Happy Spring!  Yup- I said Spring.  Even though your kids may be out of school and temps are warming up, it’s not quite summer and we’ve had some lovely cool weather this spring in Cincinnati.  I may not want soup, but Indian food always satisfies.

 

My husband and I discovered this awesome Indian simmer sauce at Aldi.  Now before you go screaming “high sodium, high fat!”, hear me out.  Products vary from sauce to sauce.  The Jalfrezi sauce has only 80 calories and 5 grams of fat per cup and 360 mg sodium.  When you consider all the yummy, healthy stuff you can add to it, this seems like a pretty good compromise.  And, it will cost you about $2.50 per jar and makes at least 4 servings, which will save you from spending $11-14 per entree at your favorite Indian restaurant.

 

I am all about simple, healthy meals and this has become a favorite at least twice a month. You can toss just about any vegetable into it, but I like frozen green beans, diced tomatoes and carrot coins for color. This recipe is also great for meatless Monday since you can use garbanzo beans or kidney beans as your protein source.  I add onions and various bell peppers, which add color and flavor as well as vitamin C and other antioxidants.  For vegetarians, iron absorption (from plants) is enhanced when combined with a food (like tomatoes or peppers) that contain vitamin C.  Win win!

 

We’ve made the recipe with leftover chicken as well, but honestly- the beans add a boatload of soluble fiber and taste great mixed with all the veggies.  Give it a whirl!   #aldi #simmer #sauce #dinner @AldiUSA

Ingredients

1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15 oz.) can unsalted diced tomatoes (not drained)

1/2 onion, chopped

1 cup frozen green beans

3 carrots, chopped or 1 cup frozen carrot coins

1 bell pepper (red or yellow), chopped

1 (16 oz.) jar Aldi Jalfrezi sauce

Directions:

  1.  In a medium sauce pan, add diced tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, onions and kidney beans and stir.
  2. Add entire jar of Jalfrezi sauce to vegetables.  Stir and simmer for ~30 minutes until carrots are soft.
  3. Serve over brown rice or quinoa.

Makes 4 (1 cup) servings.  Nutrition information per serving (does not include rice): 242 calories, 6 grams fat, 10 grams protein, 41 grams carbohydrate, 8 grams fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 480 mg sodium.

 

 

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