Looking for an easy one pot dinner? Try this slow cooker vegetarian coconut curry! It’s super easy and filled with incredible flavors and spices!
I drive my handsome little husband to the metro every morning. It’s a 10 minute drive, so I really don’t mind it. In fact, I kind of like it. The road we take is absolutely beautiful. It’s very suburban with beautiful brick colonials, white picket fences and more mini vans than I can count. There are people running, walking with strollers, taking their golden retrievers out for their morning jogs. There are, at least, 15 school buses, happy kids smiling as they board, good-looking parents waving goodbye then walking back to their homes with their equally good-looking neighbors. It’s almost like a scene out of Leave it to Beaver.
The part that I’m most fascinated about is that most of the moms I see can’t be more than 3 – 5 years older than I am. And I’m NOWHERE near being as adult as they are. In fact, it’s a good day if I’ve brushed my hair and left the house not completely covered in flour or butter. I’ve had people tell me that having kids instantly turns you into a “responsible adult” but I’m starting to fear that I might never actually grow out of this “I’m still a 20 something, I’ll be an adult when I’m 30” phase.
I know a lot of this comes with the fact that I’m a travel junkie, a nomad at heart. As much as I want a brick colonial with white fences, I also want to be able to jet off and live in Paris for 2 years. I want to take a 4 month long trip to Thailand without worrying about mortgages, leaky faucets or replacing the roof. And I’m totally aware of how immature that sounds. Part of me wonders if those moms I drive by will ever be me. If those brick colonials will ever have our car parked in the drive-way.
Growing up, I always thought thats what I wanted. But now that I’ve traveled so much, I start to wonder if that’s the kind of life for me. I truly don’t think I’d be happy in the suburbs driving a Subaru. I love being able to jet off every other week. I like that I dream of living in Paris for a few years. I don’t know, maybe when I have kids my “adult” brain will turn on. At least that’s what I tell myself.
Vegetarian Coconut Curry
Serves about 6. Slightly adpated from Taste of Home.
Prep time: >10 minutes
Cook time: 5 – 6 hours
- 1 cup chopped parsnips
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 pound butternut squash, chopped (about 2 cups)
- 1/2 pound chopped sweet potato (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup quartered brussel sprouts
- 1 1/4 cup vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup uncooked rice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place all of the vegetables into the basin of the slow cooker. Add the rice, spices, vegetable broth, coconut milk and salt and pepper. Stir the mixture to combine. Set your slow cooker to low and let cook 4 – 5 hours or until rice is fully cooked and vegetables are soft. For the best results, stir the mixture halfway through the cooking (about 2 1/2 hours into it) so the rice evenly cooks.
- Garnish curry with fresh greens and enjoy!
Nutritional information per serving (about 3/4 cup):
Fat: 6.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 34 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Protein: 3.5 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 5