This is the weekend before the Thanksgiving food storm here in the US. You might be (like I am) getting ready to grocery shop and start the pre-cooking process to get ready for the upcoming Thursday feast. You might be preparing to test out a cream gravy with sausage recipe and getting ready to buy up dozens of eggs to make pumpkin pies, Black Friday brunch, and fruitcake. You might be contemplating making marshmallows and gingerbread as a prelude to the next big holiday, because let’s face it: Thanksgiving is the gateway holiday to all manners of foodie sin. Seriously – how great is that?
But just in case you need a little break between the turkey and the Christmas ham, you might re-purpose some of the seasonal veggies you have lying around and make this Lentil and Delicata Squash Bowl. Beluga lentils are cute, tiny lentils that cook quickly and have a nutritional punch. Delicata squash is just wonderful – largely because you don’t have to peel it and can roast it up in no time at all.
I’m linking this recipe up to My Legume Love Affair #101, courtesy of Briciole and Lisa’s Kitchen and encourage you to take a look at the other legume recipes that are being added. Susan, of The Well Seasoned Cook started My Legume Love Affair and I encourage you to check out her page.
1 cup beluga lentils
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 Delicata squash
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup almonds
4 hard boiled eggs
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup water
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
Pinch of salt
A few grinds of fresh pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the lentils and salt, cover, and turn the heat down to a simmer. Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until lentils are soft and water is absorbed. Set aside.
While the lentils are cooking, prepare the squash and parsnips. Cut the squash into 1/2 inch slices and de-seed each slice. Cut the parsnips into cubes. Put the squash and parsnip cubes in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 50-60 minutes, flipping the squash and parsnip cubes once so both sides get golden brown.
Make the tahini dressing by combining the tahini, water, lemon, salt and pepper in a small bowl or jar. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
To assemble the bowls, split the lentils between four bowls. Divide the squash, parsnips, avocado, almonds, and hard-boiled eggs between each. Spoon the tahini dressing over the top and enjoy!