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Curried Lentil Patty Quinoa Bowl
with roasted cauliflower / tomatoes / raita

Active: 55 Total: 55

This grain bowl is relatively simple and can be easily customized and / or assembled right at the table. 
Smarts: The quinoa recipe for tonight makes enough for two nights, so be sure to set some aside for Thursday's meal. 



Quinoa (for 2 nights):
  • Quinoa, uncooked - 1 1/3 cups
  • Stock, vegetable - 2 2/3 cups
Curried Lentil Patties:
  • Lentils, cooked - 2 cups (use pre-cooked lentils or if cooking from dried, use half the amount of dried and prepare according to package directions)
  • Instant oats - 1/4 cup (be sure to get instant oats, not rolled or quick cook oats)
  • Flour, all-purpose - 1 Tbsp
  • Curry powder, any type - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Quinoa Bowl with Roasted Cauliflower:
  • Cauliflower - 1 head , florets
  • Tomatoes, medium - 2 , chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Garam masala - 2 tsp
  • Cucumbers - 4 oz , finely diced or grated (look for a seedless variety like English cucumbers)
  • Cilantro leaves - 2 Tbsp , chopped
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1 cup
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1/4 tsp


  1. Quinoa - (This makes enough for two nights. If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating while quinoa cooks.) Combine quinoa with stock in a saucepan. Add some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Cauliflower - Chop into florets. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Make lentil patties - In a mixing bowl, combine lentils, instant oats, flour, curry powder, salt, and black pepper. Use a fork to gently mash the lentils and combine all of the ingredients until they stick together and can easily be formed into patties. If the mixture is too wet to stick together, add more flour a bit at a time. If it is too dry, add some water. Once the mixture holds together when you press it between your palms, form it into patties (1 / serving). (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  4. Tomatoes / Cucumbers / Cilantro - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  5. Make raita - Combine cucumbers, cilantro, yogurt, lemon juice, and cumin. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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  1. Heat oven to 450F / 232C degrees.

  2. Toss cauliflower with oil (portion for cauliflower), garam masala, and some salt and pepper. Spread out a sheet pan. Roast cauliflower, shaking the pan halfway through cooking, until the edges are brown and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes.

  3. Heat a skillet with oil (portion for lentil patties) over high heat. Add lentil patties and cook on both sides until golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes total. Do this in batches if needed.

  4. If quinoa was made ahead, reheat it in the microwave (reserve half for Thursday’s meal).

  5. Assemble bowls by topping quinoa with lentil patties, cauliflower, and tomatoes. Top with raita. Enjoy!



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