30 Days of Budget Friendly Recipes :: Hummus

September 2, 2012

: Day 2 :

If you’ve never had hummus you are missing out on one of the best, most diverse and budget friendly foods out there. If you have had hummus maybe you’re like us and just bought it at the store. After all, it’s not like it costs all that much. But once you make this recipe you’ll see just how much money you’ll be able to save making one batch of hummus.

You can easily buy canned garbonzo beans and use those but if your goal is to save money I strongly encourage you to purchase dried chick peas.

Rinse the beans and place them in your crockpot. One wonderful tip I got from Broke and Healthy was to add baking soda while cooking. The beans break down dramatically faster and thin out their tough outer skin. But fair warning – when I added baking soda after it had been cooking awhile there was some science fair volcano action going on. So be careful when adding baking soda! I was also informed that the baking soda quite possibly removes some of the vitamins. You’ll have to make that call on your own.

{This photo was taken when I tried to just use boiling water and let them soak overnight. Don’t do that, use a crock-pot. Sorry, no crock-pot photos.}

Once the chickpeas are soft drain them of their water and place them in a food processor. Add garlic, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Honestly, there are probably thousands of hummus recipes but I just want to give you a general idea of what to use. The best advice I can give you is to make sure that you blend well enough to chop up the garlic {if you add it}. My kids were not thrilled to find large chunks of garlic in their hummus servings. I just saw it as extra probiotic.

Here, though, is an excellent recipe to follow!

 Heavenly Homemade Hummus

Serve with pita chips, raw vegetables, tortilla chips, make as a sandwich, etc.

If all my kids will eat this you know it’s good! And, of course, pocketbook friendly! After we made our one batch I asked my husband to hold the containers of hummus. He guessed we had made around twelve pounds of hummus! We’re in the process of seeing how well it freezes. I’ll update about that later.

Hope this helps you think of new and exciting budget friendly meals!




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