Friday, December 12, 2008

Butternut Squash with Cumin Couscous

1 butternut squash (2 pounds) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large yellow onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 cup canned diced tomatoes 1/3 cup dark or golden raisins 1 32-ounce container vegetable broth 1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, drained 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 1/2 cups couscous 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 1/4 cup (1 ounce) almonds, chopped Halve and peel the squash. Remove the seeds and cut the squash into 1-inch chunks. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon of the cumin and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the squash, tomatoes, raisins, broth, chickpeas, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover and cook until the squash is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups water and the remaining cumin and salt to a boil. Stir in the couscous. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Divide the couscous among individual bowls and ladle the squash over the top. Sprinkle with the parsley and almonds. Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings NUTRITION PER SERVING CALORIES 325(19% from fat); FAT 7g (sat 1g); CARBOHYDRATE 59g; SODIUM 1,178mg; PROTEIN 10g; FIBER 8g; SUGAR 13g Recipe courtesy of Real Simple

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