After reading some of the other reviews, I made this with a few adaptions and it turned out great! Because my crockpot was already occupied, I made this in a big stockpot. I sauteed the squash, onions, garlic, and carrots on medium for about ten minutes and then added the other ingredients (i also used dried chickpeas and lentils, pre-soaked the chickpeas). I cooked it all on low for about two hours and the texture turned out perfect. My husband did say it would prefer it with some meat, but that is his response to any vegetarian dish.