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thirteen ways of looking at a lentil

March 15, 2010
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Right now I am playing a game with myself called I Am Tired Of Spending Money On Groceries.  What this boils down to is the following: Total in March, I have spent roughly $15 on groceries. I have no desire to spend any more. As a result, I am trying to exhaust my pantry and see how many different kinds of meals I can make before I break down and go buy some tomatoes.

Herewith, a comprehensive inventory of what I have in my kitchen. Said list will be followed by the things I have come up with. Can you help?

  • six or so slices of no-knead bread (frozen)
  • frozen sambar
  • dosa batter
  • white rice
  • brown rice
  • couscous
  • bulgur (I think. I forgot to label it)
  • black beans, one can
  • red beans, one can
  • whole mung beans
  • yellow split peas (moong dal)
  • half a block of Cracker Barrel white cheddar
  • almost a whole wedge of Asiago
  • half dozen eggs
  • fettuccine
  • capellini
  • soba noodles
  • something kind of like soba noodles
  • elbow noodles (macaroni)
  • rice noodles
  • polenta in a tube
  • stale French bread
  • Barbari bread that will also soon be stale
  • peanut butter
  • tahini
  • balsamic vinegar
  • white vinegar
  • rice vinegar
  • three carrots
  • olive, peanut, and sesame oils
  • pesto
  • harissa
  • walnuts and pine nuts
  • flour and sugar
  • oatmeal (steel-cut)
  • pancake mix
  • yogurt
  • mascarpone
  • miso paste
  • Hollandaise
  • soy sauce
  • hoisin sauce
  • green curry paste
  • spices

So far, here are some of the things I’ve come up with:

  • dal (I have a feeling I’m going to be eating this a lot)
  • grilled cheese
  • peanut noodles
  • rice and peas, Caribbean-style
  • pancakes
  • black bean soup
  • pasta with garlic and a fried egg (Mark Bittman-style)
  • pasta with cheese and pepper
  • pasta with pesto
  • sambar + dosa
  • egg dosa
  • roasted carrots with miso butter (this is last because I just ate it last week)

Other suggestions?

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  1. Nikki permalink
    March 15, 2010 3:51 pm

    If it is bulgur that you have: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/health/series/recipes_for_health/bulgur/index.html?scp=1&sq=bulgur,%20martha&st=cse

    Click on “Bulgur: An Easy Way to Get Your Grains” and scroll down for the delicious recipe I’ve tried, bulgur with swiss chard, chickpeas, and feta — because even though you don’t have the last three, this could probably last you all week and is really good, in my opinion.

    Bulgur and lentil salad also looks good — because I know you need some veggies in your diet.

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