This lentil, quinoa, and roasted veggie bowl is super hearty and is a delicious lunch or dinner. You can save yourself some time and purchase precooked lentils and quinoa if you want. I roasted beets for mine today, but store bought raw beets are great too. Tastes great warm or cold. Serves 4 people with lentils and quinoa leftover.
What you'll need: 1 cup black lentils 1 cup red quinoa 2 yams, peeled and diced pre bought shredded raw beets 2 bunch broccolini, washed and cut off ends feta cheese golden raisins Dressing: 1 large bunch Italian parsley leaves, wash and take off stems basil leaves (about 1 cup tightly packed), wash and take off stems 2-3 cloves garlic (to taste) 1 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp coriander 1 tsp paprika 1/3 cup avocado oil (or olive oil) 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1/2 a large lemon) sea salt to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
To cook quinoa: add 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water to a pot. Once it comes to a boil, cover and turn on low. Simmer for 12 minutes.
To look lentils: add 1 cup lentils and 3 cups water to a pot. Once boiling, turn on low, partially cover, and simmer for 30 minutes until lentils are soft. I like to add 1/2 tsp cumin and 1/2 tsp coriander to my lentils as they simmer, your preference.
Roasting veggies: In a bowl add diced yam and broccolini. Add 1 TBS oil and season with salt and pepper, mix. Add yam and broccolini to a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Bake for 20-25 minutes (If you want to roast your own beets, wash beets and cut off ends. Bake at 425 for 45-55 minutes until tender with a fork. Rub with a paper towel to remove skin).
To make dressing: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Taste and add more salt if needed. This dressing is supposed to have a thicker consistency. If you want it a bit thinner or find that it is a tad too acidic for your liking, add 1/8 cup more oil.
To assemble bowls per person:
Add 1/3 cup quinoa and 1/3 cup lentils in a bowl. Add about 1-2 TBS dressing and stir to combine. Add yam, broccolini and beets to the top or to the side and then add golden raisins and feta. Serve and enjoy!