Spotting all the gorgeous piles of winter squashes and heirloom apples at the farmers’ market, I was reminded of one of my favorite fall recipes, Curried Lentil, Squash and Apple Stew.
Infused with belly-warming curry spices and chock-full of wilted spinach and sweet chunks of butternut squash and apple, this nourishing lentil stew is incredibly fragrant and flavorful. A one-pot dish, it’s super easy to prepare and makes great leftovers.
Enjoy it solo, or with quinoa or brown rice. It’s also delicious topped with a dollop of plain yogurt. I’ve included more of my twists on the original recipe below.
Curried Lentil, Squash and Apple Stew
Yield: 6 servings
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive or coconut oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 carrot, peeled and diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 cup dried brown or green lentils
- 2 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 3 cups peeled butternut squash (1/2-inch cubes)*
- 1 large unpeeled organic apple, diced
- 5 ounces baby spinach (or more)
*If pressed for time, you can use pre-cut squash.
- In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat, and sauté onion and carrot until almost soft.
- Add garlic, ginger, curry and salt, and let cook a few more minutes until fragrant.
- Stir in lentils, broth and tomato paste. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 25 minutes.
- Add squash and apple, cover and simmer for another 25 minutes, or until vegetables and lentils are tender.
- Remove lid and stir in spinach until wilted.
- Add salt to taste and serve.
- I add a few splashes of extra broth as it’s simmering if the moisture is getting low.
- For a little extra kick, I use a heaping tablespoon of curry powder and add a few pinches of cinnamon and cayenne pepper. As curry powder intensity can vary greatly, proceed with caution!
- I wait until the last 10-15 minutes to add the apple otherwise it can become too mushy for my taste.
- I use a lot more spinach and add it fresh when reheating leftovers.
Adapted from Chloe’s Kitchen