Monday, September 3, 2012

Secret Recipe Club: Spicy & Sweet Squash Bowl

It's Secret Recipe Club reveal day!  It's basically the Secret Santa of the food blog world.  It's always fun to discover a new blog and peruse their recipe collection!

I immediately fell in love with my blog assignment this month - The Cookin' Chemist.  Tessa is a pharmacist by day, foodie by night!  I can relate to her in a way because my original career path was to become a pharmacist... but we all know how that panned out.  But anyway, I've always loved the science behind food more than anything, so I have a feeling Tessa and I have quite a bit in common!  And plus, our husbands are our main test subjects for our dishes =)

There's plenty to love about Tessa's dishes.  You'll find anything from Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies to a Whole Grain Artesian Free-Form Loaf.  But because we've been trying to eat healthier around these parts, I saw this Spicy & Sweet Squash Bowl and knew that I'd found my choice!  I only adapted a couple of things - instead of quinoa, I used couscous.  And I had brought home some granola from school, so I used that as my crunch factor instead of some pecans.

Adapted from The Cookin' Chemist

1 cup couscous
1 & 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 tablespoon curry powder

1/2 tablespoon brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 medium to large butternut squash, peeled and cubed

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

salt, to taste

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

1 cup fresh spinach, roughly torn

1/4 cup crunchy granola

Preheat the oven to 400 F.  Coat the squash with olive oil, white sugar, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon curry powder, and salt to taste. Roast until fork tender, about 25-35 minutes depending on how large you cut the squash cubes.

Place the couscous in a medium saucepan with the broth, 2 teaspoons curry, cayenne pepper, and brown sugar. Mix well. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes until the liquid is completely absorbed. Let sit for a few minutes. Remove the lid and fluff with a fork. Mix with spinach, cilantro, and butternut squash pieces.

Divide the couscous mixture between plates/bowls. Top with the crunchy granola and dig on in!

This was so tasty!  Everything I expected and then some!  Spicy.  Sweet.  Perfect =)

Thanks for letting me stalk your blog Tessa!

This post is also featured on Danielle's blog Mostly Food & Crafts!


  1. Looks really good...and the granola definitely makes it interesting!

  2. My butternuts are looking good in the garden, this recipe has been saved for when they move into the house :-) Thanks have a grate week Diane

  3. I love savory and sweet together, this looks so tasty!!

  4. Such an unusual recipe but it sure sounds wonderful.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry: Fried Green Tomatoes.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  5. Mmm, that looks so good! I love roasted butternut squash, so I definitely need to try this. Great choice, Peggy!

  6. What a lovely dish! North Afican flavors are so warming, too.

  7. This sounds great - I love the addition of the granola. I make a savory granola and I bet it would be perfect with this.

  8. This sounds delicious! I'm a huge couscous fan, and love the idea of adding granola (or pecans) for a crunch factor. Awesome SRC pick :-)

  9. Thanks for the wonderful Peach Ice Cream recipe! I had A LOT of fun being assigned to your blog.

  10. This looks so good - the blend of squash and curry sounds just perfect now that fall is just around the corner. Love the idea of using granola for crunch!

  11. This delicious always spicy means my kind of dish Peggy.

  12. I've been so absent that I didn't even know you'd switched your blog! Congrats on the wedding, you look gorgeous :-) And this dish sounds amazing. The granola is an awesome touch.

  13. This looks really good. I like the idea of the couscous more than the Quinoa.

  14. Hi there. This week's Food on Friday is all about chillies and other spicy stuff. So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

    PS I am following you now. If you like Carole's Chatter it would be great if you followed me back.

  15. Good morning! I wanted to let you know that I featured this on my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post this weekend. Stop by and see!