Curry Stir Fry with Trader Joes Curry Simmer Sauce

After being away over the weekend, I didn’t get much meal planning done for the week. So come Sunday’s trip to the grocery store, I had to come up with meals on the spot as I wandered through the grocery aisles. I don’t recommend this! But, my standard I-don’t-know-what-to-make meal is usually some form of stir fry.


Not wanting to do a typical teriyaki, I picked up this Trader Joe’s Curry Simmer Sauce and some frozen brown rice. We have more than enough rice at home, but it was 7pm when we went grocery shopping and I wasn’t about to wait two hours while it cooked in the rice cooker! Frozen brown rice to the rescue. For veggies I grabbed a big sweet onion, two small eggplants (one a pretty purple stripe and one white) and a can of chickpeas. I also had a handful of shredded carrots at home.


2 cups pre-cooked frozen brown rice

1 can drained and rinsed chickpeas

2 small or 1 large eggplant, diced

1 large onion diced

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 cup Curry Simmer Sauce or any prepared curry sauce

Sea salt to taste

Sautee onion in coconut oil until browned. Add in carrots, eggplants and chili and pour on simmer sauce. Let cook about ten minutes more. Meanwhile cook the brown rice and when the curry mixture is done cooking, mix with the rice, ad salt to taste, and serve.


For this recipe, you really can use any veggie variety. But the purpose of this post was to highlight the time-saving ingredients: pre-made sauce and precooked rice. I’m pretty cautious with what sauces and condiments I use, since sometimes their laundry list of ingredients with funky chemicals and preservatives makes me put the bottle right back on the shelf. But this sauce in particular had ingredients I’d find in my own kitchen. Ingredients like cumin, tomatoes, canola oil and red peppers. No high fructose corn syrup, no stabilizers or thickeners, and no heart-attack inducing amount of sodium, especially when I used only half the jar. The sauce plus the prepared rice allowed me to get dinner on the table in no time.

What’s your favorite time-saving food to prepare in a pinch?

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