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Pumpkin Lentil Soup

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These days there seems to be a quiz for just about everything! From “What Disney Character are YOU?” or “Who should I dress up as for Halloween?” to “How good is your vocabulary?” and, one of my favorites “How dirty are you?” (which happens to be in reference to your personal hygiene and not your behavior, we are PG 13 over here people) the consensus is: when it doubt, quiz it out!


Recently my daughter came across a quiz titled “Will you get Alzheimer’s?” and she figured she would have me take the quiz – without me knowing! So while I was in the middle of cooking this Pumpkin & Lentil Soup for dinner and picking myself up off the floor after tripping over my dog, she started asking me a set of weird questions. Between cooking and looking in my purse for the Advil Tablet Vial for my hurt derrière, I did not give her questions the attention they demanded.


When she was done, she looked all glum for a second and informed me that I was a candidate for early onset Alzheimer’s and then she cheered up and began calling me “Alzy” – I have no clue where she gets her sense of humor from! Now, Alzheimer’s is not something to take lightly. But I don’t have it. Seriously – I am not in denial. I have just been so busy recently and I haven’t been writing down where I need to be and what I need to do, like I know I should and well, you can only fill a bucket so high right?


This busy-ness has also meant late nights and too-early mornings and a lack of sleep isn’t my best friend with flu season right around the corner. I am not one to get sick easily, but, when I feel a case of the sniffles coming on I cook up a batch of Pumpkin & Lentil Soup with some onions, garlic, ginger and fresh turmeric and take a dose of Emergen-C Immune+ Chewables and I am ready to go back outside and engage in some rakkutting (raking+cutting) – though not before swabbing my soupy lips with some ChapStick Total Hydration!

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Fortunately, when I was at Walmart, shopping for some of the ingredients for this soup, I remembered to pick up an Advil Tablet Vial, a bottle of Emergen-C Immune+ Chewables and a stick of new ChapStick Total Hydration – which I was attracted to because of it’s “Age defying” qualities! I may not have Alzheimer’s but I sure am getting older!  😉 


Have you been in doubt and had to quiz it out recently? If so, what’s one quiz you took? If not – what’s one you are curious about?

What’s one thing you are doing this season so you can Be Healthy For Every Part of your Life?



Pumpkin & Lentil Soup

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Shashi
A delicious and filling Lentil and Pumpkin Soup loaded with immunity building onions, garlic, ginger and turmeric! This soup is a must try, y'all!


  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh turmeric chopped can substitute 1 1/4 teaspoon dried turmeric powder if fresh isn't available
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric no need to add this if you used 1 1/4 teaspoons fried turmeric from step above
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-4 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 jalapeno chopped optional
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds optional
  • 2 teaspoons Sambal Oelek optional


  • Add olive oil to a pan and make sure to swirl it around so it comes the bottom
  • Add the onions, garlic, ginger and fresh turmeric and saute for about 10 minutes - stirring often
  • Add in the lentils and stir lentils around in mixture so they are covered in olive oil too
  • Add in the water, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, turmeric powder, chili, cumin, coriander and salt and pepper and stir well.
  • Bring to a boil, then cover and lower heat to low and let simmer for 15-17 minutes stir in jalapenos
  • Serve warm and top with sesame seeds and Sambal Oelek
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The next time you are Walmart, maybe you could give these products a try:

Emergen-C Immune+ Chewables
• More Healthy Days, More Healthy Nights
• “Let Your Healthy Out”
• Immune support

Advil Tablet Vial
• The original round tablets providing safe, effective pain relief for over 25 years.
• Nothing’s stronger, longer lasting or better on your tough aches and pains than Advil, and nothing works on more pains than Advil (among OTC pain relievers).
• Use Advil tablets for headaches, minor arthritis and other joint pain, muscle aches and pains of the common cold

ChapStick Total Hydration
• 100% Natural
• Age defying
• Advanced nourishing formula with argan oil and avocado butter and rose hip oils
• Instantly smooths and moisturizes
• Visibly renews lips
• With omega 6 & 9
• Clinically proven healthier looking lips

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  1. I need to look for this Emergen-C! I need it for when I travel – I always seem to catch something on airplanes. Love this soup – looks so comforting!

  2. I’ve been up all night waiting for you to post this! 😉

    Ha ha, no seriously Shashi, when you said you were posting a lentil soup recipe, in your comment on my lentil soup recipe, I could not wait to see what you had come up with!

    Love this, and love all the spices. Another fantastic recipe to add to my Pinterest. Thank you! 😀

    1. Haha – thanks so much Neil! You are too kind! I hope this soup was worth you staying up! I must say I am so intrigued by your carrot lentil version, I have it on the books for this weekend! Thank You!

  3. Dear Shashi, this soup sounds wonderful! What a warm and delicious meal. I always make sure to keep Emergen-C on hand especially during flu season. xo, Catherine

  4. This soup looks incredible, Alzy! Lil Shashi sure does come up with some of the best nicknames for you. 🙂 I’m thinking this soup would make for some awesome weekday lunches next week. Yum!!

  5. Dear Shashi, your daughter would get on well with my son. Just sayin’. (And why are they so gleeful about it? That would be my question….their day will come….) Little sleep here too, lots to keep up with for sure at this time of the year. But, this soup looks wonderful and perfect for the season. Will definitely try, I have leftover pumpkin on hand from making Pumpkin French Toast yesterday. Have a beautiful weekend! xo

    1. Hahaha! Allie – your son sounds as cheeky as my daughter is! And yeah – gleeful is most definitely what she was when she gave came up with yet another nickname for me – she’s having so much fun calling me Alzy!!! What in tarnation???
      Hope you are having a wonderful week! xo

  6. I’m such a sucker for quizzes, and would probably spend way too much time taking them if I let myself. I do love your daughter’s approach of secretly getting you to take one, though — I might have to try that with my own mom 😉 And I think the last quiz I took was a personality one — the Myers Briggs one. It’s always kind of neat to get a little insight into why you think the way you do.

  7. This looks so amazing Shashi! Pumpkin soup is my favourite – it’s so comforting and delicious. Such a great idea to add lentils too. Love how healthy and yummy this dish is! <3

  8. Your daughter is just too funny! But man this soup sounds fantastic! I’m always always always trying to find new ways to use lentils and with pumpkin?? Yes yes! Happy weekend!!

  9. Girl everyday of my life I’m forgetting stuff. I used to never write stuff down and I always just remembered everything until I think I got so busy I just couldn’t keep it all in my brain. It took me far too long to realize I should I have a calendar and actually write things down. Now I live by that thing PLUS it’s color coded which makes me extra happy….haha.

  10. Shashi, I love this pumpkin lentil soup! and I drink an Emergen-C all the time when I’m feeling like I’m about to get sick. . I didn’t know there were chewables!!! love this!

  11. I’m trying to make sure I get enough sleep. I know that I tend to get sick when I’m run down, so that’s my first line of defense. I also like making sure I take my vitamins, too! Thanks for sharing this soup recipe – it looks delicious! {client}

  12. I think I’d be too afraid to take that test. I trip over my dog all the time! I do love the bowls you served your soup in – really pretty colours xx

    1. Haha – I am glad I’m not the only one tripping over my dog Charlie! And thanks so much! Those bowls were a gift from my mom and dad way long ago when my daughter and I moved into out house.

  13. Lentils make the best addition to a soup. I never would have thought that, but got introduced to lentil soup while living in Greece. Don’t you just love how healthy soups are without even trying? Love this, Shashi … so many yummy flavours in it!

  14. Now I need to take this quiz 🙂 Love lentil soup but haven’t made it in a long time! Will try this one as soon as my finger gets better. I drink Emergen C all the time and I always have Advil in my purse!

  15. I love the look of this soup!! I am always trying new lentil recipes, and this one sounds amazing!
    Also, when I was young, I absolutely loved taking those kinds of quizzes! If I had access to a computer when I was a kid, I am sure I would be looking at that Alzheimer’s quiz too :p

  16. That’s a really good looking soup. Love the combination of pumpkin and lentils. Ang great spices to warm it all up. Looking forward to making it.

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