Tonight I made something for dinner that was so tasty I’m tempted to just leave it out on the counter and eat it for breakfast in the morning (wouldn’t be the first time). The original recipe for Butternut Squash Couscous appears here, but I made a bunch of changes. I took out some things that I didn’t like and some things that I didn’t have, and messed with the ratios for what was left.
It turned out so well that my husband told me not to change a thing – that’s never happened before for my first try at a recipe!
This recipe has great amounts of fiber, protein, and vitamins A and C. If you want to lower the already low calories even more, use less couscous – it will still be delicious.
Butternut Squash with Chickpeas and Couscous
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
15 ounce can petite diced tomatoes, not drained
1 butternut squash peeled, seeded, and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoons salt
15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 box Near East Parmesan Couscous (or whatever kind of couscous you prefer, enough for 4 servings)
In a large pot, heat the oil over very low heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic, cayenne, nutmeg, and cinnamon and cook, stirring, about 1 minute longer.
Stir in the tomatoes (with the juice), squash, water, and salt and bring to a simmer.
Stir in the chickpeas and cook, covered, for 10 minutes.
Uncover and simmer 10-20 minutes more, until squash is tender most of the water has cooked off (moist enough to flavor the couscous, but not soupy).
Meanwhile, make the couscous according to the box directions, except leave out the olive oil (you won’t miss it). Serve squash mixture over couscous.
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