Couscous & Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

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This is the perfect time of year for making winter squash. One of my favorite winter squash is Acorn squash because the size is perfect for our family. This weekend I made this Couscous & Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash for dinner, and it was delicious.

Couscous and cranberry stuffed acorn squash.

Couscous makes a nice base for stuffing a squash because it has a nice nutty flavor which goes well with the squash. I used Israel couscous, which is larger and has a chewy consistency that is closer to pasta. To add to the seasonal nature of the dish I stirred in some dried cranberries.

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To make the meal easy I cooked the squash in the microwave and the couscous on the stove, and then just combined them in the oven for 10 minutes. It only takes 5 minutes or so to cook the squash in the microwave, as opposed to the half an hour it takes to roast the squash in the oven.

Stuffed acorn squash with quinoa and cranberries.

Yield: 4

Couscous & Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

A bowl filled with couscous and cranberries.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup couscous
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 acorn squash

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Saute the couscous in the oil for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cranberries, salt and water and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 14 minutes.
  5. While the couscous cooks microwave 2 acorn squash until tender, about 5 minutes each.
  6. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  7. Let the squash cool slightly, then cut it open and scoop out the seeds.
  8. When the couscous is done stir in the green onions and lemon juice.
  9. Spoon the couscous into the squash and bake for 10 minutes.

Notes

Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Sodium: 310mgCarbohydrates: 85gFiber: 7gSugar: 10gProtein: 10g

A bowl filled with couscous and cranberries.

 

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