Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash with Apricot Couscous

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Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash with Apricot Couscous

This beautiful dish can be the centerpiece of a meatless meal or the perfect solution to a table full of “mixed” diners: vegetarians will make it their entrée and everyone else can have it as a side dish.

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the squash cut side down in a 13x9-inch baking dish and pour in 1 cup of the orange juice. Roast until tender, 40-45 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring the remaining 3/4 cup orange juice to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the couscous, cover, remove from the heat and let stand 5 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. Transfer to a bowl and fluff with a fork.
  3. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the apricots, pecans and cranberries and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the maple syrup, nutmeg, salt and pepper; cook 30 seconds. Transfer to the bowl with the couscous and mix well.
  4. Spoon the couscous mixture into the squash and serve warm or room temperature.

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