Moroccan Couscous with Saffron

moroccan couscous with saffron recipe

2 cups peeled butternut squash, cut into 1/4 to 1/2-inch cubes
2 cups yellow onion, large dice
1 1/2 cups carrots, cut into 1/4 to 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/2 cups zucchini, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Fine sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons Earth Balance butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
1 1/2 cups whole wheat couscous
2 scallions, white and green parts, chopped

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Place the squash, onion, carrots, and zucchini on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. 
  3. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, turning once with a spatula about midway through. 
  4. While the vegetables roast, bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a saucepan. 
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the butter, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, cumin, saffron, and salt to taste. 
  6. Cover the pan and steep for 15 minutes. 
  7. Scrape the roasted vegetables and their juices into a large bowl, and add the couscous. 
  8. Bring the vegetable broth back to a boil, and pour over the couscous mixture all at once. 
  9. Cover tightly with a plate and allow to stand for 15 minutes. 
  10. Add the scallions, toss the couscous and vegetables with a fork, and serve.

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