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    Default Baked Rice with Butternut Squash

    I made this last night and it makes a wonderful side dish. Mmmmmmm! I subsititued brown rice and made the cooking times a little longer.

    Baked Rice with Butternut Squash
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    Bake, peel, and cube the squash up to two days ahead.

    1 butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds)
    2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
    1 cup water
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
    1 teaspoon olive oil
    1 cup diced onion
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 cup uncooked Arborio or other short-grain rice
    1/4 cup dry white wine
    1 teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    Cooking spray
    1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
    Fresh thyme sprigs (optional)

    Preheat oven to 350°.
    Place squash on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until tender; cool. Peel squash; cut in half lengthwise. Discard seeds and membranes; cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Increase oven temperature to 400°.

    Bring broth, water, and sage to a simmer in a medium saucepan (do not boil). Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 6 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Add rice; sauté 1 minute. Stir in squash, broth mixture, wine, chopped thyme, salt, and pepper; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Place rice mixture in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes. Stir mixture gently. Sprinkle with cheese; bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, if desired.

    Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
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    Drool... I am so trying this soon! Thanks Algernon!
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    And this is squash season so I will be making this soon.

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    Oooh what good timing. There was a butternut squash in this week's veg box. I will try this tomorrow, thanks.
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