Day 15 – Acorn Squash with Apples Recipe

This is one of my favorite side dishes with Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s simple to make, tastes delicious, and you get two of your daily fruit-and-vegetables servings done in one dish!  It’s even easy to clean up, if you just line your baking pan with foil.

Here’s what you need:

1 acorn squash
2 apples, cored and sliced thin – I like Granny Smiths, or other tart apples, for this.  Peel the apples or not, according to your family’s preferences
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. or more cinnamon

And, here’s what you do:

Cut the acorn squash in half crosswise, and scoop out the seeds and strings. Slice a little from the top and bottom so the two pieces won’t roll around in the pan.
Put the squash (with cut sides facing up) into a baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Take the pan out of the oven so you can put the sliced apples into the center of each squash-half.  Sprinkle the apples with brown sugar and cinnamon, and put a small pat of butter on top of each half.

Bake for another 30 – 40 minutes until the apples are cooked (test with a fork or toothpick; they should be tender).

It’s easy to double or even triple this recipe if you have a crowd coming for a holiday dinner – but why save it for company when your family can enjoy it now?

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