Abundantly spiced and packed with Autumn’s peak produce, this good looking and even better tasting one-pot vegetable couscous boasts warming flavors, immune boosting turmeric, ginger, and big cloves of garlic, sweet, plump raisins, and creamy delicata squash. Requiring only minutes of chopping for a weeks worth of leftovers, this simple and vibrant meal is perfect for cozying up on those cooler weeknights while still feeling light and healthful. I serve my couscous over a bed of baby arugula or on its own with a pumpkin porter.
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 red potatoes (about 1 ¼ pounds), rustically diced
6 large cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 cinnamon sticks
3 bay leaves
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
2 delicata squash (about 1 ½ pounds), peeled, deseeded, and rustically cubed
1 large tomato (about ½ pound), rustically cubed
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, thoroughly rinsed and drained
½ cup dried raisins
1 ½ cups filtered water
2 cups cooked couscous
juice of ½ a lemon
¼ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, rack in the middle.
In a large ovenproof dish (with sides), combine olive oil, potatoes, garlic, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, and spices. Place in oven and cook for 15 minutes. Add squash and tomato, stir and return to oven. Continue cooking for about 35 minutes, or until vegetables have softened. Add chickpeas, raisins, and water and continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Gently stir couscous into roasted vegetables, top with lemon juice and cilantro and serve!
Nutritional Information [per serving = 1 ½ cups ]
375 Calories, 68g Carbohydrates, 8.9g Fat, 10g Protein, 9g Fiber, 13.8g Sugar
Red potatoes, hard neck garlic, delicata squash, and mountain magic tomatoes provided by Glen’s Garden Market, a locavore-minded market located just outside the heart of Washington, DC’s Dupont Circle. Glen’s has generously gifted me an eight-week CSA [community supported agriculture], overflowing with organic and chemical free local produce.