Crock Pot Curried Lentils

I have a delicious lentil-packed recipe to share with you guys today, but we’ll get to that in a minute!

Crock Pot Curried Lentils

First we must Zumba!


Yesterday ended up being a little more active than I anticipated. Late in the afternoon, I got a call from my friend Lindsay who wanted to meet up to take a Zumba class. I’ve taken Zumba a handful of times before and knew we’d have fun, so I changed into some workout clothes and headed out.

Reebok Yoga Tank

I was anxious to try out some new workout gear that Reebok sent to me to review and figured Zumba was the place to wear a new brightly colored tank! The Reebok yoga pocket tank top is actually part of Reebok’s new yoga line that they created with Tara Stiles, the founder of Strala Yoga.

While I generally prefer tank tops without words on them and am not sure that I’m really a “who made the rules” kind of girl, the minute I slipped the tank top on, I loved the fit. It was really light and long and covered most of my butt. It also wasn’t clingy around my stomach.

Reebok Yoga Apparel

The tank allowed for lots of movement during Zumba and was incredibly comfortable. I paired it with the Reebok short bra sports bra in medium gray heather.

Reebok yoga sports bra

You can’t really tell from the picture, but it has a slight metallic look to it that I adore. And it was lightly padded which you know this small-chested girl appreciated. (If you’re interested in the top, I would recommend ordering it a size smaller than you might think because I think they run a bit big.) Thanks again, Reebok!


After Zumba, I came home, drank a snack-size smoothie and suggested taking Sadie on a hike before dinner. Ryan was more than game, so we headed out and walked around the trails for about an hour before heading home for another crockpot dinner!

Ocala Hike

Sadie Vizsla (2)

The huntress in Sadie immediately spotted a squirrel and went into super-stalker mode. Don’t worry, no squirrels were harmed during our hike. Sadie stalks them and then once she gets really close, she looks back at us like, “Okay, I got it, now do something.”

Speaking of Sadie, the paranoid puppy mama in me surfaced again last week. Yet another bump appeared on Sadie’s shoulder last week and we have an appointment to get it checked out this afternoon.

Sadie's bump

(Sadie’s eyes in that picture are just too perfect. She looks like such a little drama queen.)

The good news is that Sadie seems unfazed and is acting like her normal crazy self. Unfortunately the bump is much larger than her previous lumps and popped up out of nowhere, so it’s a bit more concerning. Better safe than sorry.


Last night’s Crock Pot Challenge dinner was a success!

Curried Lentils in the Crock Pot

Yes, it may look less-than-appetizing, but lentils aren’t exactly a thing of beauty. They are, however, quite tasty, especially when they cook for hours in a slow cooker with flavorful Indian spices.

Yesterday afternoon Ryan found a recipe for Slow Cooker Indian Spiced Lentils online that sounded great, so we bought everything we thought we’d need to make the dish, plus a few extras to change it up a little bit.

Crock Pot Curry Lentils

The end result was fantastic!

This recipe can easily be made vegetarian if you omit the chicken thighs and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. With or without the chicken, this recipe is a winner, especially if you’re a fan of curry and garam masala.

Please note that this recipe makes a ton of lentils. If you’re cooking for two people, I’d recommend cutting it in half. Ryan and I currently have enough leftovers to feed us for days. Anyone want to come over and eat some lentils? Par-tay!

Crock Pot Curried Lentils

Crock Pot Curried Lentils


  • 2 cups lentils
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans (4 cups) chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon corriander
  • Dash of cayenne pepper to taste
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets, chopped
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • Fresh cilantro


  1. Combine all ingredients except for cilantro in the crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours.
  2. Scoop lentils into bowls and top with cilantro.

Crock Pot Lentils with Curry



  1. says

    Oh I hope the bump is just a bump and nothing else! It’s definitely best to get things like that checked out. And that was quite the active day! My gym recently added several more zumba classes, so I’m trying to “test out” all the teachers and go more often. It’s just so fun that I forget I’m working out!


  2. says

    I think the curried lentils look wonderful – and lentils are so nutritious too!

    Yes, definitely better safe than sorry concerning Sadie. fingers crossed everything turns out fine. My co-worker has an older dog (9 yrs old) who had a few lumps and bumps too. They just had one removed because it was around her shoulder and although it wasn’t causing her pain, they were concerned it would at some point. However the recovery was REALLY tough. So if it turns out to be nothing too concerning, might be something to think about… doesn’t “look” great but might be better to leave it than remove it if it’s just fatty tissue. Just a thought.


  3. says

    Your crock pot challenge is going so well! Definitely inspiring me to make a few! 🙂

    Good luck with Sadie’s appointment! Sending positive vibes your way! I am sure it is nothing but better to be safe than sorry!

    Hope Zumba was fun! I am more of a spin gal though!


  4. says

    Zumba!! I’m so excited to have more Zumba in my life. I recently changed up my workout routine to make sure I was having more FUN and Zumba definitely ticks that box for me.
    Sending out good no-worries-lump vibes to Sadie!


  5. Missy says

    You seem to make frequent comments about being small chested. are you pretty self conscience about it? I was too and ended up getting a boob job. It was one of the best decisions of my life. Have you ever considered doing that?


    • says

      if i awoke one day with bigger boobs would i be happy? you bet! but i’m fine w/ the size of my chest and am terrified of medical things (i don’t even have my ears pierced b/c i hate needles that much). i’m glad you’re happy with your decision! 🙂


  6. says

    Oh no! I hope Sadie’s ok! Good call making an appointment with the vet, definitely better safe than sorry. One of my roommates just joined the same gym as me, and I’m so excited to have a friend to go to classes with now, I really want to try Zumba one of these days. The lentil dish looks great, I’ve never tried lentils before!


  7. says

    I am LOVING that outfit! Especially the workout top! I love how it’s kind of loose fitting. It looks like something I’d wear to zumba too. I’m glad you enjoyed it- it’s my favorite type of workout class 🙂


    • Margaret says

      I work at a vet clinic when I am not in school and some dogs we see just tend to get a bit “lumpy” as they get older. Most of the time they are just fatty masses but vigilance is key for those rare cases. I’m sure Ms. Sadie will be just fine!


  8. Leah T. says

    Do you find that you get a good workout doing Zumba? I know a lot depends on the instructor, but is it something you would do regularly?

    My dog has some bumps too and they ended up being nothing! I hope the same for you!!


    • says

      i think it really depends on the instructor, but i’ve never left a class drenched in sweat and usually take a zumba class as a way to have fun with fitness and move a bit. i think it could be more challenging if i were a better dancer and felt more comfortable improvising and increasing the difficulty level of some of the moves, but i just have to immitate the instructor because i’m not that advanced!


  9. says

    Yum, this looks delicious! I’ve been on a total crock pot kick too since the weather has been so grumpy lately – so I definitely might have to test this out. Also, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Sadie! I know as a puppy mama how scary those things can be. Hang in there!


  10. says

    Sadie’s face cracked me up! I hope the bump isn’t anything harmful!
    Those lentils actually look pretty delish. I’m loving these crockpot meals!

    I need to look into that sports bra.


  11. says

    Sounds like a great weekend! I love that tank! I’m 5’10”, so I am always on the hunt for long tanks/tees! I made some lentil soup a few weeks ago in my slow cooker and put half in the freezer. I think it’s time to defrost it since temps in Boston have been pretty chilly!


  12. says

    Julie I have a lab and took her into the vet a few weeks ago because we noticed she had some lumps. The vet said that they are normally non cancerous and just fatty tumors that dogs get with age. They said that dogs can have up to 10 on them and be perfectly fine! If they get too big though then they usually remove them so the dog is comfortable and not rubbing against it all the time. Hopefully that’s the same case for Sadie


  13. says

    Ah Garam Masala makes its return! The crockpot is my favourite way to make curries. This one looks super delish, I might be tempted to toss some sweet potato or zucchini in there too for extra veg.

    Long and loose is EXACTLY what I look for in work-out tops – sounds like this Reebok tank is a winner. I like the look of the sports bra too!

    Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. My family dog gets lumps every few years and although we freak out EVERY time, they turn out to be harmless fat deposits. Fingers crossed it is the same for Sadie Fagan!


  14. says

    My vizsla gets those weird bumps too! My vet doesn’t seem worried with them though & they don’t seem to bother her. hope Sadie has a good appointment! If she’s anything like Ob, she probably hates the vet. Ob is terrified at the vet!


  15. says

    My dogs are covered in bumps too. I had a few biopsied and they turned out to be fat. I just keep an eye on them to make sure they aren’t growing.

    What did Sadie’s bumps turn out to be that she had removed?


  16. says

    I am SUCH a worry-wart with Elmo. I get nervous when he coughs because I’m afraid he’s going to choke. It’s kindddd of ridiculous, but what can I say? I’m a worried mother. Perfectly normal, right?….

    I love that top! I like the way it fits a lot. The worst thing is when your top rides up during a workout. UGH.


  17. says

    That Reebok top is super cute. I love how bright it is and it looks super comfy!

    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. You are right, lentils may not be pretty, but they sure are tasty! I absolutely love them and cannot get enough of them. This recipe sounds delicious, and it is so nice to see a way to cook them using a slow cooker :).


  18. says

    Despite the big letters on the tank top, it’s really pretty and it looks great on you Julie. I love how long waisted you are, hehehe. And this recipe sounds delicious especially because Indian is one of my absolute favorites.


  19. says

    Hope that pretty Sadie girl is okay! Keeping you in my prayers!
    Btw, I love the tank top! I like that it isnt clingy around the stomach and such!



  20. Kim says

    Hi Julie!

    Cute outfit! I’m sorry to hear about Sadie’s lump–I hope it turns out to be a benign fatty cyst. I have an 8-year old Weimaraner and he has a number of dermoids (fatty cysts/tumors). Apparently this is a common condition in Weims as they age.

    I’m sure your vet will be able to determine if Sadie’s needs further investigation. Wishing you and Sadie the best!



  21. Christa says

    I have a German Shorthair Pointer which is a dog fairly similar to Sadie, and he recently had a big old bump removed. It was non-cancerous but practically the size of a golf ball, and he’s fine! Hopefully Sadie is okay as well!


    • says

      hi christa! were they concerned at first? the vet removed some fluid from it this afternoon and was concerned, so they’re sending it out to a pathologist. i’m nervous and hope everything is okay. so glad to hear your sweet dog is okay!


  22. says

    I’m making the original version of this tonight. We love to eat lentils and it’s perfect for Meatless Monday! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope everything comes back clear from the vet.


  23. Monica says

    We take my lab in all the time it seems for lumps. Some big and some small. They have been worried a few times but luckily they have all been benign. I’m sure it will be the same with Sadie <3


  24. Ivy says

    Oh I hope your sweet little Sadie is okay. Glad you are taking her to the vet, you never can be too safe. Let us know how every thing turns out. Thanks for the recipe, looks delicious.


  25. Amy says

    I live in Fairbanks, Alaska and it hit -50 yesterday, so seeing you in your tank tops and shorts always makes me feel like you’re on another planet!

    I’m keeping Sadie in my thoughts; I know how scary possible doggy health scares can be <3 You're a good mom for getting it checked out right away, and hopefully it will be nothing or easily treatable/containable like you said. As some of the others have mentioned, our lab had lots of miscellaneous lumps that were never anything to be worried about, so hopefully she will be fine! In any case she looks as happy and go-lucky as ever =)


  26. Holly says

    I shouldn’t chuckle, but our vizsla Copper ( age 11 1/2) has had lumps for years. Our vet says not to remove them. Why cause pain when it is not necessary? We had a Weimaraner with the same problem. We’re told it goes with the breed. Copper is frisky as ever and the Weimaraner (Maggie) lived a long life!


  27. says

    I’m so excited to try that curried lentils recipe! I love that the slow cooker takes care of doing the work. Your blog is great by the way…I’m a new reader and I’ve loved reading your posts about workouts and recipes! 🙂


  28. Charlotte says

    Thanks for this recipe, I left it in the crockpot before I headed to work today. I made it veggie though (omitted the chicken and used water instead of chicken stock), and maybe it was the omission of the chicken that caused this but I needed to add another half cup of water to get the liquid to cover everything. I guess the spinach takes up a lot of space fresh so if you pre-wilted it that might solve this too. I hope this might be of help other readers!


  29. Chelsea says

    Thank you for your site/blog but more importantly your recipes. I love your honesty and the pictures are great. I am making this particular recipe tonight! Keep up the awesome work!


  30. says

    I made this recipe minus the chicken tonight! It was great. I was inspired to cook lentils after having a delicious salad at a restaurant yesterday with pepitas and lentils on top of it– YUM!

    Thanks for posting this! I’ll watch for more great recipes.


  31. says

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  32. says

    I know this was ages ago now, but I was looking through the 2013 recipes post and when I read this, I just thought to leave a comment. My old dog Maggie had multiple cancers, in her skin, in the muscle and even a sarcoma on her leg. And had surgeries, radiotherapy etc, and she lived a great life until a ripe old age of seventeen. These ginger doggies are at higher risk for lumps and bumps, vets always told me, but if you keep on top of it, they are very resilient and doesn’t have to shorten their life at all. I am glad Sadie is good now, and she obviously loves you very much. All the best for the new year!


  33. Jen says

    I know this is an old post, but it looks yummy! Did you use green lentils? Did you chop the chicken thighs or just them in whole? Thanks!



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