Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Stuffed Acorn Squash, Cherry Cranberry Sauce
1/4th of recipe (1 stuffed squash half): 199 calories, 2.5g total fat (1g sat fat), 127mg sodium, 44.5g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 13.5g sugars, 4g protein
PointsPlus® value 5*
SmartPoints® value 2*
Juicy apples, plump raisins, savory feta cheese... Acorn squash never had it so good!
Cook: 30 minutes
Two 20-oz. acorn squash, halved, seeds removed
2 cups peeled and chopped Fuji or Gala apples
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 tbsp. golden raisins
1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Light or Brummel & Brown)
1 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Place squash halves cut-sides down on the baking sheet. Bake until soft, 25 - 30 minutes.
When the squash has about 5 minutes left of cook time, bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add all remaining ingredients except cheese. Cook and stir until apple and onion have softened, about 5 minutes.
Flip squash halves, and evenly fill with apple mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
1/12th of recipe (about 1/3 cup): 33 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 25mg sodium, 11.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 1.5g protein
PointsPlus® value 1*
SmartPoints® value 0*
This has all the appeal of classic cranberry sauce, but with a tiny fraction of the sugar. Plus, the dark sweet cherries add a fun new dimension to the old-school fruity condiment...
Cook: 20 minutes
Chill: 3 hours
2 cups frozen dark sweet cherries (no sugar added)
One 12-oz. bag whole cranberries (fresh or frozen; no sugar added)
1/4 cup Truvia spoonable no-calorie sweetener (or another no-calorie granulated sweetener; see HG FYI), or more to taste
Two 1/4-oz. envelopes dry unflavored gelatin
1 tsp. orange zest
1/8 tsp. salt
Optional: additional no-calorie sweetener
In a medium pot, combine cherries, cranberries, sweetener, and 1 cup water. Set heat to high, and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, occasionally uncovering to stir.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water.
Remove pot from heat, add contents of the small bowl, and thoroughly mix. Stir in orange zest and salt.
Transfer mixture to a large bowl, and refrigerate until chilled and set, at least 3 hours.
If you like, add additional sweetener to taste.
MAKES 12 SERVINGS
HG FYI: Truvia spoonable calorie-free sweetener is about twice as sweet as sugar. If using a no-calorie granulated sweetener that measures cup-for-cup like sugar instead of Truvia, double the amount called for in this recipe.
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