Nov 27, 2013

Quick & Easy, Last Minute Thanksgiving Dish: Cranberry-stuffed Squash


Having unexpected guests for the holiday? Need something fast, easy and nutritious? Try these! They’re so simple to prepare and they make a wonderful, elegant presentation, too. I can’t take credit for this idea… I saw them pre-made at Whole Foods and thought it was such a clever way to prepare a beautiful holiday dish! Serve with some beans and/or rice for a complete meal.

before baking

Serves 6. Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

Cranberry Stuffed Squash

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: serves 6

An easy and beautiful addition to your holiday table!


  • 3 small round squashes (I used acorn squash and sweet dumpling)
  • 1 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup raisins or currants
  • 3 TBS date sugar (or other minimally processed sweetener)
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 TBS fresh, chopped parsley plus more for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Slice the squashes horizontally and, if needed, slice a small bit off of each end so that the halves can stand up.
  3. Scrape out the seeds and save for roasting or discard.
  4. Mix the cranberries, raisins (or currants), sugar, parsley and juice in a bowl.
  5. Fill each squash with the cranberry mixture (divided equally).
  6. Cover lightly with foil and bake for about 45 minutes until the squashes are tender.
  7. Garnish with some freshly chopped parsley.
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2 responses to “Quick & Easy, Last Minute Thanksgiving Dish: Cranberry-stuffed Squash”

  1. Maggy says:

    Just a super recipe. No dairy. No oil. Just pure nutrition and flavor. I may use soaked, chopped dates instead of raisins, and maybe the soaking water from the dates instead of the OJ. That is working out very well in other recipes, such as pumpkin pie. Helyn, do you have experience working with dates for a sweetener? Any tips would be appreciated.

  2. Helyn says:

    Thanks Maggy! I have been using dates pretty much exclusively lately. Yes, they will work in place of the raisins. Soaking them is a good idea. I prefer Medjool dates. Definitely the best. I also sometimes use date sugar and date syrup (nothin' but dates!). Feel free to send me a private email if you have any specific questions! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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