This unique veggie bowl is full of wonderful flavors including fennel, orange, and tahini. Not only that, it's packed with wholesome ingredients and textures that will keep you satisfied. A great family meal! It’s so simple to make, yet incredibly tasty and surprisingly exciting in its range of flavors – all from just a few simple ingredients.

Roasted Beet, Sausage, and Lentil Bowls [Vegan]

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Ingredients

Beets:
  • 4 beets (organic if possible)
  • 2 teaspoons good olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Fennel:
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons good olive oil
  • Juice of half an orange (organic or unwaxed)
  • 4 vegan sausages
Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • Zest and juice of half an orange (organic or unwaxed)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (apple cider, red or white wine)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Assembly:
  • 1 15-ounce can Puy lentils
  • 1/4 cup arugula
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Preparation

  1. Heat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Peel the beets and cut each into four wedges. Combine in a tin with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sunflower seeds, coriander seeds and thyme and place on the top shelf of the oven.
  3. Zest the orange and put aside for now.
  4. Slice the fennel and cut the tomatoes each into eight segments. Peel and cut the onion into wedges. Arrange all of these on a baking tray with the olive oil and juice of half of the orange. Place on the middle shelf of the oven.
  5. After 15 minutes, turn the oven down to 350°F. Stir the beetroot mixture and return to the top shelf. Stir the fennel mixture and add the cloves of garlic, root ends sliced off (but skin intact). Return to the middle shelf.
  6. Cook for another 15 minutes.
  7. In the meantime, prepare the dressing by combining all the ingredients and adding the zest you put aside earlier.
  8. Rinse and drain the lentils and add these to a large bowl with the rocket.
  9. Slice the sausages.
  10. Remove the fennel tray from the oven and squeeze the garlic cloves from their skins. Stir in the sausages and return for another five minutes, just to heat the sausages through.
  11. To serve, combine all of the components with the lentils and rocket.
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