One pot coconut curry lentil bowl with chickpeas and kale

Do you want to know what’s an absolute tragedy?  My kids don’t enjoy any meals where their food is mixed together or with any type of sauce.  Yes, the one-pot meal, a busy mom’s dream dinner, is my kids’ worst nightmare.

I’m a persistent gal, though, and one thing I’ve learned about feeding children is that their tastes and preferences do change, especially if you continue to serve them a variety of foods over time.  I haven’t given up on the one-pot meal.  I keep trying.

I served this Coconut Curry Lentil Bowl with Chickpeas and Kale to Meghan and Luke along with whole grain naan bread, raw vegetables, and applesauce.  I added more to the meal (easy things I didn’t have to cook) because I knew they wouldn’t eat a lot, if any, of the one-pot meal I was serving as the main entree.

I reminded Meghan that she loves chickpeas, and even though she was reluctant, she picked them out and ate them.  Luke will do what Meghan does usually, so he followed his big sister and ate his chickpeas.  They both were a n0-go to try the kale or saucy mix of lentils, and I didn’t push it.  They devoured their naan (a favorite) and also ate all of their carrots, red peppers, and applesauce.

I didn’t mean to talk so much about how this meal worked for my kids, but I know a lot of moms read and are probably interested in how dinner time looks at other houses.  I know I am always curious.  But let me move on to the dynamics of the dish before I lose your interest!  (Too late?)

This is a super quick and easy dinner.  Quick, easy, AND healthy.  Not an easy-to-come-by combination!  Oh, and full of flavor.  I just love coconut+curry together, and there’s also fresh ginger, lime, and cilantro that bring the whole thing together.  I ate just this because of my anti-inflammation diet, but it’s perfect with warm naan bread.  If you need a vegan, gluten-free, weeknight meal that is super satisfying, you found a great one!



Even though I am going to wait a month to give you a detailed update of how things are going with my new diet and finger pain, I can’t wait to tell you how things are going. After one week on an anti-inflammation diet, I have seen a significant improvement in my finger pain! One week ago, I could not bend my finger in the morning and throughout the day making a fist was impossible. I can do both of those things now and the pain is much less. I did not expect to feel a difference so quickly, but I am more determined than ever to continue with the changes I’ve made.  I’ll give you more details in time, but I just wanted to give you a quick update since I’m so excited about the results so far.  Thanks again for all of your comments and support.




  1. says

    I made a lentils, beans, kale stew and it is delicious (this is how dinner looks at our house). I am going to try your curry as we love curries at our house. We eat the stew with polenta as we can’t have gluten. But some naan bread would be delicious:).

  2. says

    Seriously, what’s up w these goofy kids? Mine are the same way! I think it’s written somewhere that kids are ment to test your every attempt to make life easier/healthier/more organized. I made something similar w cauliflower and the darlings refused to eat it unless I seperated it on a plate. Hello, it’s a curry bowl?

  3. Amy says

    Awesome job with the diet change- lowering animal product consumption is the best thing you can do for inflammation, and it decreases animal suffering and environmental destruction to boot. Very glad you are going to stick with it!

  4. says

    This looks SO perfect! Love that it’s a meal in a bowl–my fave. So sad to hear that the kiddos don’t let things with sauces all mixed together…but I guess I could understand that. Pinning!

  5. says

    Yum! This looks so good. Must make soon…for me, because I know my crazy kids will have no part in it.

    I can’t even get my 3 year old to eat a sandwich unless I separate each component. Luckily, I have older kids too, so I know that at some point the “pickiness” will go away.


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