In this frigid tundra we call Connecticut (will it EVER stop snowing this winter?), I needed a break from the salad thing. Something hearty and filling and warm. Something that I could make for dinner that would yield lunch leftovers.
Casting about for a new Lo-Co recipe to meet these demanding criteria, I turned to one of my favorite sources, Cooking Light. There I found a crock-pot recipe with 53 reviews and 4 stars (my minimum requirement for trying any new Cooking Light recipe) that looked interesting.
Then I hesitated.
First of all, this vegetarian recipe has 19 ingredients – 20 if you include the garnish of lemon wedges. But a solid read-through revealed all was OK because I recognized each of the 19 ingredients (as opposed to the sunchoke (?) potato soup recipe I also considered). Plus, all this recipe required was chopping — and many of these ingredients I could buy pre-chopped, so really, it was just mixing.
But still I hesitated because I’ve tried crock-pot cooking many times, always with mediocre results. While dealing with the drudgery of eating salads I was in no mood for chopping and mixing 19 ingredients if there was a chance the result could be boring.
My worries were unfounded: this Vegetable and Chickpea Curry recipe is hands-down the best thing I’ve ever made in a crock-pot. It’s hearty, creamy and so delicious that my husband, who was enjoying a pizza dinner with our son (way too many vegetables for broccoli-only-boy to try), pushed aside his slice and gulped down a bowlful.
Then we both had it for lunch the next day, and my husband asked when I was making it again. I’d call that a huge recipe success, made even more delightful since not only is this recipe low cholesterol – it has NO cholesterol.
If you’ve never read Cooking Light, have a look at this recipe and its reviews on their website: Vegetable and Chickpea Curry. I took the advice of reviewers and added MORE curry (I like Penzeys Spices Sweet Curry Powder) and substituted sweet potato for baking potato.
Other modifications I made: as I detest green peppers, I went with red instead. And since I accidentally purchased a jalapeno instead of a serrano pepper, I just opened a can of diced green chili peppers instead.
Plus, there is no need to measure all 19 ingredients carefully, which I love. For example, I just diced one red pepper and one sweet potato, and tossed in most of the can of diced green chilis – and ignored the precise measurements listed.
For the recipe with my modifications, download the PDF on my Lo-Co Recipes page or here: Vegetable and Chickpea Curry, Modified. As it just started snowing again, I think I’ll make another batch this weekend.