Vegetarian: Vegetarian Dishes: Squash and Cherry Bake

Dried cherries bring out the flavor of this easy-to-prepare side dish.

Author: Cherry Marketing Institute, adapted by CalorieKing
Date: August 06, 2009

Suggestions: * For vegetarian or dairy-free, use vegetable spread or margarine instead of butter.

Serves: 4 person(s)
Yield: 4 x squash servings

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 50 mins

Ingredients:

    2 acorn squash
    2 Tbsp butter or buttery spread, melted
    1/4 cup dried tart cherries
    1/4 cup chopped pecans
    3 Tbsp firmly packed light brown sugar
    1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350F.

    Cut each acorn squash in half. Remove seeds and fiber. Place cut-side down in baking pan with small amount of water in bottom of pan. Bake in a preheated oven 45 to 50 minutes or until squash is tender and can be pierced with a fork.

    Meanwhile, combine butter, cherries, pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon. Heat on top of stove until butter melts. Fill center of each squash-half with one-quarter of the cherry mixture. Mix some of the cooked squash with the cherry filling. Serve immediately.

Microwave Directions:

    Cut each acorn squash in half. Remove seeds and fiber. Place cut-side down in a microwave-safe container. Add a little water. Microwave on High (100% power) 5 to 7 minutes, turning the dish once. Continue cooking, if necessary, until squash is tender and can be pierced with a fork.

    Meanwhile, combine butter, cherries, pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon. Heat on top of stove until butter melts. Fill center of each squash-half with one-quarter of the cherry mixture. Mix some of the cooked squash with the cherry filling. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:259 cals
Kilojoules:1,081 kJ
Fat:11.0 g
Carbohydrates:42.0 g
Protein:3.0 g
Cholesterol:15.0 mg
Sodium:53 mg
Saturated Fat:4.0 g
Fiber:5.0 g
Calcium:115.0 mg
Total Sugars:16.0 g

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