Pumpkin Stuffed with Couscous, Scallions and Goji Berries
Pumpkin is an excellent source of a variety of nutrients, including vitamin A, which supports healthy vision, and energizing fiber to keep you full for a long time.
If you don't have black rice, brown rice is a good substitute.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Rinse and halve the pumpkin and remove the seeds. Scoop out the pulp, leaving a 1/2" margin. Cut the flesh into small pieces.
Cover the goji berries with lukewarm water and leave to soak. Rinse and trim the scallions and cut into small rings. Soak the couscous for about 15 minutes in cold water.
For the sauce, combine half the chopped pumpkin with the vegetable broth and apple juice and bring to a boil. Cook for about 10 minutes until soft, drain (collecting the liquid) and purée.
Stir in as much of the cooking liquid as is necessary to create a creamy sauce. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Brush the insides of the pumpkin halves with olive oil. Place in the oven and cook for about 25 minutes until they are soft enough to be pricked with a toothpick.
Meanwhile, heat the canola oil in a nonstick pan and sauté the remaining pumpkin cubes with the scallions while stirring. Add the goji berries and simmer and then add the drained couscous.
Spoon the mixture into the pumpkin halves. Serve drizzled with the sauce.