Simmer Sauces

Sometimes cooking dinner during the week can sound about as appealing as getting a cavity filled or wearing a bathing suit around Christmastime {cookie season = sweater season}. OKAY I’m being dramatic, but I know I’m not the only one who feels this way!
One of my favorite go-to meals on those busy nights {besides Jimmy John’s} comes together thanks to a single amazing grocery item: simmer sauce! I always keep a few jars of simmer sauces on hand–usually Indian-inspired flavors (think curry, etc.). There are so many great options available now: Chinese, Italian, cheesy, spicy…the list goes on. Next time you’re at the grocery store, take a few minutes to check them out and try something new!

To make a complete and delicious meal, you just need 4 items:

1. Simmer sauce

2. Veggies (your pick!)

3. Protein (chicken, beans, chickpeas, etc.)

4. Rice or quinoa

In this example, I used:
-Cilantro and tomato simmer sauce
-Yams {I know, it’s an obsession–check out my Fiesta Yams for more goodness!}
-Green pepper
-White onion
-Fresh cilantro
Sauté your veggies and protein in a large frying pan with a little oil to begin the cooking process. If you’re using meats, it’s a good idea to get them close to fully cooked during this step. Next, add your sauce and simmer away! I usually simmer mine for about 10-15 minutes, or until all of the veggies are fully cooked. Serve it up with a side of rice or quinoa, and you’ve got a warm, filling, healthy, and SUPER delicious meal in no time!
Bonus time-saver:
-Raid the frozen food aisle: no shame in frozen precut veggies! Of course fresh will always taste best, but buying them frozen can save a lot of time and money, if needed.
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