Butter Nut Squash Stuffed With Orange Couscous
The pulp of winter squash is rich in vitamins A and C, iron, and riboflavin.
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed squash shell)
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 331
- Fat: 5.2g
- Saturated fat: 0.9g
- Protein: 9.6g
- Carbohydrate: 64.0g
- Cholesterol: 3mg
- Iron: 2.2mg
- Sodium: 510mg
- Calories from fat: 14%
- Fiber: 7.3g
- Calcium: 79mg
- 2 (1 1/2- to 2-pound) butternut squash, halved lengthwise
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped carrot
- 3/4 cup vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup uncooked couscous
- 2 tablespoons sweetened dried cranberries
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon grated orange rind
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3/4 cup canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
- 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/8 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Place butternut squash, cut sides down, in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Add hot water to pan to a depth of 1/2 inch. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until tender.
- While squash bakes, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add oil. Add onion and carrot. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 20 minutes or until onion is golden and carrot is tender, stirring frequently. Set aside.
- Bring broth and next 4 ingredients to a boil. Stir in couscous and next 5 ingredients. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes.
- Remove and discard seeds from squash; scoop out pulp, leaving 1/4-inch-thick shells. Coarsely chop 1 cup pulp, reserving remaining pulp for another use.
- Combine reserved onion mixture, squash pulp, couscous mixture, chickpeas, and almonds; toss gently. Spoon mixture evenly into squash shells. Place shells in a 13 x 9- inch baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
- While shells bake, bring 1 cup orange juice and honey to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until mixture reduces to 1/3 cup, stirring occasionally. Stir in curry powder and cinnamon. Drizzle juice mixture evenly over couscous mixture.
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