Crock Pot Recipe: Lightened Up Sweet & Spicy Veggie Curry (vegan)

I don’t remember I was this excited to make a meal before. I don’t count desserts, those are always exciting. But the thing is, I have been craving REAL food lately. Like, real dinner food – not just yogurt and cereal, which is what I’ve been having. Don’t blame me, eating that way is quick and easy and doesn’t require any prep. Plus it’s unlikely that the food will go bad! While with more real food, something that involves vegetables for example, they can go bad pretty quickly. Thankfully my overwhelming sweet tooth has been pretty tame lately and I bet intuitive eating is the cause of that – I am beginning to see that I need REAL dinners to stay happy and balanced! So here it is!

Lightened Up - Sweet & Spicy Vegetarian Curry in a CROCK POT! #easy #healthy

Why yes, you read that correctly. I used my crock pot for the first time! Finally! That’s why I was SO excited. I bought the crock pot a month or so before I moved out of my old apartment – since I’m now only living with one other person (not three, like I did previously) and our kitchen is nice and big – I am finally able to make dinner for myself! Yay! This curry recipe I found was the most interesting to me since I already had some of the ingredients and only had to buy some veggies to make it complete. So that’s how the lightened up Sweet and Spicy Vegetarian Curry came about!

Lightened Up - Sweet & Spicy Vegetarian Curry in a CROCK POT! #easy #healthy

The curry was not as much of a curry as I expected it to be. I’m not a huge curry eater (read: I never eat curry) but I expected it to have… I don’t know, a more curry flavor? But then again, I did adapt from the original recipe listed below and I did not add curry paste, just curry powder. If you do make this and want a more curry flavor, I do recommend you add more curry powder than you think you’d need or you can add curry paste. I just didn’t wanna go out and buy something I would only use for one recipe.

Lightened Up - Sweet & Spicy Vegetarian Curry in a CROCK POT! #easy #healthy

The recipe is very light and filling. But I did notice that my tummy did not handle something well and I’m going to assume it was because I used white rice (it’s the only one I’ had.. I’ve had it for a while too, haha I never make rice). I got bloated right away and I felt kinda “off” – almost like allergy symptoms but not intense, thankfully. I’m thinking I won’t be eating this with rice next time to see if rice was indeed the culprit since I’ve had all of the ingredients in the curry before. Maybe besides the coconut milk, but I use coconut flour quite often and I don’t see any adverse effects so I doubt that’s what it was.

Anyway, enjoy! :)

Lightened Up - Sweet & Spicy Vegetarian Curry in a CROCK POT! #easy #healthy

Crock Pot Recipe: Lightened Up Sweet & Spicy Veggie Curry (vegan)

Yield: 4-6 servings

Crock Pot Recipe: Lightened Up Sweet & Spicy Veggie Curry (vegan)


  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • garlic powder, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, ground ginger, curry powder
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/3 head cabbage, shredded
  • ½ cup carrots, chopped (I used baby carrots)
  • 1 sweet potato, diced
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • ½ can chick peas, rinsed and drained
  • 2-1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • To add later:
  • 1/2 can light coconut milk
  • salt & pepper


  • Coat your crock pot with olive oil. Put your onion in the crock pot along with the spices and stir to coat it well in the spices. Add the rest of the ingredients in the first list and stir to mix it up. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until the sweet potatoes are cooked through.
  • 15 minutes before it’s done, put in the coconut milk with salt & pepper and stir to combine well and thoroughly. Cook for 15 more minutes.
  • Serve right away, preferably on just-cooked rice.


Slightly adapted from Gluten Free Goddess


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Lightened Up - Sweet & Spicy Vegetarian Curry in a CROCK POT! #easy #healthy

All of the ingredients go in my handy-dandy slow cooker :)

Lightened Up - Sweet & Spicy Vegetarian Curry in a CROCK POT! #easy #healthy

6 hours later – voila! I do wish that I was home to stir it halfway through though, to make sure all of the veggies were equally covered. Tip for the future!

For some reason, I was mostly excited about the cooked celery in this recipe. I have no idea why. I think because when I saw it in the original recipe, something went off in my brain – like I had no idea what that was as a kid when I would eat something with cooked celery and NOW I know that’s how cooked celery looks like. It looks a lot different from fresh celery, in my opinion.

Lightened Up - Sweet & Spicy Vegetarian Curry in a CROCK POT! #easy #healthy

I enjoyed this except for the bloating from the rice. I do think I will also use curry paste next time or add more curry powder when I add in the coconut milk to make it taste more like curry. But then again, there’s a reason why I’m not a big curry eater – curry flavor is not my favorite, per se – so maybe this turned out in my favor.


Hope you have a great rest of your day!

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  1. says

    Yum this looks great! If have to leave out the chickpeas but apart from that it looks like a nice recipe. My boyfriend loves curries but I don’t cook them that often as my digestion can be a bit hit and miss with them.

    I also have to avoid white rice too.

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  3. Ashley says

    Most likely the affect you were feeling was from the coconut milk. Coconut has a natural laxative effect and in excess amounts really does it’s job. Because you only used a small amount it more than likely just caused you to feel bloated and gassy. I love using coconut milk in replacement of cream but sometimes it’s really not worth the switch!!!