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Stress Free Holiday Side Dishes

Parenting Magazine has come up with several STRESS FREE side dishes perfect for this holiday season.


PREP: 5 minutes
COOK AND BAKE: 30 minutes
YIELD:8 servings

  • Cooking spray
  • 3 (12-oz) boxes frozen winter squash
  • 2 Tbs orange juice concentrate (from a 6-oz can), thawed
  • 4 Tbs brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs butter, softened
  • 1⁄2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 2 cups mini-marshmallows1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a shallow 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.2. Place frozen squash in a large microwave-safe bowl, cover, and microwave until thawed, about 15 minutes.3. Remove squash from the microwave, and stir in orange juice, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Taste, and add extra brown sugar or salt as needed.

    4. Transfer to the baking dish and bake about 15 minutes, or until hot. Top with mini-marshmallows, and return to the oven for about 5 minutes, or until marshmallows are toasty.

    HOW KIDS CAN HELP: Unwrap squash packages; measure ingredients; stir the ingredients into the squash.

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.