Apple and Date – Stuffed Butternut Squash

Serves 6. Prep time: 40 minutes active; 1 hour 20 minutes total

  • 1 medium butternut squash, halved lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 medium sweet apples, peeled and chopped
  • 6 large dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 cup honey
  • 1⁄2 cup fresh mint leaves, slivered
  • 1⁄4 cup pomegranate arils

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Lightly oil a sheet pan, and place the squash,
cut side down, on the pan. Bake for 30 minutes. It will not be completely
soft. Place on a cooling rack until cool.
While the squash bakes, place a large saute pan over medium-high
heat. Drizzle in the olive oil and add the onion. Stir for five minutes,
add the apples and stir until hot, then reduce to medium heat for
about 10 minutes to soften the apples. Add the dates, cinnamon and
salt, and stir. Turn to low heat while the squash cools.
When the squash is cool enough to handle, use a paring knife to cut
out the flesh, leaving about 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 inch lining the shell. Place the
shells on the baking pan, cut side up. Chop the flesh in 1⁄2-inch pieces.
Add the squash to the apple mixture. Drizzle with the honey and stir
to mix well, then spoon the mixture into the reserved squash shells.
Gently pat down to compress.
Bake at 400 F for 30 minutes. Serve sprinkled with mint and
pomegranate arils.

Serving suggestion
Serve with brisket and an arugula salad.

Nutritional information per serving
170 calories
4.5 g. fat
0 mg. cholesterol
200 mg. sodium
35 g. carbohydrate
4 g. fiber
1 g. protein