Paleo Vegan Brown Lentil, Swiss Chard, and Pumpkin Pilaf

I love the Greek style lentil and wheat pilaf. I had a bunch of other stuff that I want to use up before travel, swiss chard from my garden and pumpkin/leek hash that I had made before. So here is a recipe that I made up and it will make 2 to 3 servings.

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  • Uncooked brown lentils: 1 cup
  • Swiss chard: 1 bunch, chopped
  • Pumpkin: 1/2 cup, cubed
  • Leek: 1 stalk, chopped
  • Red onion: 1 medium
  • Garlic: 2-4 cloves
  • Green hot chili pepper: 2-4 to taste.
  • Olive oil: 1 tbsp plus 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Apple/Red wine Vinegar: 2 tbsp, plus 1 tbsp
  • Sugar: 1 tsp


  • Heat 1/2 tbsp olive oil in pan on medium high
  • Fry the garlic
  • Add the leek and fry
  • Add the chili pepper and pumpkins
  • Add 2 tbsp water, cover and cook.
  • Take the pumpkin hash off the stove and transfer to a container
  • Using potato masher or back of a wooden spoon, mash it a pulp. Add 1/2 cup water and make it like soup.
  • Put the pan back on burner
  • Heat the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Add the chopped swiss chard and 1 tbsp of vinegar
  • Cover and cook
  • When swiss chard is cooked, add the lentils and mix
  • Now add the pumpkin-leek pulp soup.
  • Add salt and pepper, and cover and cook.
  • It should be cooked in about fifteen to twenty minutes.
  • Don’t mash it. You want the lentil to be like a pilaf not a soup.
  • When lentils are cooking, slice the onion fine.
  • Caramelize the onion with 1/2 tbsp onion. It will take ten to fifteen minutes.
  • When both are done, turn off the stove, add the caramelized onion on top of the lentil pilaf and cover. Leave it for fifteen twenty minutes.
  • After that, add the remaining vinegar and sugar to the pilaf and mix it all up.
  • Yummy and healthy lentil pilaf is ready, a paleo-vegan meal.
  • Serve with a cucumber raita or a cucumber tomato salad.


  • You can skip the pumpkin.
  • Substitute swiss chard with any green of your choice.
  • Add any root vegetable based on your preference. I think kohlrabi is a fine addition to this dish.
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10 Responses to Paleo Vegan Brown Lentil, Swiss Chard, and Pumpkin Pilaf

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  2. Nicola Gill says:

    I am going to give this a try. I always have lentils in the cupboard and always overlook them. I really do need to embrace lentils more and it is always inspiring to see others recipes. Thank you.


  3. ashleybkeogh says:

    I love lentils, it can be easy to make them tasteless but these look very flavourful. Could eat some right now!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Robin says:

    Oh this is a Vegan recipe I may actually like! I love lentils and if you have a good recipe for lentil soup, even better.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I don’t cook with lentils very often. Lentil soup sounds great!

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  6. That looks really good. I’m not a vegan but I do know something delicious when I see it.

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