Slow Cooker Eggplant Curry

Hey ya’ll πŸ™‚ How’s your day going? My has been a little strange so far. It started with a recovery Insanity workout (is that an oxymoron? Haha. It really was relaxing though) and a doc’s appt. Nothing like being poked and prodded on a Thursday morning (just a check-up but it wasn’t a party if ya know what I mean).

My reward:

bfast cookie

An almond butter and jelly bfast cookie πŸ˜€

I munched it on the way to the doc’s and it was pretty glorious.

-1/2 C oats

-1/2 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior

-1 T mesquite

-1 hefty T almond butter

-1 T polaner spread

-almond milk

-1/2 banana


I have to share the recipe with you guys for last night’s eggplant curry because it pretty much rocked my face off πŸ™‚

Slow Cooker Eggplant Curry

eggplant curry (2)

In a slow cooker, sprayed with nonstick spray, add the following:

1 medium eggplant, large diced

1 yellow onion

1 can (14.5oz) organic diced tomatoes, drained

1 C organic vegetable broth

1 bay leaf

1 T curry  

1/2 T cumin

1 t garlic

1/2-1 t salt (I used 1/2)

1/4 t cayenne (optional- I like it spicy wicy)

eggplant (2)

Mix to combine.

Set it (on low).

eggplant (3)

Forget it (for 4-6 hours).

eggplant curry

Serve with brown rice or naan, and feast.

eggplant curry (2)

Β© 2010 The Fitnessista

I have lovely leftovers for today πŸ˜€ Usually I make just enough so that we don’t have leftovers, but in cases like this, the food tastes even better the next day. Did you celebrate Indian food Wednesday??

Well I’m off to do our taxes (procrastinate much?? Haha) and then head to work.

Have a lovely Thursday!



Today’s tip: Take 10 minutes out of your busy day to STRETCH and breath deeply. Stretching is amazing for flexibility and injury prevention and.. it feels sooooo good πŸ™‚ Every night before going to bed, I foam roll for at least 10 minutes and do a lunar flow or some stretches on the yoga mat. It’s a great way to wind down the day, decreases stress and helps protect the bod. Give it a whirl πŸ˜€

*Don’t forget, the yoga promo ends tomorrow- $25 in my OpenSky store (coupon: 5ForYoga)  Quite a few of ya’ll have bought some already, I know you’ll love them!

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  1. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on April 15, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I used to stretch and do yoga all the time before bed and never got sore. Recently I have gotten lazy and amazingly I am SO INCREDIBLY SORE! Thanks for reminding me that I need to get back on that πŸ™‚

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet on April 15, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    That eggplant curry sounds awesome! I love one-pot dishes. πŸ™‚

  3. Carrie on April 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Fo’ sho’ making that eggplant curry! I know it’s getting pretty warm out, but I’m just not ready to say goodbye to the slow cooker for the season just yet!

  4. claire! on April 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Girl, you are speaking my language today! I, too, had some AB&J oatmeal this morning (not a bfast cookie, although they are my faves). And thanks so much for the bridal fitness posts – I’m getting married June 5th!! Eeek!

  5. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on April 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Your tip is exactly what I needed today. This has been a crazy week, so I’m really in need of slowing down before bed. I’ve been so busy I’ve been crashing without ever taking a minute to de-stress. Doing some yoga poses is a great idea. Thanks!

  6. Lindsay on April 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I celebrated Indian food Wednesday!! I tried a new recipe last month called Chicken Curry in a Hurry and my fiance LOVED it! After a tough couple days at work for him, I thought I’d treat him to it again. It’s got quite the kick to it too πŸ™‚ Question for you though… How do you get rid of the curry smell in your house after cooking?! We closed the bedroom door and everything and it still smells in there, LOL. Luckily it’s nice out today so I have the windows open but there’s gotta be a better solution. Any suggestions?!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm

      the candles from bath and body works make the casa smell LOVELY after any meal- even fish πŸ™‚

  7. Hilary on April 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I gotta make a breakfast cookie. They always look so yummy!

    I can’t wait to see all the fun smoothie recipes. One of my favorite parts of blogging is finding new ideas to mix things up.

  8. Katalina on April 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Hey!! In the honor of Indian Wednesday we did celebrate too, with Tikka Masala! The Eggplant looks really delicious I will give it a try on weekend!! why not celebrate Indian food twice a week?!! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm

      why not celebrate indian food EVERY DAY πŸ™‚

  9. Heather @ Side of Sneakers on April 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    This curry sounds fantastic!!!

  10. liz on April 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Can’t wait to try that recipe – thanks for posting!

  11. Courtney on April 15, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    We celebrated Indian Food Tuesday – Indian-Spiced Turkey Burgers with Yogurt Cumin Sauce – yum!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm

      WHOA, yum!!!

  12. Carolyn @ lovinlosing on April 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I hope you mean you’ve got to MAIL your taxes not DO your taxes. πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      DO our taxes. um, yeah.

  13. Jenny on April 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I didn’t celebrate Indian food Wednesday and I missed it dearly:)

  14. Karyn on April 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    i totally love today’s tip! i never ever stretch even though i know how good it makes me feel. and i always forget about indian food wednesday until you remind me on thursday haha!

  15. Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES on April 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    ok i NEED that in my life. do you think there’s any way i could make it without a slow cooker?

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      of course, just do it in a dutch oven on the stove on medium heat for about 20 minutes or so.. i’d do the onion, eggplant and spices for about 20 min and then add the tomatoes and heat through.. feel it out and just add the tomatoes when the eggplant and onion is done.

  16. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on April 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    The PB & J cookie sounds amazingly good! Yum!!!

    I used to stretch and do yoga before bed every night and it is so relaxing!

  17. Hillary on April 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I just found your blog and I’m making this eggplant curry for dinner tomorrow night. Yum! I look forward to reading more about your food philosophy now.

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm

      hi hillary!
      thanks for stopping by my little blog πŸ™‚ hope to see you around more often! definitely let me know if you try the curry and what you think!

  18. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on April 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing the Eggplant recipe….I’m saving it…looks yummy! Curry can do no wrong in my book!

  19. Nicci@NiftyEats on April 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I had no idea it was so esy to make. I’ll be making this next week.

  20. Danielle (Coffee Run) on April 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    The eggplant curry looks reallyyyy good πŸ˜€ I need to start joining in on Indian Food Wednesdays…I just found a market that sells the most amazing Indian food (it’s frozen…but hey, still delicious)

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

      that sounds glorious!! πŸ™‚

  21. Catherine on April 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I tried to do Indian Wednesday, but my moong dal beans that I was going to use in my dal ended up having to soak for 12 hours… oh well, it’s dinner tonight at least!! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

      hey, indian food thursday is still a great idea πŸ™‚

  22. LisaG on April 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Can’t wait to see all the smoothie recipes; I usually just use what I have around in the bowl, fridge, and freezer. I still like the choc cherry bomb. Eggplant looks splendid.

  23. kalli@fitandfortysomething on April 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    can you believe that i still have not tried the b-fast cookie? must do it! have a great day πŸ™‚

  24. Ashleyq on April 15, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    That recipe looks beautiful! I need to buy a slow cooker, pronto.

    QUESTION: How do you know when it’s ok to push through tiredness or when you need to take a break? I’m in marathon training and today is my strength day for legs, so while my legs do feel pretty tired, I would like to still do the strength workout for them. (Deadlifts, lunges, plie squats, etc.) Is it ok to do a strength workout on tired legs?

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm

      you can still strength train on sore legs but i’d take it easy… your legs are already trying to tell you something (“we’re tired!”) so just make sure to listen. don’t push it too hard. try to distinguish between soreness and exhaustion. if it’s just a little sore, you’re ok to do it, but exhausted, i’d say take a break. also, try to schedule you leg strength days on days that aren’t consecutive with run days, or work them on an easy run day. hope this helps!

  25. eatdrinkandbemerrynyc on April 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Ahhh now you made me want a slow cooker! I need to get engaged and register for one of those bad johnnies πŸ˜‰

    • Ashley on April 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

      lol This made me laugh ‘cuz I always say the only reason I’ll eventually get married is so I can finally have a fully stocked kitchen from my wedding registry

      • Fitnessista on April 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

        haha that was definitely a bonus! i always joke that the best thing about getting married was my kitchen aid mixer πŸ˜‰

  26. Kelsey on April 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    i love that you have traditional indian cutlery/serving bowls. lovely <3

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm

      thank you, my friend jeni got them for me πŸ™‚ she supports my indian food obsession πŸ˜‰

  27. Heather (Heather's Dish) on April 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    hurray for an easy curry dish! i bet you could add lentils in there too for some extra yumminess… πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2010 at 3:44 pm

      and protein! great idea πŸ™‚

  28. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on April 15, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Dude, I’m all over this recipe! Indian + eggplant = foodgasms FO SHO.

  29. Leanne Shear on April 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I LOVE eggplant. I feel like I eat it every day, so seeing this recipe gives me a new take on an old favorite. Thanks!

  30. Alexis on April 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I celebrated Indian food Wednesday! I made a chicken curry with sweet potatoes, chickpeas, onion, and yellow squash. I flavored mine with a bit of hot curry powder, garam masala, garlic, and one finely diced habanero pepper. (I like things spicy, too!) Gina – a suggestion: check out Penzey’s spices ( No GA locations, but there is one in Jacksonville. They have great curry flavors and mixes – their garam masala is a must in our house. As someone who likes to cook and bake, you will definitely appreciate their variety.

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2010 at 3:44 pm

      good to know! i’ll be on the lookout πŸ™‚

    • Caryn on April 15, 2010 at 6:09 pm

      agreed! there’s a penzeys where i live too, and it’s awesome!

  31. Brittney on April 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I made this yesterday, kind of an Indian inspired recipe:
    I was looking for something to use Turmeric in ( due to the health benefits and came across this recipe when googling. It has a ton of veggies in it and I served it with Quinoa. It’s REALLY good πŸ™‚

  32. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on April 15, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Ummm that recipe looks freakin amazing!!! I’m making it ASAP πŸ™‚ What is this spray you speak of??

  33. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on April 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I’m always on the lookout for slow-cooker vegetarian meals– they don’t seem to exist!! Thanks for sharing this one!

  34. Nicole on April 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Hey Gina! So I am asking for a foam roller for my birthday because I have intense quad soreness, shins splints, plantar fasciitis, etc. It really sucks, lol. but I was wondering if you have a certain foam roller you recommend and where you got it? you swear by them, right? Haha Im excited to get something new that could help me in the long run with injury prevention! Thanks girl <3

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm

      hey girl,
      i’m sorry to hear you’re dealing with all of that but definitely think a foam roller will help! i got mine at dick’s sporting goods for $20, but like the one in my open sky shop better. considering the price, it’s a better deal and is a very good quality roller.
      here’s the link:

  35. Paige (Running Around Normal) on April 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Um, YUM! That looks magnificent! Our fave Indian restaurant is closed for renos so I’ll def be making this in the mean time!
    Good luck on your taxes, dear!

  36. Ellen on April 15, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I need to jump on this Indian food Wednesday thang! My bf loves Indian food and if I made it for him every week (or um, just EVER), he would go nuts! Your dish looks delish!

  37. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on April 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I really love indian food!

  38. Elizabeth on April 15, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks for posting this recipe. It looks great. If I add the lentils, how much would I add? Should I add more liquid?

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      i’d add about 1/2 C and about 1/2 – 1 C more liquid

  39. Allison @ Food For Healing on April 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    that indian dish looks like it turned out Awesome!

  40. kate on April 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    That curry looks amazing! I love that you can leave for the day & come back to a warm meal!

  41. Katherine on April 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Wow looks amazing- as always.
    That tip is so true! Even 5 mins of stopping and focusing on your body and calming can make a HUGE difference!

  42. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on April 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Oh my gooosh that looks good. On the list!


  43. Maya on April 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I need to stretch more! I am so bad about it! Thanks for the reminder, Ms Fitnessista!

  44. Stephanie on April 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    This is totally random, but I love the new way you’ve been posting recipes. It looks great! Kind of like a digital recipe card.

    • Fitnessista on April 16, 2010 at 7:42 am

      thanks!! πŸ™‚

  45. deisegirl on April 16, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Woohoo, have an aubergine( or eggplant – why are there so many things in US/UK English that have different names?!?!)and was wondering what to do with it before it turned to mush. Now I can turn it into mush for a good reason, thanks for the recipe! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 16, 2010 at 7:35 am

      haha like courgettes and zucchini? i have no idea! let me know what you think πŸ™‚

  46. elise on April 16, 2010 at 11:45 am

    i just starred this post for everything from the curry eggplant recipe to the bridal workout ideas…i rarely comment, so i just thought id tell you this was a stunna of a post πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

      thanks girl! enjoy πŸ™‚

  47. lauren on April 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    So i’m a long-time reader first time commenter. I HATE eggplant with a passion, but this could be really amazing with some shrimp or fish πŸ™‚ HMMMMM… I might be trying this next week!!!

    Thanks so much for the recipe.

  48. Stephanie on April 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Made your eggplant curry, with a few tweaks. Turned out great, even my die hard carnivore husband liked it!

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2010 at 7:52 pm

      whoo hoo!!

  49. Sabrina on June 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I am going to try out the curry recipe today! Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on June 2, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      let me know how you like it!

  50. Leah on October 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I tried this last night (and will be having it again tomorrow!) and it was fantastic. My crockpot is only 1.5qt since I’m cooking for one, so even after I halved the recipe, I needed to take about half of it out again. That’s okay though, I cooked that separately and mixed it back in when it came time to assemble leftovers.

    I had veggies to use up, and no cayenne, so I added mushroom and 2 zucchini as well as 1T extra curry powder (mine is spicy already) and a big squeeze of honey. I also cooked it on high instead since I was impatient LOL. I used the liquid from the tin of tomatoes to make couscous to eat with it, and I’m thinking I’ll eat it with pitas for lunch tomorrow. Yum! I use my slow cooker a lot so this recipe is a definite keeper.

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2010 at 12:31 pm

      yum!! so glad you liked it πŸ™‚

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