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Start off Turkey Day with a tasty quick bread

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  • Canned butternut squash purée stands in for the pumpkin variety in this tasty and holiday-ready quick bread.

      Canned butternut squash purée stands in for the pumpkin variety in this tasty and holiday-ready quick bread.
    Alicia Ross/Kitchen Scoop


Why do pumpkins get all the attention this time of year? The beautiful butternut squash deserves a little more spotlight, if you ask me.

The good news is that butternut squash is so good for you. Besides being extremely low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, it's a good source of vitamins A, B-6, C and E; thiamine; niacin; foliate; calcium; potassium; and manganese.

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Thanksgiving is the perfect time to pull out this showstopper. Breakfast on this day is often overlooked, because with the feast yet to come, you definitely don't want anything heavy. Serve this easy and delicious breakfast bread with fruit and coffee, and breakfast on the big day is done.

The bread can be made up to three days ahead, but you'll want to toast it or rewarm it in the oven before serving. It's so easy, though, that you can whip up a batch before the rest of the house wakes. Now that's something to be thankful for. Enjoy!

• Alicia Ross is the co-author of the "Desperation Dinners!" cookbook series. Write her at Kitchen Scoop, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106, or More at the Kitchen Scoop website at

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