinaigrette
  • Onion


Sauteed Eggplant and Onion

  1. Chop onion and eggplant into bite-size pieces.
  2. Add onion and eggplant into a skillet.
  3. Drizzle  with olive oil
  4. Season with season salt and cumin
  5. Sautée until onions are translucent and eggplant is soft.

Eggplant in Tomato Sauce

  1. Slice eggplant into ½ inch rounds and sweat the eggplant for 1 hour to remove bitterness
  2. Brush olive oil on each side of the eggplant slices.
  3. Place eggplant slices on a sheet pan and broil or grill on each side until golden brown in color (about 4 minutes per side)
  4. In a roasting pan, place the roasted eggplant slices in a single layer filling the bottom of the pan
  5. Cover the eggplant with some tomato sauce
  6. Place another layer of roasted eggplant on top and add more tomato sauce
  7. Roast in oven

Eggplant Salad

  1. Cut eggplant in half and brush with olive oil.
  2. Roast oven until soft
  3. Scoop the eggplant out of the skin into a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature
  4. Add lime juice, olive oil, diced onion, seasoned salt and cumin to taste
  5. Stir until mixed

Eggplant Vinaigrette Appetizer

  1. Slice eggplant into ½ inch rounds and sweat the eggplant for 1 hour to remove bitterness
  2. Brush olive oil on each side of the eggplant slices.
  3. Place eggplant slices on a sheet pan and broil or grill on each side until golden brown in color and soft
  4. Place slices on a dish and spoon vinaigrette over the slices

Thank you to Chef Kamal Hammouda of Relish for the recipes!

Gravel Tour and Annual Giving Gardens Family Ride July 7

For further information, contact Kate Wiley at and Imagine Grinnell at, 641-236-5518 or follow the event on Facebook.

On Saturday, July 7, Imagine Grinnell (IG) will combine its third annual Giving Gardens bike tour with a new offering—the first annual Grinnell Gravel Tour, a cycling option that is growing in popularity nationwide and within the community.

The bike tour is being coordinated this year by IG intern Kate Wiley, a 2016 Grinnell High School graduate. The bike tours are part of Imagine Grinnell’s mission to improve quality of life and promote a healthy environment for the Grinnell area with support from individuals, families, and businesses. Registration is free and no preregistration is required.Continue reading

I.G. Sets Priorities for 2018

This year, will you join Imagine Grinnell in making our community a better place for everyone, regardless of sex, age, race, ethnicity, and national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial means, education, political perspective or religious belief?

In 2017 Imagine Grinnell:

  • Founded Marvin Gardens, a private park on Marvin Ave. near Arbor Lake where anyone can come and pick their own fresh, organic food. Marvin Garden includes an apple orchard, nut trees and a vegetable garden.
  • Raised over $97,000 for the new Grinnell skatepark.
  • Helped coordinate a spring “Green Living” Event at Summer Street Park with environmental demonstrations and a clean-up of Little Bear Creek. Other free educational events throughout the year included gardening and fruit tree pruning.  
  • Helped manage and maintain the Grinnell “Giving Gardens.” These volunteer-run gardens donated hundreds of pounds of fresh healthy vegetables to the MICA food pantry in order to help those in need get access to nutritious local produce.

In 2018 Imagine Grinnell will:

  • Complete fundraising for the skatepark. We looking forward to breaking ground this summer!
  • Continue our Marvin Garden programming and events, including gardening workshops, garden walks and bike rides, growing food for those in need and an expanded fall cider-pressing party.
  • Work with the City of Grinnell to educate residents on how to reduce solid waste and improve recycling practices to save money and the environment.
  • Explore projects that will make Grinnell a more walkable/bikeable community.
  • Expand our partnership with the Ahrens Foundation and bring edible landscaping, Giving Gardens and native prairie features to Ahrens Park.
  • Work with local farmers and chefs to bring healthy, local-sourced options to the community meals at Davis School.

Contact us at to learn more about participating in Imagine Grinnell activities!

Put Your Garden to Bed: Tips

Over the past few weeks, since the “Put Your Garden to Bed” workshop was cancelled at the end of October, Imagine Grinnell has been posting tips to Facebook to get your garden ready for winter on your own. With the weather to continuing to hold out, it may be worth your while to clean up your garden this Thanksgiving weekend before the snow hits. Continue reading

Giving Garden Work Nights: Every Tuesday from 4-7PM

Happy Monday, friends of Imagine Grinnell! Every Tuesday evening from 4-7PM this summer is “Giving Garden Night.” If you have an hour or two to contribute to helping plant, weed and pick, we would love to have you join us.

This week we will be building raised beds and planting fruit trees at “Marvin Garden”, our brand new garden location on Marvin Ave. just west of Los Girasoles and Andy’s Auto. Drop by and check it out!
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The Grinnell Skate & BMX Project

gsbp1Please help make the new skatepark a reality!!

Fundraising Is Underway to Revamp/Re-ramp Bailey Park Skatepark!!!
Imagine Grinnell will lead fundraising efforts to revamp and re-ramp the skatepark located in Bailey Park at 8th Ave. and Prince St.
Grinnell Parks and Recreation board member Shawn Walters explains the importance of continuing to offer a skatepark venue for area youth. “Many of the kids who participate in skateboarding or BMX biking aren’t involved in organized, team sports, so they need a central, safe area to focus on their sport,” Walters said. “Right now these kids have to travel to other towns if they want to compete. The new skatepark could be a good draw for Grinnell to hold competitions here.”
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