Colder weather means throwing something in the crockpot before work, letting it cook all day, and coming home to a bubbly, home cooked meal. The preceding is especially true when your book club decides to host their monthly meeting at your house.
I can think of no better way to feed a bunch of hungry ladies than to prepare something that is quick and easy.
If you are like me, crockpot cooking can be difficult because there are so few dishes or variations of dishes that you can make in a crockpot—soup, roast, or chili seem to be the go tos.
I tested out this recipe a few weeks ago on my husband, so when my book club meeting was scheduled for my house I thought the recipe would be perfect. The most work this recipe requires is steaming some jasmine rice for the side.
There is no added fat or meat, which results in a relatively healthy dinner. The base is made entirely of vegetables and a little bit of low sodium chicken stock. Low calorie cooking means more room for wine.
As the seasons change you can trade out the butternut squash for something more seasonal like mango or sweet potato. You literally throw everything into the crockpot the morning before your meal is planned, and let the lentils cook down with the vegetables until a thick creamy curry is created.
Just like you can switch out the vegetables that fill this curry, you can pick any of you favorite toppings to sprinkle over each finished bowl. I opted for cilantro and pickled onion, but the leftover seeds from the butter squash would have also been delicious roasted then peppered over the top.
- 1 Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
- 2 Cups of Red Lentils
- 1 Pear, peeled and cubed
- 3 Cups of Water
- 1/2 of a White Onion, diced
- 1 Cup of Vegetable Stock
- 3 Tablespoons of Red Curry Paste
- 2 Teaspoons of Garam Marsala
- 2 Teaspoons Fresh Ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 Teaspoons Turmeric
- 1 Can of Coconut Milk
- In a crockpot, combine all of your ingredients (except for the coconut milk) and mix together.
- Cook for 8 hours over low heat.
- Once finished cooking, pour in your coconut milk. Allow to cook for an additional five minutes to warm the milk.
- Serve finished curry over rice or noodles.
- Your choice in toppings is optional. Fresh cilantro, pickled onion, roasted squash seeds are great options.