Two of my favorite ingredients are acorn squash and Israeli couscous. For those of you who haven’t tried Israeli couscous, it is a small pearl grain made of wheat flour twice the diameter of regular couscous. You can find it in the grocery stores where couscous and rice are sold. In this vegetarian main-dish or side dish, the couscous is flavored with lemon zest, olive oil and red pepper flakes and stuffed in a roasted acorn squash brushed with honey. This healthy dish is as pretty as it is delicious and very filling.
Couscous-Stuffed Acorn Squash
1 cup Israeli couscous
11/4 cups low-sodium, fat-free vegetable broth
2 tsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. lemon zest
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 acorn squash, cut in half
4 tsp. honey
Fresh Italian parsley sprigs (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Bring broth to a boil. Add couscous and cook until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, return to pot and add olive oil, lemon zest and red pepper flakes.
3. Place squash halves, cut sides down on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400F for 35 minutes or until tender. Brush with honey and cook 10 minutes more. Divide the couscous mixture evenly among squash halves. Garnish with Italian parsley, if desired.