Moroccan Couscous With Saffron

You can complement this dish with a simple salad or let it be the beginning of a feast that includes soup, hummus and veggies.
Moroccan Couscous With Saffron

Ingredients

2 cups peeled butternut squash, cut into ¼-inch to ½-inch cubes 
 2 cups yellow onion, large dice 
1 1/2 cups carrots, cut into ¼-inch to ½-inch cubes 
1 1/2 cups zucchini, cut into ¾-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 


Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place the squash, onion, carrots, and zucchini on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, turning once with a spatula about midway through.

 2. While the vegetables roast, bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a saucepan. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the butter, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, cumin, saffron and salt (to taste). Cover the pan and steep for 15 minutes.
 
3. Scrape the roasted vegetables and their juices into a large bowl, and add the couscous. Bring the vegetable broth back to a boil, and pour over the couscous mixture all at once. Cover tightly with a plate and let stand for 15 minutes. Add the scallions, toss the couscous and vegetables with a fork, and serve.