RECIPE: Slow Cooker Chicken, Butternut Squash & Lentil Curry

Talk about a hearty comfort food esque meal that is packed with protein to keep you full. I didn't grow up eating curry, but now that I have my own kitchen with my own spice rack and am always looking for delicious, new, good-for-you recipes to test, I've been getting more creative with my culinary skill set. 

Enter, the curry. I slightly adapted the recipe from sweetpeasandsaffron.com to include more muscle-building protein (no surprise there), but otherwise followed the instructions to a T - mostly because there's only one simple step...."toss everything into the slow cooker". It doesn't get easier, or more tasty, than this. 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups red lentils (or any color, really)
  • 4 cups butternut squash, cubed (I keep the big ass frozen bag from Costco in my freezer)
  • 1 sweet onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons curry powder
  • ¾ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¾ teaspoon garam masala
  • ¾ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 19 oz can coconut milk- full fat
  • 19 oz canned diced tomatoes, including juices
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 6 large chicken breasts 

Directions: 

Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker and cook low 8 for hours. I wasn't kidding, this can't be messed up!

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I just enjoyed my first bowl and I can confidently tell you that it won't be my last. This meal is a stand-alone. It includes lean protein, smart carbs and healthy fats (not to mention you get a serving of veggies too!) AND it can easily be made meat-free for my vegetarian and vegan friends. We plan to enjoy this throughout the week with green salads, rice and roasted veggies. 

If you like spice, this is for you. 

If you like easy, this is for you. 

If you like food that can be pre-made for the week, this is for you. 

Have I convinced you to make it yet? 

 

Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well.