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  • To make flavors pop even more, stir in 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar along with the cranberry mixture.
  • You can use fresh sage instead of dried. Leave out dried sage in step 4. Roll 4 fresh sage leaves into a log shape and thinly slice. Cook fresh sage in butter or oil along with the walnuts in step 6.
  • Use pecans or hazelnuts in place of walnuts. Try using raisins or dried cherries for the cranberries.


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1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Rinse and peel squash. Cut off ends and discard. Cut squash at the neck, creating a narrow end and a round end. Cut round end in half and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Cut both ends into ¾-inch, even-sized cubes.
3. Coarsely chop walnuts. Set aside.
4. In a large bowl, add squash. Toss with oil, sage, salt and ground black pepper.
5. Spread squash evenly on a baking sheet. Roast, stirring once, until tender, about 35 minutes.
6. In a small skillet over medium heat, melt butter or heat oil. Add walnuts and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cranberries and maple syrup.
7. Gently toss cooked squash with cranberry mixture.

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Serves: 6, 1/2 cup per serving
- 2 pounds butternut squash
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- ¼ teaspoons salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon butter or canola oil
- ¼ cup dried cranberries

- 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
Optional Ingredients:
- 1 medium bell pepper
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro