This is a quick, easy, and delicious meal that can be made in less then 40 min. making a big batch is a great idea because this meal makes good leftovers. This curry can even be frozen so you have an easy quick meal to heat up when you are on the run.
This is a great vegan meal because it provides plenty of protein, carbs, and vegetables. It can be hard sometimes to get enough protein or feel full after a vegan meal especially if it is also grain free!
This vegan butternut squash curry is not only vegan but it is also grain-free but it provides plenty of carbohydrates and protein through the quinoa and chickpeas.
It can feel overwhelming when you first start the endometriosis diet or a gut cleanse, or any dietary change because you have to eliminate food your used to eating every day and it’s hard to know what should be substituted to make sure you are getting all the nutrients needed. In my program I want your gut to heal so grains are one of the foods that are temporarily cut out (it is recommended that gluten be permanently cut out) and quinoa is a great replacer for grains because it is a lot like rice but it is a seed not a grain.
What is quinoa?
Quinoa is an annual seed-producing flowering plant grown as a grain crop. It is a pseudocereal, not a grass, unlike wheat and rice. It is botanically related to spinach. Quinoa seeds are rich in protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, and dietary minerals in amounts greater than in many grains. It is grain-free
Chickpeas and other beans can be a good replacement for meat, 1 cup of chickpeas has 39 g of protein and 1 cup of chicken has 38 g of protein. When you add chickpeas to a meal you don’t have to worry about not getting enough protein because they have about the same amount of protein as chicken.
If you are vegan and looking for a creamy flavorful meal coconut curry is the way to go! When I discovered how easy it was to make curry on your own I started to make it at home all the time. When I cut out diary I really missed those creamy meals but the mix of the curry flavor and the coconut milk give the meal so much flavor and creaminess, who says you need to eat bland meals on a vegan, grain-free diet.
One Pot Vegan Butternut Squash Curry
2 tbsp olive oil (or coconut oil)
1 small butternut squash
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp ginger
1 red bell pepper
2 cups kale
1 can chickpeas
2 cups quinoa
4 cups water
1 can coconut milk
2 cups vegetable broth
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp salt
Add more vegetable is you would like; carrots, onions, or mushrooms
- Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over med-high heat. Add squash, garlic, and ginger (carrots and onions) and cook for 5-6 min until veggies start to get tender.
- rinse quinoa then put it in a pot with water. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and let cook for about 10- 20 min, till all the water is absorbed.
- Add stock, coconut milk, curry powder, turmeric and salt, bring to a boil and then let simmer for 15 min. add chickpeas and red peppers (mushrooms) and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in kale and serve with quinoa