The slow cooker has saved the day many times over the past three months. Slow Cooker Chickpea Butternut Squash Curry has been to the rescue a couple times one. I kept buying butternut squash saying I’m going to make x or y, but then it just sits there in the fridge with the great potential to end up in the compost bin. It is a simple and quick recipe to throw in the slow cooker then forget about it until you need to make the rice or heat the naan.

Now back to my slow cooker saving the day. This year has flown by and I have been on it by the seat of my pants. Between managing a busy family, working at the lighthouse foundation, servicing my public relations clients, attending graduate school, and launching a new business, let’s just say cooking hasn’t been top of my action list. We are attempting to eat well while adding plant-based meals without resorting to pizza or Chinese delivery. And we have done that more than we would like to admit since September. The slow cooker provided us with hot wholesome meals after long days.

This recipe is made with simple ingredients, but packs a lot of flavor. It isn’t spicy nor sweet. Just a nice balance of flavors. Add rice or naan to round it out. I buy the pre-cut butternut squash. I have no patience to peel then cut one up so I do the pre-cut.

If you are looking to add more plant-based meals to your diet then this is a good one to start with since it is so flavorful.


Slow Cooker Chickpea Butternut Squash Curry


  • 1 13.5 oz can coconut milk
  • 2 T curry powder
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 2T grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 small butternut squash (about 2.5-3 lb), peeled and diced or sweet potato
  • Chopped fresh cilantro


  • Combine all ingredients except for cilantro in the slow cooker
  • Cover and set to LOW
  • Cook 8 hours
  • Add chopped fresh cilantro
  • Serve over rice
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