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Winter Veggies To Warm Your Insides!

It’s the long lull of Winter, but the cold brings some wonderful nutritious vegetables for you and your family! Sweetened Acorn Squash is an easy recipe to prepare and is packed with nutrients!


  1. Acorn squash
  2. 1 cup fresh cranberries (if frozen, be sure to thaw before using)
  3. 1/2 cup maple syrup or a teaspoon of Cinnamon
  4. 1 tablespoon butter, cut into cubes


  1. Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds.
  2. Place in a roasting pan and add 1/2 inch of water to the bottom of the pan.
  3. Put a cube of butter in each acorn half.
  4. Put about half a teaspoon of Cinnamon in each half.
  5. Divide the cranberries between the acorn halves (if you don’t add Cinnamon, you can drizzle maple syrup on top the squash).
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  7. Bake on the middle shelf for 1 hour, or until the squash feels tender when pierced with a small, sharp knife and the cranberries are tender and juicy.
  8. Enjoy!

Tell us some of your Winter Veggie recipes!

Posted December 8, 2010

by MichelleH


29 Responses

  1. Liz says:

    Oh, yum! I have an acorn squash that I bought pre-Thanksgiving that I can’t figure out what to do with. This may be dinner tonight!

  2. Cassandra says:

    Sounds yummy! We will try this one!

  3. MichelleH says:

    Funny thing – that is what prompted us to make this recipe! Long live squash that we aren’t sure what to do with! :)

  4. MichelleH says:


  5. amy pugmire says:

    i love squash! that sounds so good!

  6. MichelleH says:

    It was yummy Amy :)

  7. Alison S. says:

    I’m always looking for ways to get my hubby and 19 month old son to eat more veggies. I’ll have to give this recipe a try. :-)

  8. MichelleH says:

    Hope it is a hit Alison!

  9. Samantha says:

    Fantastic recipe – hope my kids like eating it as much as they will like making it! Thanks for the post.

  10. Annakatesmom says:

    I thought these acorn squash were just for decoration! I never new what to do with them, but this recipe sounds delish!

  11. MichelleH says:

    Anna Kates Mom,
    They do make great decorations but are even yummier on your plate. :)

  12. Brandi Elam says:

    I have never eaten an acorn squash, only regular yellow squash. I force myself to eat it because I know it’s healthy, but I don’t like it and neither do the kids. Does acorn squash taste a lot better? You should post a picture of the finished product. The cinnamon on top makes it sound like it would have a sweet taste and makes me think the kids might actually like it!

  13. jenn says:

    thank you i have been wondering how to prepare acorn squash. ive always used them as a fall decoration and nothing more lol

  14. melanie says:

    my kids love squash, but i get tired of the same old same old. we’re going to try this recipe soon!

  15. Michelle` says:

    I make a lot of squash, but I never thought to add cranberries to it. I need to remember to try that the next time I am baking acorn squash. Thanks for the idea.

  16. Costana Hornbaker says:

    winter veggies are good for the whole family YUM

  17. Mrs. Smitty says:

    I started using squash in our home when I started making babyfood instead of buying it.
    This recipe is delish, but even better if you add Brown Sugar with the Cinnamon!

  18. MichelleH says:

    Great idea to use it for making baby food, Mrs Smitty!

  19. MichelleH says:

    We agree Costana!

  20. MichelleH says:

    You are welcome Michelle!

  21. MichelleH says:

    Hope they like it Melanie!

  22. MichelleH says:

    Hopefully you can now use them as decoration & as a yummy dinner Jenn :)

  23. MichelleH says:

    It still in the squash family taste but the tart of the cranberries & sweetness of the brown sugar or maple syrup make it taste better :)

  24. Grace says:

    I’m 33 weeks along in my second pregnancy and making a bunch of foods to stock the freezer before the baby comes…. was actually thinking of squash for a dish, but not sure how freezer compatible it is.
    Does anyone know how well cooked squash freezes and reheats? I don’t want watery squash!

  25. Andrea says:

    What a delicious and simple recipe! I cook a lot with butternut squash and can’t wait to give acorn squash a try now too!

  26. MichelleH says:

    Glad you like it Andrea!

  27. MichelleH says:

    I have not frozen squash, but since this is cut in half I would probably scoop it out & freeze it without the skin because I think that might make reheating a little tricky.

  28. We love winter squash here. We had a acorn squash before Christmas that we used to make a couple pumpkin pies… so good and we were able to use ingredients that everyone could have (several in our family have significant food sensitivities).

    We like to use hubbard or butternut squash to make mexican fried potatoes (we skip the potatoes).

  29. Teresa says:

    I remember my mom making these…..they were baked and had butter and brown sugar on them. They were so warm and delicious.

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