Kitchen Sink Curry

I am taking a little break from vacation posts to talk about getting back on track after overindulging. While away, I did go on two good runs including a hill workout and a 13 miler. I also ate my fair share of butter, chips with garlic sauce, fried fish, scones, Czech bread dumplings, wine, and beer. I enjoyed every last bite, but by the time I returned to Boston, I was craving some serious veggie love. Veggie love in the form of curry with everything we had left in the house, plus a few extras.

I started my first day back at work with fresh orange juice and a pile of fruit in a company wide meeting. I followed that with a spinach, beet, chickpea, cabbage, and pepper salad, then more salad from another company meeting. By the time I got home I wanted something “real”, something with a bit of heft and depth to it. Curry is always the answer.


My Kitchen Sink Curry included a little bit of everything:

1 can coconut milk

1/2 can water

2 cups dried lentils, soaked overnight

1 cup cubed butternut squash

1 cup corn

2 apples, chopped

1/2 cup leftover green beans

4 large carrots, chopped

close to one head of garlic, finely chopped

1 shallot, finely chopped

2 large spoonfuls of red curry paste

2 teaspoons yellow curry powder

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

freshly ground black pepper to taste



The fun part of this random mix was layering the flavors. After chopping everything, I heated the garlic and shallot in olive oil and half of the crushed red pepper until soft. Then I tossed in the firm ingredients, the carrot and apple, for about 5 minutes, before pouring in the coconut milk and all of the other veggies. I added the spices and curry slowly through the cooking process, strengthening the flavors. The smell of the bubbling mixture was intoxicating and filled the entire house.


The rich, spiciness of this dish was just what we needed to kick start our normally healthy lifestyles again. I am feeling better already!

What do you do to get back on track after holiday indulgences?

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Tags: curry, recipe, vegetables, Vegetarian

  1. Kelly’s avatar

    I’ve had a crazy week so I am just now catching up on your travel posts- both Ireland and Prague look gorgeous! I was watching Samantha Brown in Prague the other day while working out and I was thinking about how much I want to go there so bad!!!
    I definitely know what you mean about needing to get on track when you get back from a vacation. I usually don’t even have to go out to my way to be healthy again, I just resume my normal schedule and not eating out makes things a lot easier.


  2. MarathonVal’s avatar

    This looks similar to what I (and Mama Pea) made tonight – yum! I agree, there’s nothing like a good veggie curry :)


  3. Lara (Thinspired)’s avatar

    13 miler?! Wowie!
    I’ve never made a curry at home…I’ve hardly eaten curries at all. One of the ONLY foods I don’t like! But my hubby loves them, so maybe I will try a kitchen sink curry one of these days for him :)


  4. Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes’s avatar

    Curry is definitely one of my favorite food. I could eat it everyday. I like different kinds of curry, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Korean, you name it. If a recipe said something curry, I’d bookmark it immediately. :) Thanks for the recipe.


  5. brandi’s avatar

    I love a good curry :)

    I just like getting home and “restocking” with healthy foods and getting a meal plan together! Having a plan makes it so much easier for me.


  6. Simply Life’s avatar

    I always love your curry recipes – you make them look so easy!


  7. Jenna @ Health and Happiness’s avatar

    Congrats on the far run! I’m training for a half marathon but the farthest i’ve ever run in 10 miles. This recipe reminds me a lot of gypsy soup ( which is one of my faves) so I’m thinking I must try this out! Thanks!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      If you have run 10, you can definitely do the half marathon!! Good luck!


    2. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)’s avatar

      This sounds absolutely delicious! Adding it to my “to-make” list. :)

      Love your blog! We have a lot in common, including taste in blog names. Fabulous. :D


    3. Nicole’s avatar

      Your pictures make this dish look amazing – I haven’t ever had curry before (embarrassingly enough) and I really NEED to try it. Looks SO good!


    4. eatmovelove’s avatar

      Just found your blog! Wow…if you ever want to take a break and let me travel – I’m all for it ;)…glad you enjoyed your food away. Life’s too short for no butter :)


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Thanks for stopping by! :)


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