Middle Eastern Veggie-Lentil Bowls



  • 30 ounces chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup tahini (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon water (but the thickness of tahini varies, so use your own judgement)
  • 1 cup green lentils (rinsed and picked over to remove any debris)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 zucchini (small, halved lengthwise)
  • 2 bell peppers (cored, seeded and cut into large pieces)
  • 1 sweet onion (large, cut into 1/2-inch slices)
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint (minced)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley (minced, divided)
  • 10 1/2 ounces grape tomatoes (pkg., halved)
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    1. make the roasted chickpeas: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees f. Spread the chickpeas out on a clean kitchen towel, using paper towels, blot the chick peas dry, quickly removing any skins that separate from the beans. Add the chickpeas to a large baking sheet sprinkle with the spices and salt and drizzle with the olive oil. Roast the chickpeas for 45 minutes to an hour, shaking the pan every 15 minutes. Let cool.
    2. Combine all the components of the tahini-yogurt sauce, mix well and refrigerate while finishing the rest of the dish.
    3. In a medium saucepan combine the lentils, 4 c. water and 1/2 t. salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered until the lentils are tender but still hold their shape, about 25-30 minutes. Drain the lentils in a fine-mesh strainer, transfer to a large bowl.
    4. while the lentils simmer, prepare the dressing: Whisk together the 6 T. extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 c. lemon juice, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1/2 t. ground cumin, 1/2 t. salt, 1/8 t. cayenne, mint and half of the parsley. Reserve 3 T. of the dressing for the grilled vegetables. Add the remaining dressing to the still-hot, cooked lentils. Toss to coat. Set the lentil salad aside at room temperature until serving time.
    5. grill the vegetables and finish the dish: Coat the veggies with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Grill until tender and slightly charred. Chop the veggies into bite-sized pieces and toss with the 3 T. reserved dressing. Just before serving, add the remaining 1/4 c. parsley to the lentil salad. Serve the grilled veggies with the lentil salad, top each with some of the tahini-yogurt sauce and garnish with the grape tomatoes and roasted chickpeas.
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium72% DV1720mg
    Fat71% DV46g
    Protein61% DV31g
    Carbs35% DV105g
    Fiber120% DV30g
    Calories940Calories from Fat410
    Total Fat46g71%
    Saturated Fat7g35%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat410
    Total Carbohydrate105g35%
    Dietary Fiber30g120%
    Vitamin A45%
    Vitamin C220%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.