Whenever someone asks, “What’s a healthy recipe that’s easy and I can snack on?” I have a stock reply.
Hummus. (See just the recipe here).
It’s easy, it’s healthy, it’s delicious and it can go with vegetables, bread, with other sauces, or be served as a spread.
So, what is hummus and why should you make it at home?
Hummus is a mix of cooked and crushed chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, with tahini, also known as sesame seed paste.
There are some other ingredients: lemon juice and salt, as well as a host of optional ingredients including garlic, peppers, artichoke hearts and other seasonings.
Mainly though, it’s just cooked chickpeas and tahini, blended together.
Things can get a little bit more complicated if you’re willing to take the extra step (frugal and healthy) of cooking the chickpeas yourself.
Even then, hummus is a super simple recipe.
It’s also cheap.
Normally, stores sell 8-16 ounces of hummus for $3 to $8.
You need eight ounces of tahini for this recipe which sells for $3. The pound of dried chickpeas is another dollar.
It makes a full 72-ounce blenderfull, which is a decent return on investment.