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PointsPlus Mashed Butternut Squash and Apples Recipe


Mashed Butternut Squash and Apples

In a pinch, but still want to present a healthy side dish for guests? Try this quick and easy recipe for mashed butternut squash; using store-bought squash that's already prepped saves time and effort. It will taste so good, no one has to know it was cooked in the microwave.


*Note: Look for 1 1/4 pound packages of already peeled and cubed butternut squash in the produce section of the grocery store. It’s an incredible time-saver.


  • 20 ounces fresh butternut squash, peeled and cubed*
  • 2 medium-sized Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste


Put the squash, apples, and cider in a shallow microwave-safe baking dish or container. Sprinkle butter over the top. Cover and microwave until tender, about 10-12 minutes. Mash until smooth, yet slightly chunky. Stir in the thyme, salt, and pepper.