Ah, the joys of having an Indian market nearby. My boyfriend is biking his way from SF to LA all week, so I'm on my own for dinner. I don't really enjoy eating out by myself, so I've been making myself food and ending up with enough leftovers to bring lunch to work (an unusual thing for me).
Tonight, after deciding that falafel or delivery pizza were not adequately healthy options, I checked on the freshness of my leftover Trader Joe's pizza dough and headed to Safeway for some spinach. Well, that was a mistake -- it costs $4.50 for 5 oz. of organic spinach at Safeway. That's criminal. Organic greens at the farmers' market or even Whole Foods cost around $5 a POUND, if that. I decided that was stupid and went to check out the new produce shop across the street. Unfortunately, it had just closed--I missed my window while poo-poo'ing overpriced greens. So I hit up the Indian grocer in the same strip mall for some fresh veg curry and flatbread.
I got my curry and my bread, but then I saw the sprouted mung beans. Sprouted mung beans are delicious -- crunchy, a little sweet, crazy good for you. So I picked those up, a jar of mint chutney, and a bag of bhel mixture, which is a mildly spiced blend of puffed rice, sev (crispy noodle bits), and poori fragments (small, deep fried, puffed bread). At home, these mixed with a tomato, half a bunch of cilantro, and a couple little baby onions to make a nice little salad-y thing.
And of course, there are leftovers. Plus all the curry and dal. Who needs to cook?