Thursday, September 27, 2012

Homemade Hummus

Ahhh I forgot how much I love spending the evening in the kitchen! I baked some pie pumpkins to make pumpkin pie for the future (freezers work miracles), made raspberry pretzel jello for our neighbor (long story) and hummus! If you do not know, I am a student, a nursing student to be exact. I'm not exactly made of money, so this is a "frugal" approach to enjoying hummus (which can be quite expensive!) All props go to where I found this recipe!

Homemade Hummus

Price Per Serving: $0.05 (1/4 cup)
Recipe Yield: 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (about 3/4 cup dry) — see cooking notes below
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water
1. Combine all of the ingredients other than the water into a quality food processor or blender and let it do its thing.
2. Add some water 1/4 cup at a time and continue blending, scraping down the sides occasionally if needed. You can add more or less water than suggested, depending on your desired consistency.
3. Enjoy!

To cook dried chickpeas, first soak them over night in cold water. Then, bring the soaked chickpeas to a boil in plenty of water and reduce the heat to a simmer for 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours until tender. Leave the lid of the pot tilted slightly to allow some of the steam to escape. If you’d rather, you can cook them in a slow cooker instead.
If you’d rather just use canned chickpeas (already cooked), just realize that you’ll probably be paying more like $0.12 to $0.15 per serving instead.

Healthy, yummy, simple. :)  Enjoy your week!