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A Taste for Health: Whole Wheat Couscous with Butternut Squash

Forget what you know about healthy cooking. Food can be both delicious and healthy at the same time! There is a lot of information out there about cooking for good health and great taste. Here's a great healthy side dish recipe that goes well with a lean protein like broiled or grilled skinless chicken breast:Whole Wheat Couscous with Butternut Squash.

Whole Wheat Couscous with Butternut Squash

Servings: 4

Total Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 7/8 Tsp. olive oil
  • 1 ¾ ounce yellow onions, chopped fine
  • ½ Tsp. garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2/3 Tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 ¼ ounce red bell peppers, diced
  • 2 2/3 ounce butternut squash, diced
  • 2 2/3 Tsp. cilantro, minced
  • 1/8 Tsp. black pepper, ground
  • 3 ½ ounce whole wheat couscous
  • 1 1/3 cup vegetable broth


Heat oil in large braiser over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until starting to caramelize.

Add garlic, cumin and couscous. Sauté for a few more minutes to lightly toast the couscous.

Add bell peppers, squash cubes (use 1/2 inch cubes which will cook more evenly), hot vegetable broth, pepper and salt. Stir to combine.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low simmer and cover. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until the couscous is tender. Stir several times during the cooking process.

Toss in fresh cilantro

Enjoy hot as a side dish with a 4-ounce portion lean protein, like broiled or grilled chicken.

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