Well, fall is officially here (since Saturday!) and it’s time for some of the best fall recipes to start making their way to my blog. To kick things off, I decided to do this Crock Pot Pumpkin Lentil Stew.
It’s a very healthy dish that’s incredibly filling, and is an excellent vegan recipe for those who eat vegan (just leave off the yogurt). I fed this to my 13 month old, and she LOVED it. Simmering in the crock pot all day made everything so tender and flavorful…the spices were perfect.
And the lime juice gives it just a bit of zing. In fact, the next time I make this, I will use more lime juice.
If you want a good, hearty fall stew recipe that will really fill you up for 0 points, then this Crock Pot Pumpkin Lentil Stew is your ticket. Enjoy!
Crockpot Lentil Stew Recipe
- 2 lbs fresh pumpkin - cut into bite sized pieces (butternut squash can also be used)
- 1 cup green lentils
- 1 large onion - finely chopped
- 4 cups fat free vegetable broth
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- Juice from 1 lime
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp salt - or more to taste
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- Fresh cilantro - chopped
- In a 4qt slow cooker, combine all ingredients except yogurt and cilantro. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- When ready to serve, top each serving portion with an heaping tablespoon of yogurt and some fresh cilantro.
Made this today and it’s so good! I used two limes based on your comment and I’m so glad I did! Really yummy and looking forward to having it for lunch all week (even though it’s going to be 90+ degrees all week!)
This was awful – I think the balance of the spices is way off. Perhaps the cumin and ginger were meant to be tsp instead of Tbsp?
I wanted to like this. It looks so delish!-but I have to agree (somewhat) with Deb. It just didn’t turn out the way I expected and I followed the recipe exactly (except I used butternut squash instead of pumpkin)
Sounds delicious! But yogurt is not vegan? Any alternatives that can be used?
You can use a soy based yogurt if you’d like. Or even a coconut yogurt..I’ve just started seeing a few of those recently.
This recipe was delicious!!! I think Deb messed up somewhere, geez. Worst recipe ever? That’s a bit harsh. Perfect winter meal in my opinion. :)
The worst recipe I ever made. Threw it in the garbage.
Do you peel the pumpkin/butternut squash? Or do you leave the skin on?
Definitely remove the skin. :)
Never eaten pumpkin before. When we do our pumpkins for Halloween we usually just scoop out the flesh and throw it away. It’s full of “threads” and seeds….or is that not the part you eat? Sorry stupid question I know but being Swedish it is not a common food in our country. Would love to try this recipe though so if you could be so kind and inform me I’d be very grateful x
You don’t eat the strings; you eat the inch-thick (more or less) flesh between the skin and strings. You can also roast the seeds; they’re very tasty. The pie pumpkins are smaller, more flavorful and less watery than the Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins.
Ardeath, you don’t eat the strings; you eat the inch-thick (more or less) flesh between the skin and strings. You can also roast the seeds; they’re very tasty. The pie pumpkins are smaller, more flavorful and less watery than the Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins.
I am wanting to make this for a work luncheon. If I soak the lentils the night before and start everything that morning do you think I can accomplish this in 4-5 hours?
Hard to say. You don’t want the lentils to get too mushy. But I’d say give it a shot and let us know how it goes!
I am assuming the lentils are dry when you put them in the crock pot. No need to soak them first?
That’s right. They are dry lentils that have not been soaked.
This sounds so hearty and I love that it can just cook away in the crockpot.
OOOHHH Sounds wonderful
yum- love pumpkin and lentil together!