Spiced Pumpkin with Goat Cheese and Lentils

Spiced Pumpkin with Goat Cheese and Lentils
Ashley Fahr


For the pumpkin:

  • ½ pound pumpkin, peeled and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt and pepper

For the lentils:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 serrano, thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 mint sprigs, chopped, for garnish

Full of earthy and aromatic spices, this dish is simple to make and provides a hearty dinner or a side dish for fish or roasted meats. We used golden lentils in this recipe, but you're welcome to use any other kind that you like. Alternatively, if you lean on the salty side of things, you can always swap the goat cheese for some feta (preferably Bulgarian). 

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For the pumpkin:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine all of the ingredients together, then place on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for about 35-40 minutes, until soft but not falling apart. 

For the lentils:

Meanwhile, add the olive oil to a saucepan and warm over medium heat. When hot, add the garlic and cook for a minute or 2, then add the lentils and the water and bring to a boil. Add the ginger and cumin and stir. Once boiling, lower the heat and bring them to a simmer and cover. 

When most of the water is absorbed, add the lemon juice and serrano, stirring to combine. When finished, remove the lentils from the heat and place into a serving bowl. Add the goat cheese, salt, and pepper, to taste and top with the roasted pumpkin. Sprinkle with the mint and serve. 


Calories per serving:

344 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced, High Fiber Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 45g 69%
  • Carbs 193g 64%
  • Saturated 14g 68%
  • Fiber 46g 184%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 29g
  • Monounsaturated 24g
  • Polyunsaturated 5g
  • Protein 68g 137%
  • Cholesterol 26mg 9%
  • Sodium 2,666mg 111%
  • Calcium 438mg 44%
  • Magnesium 317mg 79%
  • Potassium 3,161mg 90%
  • Iron 30mg 166%
  • Zinc 9mg 58%
  • Phosphorus 999mg 143%
  • Vitamin A 5,949µg 661%
  • Vitamin C 44mg 73%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 130%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 64%
  • Niacin (B3) 9mg 45%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 88%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,020µg 255%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 14mg 69%
  • Vitamin K 157µg 197%
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