Lentils with Butternut Squash; scraping update

I rarely buy fresh vegetables until my winter squashes are gone but I can vary our diet a bit by using pantry staples.

I always have lentils on hand, usually 3 or 4 different kinds. They don’t need soaking and cook much faster than dried beans, usually in about 20 minutes.

The red or coral lentils cook much quicker and are great for thickening soups or stews.

I appease my practical side by adding butternut squash.

There are still 4 left – and 2 pumpkin.

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Lentils with Butternut Squash

I use the small, green lentils but regular tan lentils will work as well. You may have to increase the cooking time by a few minutes.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegetables


  • 1/2 cup small, green lentils du Puy
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups small, cubed butternut squash
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbs parsley
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 2 tsp olive oil


  • Rinse lentils, put in a small saucepan with chicken stock. 
  • Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 5 – 10 minutes, while you do the next bit.
  • Sauté onion, garlic, paprika, cumin in olive oil in a medium skillet.
  • Add all remaining ingredients, the lentils and cooking liquid.  
  • Cover and simmer until squash and lentils are tender, about 20 minutes longer.  
  • Add a bit of water if it starts to dry out.


I bought a tomato at the supermarket, peeled it, chopped it and tossed it in. Precise measurements are not important.

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Lentils with Butternut Squash

The state of my site:

My site has been ‘scraped’ or ‘cloned’.

I foolishly have been blogging away these past 14 years thinking that ‘The Powers That Be’ frowned on people stealing other people’s content.

Apparently, I am wrong.

When I searched for info on site scraping, hoping to find out what to do to stop it, I found pages of businesses and individuals offering to scrape any site for anyone…. for a fee, of course.

There are ads for site-scrapers.

I am, once again, absolutely amazed at how much I don’t know. My self-righteous self is having to re-think this whole mess – and is it really a mess or just the way stuff works now….

Further research is called for.

In the meantime I have put into place some things that, supposedly, make my site more difficult to scrape.

As I am the admin of the site, I don’t actually see any of the changes. (I’m working on that but it’s been a long day).

Please let me know what changes are okay, mildly irritating or unacceptable.

6 thoughts on “Lentils with Butternut Squash; scraping update”

  1. So far, the only real change I see is the protected images, but can you be sure they’re protected when someone else has completely cloned your blog?

    Also, I did a bit of searching and found a couple articles:

    But you might have already read them. I’m wondering how you found it had been cloned and do the comments also show up? If I search for the blog, your original blog here is the first one to show up. I just think we’ve become a stupid, lazy society of do nothings who find it easier to take what isn’t theirs just because it’s there. I really doubt any of these scrapers are over the age of 30. Sorry, it’s all just infuriating.

    I truly hope you manage to shut them down. I would hope your ISP would help, but who knows.

    • One of my ad servers was upset that I hadn’t registered my ‘other’ site – so they found it through their ads being put out there. They’re not upset with me, tho….. And the ads being served are truly awful lol. Thanks for the links – and yes, I had found them A whole new world is opening up for me lol

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