Want a healthy and unique way to get your carb fix? Try 24 Carrot’s recipe for lentils and baby potatoes tossed in a cilantro pesto. This dish is packed with flavor from the cilantro pesto and delivers plenty of fiber–11 grams of fiber to be exact. If you don’t like cilantro feel free to sub-in traditional fresh basil when making your pesto. Fun fact: Lentils are a great source of soluble fiber which is the kind that forms a gel in your gut to slow down digestion (making you feel fuller) and helps to reduce LDL blood cholesterol.

Ingredients for servings

    Lentils & Baby Potatoes with Cilantro Pesto

  • 3 c Fingerling Potatoes

  • 1 c lentils

  • 3 Scallion stalks Scallion stalks thinly sliced

  • 3 c cilantro lightly packed, stems and leaves

  • 1 c pumpkin seeds

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 0.33 c Parmesan Cheese grated

  • 1 tbs lemon juice

  • 0.25 tsp salt

  • 0.33 c olive oil

  • to taste n/a black pepper


  • Fill a large pot with water enough to cover the potatoes when they are in the pot.

  • Bring the water to a boil and add the potatoes in the pot.

  • Cover the pot and boil the potatoes for about 15 minutes or until you can stick a fork into them easily. Drain and set aside.

  • Cook lentils according to the package. Drain and set aside.

  • Toast the pumpkin seeds in a medium sized pan on the stove, stirring often until they are lightly browned.

  • Make pesto by combining cilantro, toasted pepitas, garlic, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt, and a splash of olive oil in a food processor. Pulse to combine.

  • Add the rest of the oil slowly as you continue to process. You want the pesto to be like a sauce, rather than a dry mixture.

  • Combine potatoes, lentils, and scallions in a medium sized bowl.

  • Add the pesto to the potatoes, lentils, and scallions and toss to combine.

  • Test to see if you want to add more salt or pepper.

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