| Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Place squash, cut-side down, in a microwave-safe dish, with stem ends to the outside of dish. Cover with plastic wrap.
Microwave on HIGH (100% power) 5 minutes. Rotate dish one-quarter turn. Microwave 2 minutes on HIGH. Remove squash from microwave and carefully remove plastic wrap. Season with salt and pepper.
In a small bowl, combine cherries and almonds. Divide mixture evenly between squash cavities. In the same bowl, combine preserves, water and cinnamon; mix well. Top cherry filling with equal portions of preserves mixture.
Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 3 to 5 minutes, or until cherry mixture is hot, rotating dish once.
Serving size: 1/2 squash