Roasted Root Vegetables with Lentils

Talk about a simple dinner, you guys.

And I mean seeeeemple. So simple it almost makes you mad. So simple that when it almost made you mad, you got happy again because you realized that when you got mad, it wasn’t because of how simple this dinner was. It was in fact because you missed your calling in life by never auditioning for American Idol and getting to touch Ryan Seacrest’s abnormally small head. But instead you chose to dance and sing at a slightly inappropriate volume to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” last night in a restaurant. With a stranger. And it got caught on camera. And tweeted.


But that’s neither here nor there.

This dinner right here. It’s that simple. And it’s incredibly delicious. So incredibly delicious that it almost makes you mad. So incredibly delicious that when it almost made you mad, you got happy again because you realized that when you got mad, it wasn’t because of how incredibly delicious this dinner was. It was in fact because you sort of wished you were wearing a different shirt in the photo that got leaked to the entire world last night when you were dancing and singing to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Something about the stripes, the loose arms and the weird boat neck thing just isn’t doing it for you when you look at the photo the next day. The stranger’s shirt was much cuter. But you didn’t care at that moment because you were dancing with somebody in your time of mourning.


But that’s neither here nor there.

This dinner right here. It’s that incredibly delicious. And it’s unbelievably healthy. So unbelievably healthy that it almost ma—- oh, ouch! That hook around my neck really hurts, man.

I’m sorry but that ricotta cheese on top really wants to be in your mouth.

I think we both know what you have to do.

Roasted Root Vegetables with Lentils:

What it took for 2:

* 3 carrots, sliced into 2-inch sticks
* 3 beets, cut in a medium dice
* 2 sweet potatoes, cut in a medium dice
* 1 tsp ground cumin
* 1 tsp smoked paprika
* 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
* 1 cup green lentils
* 1 Tbs. butter
* 3 dollops ricotta cheese (or more!)
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 1/4 cup parsley for garnish

Preheat oven to 400.

Toss the carrots, beets and sweet potatoes with the cumin, paprika, oil and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Arrange on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast veggies for 40 minutes, checking at the 30-minute mark.

Cook lentils in boiling water until tender, 20-30 minutes. Drain and toss in the butter. Stir to combine.

Serve lentils topped with roasted veggies, a dollop or 35 of ricotta cheese, another good pinch of salt and pepper, and fresh parsley for garnish.

Okay fine.

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34 Responses to Roasted Root Vegetables with Lentils

  1. kelley February 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Aside from the beets, I am totally on board with this dinner. Simplistic and comforting- a winning combo. Does Ryan Seacrest have a small head? You know I’m googling it right now.

  2. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    It wasn’t last night, but I woke up to I Wanna Dance with Somebody this morning on the alarm clock and I have been singing it all morning since. Get out of my head! 😉

  3. Cookin' Cowgirl February 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Haha love it, and love the last pic!

  4. Megan @ Country Cleaver February 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    My fiance would love this – any excuse to eat lentils and he’s sold (I blame it on the family farming of lentils and all).
    Fun fact – The Palouse region of Washington (where I consider home even though I live 300 miles away), in the early 90’s accounted for 90% of the lentils grown in the entire US. How about them legumes? (apples, didn’t quite seem appropriate.)

  5. Heather (Heather's Dish) February 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    This looks like a fabulous dinner I had a while back…one of those dinners that makes you wish you’d paid more attention while eating it so you could recreate it. Thank goodness I don’t have to now!

  6. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray February 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Ooh, this looks like a great (and easy!!) dinner. I love me some lentils.

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Those root veggies look fabulous! Yum!

  8. Maria February 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Pinned! Can’t wait to make this one!

  9. Cookie and Kate February 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    This is my kind of meal, Bev. I’ve been roasting up my veggies and making lentils all winter long. Yesterday’s lunch was lentils with roasted brussels sprouts with a little bit of dijon mustard and sherry vinegar. Also, I think I’m going to listen to Whitney’s pandora station while I work today, all day.

  10. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    Love the last pic!

    And this is the type of meal that I can get into with the roasted root veggies…so good!

  11. Deanna B. February 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    This puts the lentil I made last night to shame. They’re hanging their head and feeling sorry for themselves.

  12. Karriann February 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Simple yet delicious! I could have this for days 😉

    “Spice it Up”

  13. Deborah February 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    There is little I love more than roasted vegetables. Simply delicious!

  14. Katie February 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Yep, that’s all I wanted to see. You singing and dancing.

    Oh, and I also ALWAYS want to see roasted vegetables. I’m so obsessed. I don’t think it would be weird if I sang a song about roasted vegetables at the top of my lungs while in a restaurant. With a stranger.

  15. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids February 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    This looks delicious. Pinned and all set to make it very soon.

    Happy Friday! As always, your post gave me a good, healthy laugh. You make me smile. :)

  16. claire @ the realistic nutritionist February 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm #


  17. Sini February 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    :DD You always make me smile. And I love it.

  18. Margarita February 17, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    I’m always up for new lentil recipes. This is delicious!

  19. Cassie February 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Can’t wait to make this. It’s gorgeous!

  20. Julie @ Table for Two February 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    haha fun picture!! the colors of this dish just light up the world!..ok, that was cheesy, but seriously love the colors of the dish.

  21. Robyn | Add a Pinch February 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Absolute and total yumminess!

  22. Deena @ stay at home FOODIE February 18, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    What could possibly be wrong with a Dallop of cheese on top?

  23. Kiran @ February 18, 2012 at 12:58 am #

    Roasted vegetables and lentils are so comforting. Yum 😀

  24. Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen February 20, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    Yum, and yes please!

  25. Lauren at Keep It Sweet February 21, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    What a perfect healthy meal, love this!

  26. Ellaine March 6, 2012 at 5:37 am #

    I made this and it was delicious!! Thank you!

  27. susan April 9, 2012 at 4:30 am #

    Lentils are a big part of our diet. This looks so good!

  28. Noelle February 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Made this for the 2nd time last night. Delicious!


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