Fall is officially here, and with the change in seasons we can expect to see “pumpkin everything” everywhere. While there are plenty of sweet treats to consider – doughnuts, pies, and lattes to name a few – why not opt for a homemade, fortified pumpkin alternative, instead?

This lentil dish is satisfying on all levels. It has a rich flavor and creamy consistency – thanks in part to the aforementioned pumpkin – and a generous serving of coconut milk.

Lentils are high in the dietary fiber that will keep you feeling fuller longer, too. The addition of red pepper flakes, ground turmeric, and curry powder (naturally), makes this a warming bowl; perfect for a chilly evening!

Given that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it should also be mentioned that turmeric contains the powerful anti-inflammatory agent curcumin, which certain studies have suggested could aid in fighting breast cancer tumors when paired with drug-based therapy.

Pumpkin Curried Lentils (Serves 4-6)


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • Pinch of ground turmeric
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1, 14.5-ounce can (or box) diced tomatoes
  • 1, 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 cup green or red lentils


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan, set over medium heat, until melted.
  2. Add the onion, carrots, and pepper to the pan and cook for approximately 10 minutes, until softened.
  3. Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, red pepper flakes, and curry powder to the pan. Cook for an additional 2 minutes, just until fragrant.
  4. Stir in the vegetable stock, pumpkin puree, tomatoes, coconut milk, and lentils, and bring to a boil.
  5. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer, continuing to cook for another 25-30 minutes, until lentils are tender. Serve over cooked rice or quinoa, if desired.

What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe for fall?