This Trader Joe's Sauce Is My Secret for Easy Weeknight Dinners

I never leave the store without at least two jars!

February 27, 2020

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Like many younger millennials, I rely heavily on the ease of a reliable and quick meal for one. Aside from the occasional family meal my roommates and I make for the apartment, I’m almost always preparing three meals a day for just me. Sometimes, the best solution is cooking a large-batch meal on a Sunday and eating the leftovers throughout the week, but when the monotony becomes too depressing, I have to keep a few items on standby to easily switch things up. That’s where Trader Joe’s comes in handy — specifically, Trader Joe’s Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce.

The sauce is always on my shopping list each time I pop into the grocery chain and has become my go-to when I want a comforting meal in a snap. First, let me break down some of my other must-have grocery items that make this meal so easy. I always try to keep a bag or two of Trader Joe's Riced Cauliflower in my freezer at all times, and I usually have some chicken and vegetables around after a trip to the store. But that's it! That — along with the green curry sauce — is all I need to pull together a meal in minutes each night.

I either quickly sauté some chicken or heat up the meat I inevitably already have cooked in my fridge, add in a mixture of celery, carrots and onion, which, to be honest, I buy pre-chopped and mixed (a huge time saver and totally worth it in my book!). Add some of the sauce, serve over cauliflower rice, and you have a meal that hits the same sweet spot as takeout without having to leave the apartment.

The sauce is creamy, a little peppery and has a hint of coconut — an ideal combination that seems to satisfy a wide variety of cravings. According to Trader Joe's, it wasn't always this delicious. The new-and-improved Thai green curry sauce debuted in January 2018 and no longer contained some of the "nontraditional ingredients...gums, soy, and wheat," that the original did. Instead, it's made with coconut milk, green curry paste, shallots, lemongrass, garlic, galangal, coriander seed, Thai lime peel, ginger, turmeric and cumin. All that, for just $1.99 a jar, means my solution to a quick dinner will never be boring again.

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