Family Chickpea Coconut Curry with Veggies

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Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.
Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry with Vegetables is a creamy, crunchy, and filled with warm, soothing, yummy flavors.  You get the creamy, almost nutty roasted chickpeas, with the sweet and creamy coconut milk.  Then lots of crunch and texture from the sweet red bell pepper, zucchini, and onion.  Finally, I took a little inspiration from Thai Curry and added in aeromatic fresh basil, which brings a wonderful fresh finish.  It’s all served on top of fluffy rice that soaks up the delicious sauce.

I call it ‘Family’ Chickpea Coconut Curry because it’s a great option to introducing kids to new flavors.  For my kids, I find when new flavors are more subtle, not too spicy, they are more likely to try them and more likely to like them.  While this dish is full flavored, it’s not too in-your-face.

 

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

This Chickpea Coconut Curry is packed with Vitamins & Nutrients, but few calories! 

If your looking to add more plant-based dishes to your family diet, but you’re concerned about getting enough protein, beans are a great way to go!  In this dish, that means Garbanzo beans or Chickpeas.  Not only does this Chickpea Coconut Curry recipe provide protein, you get fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients too!  

In this recipe, for only 325 calories per serving, you are getting 3g Fiber and 8g Protein!  Scroll down to see the Nutrition Facts.  Plus Chickpeas are great for so many health benefits that you can read more about here!

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with fork holding a bite.  It has bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Nothing special here! You need a sheet pan to roast the chickpeas and a large skillet/frying pan for making the veggies and curry sauce. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CHICKPEA COCONUT CURRY

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

For this recipe, you can prep the ingredients ahead or make the entire dish ahead and reheat when you’re ready to eat! 

For the rice, you can make it ahead or the night of.  

To prepare the veggies and chickpeas ahead, start by draining and rinsing the chickpeas.  Chop red pepper into bite-size pieces. Cut the zucchini into 1.5 inch sticks.

Chickpeas, sliced red pepper, and sliced zucchini for Chickpea Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Dice the onion. Mince the garlic clove and mince the ginger. All of these can be stored in the fridge combined. You can measure out the other ingredients now too and store everything on a sheet pan together in the fridge.

Ingredients for Chickpea Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

 

COOK YOUR CHICKPEA COCONUT CURRY

Drain the Chickpeas (if you haven’t already), rinse, then pat dry. Place on sheet pan. Drizzle with a tsp of coconut oil or olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss the chickpeas to coat and then separate into a single layer. Roast them in the oven for 20 minutes.Chickpeas on pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Chickpeas on pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Preheat a large skillet on high. Add a tsp of Coconut Oil or Olive Oil and then add the red pepper and Zucchini. Cook for 5-6 minutes until they start to sear soften slightly. Then transfer to a plate.Red Peppers and Zucchini in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Red Peppers and Zucchini on plate for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

To the same pan, turn the heat down to medium-low, add a tsp of oil and add the onions, garlic, and ginger. Stir often so that they do not burn. Cook to soften about 2 minutes.

Adding garlic to onions and ginger in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Onions, garlic, and ginger in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Make the slurry by whisking in the cornstarch into the coconut milk. 

Adding cornstarch to coconut milk for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Mixing cornstarch in coconut milk for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Mixed cornstarch in coconut milk for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Add the Coconut Milk Slurry and the broth to the onions mixture.   Also add and whisk in the honey, curry powder, cayenne powder, and salt & ground pepper to taste.  Continue to whisk until thickened.  It’s thick enough when you’re able to see the pan for a few seconds when you scrape the bottom.

   Mixing curry seasoning in coconut milk for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Curry Sauce in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Add in the roasted chickpeas and the cooked red pepper and zucchini. Stir to combine and warm through, as needed. Just warm through and remove from the heat. Be sure not to over cook the zucchini as it will get mushy.

Chickpea Coconut Curry in pan with red peppers, zucchini, and roasted chickpeas. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Put the rice in a bowl and top with the Chickpea Coconut Curry.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry with Veggies

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry with Vegetables is a creamy, crunchy, and filled with warm, soothing, yummy flavors.  You get nutty roasted chickpeas, with sweet and creamy coconut milk.  Then lots of crunch and texture from the sweet red bell pepper, zucchini, and onion.  Finally, I took a little inspiration from Thai Curry and added in aeromatic fresh basil, which brings a wonderful fresh finish.  It's all served on top of fluffy rice that soaks up the delicious sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chickpeas, coconut, Curry, Rice bowl, vegetable, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 325 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Long grain White Rice, uncooked
  • 3 tsp Coconut oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Zucchini, medium-large sized
  • 15 oz Chickpeas (13-15 oz can will be fine)

Curry Sauce

  • 1 Small Yellow Onion
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Broth or stock
  • 3 tbls Cornstarch
  • 14 oz Lite Coconut Milk (13-15 oz can will be fine)
  • 2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 10 Basil Leaves

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Instructions

  1. You can make the rice ahead and reheat or wait until you cook the dinner. Make the rice according to package instructions. Or: To a small-medium pot with a lid, add 4 cups water, 1/2 tsp salt, and rice. Bring water to boil, stir, turn heat down to lowest setting, cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn off the heat, but leave covered until ready to serve.

  2. Drain the chickpeas. Chop red pepper into bite-size pieces. Cut the zucchini into 1.5 inch sticks.

    Chickpeas, sliced red pepper, and sliced zucchini for Chickpea Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  3. Dice the onion. Mince the garlic clove and mince the ginger. All of these can be stored in the fridge combined. You can measure out the other ingredients now too and store everything on a sheet pan together in the fridge.

    Ingredients for Chickpea Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Cook your Chickpea Coconut Curry!

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.
  2. Drain Chickpeas (if not already done), rinse, then pat dry. Place on sheet pan. Drizzle with a tsp of coconut oil or olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss the chickpeas to coat and then separate into a single layer. Roast them in the oven for 20 minutes.

    Chickpeas on pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  3. Preheat a large skillet on high. Add a tsp of Coconut Oil or Olive Oil and then add the red pepper and Zucchini. Cook for 5-6 minutes until they start to sear soften slightly. Then transfer to a plate.

    Red Peppers and Zucchini in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  4. To the same pan, turn the heat down to menium-low, add a tsp of oil and add the onions, garlic, and ginger. Stir often so that they do not burn. Cook to soften about 2 minutes.

    Adding garlic to onions and ginger in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  5. Make the slurry by whisking in the cornstarch into the coconut milk.

    Mixed cornstarch in coconut milk for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  6. Add the Coconut Milk Slurry and the broth to the onions mixture.   Also add and whisk in the honey, curry powder, cayenne powder, and salt & ground pepper to taste.  Continue to whisk until thickened.  It's thick enough when you're able to see the pan for a few seconds when you scrape the bottom.

    Curry Sauce in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  7. Add in the roasted chickpeas, the cooked red pepper and zucchini, and the fresh basil leaves. Stir to combine and warm through, as needed. Just warm through and remove from the heat. Be sure not to over cook the zucchini as it will get mushy.

    Chickpea Coconut Curry in pan with red peppers, zucchini, and roasted chickpeas. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  8. Put the rice in a bowl and top with the Chickpea Coconut Curry.

    Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

 

 

Thick, Creamy & Healthy Mushroom Soup

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Thick & Creamy Mushroom Soup in a pot with ladle filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Now this is a bowl of love.  Creamy, delicious, and healthy looooveee, AKA, my Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup.  This soup is filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful herby oregano, and bright chives.  And it’s made without cream or flour, so it’s lighter and gluten free.  But oh so thick and creamy and scrumptious.  Definitely a bowl of love.

Mushrooms Are Heavenly & Healing!

Mushrooms are a weakness for me.  I can eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The aroma of sauteed or roasted mushrooms brings a smile to my face.  The earthy and savory flavors are absolutely everything.

So, the fact that mushrooms are also good for me is just icing on the mushroom!  Mushrooms are have so many benefits that are linked to risk reduction of health conditions, such as cancer and heart disease.  Click here to read more about this. 

Mushrooms are a great source of antioxidants, which work to get rid of free radicals, a type of chemical that can harm a person’s body cells, potentially leading to cancer.   They also contain fiber, potassium and vitamin C, which help with heart health. 

Mushrooms also contain Selenium, which is a mineral not found in most fruits and vegetables.  Selenium helps with liver enzyme function and can also improve immune response to infection by stimulating the production of T-cells.

Why wouldn’t you eat mushrooms??  So, here are some more recipes to try!

Thick & Creamy Mushroom Soup in a bowl with spoon filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT

For this recipe, you need a food processor and a large soup pot or dutch oven. I lived in NYC for many years and now live in Hoboken, so kitchen space has always been limited. So I’ve always used a mini food processor and will chop food in batches if necessary. For this recipe, the mini had me chop mushrooms in 3 batches, but using a regular size food processor, you can finely chop all the mushrooms at once.

For this recipe and other soups and stews I absolutely LOVE My Le Creuset Dutch Oven.  It was my Mom’s and now it’s mine and I feel like she’s with me in the kitchen when I cook with it.  Not to mention, it’s just a gorgeous piece of cookware.  Cuisinart also makes a great option that is much more affordable. Of course, you can use any other soup pot or dutch oven. 

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR HEALTHY MUSHROOM SOUP

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

 There are seriously so few steps to this soup that I recommend making the entire soup ahead.  However, if you still want to split up the prep to do ahead, you can prep the onions and the mushrooms.

For the onions, simply dice them into small pieces.  Then go to work on the mushrooms.  I use white button mushrooms in this recipe because they are nice and hearty and economical.  However, you could certainly use cremini or a mix of button, cremini, and shitaki.  The easiest way to prep these is in a food processor.  You can use a regular size processor or a mini food processor in batches.

Break up with hands or rough chop the mushrooms. Then add to a food processor. Pulse to get the mushrooms chopped into various sizes…tiny, small, and medium pieces for various textures in the soup, but mostly you want tiny and small. 

Mushrooms blending in processor for Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. The soup has earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Pureed Mushrooms for Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. The soup has earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Store separately in the fridge or move on to cooking.

COOK YOUR HEALTHY MUSHROOM SOUP 

Preheat a soup pot. Add olive oil and then the diced onion. Stir and reduce heat to medium so the onions don’t burn.Onions in pot with spoon for Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. The soup has earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

To the onions in the pot, add the processed mushrooms and sauté them about 6-8 minutes.

Pureed Mushrooms in pot with spoon for Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. The soup has earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Add the salt and pepper and the Vegetable broth.

In a separate bowl, add 1 cup milk and whisk in the 1/4 cup cornstarch until dissolved, creating a slurry.

Whisk the cornstarch and milk slurry into the soup. Bring up to a simmer stirring constantly until it starts to thicken. Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.

Cornstarch Slurry in bowl with spoon for Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. The soup has earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Whisk stirring Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup in a pot filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup boiling in a pot filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Scoop into a bowl and garnish with chives.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Thick & Creamy Mushroom Soup in a bowl with spoon filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup

This Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup is filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful herby oregano, and bright chives.  And it's made without cream or flour, so it's lighter and gluten free.  But oh so thick and creamy and scrumptious.  Definitely a bowl of love. #mushroomsoup #mushroomrecipes #soup #easydinner #comfortfoods #fallrecipes

Course Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy food, healthy lunch, healthy recipes, Mushroom soup, mushrooms, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 10 oz White button mushrooms
  • 1 Small Yellow onion
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 5 cups Vegetable broth
  • 1 cup 1% Lowfat milk any fat content will do
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • Chives for garnish

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Dice onion.

  2. Break up with hands or rough chop the mushrooms. Then add to a food processor. Pulse to get the mushrooms chopped into various sizes…tiny, small, and medium pieces for various textures in the soup, but mostly you want tiny and small.  NOTE, if you are using a mini food processor, do this in 2-3 batches.

  3. If you are doing these steps a day or more ahead, store the onions and mushrooms separately in the fridge. Otherwise, move on to cook.

Cook

  1. Preheat a soup pot. Add olive oil and then the diced onion. Stir and reduce heat to medium so the onions don’t burn.

  2. To the onions in the pot, add the processed mushrooms and sauté them about 6-8 minutes.

  3. Add the salt and pepper and the Vegetable broth.

  4. In a separate bowl, add 1 cup milk and whisk in the 1/4 cup cornstarch until dissolved, creating a slurry.  

  5. Whisk the cornstarch and milk slurry into the soup. Bring up to a simmer stirring constantly until it starts to thicken.  Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.

  6. Scoop into a bowl and garnish with chives.