why buying packaged hummus is stupid

Actually, buying anything packaged is stupid but I am fully aware that very few people have the time to make everything from scratch. Like me. I certainly don’t make all my food from scratch, but I definitely try. You should too. Here’s why:

1. Money/Value

One 10 oz. container of hummus can range anywhere from $3-$7. This container, if you’re anything like me, is gone in a day. Especially if you are planning to share. Making your own hummus is WAY cheaper, and you can make a big ol’ batch and have it last the whole week. You are totally curious as to how much cheaper, aren’t you? Last week I figured out that for One Tablespoon of the store-bought stuff, you get somewhere around 20 of your homemade batch. TWENTY, people. If you’re as frugal as I am (sometimes) this is a no-brainer! But more importantly…

2. Flavor

Homemade hummus is the bomb. You will never want to eat the packaged stuff again. I promise. Also, most brands put wayy too much lemon juice or “citric acid” in there as a preservative which gives it a sour flavor after it’s been open for more than a couple hours. Also, there’s a funk. I can’t figure out how to describe it you, but I only realized it once I had the good stuff. Also, (most of) the assortment of flavored hummus’ I have tried were pretty gross, and usually a let down. Between the odds and ends in your fridge and spice rack, doing this at home is a breeze.

3. Personal Feeling of Satisfaction

I don’t know how many of you get this feeling, but whenever I make something delicious from scratch I just feel really proud. Like I have done something important for myself. I can’t hunt…and I rarely gather. I guess this is my version of that. I’m into it.

In conclusion, you save a bunch of cash (or just move it over to the booze budget) and you eat better and feel awesome.

hummus
Photo by Madison Fender

Not Stupid Hummus

(shown above with toasted pine nuts & olive oil drizzled on top. Uh-huh.)

2 – 19 oz. cans chickpeas, drained & rinsed

3-4 heaping tablespoons of sesame tahini paste

the zest of one lemon (This is way better than using the juice, more about that soon)

4 Tablespoons Pretty-to-really-good extra virgin olive oil

3/4 cup Water

Salt to taste

Throw it all in a food processor. Press the button.

Seriously, that easy. The fun part is throwing in stuff you have laying around to switch it up. Some sad little roasted peppers hanging out in a jar somewhere? Throw those suckers in! Wanna go Thai? Throw in some unsweetened peanut butter and sesame oil! Italian? Sun dried tomatoes! South of the Border? Chipotle peppers! ARRIBA ARRIBA!

xo.alicia

p.s. If you are totally crazy like me you can try peeling the chickpeas before blending for a SUPER CREAMY HUMMUS. I mean like, you won’t share. I promise. But you should.

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