Day 7 #30dayslesswaste
So again I didn’t manage to post because of load-shedding last night. I guess Eskom is just helping me on my challenge to use less by cutting it off at the source🤷🏼♀️ Today I’m going to share a simple hack for a vegan and low-waste (or even zero-waste) food that will save you money. Make your own hummus! Store bought hummus is incredibly expensive if you consider how much you can save by making it yourself at home. You also have the added benefit of having no added nasties. You can use canned chickpeas, but I would recommend buying the dried version. You can get this at most stores, but buying in bulk is by far the cheaper option (you can even find this package free at most zero-waste stores). Soaking and cooking your chickpeas can be quite a mission, so I like to do a large batch at once and then freeze whatever I don’t use. If you are in a hurry to soak your chickpeas (or other beans/legumes that tend to remain crunchy after soaking), add a pinch of bicarb to the water while they are soaking to soften them up.
Usually hummus consists of tahini, but if you are on a tight budget, you can omit this. I find that it does tend to be slightly less creamy. However, if you can afford the once off price, it can be worth your while as you don’t use much at a time, and you can also use it as a delicious dressing/sauce when mixed with lemon juice.
Hummus is also super versatile, so you can make almost any variation. For the base recipe, use the following:
250g cooked chickpeas
Juice of 1/2-1 lemon
1 clove of garlic
1-2 tbs tahini (optional)
A few tbs water or olive oil (or both), depending on your preferred consistency
Salt and pepper to taste.
Or in a blender and blitz until smooth.
These measurements are really flexible, usually I don’t measure and just throw in what’s available. You can also get creative and add beetroot, avocado, red pepper, or anything else that you fancy.
This hummus was made with paprika. I lathered it over roast potatoes and topped with spring onion and sauerkraut.
, because I try to save on excessive waste by making things for myself at home before buying it at a store.