Couscous-Stuffed Acorn Squash


A couscous salad is made of pistachios, carrots, cranberries, and garbanzo beans and stuffed inside an acorn squash. The salad is also flavored with cinnamon, cumin, and orange.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings


  • 2 acorn squash, halved and seeded

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 3 ounces whole wheat couscous

  • ½ cup cranberries

  • ¼ cup chopped pistachio nuts

  • ¼ cup grated carrots

  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Brush each squash half with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Place on a rimmed baking sheet, cut-sides down. Use a sharp knife to cut off a small section of the rounded squash, so it will sit flat when turned upside-down.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until squash is soft when pierced with a fork, 30 to 40 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, combine garbanzo beans, orange juice, cinnamon, cumin, and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a saucepan over low heat. Cook the beans for 10 minutes while the mixture slowly comes to a boil. Remove from the heat, stir in couscous, and cover with a lid. Let sit for 5 minutes.

  5. Remove the lid and stir cranberries, pistachio nuts, carrots, and butter into the couscous.

  6. Remove squash from the oven. Turn over and stuff with couscous mixture, firmly pushing it into each open cavity. Return to the oven and bake for 5 to 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

492 Calories
21g Fat
71g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 492
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 300mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 12g 44%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 64mg 318%
Calcium 160mg 12%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 1255mg 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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