Slow Cooker Coconut Curried Vegetable Soup

Slow Cooker Coconut Curried Vegetable Soup | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

You’re going to laugh at me.  My first recipe back and I’m posting soup in the middle of July.  I can’t help it.  I love me a good soup year round.  Especially one that’s a throw and go in the crock pot.  But here’s the deal with this soup.  It’s actually quite yummy chilled too.  Let’s be honest, that was not my original intention, but I took a bite of it before warming up the leftovers the next day and I ended up eating the whole thing without warming it up.  So let’s pretend I intended it that way.

A soup is also a really good way to get a ton of healthy veggies in for a meal without feeling like you’re eating…well…a big plate of veggies.  It’s like having a salad, but better and more filling.  Especially with the garbanzo beans for some serious substance.  Even my kiddo seemed to like it {but be warned…it’s a little spicy}.

So think about it.  Soup in the summer.  Or pin this one for when October rolls around and the chill comes back into the air in the evening.  It will be sooner than you think.  Michael’s already is putting out their Halloween decorations {yes really}.

Slow Cooker Coconut Curried Vegetable Soup | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Slow Cooker Coconut Curried Vegetable Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Asian
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1.5 lbs zucchini, chopped
  • 2 yellow squashes, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1½ T preminced garlic
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 2-3 T curry powder
  • 2 t cumin
  • 1 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 t coriander
  • 2 t salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 t pepper, plus more to taste
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 cup coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Put everything except the coconut milk in the slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 6-8 hours.
  2. Use an immersion blender to blend the soup, or transfer contents of slow cooker to a blender in batches and blend.
  3. Stir in coconut milk.
  4. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, then serve.
  5. Soup can also be refrigerated at this time and served cold.

 

Slow Cooker Coconut Curried Vegetable Soup | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

 

Pretty in Pink One Year Old Birthday Party

The theme of my little one’s birthday party was going to be tutus and bows.  I was going to make tutus for every little girl.  I made a gorgeous little tutu and tried it on the baby and she promptly ripped it off.  I mean ripped the fabric, stretched out the elastic and screamed until it was away from her body.  So I ditched the tutus and bows and decided the theme would be “pink” {we’re very creative over here…}.

We put a ton of work into it over the days, weeks, and months {yes, I said months} before the party {I did mention I’m an out of work event planner right?  I couldn’t help myself} and it was totally worth it for the fun and magic of that special day!  I’m sure our little one will remember it forever…or not.  But we will remember it forever and the pictures will show her all of the fun and love that went into it!

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Are you planning a pink birthday party?  Great, let’s talk details.  As for decorations…

  • I made the background banners and a tutu for the high chair like this and used leftover fabric scraps to decorate the tables and the whole darn house.
  • I painted an old piece of plywood that was leftover in our backyard from when we moved in using this tutorial as a basis and wrote a big number 1 on it and popped it on the porch.
  • I used this template and had it blown up at Staples per her instructions for the giant poster, which was just under $8!  That was seriously the buy of the whole party.
  • I made a photo backdrop using a banner and twisted streamers which was such an easy project with big impact!  All you do is pin the streamer at the top, twist it down, and pin it at the bottom!  I also used these prop printables and just stuck them to lollypop sticks for people to take selfies.
  • We did monthly pictures of the peanut, so I hung those up above the fireplace with mini clothespins to make a little picture garland.  I got the instagrammed version of the pictures printed by Printstagram and was so happy with how they turned out!

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I decided that I didn’t want to pay for catering because, 75 people, and because {as my husband always reminds me} we’re not made of money.  So I put together a menu of simple, delicious snacks and treats that I made myself!

Snacks

  • Veggie Bar – fresh veggies arranged in glass vessels with dips like this
  • Fruit Skewers – a la this recipe
  • Little Smokies {this recipe is my MIL’s secret, but think bacon wrapped mini hot dogs}
  • Sweet & Sour Meatballs - instead of serving over rice, I stuck a toothpick in each one and served them on a platter
  • Jalapeño Poppers
  • Chips & dips – purchased at Costco.  Duh.

Desserts

  • Funfetti Cupcakes {I told you this was easy}
  • Healthy Baby “Cupcakes” – they’re really muffins…and they’re really delicious!  I took this recipe and just subbed an extra banana or two for the applesauce
  • Sugar Cookie Bars – follow this recipe exactly and prepare to drool
  • S’mores Cookie Bars – this one too
  • Peanut Butter Reeces Pieces Cookies – follow my recipe but sub reeces pieces for butterfingers and hold the salt
  • I also had pink wrapped candy and a Costco apple pie!

Easy right?  Just follow all of those simple projects and recipes and you’ll be ready for your own kid’s first birthday party.  You just have to start three months before their birthday like I did…

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Note: there are absolutely no sponsors for this post…just sharing the love from what I found helpful for our party!

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