Adventures with (Beginner)Indian Food


Buongiorno bellas (and bellos?)! Last night was fairly interesting. I had some great and some awful experiences with a genre of food in which I’ve always been interested: Indian fare.

I was inspired to create a meal around this puppy:

SUPER excited about this find

SUPER excited about this find

I’ve had a similar soup in a restaurant before, so I figured I’d enjoy this. Plus, Amy’s never disappoints. Well, I can’t say never anymore. To accompany the soup I made Happy Herbivore’s Roasted Channa. I didn’t have cumin or coriander, so I figured curry would be a good replacement (I’m working off minimal knowledge here). I also tossed some brussels into the mix. All plated:

Amy's soup, roasted channa, brussels

Amy's soup, roasted channa, brussels

Roasted channa and brussels blew me away. Intensely spicy and warm, this has to be my new favorite way to eat chickpeas (and I’d be content eating them plain). The recipe was also simple and quick. And then there was that soup… I’m sad to say it, but I didn’t enjoy this one bit. It is rare that I don’t finish something, but I took two bites of this and called it quits. It was bland and watery. When I opened the can there was this thick film I had to break through before I could get to the liquid. This threw me from the start. Despite this one bad experience of many good experiences with Amy’s, my loyalty is still in tact.

A dinner of some chickpeas and brussels did not satiate me. Therefore, I finished my last half of an English muffin with apple butter and blackberry spread:

beautiful presentation, like wings almost

beautiful presentation, like wings almost

I was ridiculous to think that would fill my still nearly-empty tum. Then I remembered I had this white chocolate macadamia rice crispie treat in my pantry:

BEST Luna. I ate it all, don't worry

BEST Luna. I ate it all, don't worry

Finally content, I headed uptown to meet MisterMan for a movie. We saw Last Chance Harvey.  I’d been interested to see this and thought only good could come from Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. Wrong-o again. The screenplay itself is dull and action-less. The movie moved slowly, felt emotionally empty and overall bored me. Harsh? I was nearly lulled to sleep. I’m just being honest.

For excitement and more quality time together, MisterMan and I stopped for one drink on our way home. The last thing I wanted to do was pull myself away from the social world and into the work cave that is my room, but it needed to be done.

I came home and couldn’t decide what to snack on. I had a few spicy blue corn tortilla chips, half a mini brownie and finally–the only thing I ever truly want at night–cereal.

Kashi Vive, light soy milk, few vegan chocolate chips

Kashi Vive, light soy milk, few vegan chocolate chips

That’s the box in the backround, readily available for immediate refills. I then delved into more h-dub and another application. This app was only for a campus thing, but I still hope good comes of it.

Installment Two: Sports Tales
1) My mother enrolled me in jazz and tap classes starting at age three. She didn’t necessarily want me to be a dancer, she just thought I needed to socialize with people my own age.
2) Even at age three, I was a complete diva on stage. Despite not knowing the choreography, I shoved girls out of the way so that I could be seen. Unfortunately, this is also on tape.
3) When I was 10 or 11 I wanted to try soccer desperately. No, it wasn’t the running around and kicking a ball that enticed me. It was the shoes. I wanted to know what it felt like to wear soccer cletes.
4) I played three years of varsity golf. I wasn’t known for my skillz. Just my huge sunglasses and pink Wilson Breast Cancer Awareness clubs ( I love them- actually they’re my mom’s). I didn’t incur many injuries, but I did receive a golf ball to the temple while someone was practicing her chipping technique. I saw stars for only a minute or two.
5) My jaw clicks whenever I talk, chew, make out, whathaveyou. I am convinced it is from many years of throwing girls up in the air for cheerleading stunts, and having their asses land on my face.

Have a fabulous day lovelies!

Ciao for now,



16 Responses to “Adventures with (Beginner)Indian Food”

  1. I LOVE INDIAN FOOD!! Channa Masala – my favorite dish.

    I danced, played soccer, and played golf too!! 😀

  2. indian food is the best! ive got to try that soup 🙂 nice job with the chickpease! loved your sporty facts, i love playing golf, especially if i had those pretty clubs!

  3. 3 Bec

    I use to have the same clubs (also stolen from my mom)!

  4. As much as I love Amy’s products, the soups don’t wow me very much! Sorry you had a miss 😦

    Oh gurl….number 5 – I feel ya! Didn’t you just LOVE it when the flyers couldn’t keep their bodies in line?! My FAV!! 😉

  5. 5 Sarah

    mmmmmm indian food is soooo good. even though the soup disappointed, glad the roasted channa carried you through! my favorite indian food ever is chicken tikka masala … i am absolutely incapable of ordering anything else!

    (and i’m a jaw clicker, too! but $900 and an embarrassingly large nightly mouthguard later, it’s semi-under control ….)

  6. 6 Bommy

    yay for golf! one of the girls on my team junior year got hit in the eye by her sister (who was also on the team). it was not pretty day for either of them..

  7. 7 Lyss

    Thanks for the heads-up on the soup! But nice consolidation with that Luna Bar. I just stocked up on my WCMN’s yesterday… Have you tried the Clif’s? They are even BETTER if you can believe it!

    PS. If I don’t say it enough, THANK YOU! You always leave the best, most heartfelt comments on my blog and they literally brighten my day. 🙂

  8. 8 gina (fitnessista)

    i’m totally making that roasted channa for dinner tonight. it will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine. i adore indian food so much!
    i was wondering if that soup was any good- i’ll have to pick some up
    i totally agree- best luna, hands down
    hope you have a wonderful day ❤

  9. you are hilarious. Loved the sports tales…can’t wait for more!

    Ummm thanks for reminding me to pick up a few more cases, i mean individual wcmn luna bars. They are perfect.

    Still haven’t tried Indian food – and now I’m a lil scared. Guess I better just take the plunge!

    Kaneil, balanceisbest

  10. you are TOO funny! i am loving these little tales about you, youre such a great writer too =)

    umm those chickpeas look so good, i’ve never seen them done that way but i’ll have to give it a try sometime! thanks for the inspiration! oh and i obvi need to get on the WCM luna bar thing, it appears im missing out!

    good luck with the work (i feel ya!!) and have a fantastic day! xoxoo

  11. oh i love coconut!! that soup looks great! and with sweet potato in it…wow 🙂

  12. Mmm, love Indian food! Chickpeas are like my favorite food, I swear I could just eat a whole can for dinner =P And maybe I have…

    Cheerleading was the only sport I was ever good at. I did it when I was younger and I was a flyer and then sophomore year in HS when I was a base. And yes…many girls asses fell on my face…not so fun.

  13. Indian cuisine – you are brave! And sorry that movie was lameee. Drinks are always necessary after a disappointment like that.

    I am laughing soo hard at the jaw/cheerleading, and you shoving girls out of the way. Great stories!

  14. okayyyy well listen here
    if you tried the AMY’s INDIAN MEALS. you wouldnt have the same response!
    literally. they’re organic. healthy all that jazz and my dad LOVES them.
    the man who hates organic & anything with health in it.

    he’s obsessed. has em everyday.

    but i WONT give harvey smarvey a chance. no way in HELL.
    how kind.

    1) the macadmia nut luna, does it taste like the clif?? i’ve yet to try EITHER. tell me which isss bettaa 😉

    2) kashi vive, explain.. in depth.

    3) you spelled CLEATS wrong.. no big deal. i’m not a soccer freak or anything……….

    or i am

    LOVE YA woman.

    • 15 snackface

      Erinnnnn- Grrr, I’m so pissed I spelled CLEATS incorrectly! When I start to make some sort of income, then I’ll try the Amy’s Indian meals. I’ve really wanted to give them a shot, but I can’t bring myself to spend too much on frozen meals.

      Alright- bars. The two are both delicious and amazing in their own ways. Clifs are heartier, chewier and have a rounder macadamia flavor with surprises of white chocolate bits throughout. Lunas are more dessert-like. They are lighter, crisper and have a white chocolate coating on the bottom and drizzle on top, thus making them much sweeter. They are also studded with macadamia bits that taste almost waxy. I like to buy both when I get a chance. Whole Foods was out of the Clifs over the weekend, or else I would have purchased five of them.

      Kashi Vive- “Probiotic Digestive Wellness Cereal”; flavor: toasted graham & vanilla. Contains probiotics, ginger, calcium, vitamin D, dried broccoli ingredient that helps stimulate liver’s cleansing activity. Some nutrition facts: Serving size 1 1/4 C, 170 cals, 2.5g fat, 43 g carbs, 12 g dietary fiber (1 g soluble, 11 g insoluble), 10 g sugar, 4 g protein. I get it because it’s fiber-licious and scrumptious.

  15. 16 cleanveggiex3

    Lovin’ the Indian Food! looks delicious 🙂
    varisty golf!? sweet – my school doesn’t even have golf. haha

    love the kashi cereal WITH choc. chips. oh so delicious
    have a fabulous evening

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