Indian Food

Simple Pleasures

Sunday night is always kind of depressing, except I did have some great stuff happen with work late last week so tomorrow will be more celebratory than most Monday mornings. That said, I can always use one more day of the weekend… though today has shaped up to be a pretty awesome Sunday.

One of the things that made today so fabulous was I took a nice long bubble bath after my bike ride and smoothie. It felt so nice just to chill out in a warm bath and read for a little while! I love how simple things like that can make your day. I’m going to have to remember to do that more often. 🙂

After my bath I made a quick AB&J Sandwich with a sliced up pear.

It was exactly what I was craving and really hit the spot. Two slices of whole wheat potato bread, 1 tbsp almond butter, and 1 tbsp Crofter’s Asia. Simple, but delicious. I’ve learned my lesson many times to try to not go to the grocery store hungry because then I buy everything in sight. I already love grocery shopping (too much?) so if I go hungry, its just bad news. This sandwich was the perfect thing to help me from going overboard in the store. I got a bunch of produce (strawberries, bananas, raspberries, spinach, watermelon!) and a few other random things, but only spent about $35. My goal is to try to make it through the week without going shopping again, which should be very doable.

Funny that I say that, but then we actually ordered Indian Food for dinner. Neither of us felt like cooking and Indian food is cheap and fast… but no more going out/ordering food after tonight, either.

We got three dishes to share, and it came with basamti rice, naan and veggie samosas. The dishes were Alu Chole (chickpeas and potatoes), Mutter Paneer (peas and homemade cheese), and Bengan Bhurta (mashed eggplant and tomato cooked with Indian spices). I had one vegetable samosa (crisp turnover filled with spiced potatoes and peas) and some of each of the three dishes over basamati rice.

This is only our second time ordering from this indian restaurant, but it is so flavorful, comes really fast, and is always hot upon arrival and tastes fresh. Of these three, the peas and cheese were my favorite because the texture of the cheese was soft but not too soft, and it went great with the peas in the sauce it was in. I loved the chickpeas too, and the eggplant was pretty spicy which was a nice contrast against the other two dishes. Yum. And, the best part? There’s leftovers! 🙂

All the simple pleasures from today… a bubble bath, AB&J, and delivery, added up to an incredible Sunday. Now we’re sitting down watching The Lovely Bones (thank you Netflix!) so I’m going to get back to the movie.

Have a good night!

Indian Leftovers

Despite the fact that my breakfast was keeping me quite full, it took some serious self restraint to hold me back from eating my lunch before I did. It was the easiest thing ever to pack since it was all already packaged up (except for measuring out some of the rice), but I seriously couldn’t wait to dive into my Indian leftovers from Saturday night.

I had mixed the leftover Palak Paneer and Okra dishes together, and had it heated over 1/2 cup of Basamati rice.

I toasted the leftover Garlic Naan and had that on the side.

And also had the salad that came with the meal, and poured the Raita sauce over it.

Luckily the salad was still really fresh and crispy even though it was from Saturday. Everything about this lunch was so good! I love Indian food and hadn’t had it in months before Saturday and today. The Palak Paneer and okra mixed together well and didn’t seem as spicy today. My only complaint is that I ate all the cheese out of the Palak Paneer on Saturday, so it was just spinach today, but who can I blame for that one.

Back to work I go! Just a few short hours until 5pm… 🙂

Nice Little Saturday

Hiya. I have nothing terribly exciting to report today except that finally having a day off has been wonderful! 🙂

I went to the mall and did a bunch of looking, but didn’t purchase anything. The mall was sooo crowded so the lines to try anything on or to get to the cash register were much too long for me. I did spot a Subway while I was walking around which is always a nice option when I’m on the go. I actually tried to find the food court but somehow got lost and found the Subway again so I figured it was meant to be. I got a 6″ veggie delite on wheat with pepperjack cheese.

I had them toast the bread with the cheese and then loaded on the veggies. Spinach, green peppers, red onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and pickles. I also got some Baked Lays to go with it.

Yum. I haven’t had Subway in so long and I really do like it as a fast food option.

I did stop at Trader Joe’s on the way home from the mall, so not all was lost. I love Trader Joe’s but the closest one is about 20 minutes from my house, so I usually have to have an excuse to head out that way to make the trip. I got a lot of produce (blackberries, spinach, bananas, yellow bell pepper), frozen fruit and veggies, and some tart frozen yogurt that I’m excited to try. I also got a lot of other random stuff but hadn’t been there in a while so it was necessary. I ended up spending about $55 and am going to try not to go grocery shopping again until next weekend. I’ve been pretty good lately about using up what I have and not overdoing it at the grocery store, so hopefully this trend can continue.

After I got home from Trader Joe’s, I did Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown from ExerciseTV on Demand. I did two bike rides in a row yesterday and the day before so I didn’t want to ride again or run, but this workout is pretty challenging. It’s 30 minutes and its quick moving, so my heart rate was up and I was sweating, but I also got a lot of good deep stretching in. I had a quick snack after the workout before heading back out to do some more shopping.

This was ~1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese from Trader Joe’s, covered with blackberries and more of the pumpkin flax granola from Whole Foods. I haven’t had cottage cheese in ages so when I saw it in Trader Joe’s I snagged some and it is delish.

I went to a Sports Authority because I had a coupon for $10 off from the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile run from a few weeks ago and wanted to get some bike accessories. I bought a gel seating pad that fits over your seat, a new water bottle, and a new sports bra. I also stopped at Target and bought a bunch of other stuff I didn’t need, making up for buying nothing at the mall. 🙂

I was pretty disappointed when I got home and realized the gel seat cover doesn’t fit over my seat! Argh. I’m going to try to return it but I already ripped the cardboard it was attached to. 🙁 Ah well hopefully they’ll still take it back. We then decided to order some indian food for dinner from a restaurant we’ve never tried before. I hadn’t had Indian in ages and really didn’t feel like cooking, and we were pleasantly surprised with the food! It came in 30 minutes and was hot and delicious! Wil ordered Lamb Vindaloo, and I got Palak Paneer (spinach with cheese) and Okra that was cooked in a spicy sauce. We also got a huge thing of Basamati rice, some naan, and veggie samosas that came complimentary with our order. Here’s my plate:

I had one veggie samosa, and basamati rice covered with spinach and okra. Everything was delicious! There was also unpictured yogurt sauce which was super necessary because everything was spicy so the yogurt sauce went with it perfectly and cooled it off. I really missed Indian food and am glad we found a good, cheap place that delivers! I have leftovers of both the veggies, so I just combined them into one container and will look forward to those one day soon.

Hope you’re having a nice weekend, too!