Quinoa and Winter Squash Casserole

From www.eatingwell.com

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 large onion, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon paprika
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 cups frozen chopped spinach
1 cup quinoa or whole-wheat couscous
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 large winter squash, cooked and pureed
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 450°F.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and browned, 9 to 11 minutes. Add garlic, paprika, 2 teaspoons cumin, coriander, cayenne and allspice and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in chickpeas, tomatoes, spinach, quinoa (or couscous), raisins, water and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
If thawed squash is watery, place in a fine-mesh sieve and gently press to extract excess liquid. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread the squash evenly over the chickpea mixture.
Cover the pan and bake until steaming hot, about 45 minutes for quinoa (15 minutes for couscous). Let cool for 5 minutes. Serve sprinkled with cilantro.

 

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