ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Whole Roasted Carrots with Black Lentils and Green Harissa

Photo: Jason Varney


Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 50 mins
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: about 5 ounces carrots, about 1 cup lentils, and about 3 tablespoons harissa)
The green harissa, Landau and Jacoby's take on ­classic Tunisian hot sauce, adds balancing tang.


  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 3 cups Vedge-Style Vegetable Stock or unsalted vegetable stock
  • 2 cups uncooked black lentils, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, divided
  • 2 pounds large carrots
  • 2 cups cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded

Nutrition Information

  • calories 427
  • fat 12.1 g
  • satfat 1.7 g
  • monofat 8.4 g
  • polyfat 1.5 g
  • protein 21.4 g
  • carbohydrate 63.6 g
  • fiber 14.1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 6.6 mg
  • sodium 504 mg
  • calcium 72 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add 1/2 cup onion and minced garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until golden. Add stock, lentils, and 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 45 minutes or until lentils are tender.

  3. Combine carrots, 2 tablespoons oil, and remaining 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, tossing well to coat. Arrange carrot mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until tender.

  4. Combine remaining 1 cup onion, remaining oil, cilantro, and remaining ingredients in a blender; process until smooth.

  5. Place lentils on a serving dish; arrange carrots on top. Serve with harissa.

Cook's Notes

MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit