Vegan Crock Pot Curried Rice and Lentils

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  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Inspired by more traditional Indian recipes, this quick and easy curried rice and lentils is a full vegetarian and vegan meal right out of your crock pot or slow cooker. Made with nothing more than rice, lentils, and some seasonings, it takes just a couple minutes to toss everything in the slow cooker, and it really couldn't be simpler.

It's got a starch (rice) to fill it out, a protein with plenty of fiber, which means all you need to do is toss in whatever veggies you have on hand, or thaw out some frozen veggies or whip up a quick green salad as a side dish and you've got yourself a complete one-dish meal in your crockpot.

This is a high-protein meal with more than 14 grams of protein per serving, and, as a completely egg-free and dairy-free dish, it's completely cholesterol-free and very low in fat. With no added oil, the only fat comes from what's in the lentils naturally.

This recipe is both vegetarian and vegan, but if you need it to be gluten-free, you'll have to omit or check the ingredients on your vegetable broth and bouillon cubes, which are very likely to contain hidden gluten. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 3 1/2 cups​ ​
  • vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 2 vegetarian bouillon cubes
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 onion, diced

How to Make It

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a crock pot and give them a quick stir. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.
  2. Taste, and adjust seasonings to taste. I like to add a bit of salt to just about everything, but your personal preference may be different.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe note: If you have a few extra minutes while prepping this meal, go ahead and saute the onions in olive oil for a few minutes to bring out their flavor a bit more, before adding to the crockpot with the remaining ingredients.

 

Nutritional information, per serving (from Calorie Count):

Calories: 309, Calories from Fat: 20
Total Fat: 2.2g, Saturated Fat: 0.6g
Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 979mg, Total Carbohydrates: 6.4g, Dietary Fiber: 9.0g
Protein: 14.6g
Vitamin A 1% RDA, Vitamin C 6%, Calcium 5%, Iron 27%

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 302
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1,262 mg
Carbohydrates 59 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Protein 13 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)