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A Healthy Simmer Sauce Review, Coconut Yoghurt Raita & How To Blanch Green Beans

This week I’m sharing a few things: a quick curry, a coconut yoghurt raita recipe, a how-to video on perfectly blanched crisp green beans (because ain’t nobody likes grey soggy vegetables), and my unbiased (unsponsored) review of the ‘Healthy Everyday Wholefoods’ simmer sauce range.

My food philosophy is simple: eat real, whole foods, in a way that is both sustainable and enjoyable for the long haul.

So for me, that means my meals need to come together quickly. Minimal fuss, minimal ingredients. I aim for nutrient density, but without rigid rules or restriction (other than my specific food intolerances) because I believe health is about so much more than just what we eat.

I see it time and time again in my field of work, where the focus is so intently on being healthy and getting it ‘right’, that self-imposed restrictive rules and/or overthinking replaces the joy of nourishing yourself. The nuance of it all can be missed.
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So if you watch my Instagram Stories, then you’ll know that sometimes my meals look like this, and other times it’s even simpler, like avocado paleo toast for dinner. I don’t stress if there’s not a mountain of veggies in every meal, or whatever else is deemed as doing it ‘right’. I know when I need extra nourishment support and I do my best to listen to what my body needs in any given moment.

Like I said, my only real ‘must-have’s’ when it comes to food is whole, real and simple. Because we all lead rich and full lives, and #aintnobodygottimeforthat – aka spending hours in the kitchen!

On my plate we’ve got: Moroccan chicken curry on a bed of organic broccoli and celery rice, topped with roasted organic cashews. Blanched green beans (How-To video below), coconut yoghurt Raita (recipe below) and purple sweet potato fries, all topped with a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.⁣

A plate of brightly colored vegetables and a chicken curry made from healthy everyday simmer sauce

I’m calling this dinner ‘Curry in a Hurry’ because it was so quick to whip-up.

‘Healthy Everyday Wholefoods’ Simmer Sauce Review

(This isn’t sponsored. I have purchased these products myself.)

What makes it so quick is the ‘Healthy Everyday Wholefoods’ simmer sauce range (by Pete Evans). Pictured I’ve used the Moroccan flavour, but I’ve also tried their Jamaican. They’re made from whole-foods and free from gluten, dairy, egg, added sugar and preservatives. I was quite pleased to see that there were no processed seed oils used either.

Most conventional curry sauces and concentrates will contain at least seed oils, but usually added sugar and preservatives as well. My only wish is they’d remove the xanthan gum, but it’s at the very end of the ingredients in both the flavours I’ve tried, so given what I said earlier about not being a perfectionist, I believe it’s still a major upgrade as convenience option. Who has time to roast and hand grind all their curry spices? Not me!

I’ve made the curry simply by adding the sauce to some bone broth and pan-fried chicken (The Bare Bird brand is my favorite widely available option at Coles). Other times I’ve fried a chopped onion and some pumpkin prior to adding the sauce with some lamb and broth, but if you’re really short for time just adding it to some water and a protein or sautéed vegetables will suit just fine as it has plenty of flavour on it’s own.⁣

Overall I really enjoyed it and I find the Moroccan to be a less spicy version of the Jamaican sauce. One jar yields plenty of sauce for your veggies or rice to soak up. I bought mine at my local Coles, and you can find a map of Stockists here or purchase them online here.

Next we have the Coconut Yoghurt Raita Recipe and How To Get Perfectly Crisp Blanched Green Beans video.

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I hope you enjoyed these recipes and that they help you make your time spent in the kitchen efficient and fruitful.

Feel free to switch up the herbs in the Raita or add some chili if you like things with a kick. Let me know in the comments below which recipe you made first, and please share any new combos that you try.

Here’s to making healthy meals with ease,

Emily

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