Reduce plastic waste and save money by making homemade hummus

Whenever I am invited to someone’s house, I inevitably am asked to bring my homemade hummus. Everyone always seems so impressed. But the recipe is simple. In addition, it is a money-saver. A container of hummus may cost as much as $6 at a Whole Foods if it is certified organic. It can be around $3 or $4 at a local grocer if it is non-organic.

With this recipe, organic hummus in total costs around $2. If you use non-organic, it can cost $1. But remember, with beans, you get what you pay for so I always recommend spending the extra money to purchase organic garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas).  

Making my own hummus also reduces the amount of plastic in my shopping bag. In addition, it's a healthful treat full of fiber and folic acid. So it’s a pleasure to make it upon request. Now you can, too!

Save Money Hummus Recipe
15 oz can of organic garbanzo beans (or chickpeas)
¼ cup of juice from the can of beans
10 gloves of garlic
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon of sea salt

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Peel the garlic, place in tin foil and sprinkle with olive oil. Place it in oven for 12 minutes.

Rinse the beans, saving ¼ of the juice in a measuring cup. Add the beans to a food processor. Add the bean juice. Add the cloves of garlic. Add salt. Mix. Add olive oil. Mix. (Eyeball the olive oil and check for taste. If you like a smoother hummus, add another ¼ cup of olive oil.) Chill for one hour.

Serve with carrots, cucumber and broccoli.  

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