Pack it in: Marinated Lentil Salad

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Do you pack your lunch for work? I recently just started in an effort to save money. Lunches downtown can get expensive and on a graduate student budget and university employee paycheck. Last week I packed my lunch every day and saved between $50 and $75. I’ve never been a strict by-the-budget kind of gal, but if packing a lunch affords me (ha, get it?) the funds to move away next spring, then I’m all for it.

That is, if it tastes good.

I’ve been trying to make (tasty) large-batch dinners that make enough leftovers for lunch and dinner the next day. This marinated lentil salad was something I really enjoyed all of last week. It’s substantial, vegetarian, good hot or cold, and perfect for transport. You can obviously change up the chopped vegetables that you use to suit your taste and what’s available. The best part? It’s super simple.

MARINATED LENTIL SALAD adapted from Epicurious

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or, half olive oil and half basil oil)
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 package of Trader Joe’s ready to eat steamed lentils
  • soft fresh goat cheese, chilled

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, black pepper, salt, garlic and olive oil.
  2. Meanwhile, microwave the lentils according to the package’s instruction. You could skip this step, but warming the lentils and then adding them to the vinaigrette helps the flavors really pervade the whole salad.
  3. Mix together the lentils and vinaigrette, then add tomatoes, bell pepper and green onion.
  4. Let the salad sit for about 30 minutes, serve with the goat cheese

 

100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die — Or Move Away

I moved to Charleston in the summer of 2006 to attend the College of Charleston. Except for a brief move back to my hometown, Jacksonville, Fla. for a few months after graduating from the College, I’ve called the Holy City home. Now, after returning from a (wonderful) road trip to Alabama, I’ve realized that it’s time to leave. I’ve got a year left of graduate school. Once I receive my master’s hood, I’m outta here.

 

But, there are plenty of things I’ve yet to see and do while living here. So, here’s a start to my list– I’d like your help getting to 100. Admittedly, there are a few things on my list that I’ve already done, but doesn’t everyone start their to-do lists with tasks they’ve already done? :)

 

  1. Get scared shitless on a ghost tour — DONE
  2. Finally attend a Riverdogs game
  3. Get all tourist-y on a carriage ride
  4. Pub crawl
  5. Movie in Marion Square
  6. Take a visit to Mepkin Abbey — DONE
  7. Spend an afternoon at the Firefly distillery
  8. Schmooze and booze at Highwire distillery
  9. Play Gone With the Wind at Middleton Plantation
  10. Go crazy for men in kilts and scotch eggs at the Scottish Highland Games
  11. Be all highfalutin’ Charleston Fashion Week
  12. Shuck oysters and drink ice cold beers out at Bowen’s Island
  13. Bite into Martha Lou’s fried chicken
  14. Have a picnic at Sunrise Park
  15. Go to Charleston Wine + Food Festival — one last time
  16. Visit the Hunley
  17. Tour Westbrook, Holy City, Southend, Palmetto, and Coast breweries
  18. Treat myself to a seafood tower at The Ordinary
  19. Dig into a slice of The Peninsula Grill’s legendary coconut cake
  20. Enjoy an enormous cone from Jeni’s, while it drips down to my elbow — DONE!
  21. Be awed by the majesty of the Angel Oak
  22. Go surfing on Folly
  23. Take a trip to Fort Sumter
  24. Go to Sullivan’s Island at night for a view of the lighthouse, downtown and the bridge
  25. View the art at the Gibbes Museum
  26. Go to Charles Towne Landing
  27. See a play at the Dock Street Theater — DONE
  28. Attend an improv class at Theater 99
  29. Shuck ‘em at an oyster roast, an event I’ve yet to attend
  30. Go for a run downtown with Charlie
  31. See Bill Murray in person
  32. Eat: Lucca
  33. Eat: Coda del Pesce
  34. Eat: Obstinate Daughter
  35. Eat: Wild Olive
  36. EVO’s pistachio pesto pizza— again
  37. Make preserves: strawberry and peach
  38. Walk the Old Pitt Street Bridge
  39. Charleston Battery game — DONE
  40. Stingray game — DONE, but I’d like to go again
  41. Complain about traffic on the Ravenel — EVERYDAY
  42. Spend a day boozing and relaxing poolside post spa treatment at Charleston Place Hotel
  43. Go to a CofC Men’s Basketball game
  44. Swim in the pineapple “fountain” at Waterfront Park
  45. See Shovels & Rope play
  46. Run: the Cooper River Bridge Run — DONE
  47. Do: photo scavenger hunt
  48. Walk all the little hidden alleyways in Charleston
  49. Um, do the Charleston. Bonus points: video or it didn’t happen.
  50. Buy this Charleston-themed print
  51. Go paddleboarding. Swim with dolphins. — DONE
  52. Eat: Barsa
  53. Give a tourist the wrong directions
  54. Volunteer: Fields to Families
  55. Volunteer: MUSC urban garden
  56. Crash: a wedding or, at least, find myself partying downtown with the bridal party
  57. See Elise Testone play at the Pour House
  58. Find: the best shrimp and grits in town

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