I love squash, all types of squash. Spaghetti squash is a great pasta alternative. Butternut squash is excellent for making soups. Hubbard squash reminds me of my Mum as she made it at every Thanksgiving and buttercup squash is my husband’s favourite. Acorn squash is sometimes left out on my favourite lists but recently I have been cooking it more and more.
I love to stuff squash as it makes it more into a meal that just a side dish. Recently I decided I wanted to make a stuffed squash for dessert instead of for dinner. My thoughts were to stuff it with apples and raisins, but then I thought why not cook up some cranberries, pears and apples together, add in some ginger and honey and stuff the squash with that.
Guess what, it is divine as a main dish or for dessert.
There is nothing like the taste of baked squash or pumpkin in the fall and winter season, and this recipe uses only a few ingredients and is so simple to make.
These healthy ingredients are
Cranberries- these little red bundles offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer health benefits. They are also a good source of vitamin C, E, K, fibre, manganese, cooper and pantothenic acid
Pears– packed full of antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and are easily digestible
Apples– high in phytonutrients and antioxidants, they help to reduce the risk of cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease
Ginger– a natural remedy for nausea and tummy aches, it also is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and helps reduce pain
Honey– helps alleviate allergies, boosts memory is a couch suppressant, natural antibiotic and sleep aid
Acorn Squash– contains vitamin A, folate, thiamine, vitamin B-6 and is great source of vitamin C
- 1 cup cranberries
- 3 bartlett pears
- 1 organic apple
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 acorn squash, halved with seeds removed
- Cut and clean squash- place face down in a pan with a little water and bake 375F for 40 minutes or until soft
- Peel apple and pears and dice into small chunks
- In a sauce pan add cranberries, pears, apples, fresh ginger, honey and water and simmer until thick and soft, approximately 20 minutes
- Remove squash from oven and fill with cranberry mixture
- Serve warm