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19 Nov, 2015

Where in Ottawa can you get a takeout lunch for under four dollars?

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

I don’t think there are many places where you can fill your belly for pocket change so I will call this particular lunch a PERSONAL TRIUMPH.

I was coming home from a work assignment today. It was 1:00 p.m. I hadn’t eaten lunch and needed to pick up groceries, so I took a small detour to our local Farm Boy. I don’t usually buy meals from the prepared-foods fridges, especially for lunch, but I was starving and craving something that would excite my tastebuds.

In amongst the sushi, soups, and salsas, I spotted a lunch-sized container of tofu curry and rice for $3.29. It looked promising, and I was famished, so I popped it in the cart. I also picked up a small handful of snow peas in the veggie aisle, knowing that for another few cents it would make a lovely crunchy green addition to my dish.

The tofu and rice took two minutes to microwave. While that was heating up, I quickly sautéed the snow peas in a splash of buttery-flavoured olive oil from Emulsify. I had pine nuts in the pantry so I tossed a few in there, along with a shake of salt and a twist or two of freshly ground pepper.

All said and done, it took me five minutes, cost less than four dollars, and it was absolutely delicious.

November 19 #dailylunches - Farm boy tofu curry, rice, snow peas


My only regret is that I didn’t buy a second serving for tomorrow. ;)

3 Responses to "Where in Ottawa can you get a takeout lunch for under four dollars?"

1 | Brenda A

November 19th, 2015 at 8:40 pm


I love small happinesses.

2 | Misty Pratt

November 20th, 2015 at 1:07 pm


Yum, I’ll have to try and find this!

3 | capitaljunk

November 21st, 2015 at 2:57 pm


Great! Will have to try this on a lazy day :)

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