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Happy Thanksgiving from our Staff! by Johanna Hicks



Recently, I had the privilege of leading a discussion on cooking with winter squash – butternut and acorn, in particular.  I demonstrated a recipe that is rich in vitamin A and C, as well as being a good source of fiber and deliciousness!  The recipe is a delightful accompaniment to any meal, but especially appropriate for Thanksgiving.  Enjoy this recipe at your Thanksgiving meal, and from our staff to you, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Butternut Squash Casserole


1 butternut squash (about 2 pounds)

2 apples, cored and chopped

½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed

¼ cup reduced calorie margarine

1 tablespoon flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon allspice


1)      Peel squash, scoop out seeds, and cut in small pieces.

2)      Place squash and apples chunks in oblong baking dish (9 X 13)

3)      Blend remaining ingredients with a fork until crumbly.  Distribute over squash and apples.

4)      Cover and bake at 350°F for 45 to 50 minutes.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.  Nutrition facts: 119 calories, 24.8 grams carbohydrates, 1.4 grams protein, 2 grams fiber


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Closing Thought

No one stands as tall as the one who stoops to help a child.





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