Winter Veggies To Warm Your Insides!

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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!

29 Responses to “Winter Veggies To Warm Your Insides!”

  1. Liz December 8, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    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 December 8, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    Sounds yummy! We will try this one!

  3. MichelleH December 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    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 December 8, 2010 at 1:56 pm #


  5. amy pugmire December 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    i love squash! that sounds so good!

  6. MichelleH December 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    It was yummy Amy 🙂

  7. Alison S. December 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    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 December 9, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    Hope it is a hit Alison!

  9. Samantha December 9, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

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

  10. Annakatesmom December 10, 2010 at 7:26 am #

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

  11. MichelleH December 10, 2010 at 8:17 am #

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

  12. Brandi Elam December 10, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    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 December 11, 2010 at 12:23 am #

    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 December 11, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

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

  15. Michelle` December 12, 2010 at 5:56 am #

    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 December 13, 2010 at 3:18 am #

    winter veggies are good for the whole family YUM

  17. Mrs. Smitty December 13, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    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 December 13, 2010 at 9:43 am #

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

  19. MichelleH December 13, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    We agree Costana!

  20. MichelleH December 13, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    You are welcome Michelle!

  21. MichelleH December 13, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    Hope they like it Melanie!

  22. MichelleH December 13, 2010 at 9:46 am #

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

  23. MichelleH December 13, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    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 December 14, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    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 December 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    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 December 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    Glad you like it Andrea!

  27. MichelleH December 14, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    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. One Southern Girl December 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    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 December 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

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