Vegetarian sweet potato eggplant curry saute

For lack of a better introduction, it’s my birthday today! Since I won’t be in town this weekend, my friends carved some time off of their evenings to meet me for dinner. We went to Mas Taps, a local tapas restaurant near downtown Charlottesville:

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It was too dark to snap pictures worthy of sharing, but we ordered a bunch of delicious little plates, including: bacon wrapped dates (given), carne asada, grilled artichokes, goat cheese artichoke dip, and mussels. So thankful for these people in my life!

Before parting with you all for the weekend (unless you’re on Instagram – you’ll see me there), I wanted to share a new recipe that I’m digging: curry sweet potato eggplant saute.

Spicy vegetable goodness

Do you ever find lonely bags of spices in the back of the cabinet? Ingredients that were once needed, but perhaps forgotten soon after the recipe was tested? That is what happened to the poor little bag of curry powder from the bulk aisle at Whole Foods Market.

I knew I wanted to make a side dish that included eggplant and curry powder. The sweet potato was an extra treat – not to mention it adds flavor, color, and texture.

Curried sweet potato eggplant saute | Hello to Fit

What goes with that curry flavor? Coconut. For me, at least. Anyone else?

I didn’t have coconut milk in the pantry, but the coconut oil from Trader Joe’s would give the dish that subtle coconut flavor I was craving.

Curried sweet potato eggplant saute | Hello to Fit

After a few more measurements and some simple chopping, this dish came alive over the stove. The comforting scent of sauteed garlic (mixed with olive and coconut oil) permeated the kitchen; it was followed by warm spices like curry powder, turmeric, and cumin. Saute the diced sweet potato and eggplant, and we were good to go!

Curried sweet potato eggplant saute | Hello to Fit

I’d imagine serving this dish alongside a hot bowl of Freekeh, or maybe even as a savory vegetarian snack. Either way, it’s a spice-y bowl of curry veggie goodness!

Vegetarian sweet potato eggplant curry saute

Serves 4-5     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tabelspoons coconut oil
  • 1 eggplant, diced
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • freshly grated pepper
  • freshly chopped green onion, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pan or dutch oven, heat olive oil and 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sweet potato, sauteeing for about five minutes.
  2. Add Kosher salt, spices, and eggplant, sauteeing for approximately 8-10 minutes. Add up to 1 tablespoon coconut oil if needed.
  3. Remove from heat and place on a serving dish, garnishing with green onion. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 339 Calories from fat 263
% Daily Value
Total Fat 29 45%
Saturated Fat 13 65%
Carbohydrate 12 4%
Protein 6
Sodium 5606 234%
Dietary Fiber 0 0%
Sugars 1
Cholesterol 9 3%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g


Let’s chat!

  • Are you a vegetarian?
  • Curry – yay or nay?
  • How did you last enjoy eggplant?
  • What is your favorite type of ethnic food?
  • Any plans for the weekend?

By Jess

Jess is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and yoga teacher. She enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for health and fitness with friends, family, clients, and readers.

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52 comments

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    August 28, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Because curry is a weekly essential 😉 So good!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Hehe WOOHOO!!

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe

    August 28, 2015 at 7:43 am

    DELICIOUS. I love eggplant. it is so versatile, and such a unique flavor. You just have to know how to treat it, and you obviously do!
    I miss Mas. Always get the trio of dips. They will blow your mind.
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Versatile, indeed. Who knew there was more out there than eggplant parm??

  • Crystan Blanco @ Fancy Frugal Fit

    August 28, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Happy birthday! And mmmm, I love anything curry!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Thank you, lovely! Me too 🙂

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    August 28, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I’m a vegetarian who also eats fish 🙂 LOVE this recipe. YUMMY!
    Happy birthday week! I hope it’s an amazing one!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Nice – pescatarian, right? Thank you so much for the wishes!

  • Ivanna

    August 28, 2015 at 8:47 am

    This looks good Jess I’ve never had eggplant but my husband loves it. I may have to surprise him with this dish.
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 11:19 am

      I bet he’d appreciate the surprise :). xoxo!

  • Pragati // Simple Medicine

    August 28, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Happy Birthday sweet lady! May you be blessed with so much love and happiness this year! I’m a vegetarian and I love this recipe. Eggplant is such a yummy main dish but totally under utilized in my house. I need to start cooking with it more now that it’s growing in my garden!

    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Thank you SO much, my friend. So cool that it’s growing in your garden! I have a black thumb.

  • Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner

    August 28, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Happy birthday Jess! Mine is next week…no wonder I like your blog so much…you are a Virgo! 🙂 Hope you have a great day!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Thank you, Daisy! Virgos, unite!

  • She Rocks Fitness

    August 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I love curry and cannot wait to make this dish when the weather starts to get a little cooler…It would be so good with some Naan bread as well. Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous weekend!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Ooo good idea – should’ve bought some naan to go with it!

  • Priscilla

    August 28, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Happy birthday, Jess!! I love Mas and I’m really going to miss it. My favorites are the giant shrimp and the potatoes, both with that amazing aioli.
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Oh I looove the giant shrimp; we didn’t get any this time though. Hope your week is going well!

  • Annmarie

    August 28, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    That recipe looks YUM but more importantly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Thank you so much!! xoxo

  • Sarah

    August 28, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    YUM! There was a pumpkin curry at a restaurant in DC I was hoping to try but we didn’t get there.
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Mmm that sounds fabulous. What restaurant was it? We went to one last weekend called Lapis – it’s “modern Afghan”; so good!

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    August 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    yes vegetarian and yes to this yummy looking curry. I’ve been loving eggplant this week too. Maybe you will add this to our meatless Monday link up next week. Hope you have a fabulous birthday!!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Oh! Can I still enter it to your link up? Thanks!

  • Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    August 28, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Combining eggplant and sweet potato is genius! Eggplant is so versatile and you could put sweet potatoes with a piece of cardboard and I’d be happy 🙂 such a creative dish!
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    1. Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

      August 28, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Oh and happy birthday too I guess 😉

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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      1. hellotofit

        September 2, 2015 at 11:15 am

        Hehehe thank you! xoxo

    2. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Hahaha as long as that piece of cardboard is seasoned well, right?

  • Farrah

    August 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Ahh! All of this looks so good! 😀 I love curry, but only started eating eggplant again in recent years (after being talked into it by my roommate, haha–I used to hate it!).

    Thai + Japanese are probably my favorite types of food! <3

    I'm watching the last of the Little League games + doing lots of driving this weekend!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 6:29 am

      Oh it was delish! And spice-y, too. Hope your week is going well, lady.

  • Lauren | Just a Pinch

    August 28, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Can’t wait to celebrate tomorrow!!! 😀
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 6:29 am

      XOXO

  • Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie

    August 28, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Happy Birthday Jess! Hope you have a wonderful weekend of celebrating!!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 6:28 am

      Thank you so much, Brie!! xoxo

  • Dani @ Dani California Cooks

    August 28, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I had curry for dinner last night, and it was just what the doctor ordered! This looks delicious!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 6:28 am

      Hehe nice!! Thanks, Dani 🙂

  • Brittany

    August 29, 2015 at 10:58 am

    AWW HAPPY belated birthday! I love vegetable, the only one I avoid is mushrooms. This looks WHOA good. I love me some spice.
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 6:28 am

      Thank you, Britt!! It’s spice-y.

  • GiGi Eats

    August 29, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I’m sorta totally in love with this recipe! Oh yes, yes I am!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 6:27 am

      OH yay! And can you actually eat these ingredients?! Finally…I may have created something you could enjoy too 🙂

  • Jennifer F

    August 31, 2015 at 8:45 am

    yum yum!

    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 6:27 am

      It was tasty!

  • Liz

    August 31, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Sweet potato ANYTHING is an A+ in my book. Love the idea of cooking it with eggplant.. what a yummy veggie combo!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 6:27 am

      Oh yes – I agree with you 🙂 fall means lots more root veggies!

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

    August 31, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Happy belated birthday!!! I hope you had a great one 🙂

    This recipe looks awesome! I don’t usually buy eggplant because I never know what to do with it but this looks perfect!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 6:26 am

      Thank you, Liz! It was a fun one 🙂
      I was like that with eggplant, too. All I could think of was eggplant parm.

  • Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    August 31, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Happy belated!! I hope you had a great birthday weekend! This looks fantastic!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 6:26 am

      Thank you so much! It was a nice weekend 🙂

  • Cailee

    August 31, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Happy Happy Happy belated BIRTHDAY!! Thats so exciting! I LOVE birthdays! …and this looks amazing! Oh my word, I just went to Whole Foods for lunch today and got egg plant on my salad (yummy!!) And curry roasted veggies! …and I loved em both, so this recipe is PERF for me! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 6:25 am

      Thank you so much, sweet Cailee!!
      Love going to WF for lunch…although it’s pricey for me if I go to the hot bar…

  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    September 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Ok you had me at eggplant!! I’m so in love with this. I have so many spices I have in the back of the cabinet, and curry is one of them!!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 2, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Eggplant is such an awesome vegetable. So versatile! All sorts of flavors (Italian, Asian, etc.)

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