Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Stuffed Acorn Squash, Cherry Cranberry Sauce

Nov 19 2015

Shake things up with these latest holiday recipes from HG! They’re guilt-free, easy to make, and everyone will love 'em...

Hungry Girl's Healthy Stuffed Harvest Acorn Squash Recipe

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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

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Juicy apples, plump raisins, savory feta cheese... Acorn squash never had it so good!

Prep: 15 minutes
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

Dash nutmeg

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.


Hungry Girl's Healthy Cran-Cherry Sauce Recipe

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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

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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...

Prep: 5 minutes
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.


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.

Hungry for More?

Don't miss tomorrow's Thanksgiving recipe roundup, plus a sweet potato pie swap next Tuesday that you'll flip over!

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