Indian Food?

Yesterday’s breakfast sammie kept me full for a long time!  Maybe it was the 2 ounces of steak with all that protein?  Breakfast: 1 arnold thin, 1 egg, 1 slice pepper jack cheese, baby spinach and 2 ounces of steak.  I had a cup of watermelon on the side.  Breakfast was 407 calories.

My first real job that wasn’t in a bar or a restaurant was working for a property management company.   They bought apartment buildings and converted them to condominiums.  I was in charge of collecting rent, taking maintenance calls and working with our lawyer through the eviction process when people stopped paying their rent.  The company I worked for was an Indian family.  I had never had Indian food before, but I was somewhat turned off when they ate with their hands, although the food smelled spicy, I was never adventurous then to even try it.

One day I got a call from a tenant saying that he had roaches in his apartment and I needed to call an exterminator.  When I went to the unit, I asked him if he knew what unit they were coming from, and he pointed to Unit 212.  That was the accountant for the Indian family’s unit!  I knocked on the door and was invited in.  It was then that I saw HUNDREDS of roaches crawling all over everything!  In the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.  It was all I could do not to throw up right at that moment!  Apparently they had bought a 50 pound bag of rice from an Indian grocery store that had roaches in it, and being Hindu, did not feel that they could kill the roaches!

So ever since then, I’ve always associated Indian food with roaches!   So when Megan gave me an Indian dish from by BSI win, I was surprised that I actually looking forward to trying it!

while it had onions in the ingredient list, I didn't taste any! 😀

I also had this in the freezer:

This came together really quickly!  The rice cooked in 2 minutes as did the Indian dish – called Punjab Choley – basically chickpeas in a spicy tomato sauce.

I had 1/2 a toasted pita on the side with red pepper slices

The verdict?  I loved it! The chick peas still had a bit of a bite to them, not mushy at all, and the sauce had a perfect spice!  Lunch was 528 calories.

I had a beef roast that needed to be cooked or frozen, so Tony put it in before I got home from work.  It was perfect!  If you have a meat thermometer, pull meat at 125 degrees for medium rare – let it rest for 15 minutes and it will be great!

Dinner comes in at 463 calories - 4 ounces of beef, 1 cup mashed potatoes and asparagus

Yesterday I had two pictures on Tastespotting – that is a record for me! 😀

Thanks to Lynn for my Crystal Light – I won her giveaway and she sent that to me with a Biggest Loser DVD – thanks Lynn!

I have a half day today!! I am meeting Tony for lunch and then meeting with our accountant to do our taxes.  And I know Tony can’t eat meat today, but I am finally going to be making my Buffalo Chicken Pizza for dinner tonight – I have been craving this for about two weeks!

Stats for Thursday: No exercise – I had some last minute birthday shopping for Hannah – her 18th birthday is on Sunday and I had some last minute shopping to do! 😀

Hope everyone has a great Friday!  See you tomorrow so you can see how the pizza turned out! 😀


30 thoughts on “Indian Food?

  1. I am enjoying TJ’s Indian pouches too. I like to keep them around for a quick meal over rice. Happy Friday Biz!

  2. I’ve been looking for some good frozen Indian food…the stuff is so good!

  3. Biz–you need to try cooking your own Indian food! It’s fantastic, and typically super healthy (homemade indian food doesn’t have all of the oil you find in carryout). I used to love those TJ packets until i started making my own!

  4. Indian food is one of my favorite ethnic cuisines. I learned to cook it when I lived in Zambia as several of my neighbors were Indian. Yum. Glad to hear you’re continuing your Pizza Friday. I’ll be interested to compare your Buffalo Chicken Pizza to mine. Hope your celebration for Hannah is excellent…ah to be 18!

  5. If you ate buffalo chicken pizza in front of me on a meatless Friday…OMG, I’d have to leave the room! lol

    I think I’d have a horrible association with Indian food as well. Eeek! Glad you liked it though…always fun to try new stuff.

    Happy Birthday to Hannah!

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Wow, that’s quite a story about the roaches and rice…guess it would taint your perception for a long time!

  7. Thank you so much for checking in on me all this time, I did receive my emails, but I didn’t feel like responding. I have turned over a new leaf and is back! I just wanted to say thanks! You are special to me!
    Sending lots of love your way! ♥

  8. I eat the TJs Indian meal all the time. Its the best. My mom sends it to me.

  9. We have those at my grocery store too – never tried them, but I do love Indian food!

    When I lived in Ireland, I ate Indian for 2-3 times per week! There was this cute little family owned place above a chip shop right down the street from my school – drooool.

  10. Oh my gosh, the roach story has me shuddering!

    I have had Indian food maybe once? When I was pretty young. I should try it – there are several Indian restaurants here in my town.

  11. I totally forgot that story ewwww……

    Love the steak breafast sammy, fancy stuff!

  12. I love Indian and just ordered my first Indian cookbook – yay! It’s much more healthy to make at home too. Your breakfast sandwich looks amazing too – definitely the right way to start off the day!

  13. DiningAndDishing

    steak for breakfast is such a nice way to make a usual weekday breakfast a special occassion :). love the idea!

    – Beth @

  14. omg that roach story! I would have lost it. Roaches totally gross me out.

    Aw your baby is going to be an adult! (Well legally anyway) Scary huh?

  15. those tj indian pouches have saved me on a few occassions…

  16. Haha! Indian food should never be associated with roaches! It’s delicious!! I’ve tried TJs madras lentils and those were good so I’m glad to hear that this version is a winner too!

    Happy Friday!

  17. Wow what a story! Nice A- 🙂

  18. That looks really good. I am not a huge fan of Indian fare but have been experimenting with the pouches. So far so good!

    I cannot wait to see how the pizza turned out 🙂

  19. Congrats on the Tastespotting spots!!! So exciting! I just love that site.
    Also, interesting story about the Indian family and the roaches- so creepy!
    I hope you have a great weekend. Can’t wait to see what you cook up!

  20. I also have a problem with Indian food but it is because of Indiana Jones…there was a scene in the movie where they were eating monkey brains etc and it totally messed up my head. Everyone tells me that Indian food is delish and really would like to try it but I am scared. I hope to be brave enough one day, because I don’t want to miss out on something fabulous

  21. Yum that watermelon looks delicious right now! Love the steak sammy for breakfast! I’m w/ you – savory breakfasts are the way to go. I always love seeing yours!

    Um ew that is a nasty story! I don’t blame you for avoiding Indian food! It’s funny b/w you and Mara I’m seeing lots of Indian food breakthroughs this week! 🙂

    The roast beef as usual looks delicious! You guys always know how to cook it up great!

  22. Oh dear I’m glad you’ve replaced the old Indian food mental associations with a nice new one!

    What a fantastic looking breakfast, too! Gotta love the ability of protein to keep you going for so long 🙂

  23. Oh my, that’s quite a horrid story about Indian food! 😯 I just recently (in past couple of years) tried Indian food. I’m crazy about about Matar Paneer!

    Your breakfast sandwich with the steak looks mouthwatering. WANT! 🙂


  24. Eww, that roach story is disgusting! I think I would have thrown up!

    I really like those Trader Joe’s Indian meals. Yum.

  25. OH MY…the breakfast sandwich looks so good, but I would serve it for dinner!

    I have to admit I don’t think I’ve ever had Indian Food, it’s always so spicy. But your dish sure looks tempting!

  26. […] talked last week about my aversion to Indian food, and I am kicking myself for putting it on the back burner for so […]

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