Couscous With Squash, Feta and Almonds

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Squash adds a burst of colour and sweetness, making it a perfect pairing for the salty feta cheese in this dish. We suggest acorn squash, but use any kind you like for this versatile side dish.

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: November 2012

Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash (1 lb/450 g)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup sodium-reduced chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous
  • 1/3 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup raw whole almond coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pimiento-stuffed olives coarsely chopped
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 6 fresh basil leaves coarsely torn
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Method

Peel squash and cut in half; seed and cut into 1/2-inch (1 cm) cubes to make about 3-1/2 cups.

In bowl, toss together squash, 1 tbsp each of the oil and lemon juice, paprika, chili powder, cinnamon and 1/4 tsp each of the salt and pepper. Roast on parchment paper– lined baking sheet in 400°F (200°C) oven, turning once, until tender, about 25 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, in saucepan, bring broth to boil; add couscous. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork; let cool.

In large bowl, toss together couscous, feta, squash, almonds, olives, green onions, basil, mint and remaining oil and lemon juice; mix well. Season with remaining salt and pepper.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 619 mg
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Protein 9 g
  • Calories 273.0
  • Total fat 13 g
  • Potassium 336 mg
  • Cholesterol 4 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 35 g

%RDI

  • Iron 17.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 10.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 8.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 7.0
  • Vitamin C 17.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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