You’d think as a dietitian it’d be easy for me to come up with easy, nutritious dinners night after night.

You’re wrong.

I tend to get caught up in the idea that dinners need to be new and elaborate and different every week. I try to make big batches of some of our favorites to freeze, like pineapple enchiladas, but I’m not always on top of it. And you know what? There’s no reason every meal has to be new and completely different than the night before.

That’s where this sauce comes in.

simmer sauce

Thai simmer sauce. One of my absolute faves. It’s yummy, versatile, and easy. “15 minutes” is being generous- you can easily have it done faster.

Thai Simmer Sauce

by with a Side of Sneakers


  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp fish sauce {optional}
  • dried basil to taste
  • sriracha to taste


In small saucepan, combine coconut milk, vegetable broth, red curry paste, peanut butter, ginger, and garlic. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes. Sauce will thicken slightly and will continue thicken as it cools.

{Don’t fret if you don’t have fish sauce- just skip it.;)}

Serve over brown rice noodles, stir fry veggies, or grilled chicken or shrimp.

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I like to make a big jar of it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for nights when I don’t know what to make, don’t have a lot of time, or am on my own for dinner.

We love it over brown rice noodles with lots of sliced stir-fried veggies like snow peas, red bell peppers, onions, and carrots. Topped with sesame seeds and some extra sriracha- it’s a gourmet-tasting meal without the labor.

thai simmer sauce

So simple, so yummy.

Last night we had this mixed with some leftover sesame peanut sauce- oh my goodness deliciousness. But that’s a recipe for another day.


What are you favorite easy go-to meals?