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Simple roasted butternut squash stuffed with couscous and vegetables

Simple roasted butternut squash stuffed with couscous and vegetables, a delicious vegetarian dish inspired by the colours of Autumn. And even the taste makes us think of Autumn, the delicate sweetness of the roasted butternut squash combined with the awesome fluffy texture of the couscous make a great meal that even fussy ones can’t refuse.

Simple roasted butternut squash stuffed with couscous and vegetables

Simple roasted butternut squash stuffed with couscous and vegetables

There’s still some time left to prepare all those amazing dishes for Thanksgiving. Autumn is still here, although, judging by the weather and the Christmassy atmosphere, it looks more like winter. So, why not add one more dish to that never-ending list of goodies you have planned for the big day? It’s dead easy to prepare and will surely be a big hit.

This simple roasted butternut squash is comforting, filling, just perfect. And meat-free, which makes it a light dinner option in case you have had enough of heavy meals and need a change, more precisely a healthy one. Talking about healthy meat-free option, I also have this One-pan pesto quorn meat free pieces with veggies that you would just love.

Simple roasted butternut squash stuffed with couscous and vegetables

Simple roasted butternut squash stuffed with couscous and vegetables

Couscous can’t be easier to cook. All it needs is boiling flavourful liquid (or just water) to make a meal in less than 5 minutes. It can be plain and boring on its own, l know. But once it absorbs the wonderful broth, it becomes sheer goodness. Even my fussy-pants daughter likes it. It really must be nice then!!!

Add some extra cheese for a total cheesy experience. If you choose not to top the squash with cheese, then you’ve got a wonderful dish suitable for vegans too. So many ways to transform this dish, just make it the way you most like it!

Simple roasted butternut squash stuffed with couscous and vegetables

Simple roasted butternut squash stuffed with couscous and vegetables

 

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Simple roasted butternut squash filled with couscous and vegetables
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Simple roasted butternut squash with couscous and vegetables
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 20 mins
 

Simple roasted butternut squash stuffed with couscous and vegetables, a delicious vegetarian dish inspired by the colours of Autumn.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Romanian
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 513 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 courgette (zucchini)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable stock (500 ml)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup wholemeal couscous (120 g)
  • 1/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.

  2. Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise.

  3. Scoop out the seeds and place the two halves on a baking tray.

  4. Bake for an hour until the flesh is soft.

  5. Heat up the oil in a pan and add the onion chopped finely.

  6. Fry for 2-3 minutes until it softens, then add the chopped courgette and red pepper, give them a good stir, add the vegetable stock and boil for 15 minutes.

  7. Use a spoon to scoop out the flesh from the butternut squash, leaving about 1 1/2 cm around the edges.

  8. You can add some of the flesh to the pan. I enjoyed the rest of it on its own, it’s super delicious!

  9. Take the pan off the heat, add the couscous and place a lid on the pan.

  10. After 5 minutes, remove the lip the fluff the couscous up with a fork.

  11. Season with salt and pepper and mix in the tomato purée.

  12. Stuff the butternut squash halves with the couscous, sprinkle some grated cheese over, and bake in the oven for a further 5-10 minutes.

  13. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

Nutrition Facts
Simple roasted butternut squash with couscous and vegetables
Amount Per Serving
Calories 513 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 1641mg 68%
Potassium 1795mg 51%
Total Carbohydrates 92g 31%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 17g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 850.9%
Vitamin C 205.2%
Calcium 31.3%
Iron 22.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Jay
    September 18, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Looks really healthy 🙂

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      September 18, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Thank you, Jay! It’s a delicious low-carb recipe.

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