I have never been to Morocco and it’s not really high on my list of places in the World to visit. Though I do appreciate Morocco for the couscous that is widely used in their cuisine. Couscous is so easy to prepare and also incredibly easy to add to many different dishes. Here is a delicious, healthy and satisfying meal that is great for the whole family. If you aren’t friends with couscous, give it a try. Couscous is also a really fun new texture for the little ones at your dinner table!
- 1 Acorn Squash, peeled and cubed (see below for an easy to peel acorn squash)
- 1 tbsp Butter, melted
- 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 2 Celery Stalks, chopped
- 2 Carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 can Garbanzo Beans
- 1/2 cup Raisins
- 1 1/2 tbsp Cumin
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 can Chicken Broth
- 1 cup Couscous
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
To easily peel the squash place it in a pot of boiling water for 15 minutes, drain the boiling water and replace with cold water and let stand 5 minutes. The skin will be much easier to slice away using a knife rather than a peeler. And it’s easier to get in the nooks and crannies of the squash with a small spoon….it will just scrape right off.
Once the squash has been peeled, remove the seeds (don’t throw them out…toast them up for a yummy snack) and cut the squash into equal sized cubes. Toss with the melted butter on a roasting pan and roast in the 350 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes. After 15 minutes, stir the squash. Optional – at this point you could sprinkle the squash with about 2 teaspoons of brown sugar.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet saute the carrots, celery and garlic in a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil until tender about 5 minutes.
Add the garbanzo beans, raisins, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for about 2-5 minutes until fragrant and well combined.
Stir in the chicken broth and couscous, cover skillet and remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes. The liquid will be absorbed by the couscous and the raisins will be nice and plump. Stir in the roasted acorn squash and stir to combine. This is a hearty meal on its own or could be served as a side dish for a mongo sized meal!