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Butternut Squash and Couscous

What you need: 

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
3/4 cup golden raisins
3-4 cups water
2 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 (6 ounce) box couscous
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh nutmeg, grated

What you do: 

1. In a large sauce pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes. Add the raisins and cook, stirring for 2 minutes.
2. Stir in the water, squash, and salt and bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender (about 25 minutes).
3. Stir in the couscous, parsley, and nutmeg and cover. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 to 12 minutes before serving.
I love this dish for its Moroccan influence. It's perfect in the winter to warm you up, and fresh butternut squash are bountiful at this time. I sometimes also add some cinnamon as well. Extra water can be added as well to make it more of a soup. Leftovers are very good cold, in a whole wheat pita or over greens.

Preparation Time: 
45 min
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4-6

SO HOW'D IT GO?

I've made this recipe a few times and it always comes out yummy. This week I had some leftover quinoa so used that instead of the couscous and it was excellent.

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;)b  It came out great!

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Lovely recipe!
I didn't have any nutmeg, but I added a hint of cloves and it was delicious  :)
Cutting up the squash is tough, but the results were great!
Very good recipe!

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this was very good. i used an acorn squash and replaced the raisins with currents. YUMMY. i didn't use apple juice, but next time think i will for the liquid. it was good but something was missing. 1 c of cous cous worked beautifully.  ;D this has a good taste and reminded me of a hot breakfast dish!

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thanks ungreen! only one cup? shesh, and all that packaging.... i will give this a try hopefully today!

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for "1 box of couscous" about how many cups (unprepared) is that? i've never made it but got some at the co-op bulk style and would like to try this....

Hey baypuppy, should be about 1 cup of dry couscous.  That's the amount that I've seen in "box" couscous mixes.

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for "1 box of couscous" about how many cups (unprepared) is that? i've never made it but got some at the co-op bulk style and would like to try this....

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needed more spices, but delicious!
Interesting combination... but wonderful! :)

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I was very happy with how this recipe turned out!  I did omit the parsley, but aside from that, I didn't change a thing.

I'm really looking forward to trying the leftovers cold in my lunch tomorrow =)

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