Published in Jerusalem Post, Jan. 2008. The author recommends streamlining the usual squash-braising technique by using the microwave. It not only shortens the cooking time; it saves the tedious task of cutting the skin off the raw squash. Simply scoop out the cooked pulp and simmer it briefly with the flavors.
For a sweet, quick variation, omit the onion and add cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla to taste, then stir in 1'-2 tablespoons sugar or honey or the equivalent in sweetener, and 1/3 cup raisins or a small can of diced or crushed pineapple; then simmer the mixture for five minutes.
For a hearty main course casserole, stir in a can of white beans (plain or in tomato sauce), 1-2 cups canned or cooked frozen corn kernels and 1 small can of tomatoes (drained and chopped); simmer for five minutes.