Lunchbox – honey roasted carrot and lentil salad

Sweet, sticky, cumin spiced carrots with a healthy handful of lentils and rocket. Super quick, super easy and beautifully autumnal – I reckon this is the best lunchbox yet. Feel free to add an extra handful of herbs and spices, or a little stock to the lentils for some added flavour. Whatever you fancy really!

Ingredients

  • 250g carrots, sliced into thin batons
  • 100g pre-cooked puy lentils (I used Merchant Gourmet)
  • Large handful of rocket
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1-2 tbsps lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Serves 2

 

Sauce options

Lemon and olive oil dressing | Honey and mustard dressing

 

Vegetarian options

Feta cheese | Cumin spiced yoghurt | Avocado

 

Meat and fish options

Grilled chicken | Lamb chops | Beef steak strips

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C (180Β°C fan). Mix the cumin, honey and 1 tbsp olive oil together and drizzle over the carrots.
  2. Cook for 20-30 minutes or until soft and starting to caramelise.
  3. 5 minutes before the carrots are done, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan and cook the garlic for a minute or two. Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper and fry until the lentils are heated through. Feel free to add chopped coriander or parsley if you fancy it.
  4. Mix the rocket in the lentils, pop in a tuppaware and top with carrots, plus some nuts and seeds if desired.

 

Samantha x

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