cheaper to make than to buy, plus there are lots of flavouring options.
Hummus – currently a very popular item in shopping baskets. Much, much cheaper to make than to buy, plus there are lots of flavouring options. This was written for Meal Plan 1
This sandwich is great for lunch, packed lunch or at home. Very versatile, have a look at some other flavouring options too. My girls used to love this in their school lunch boxes, along with a Penguin, not allowed those now!
There are a great many flavouring variations, have a look here for loads of ideas for your hummus
If you have a lemon, a little fine grated zest and a spritz of juice is lovely. Garlic too is a classic addition, we just don’t have any available on this meal plan. Or add a few very slow cooked, caramelised onions, stirred through. Or add a bit of red pepper from a jar, either chopped and left in chunks, or whizzed when you make the paste. And of course, if you have some tahini, stir a tsp through, yum. Or how about a tsp or so of Aunt Mabels Green Tomato Chutney that’s been in the cupboard for 4 years. Or dry fry 2 or 3 tsps of curry powder, or any combination of spices you have (if whole, they will need to be ground up fine) and stir them through – goodness, this is making me hungry!
- 4 slices bread 45p a loaf of 22 slices, 8p
- 100 g carrots scrubbed and coarsely grated, 49p/kg, 5p
- 30 ml veg oil £1.09/litre, 4p
- 80 g chick peas 40g soaked overnight and cooked until soft, or pressure cooked from dry for 45 minutes, or ½ tin, drained. half tin, 16p
- To make the hummus, cook the chickpeas as above. Place in a food
processor and whizz with the oil and enough water to make a thick paste.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. If you don’t have a processor,
mash the chick peas with a fork.
- To assemble the sandwich, using half the hummus, spread it over the 4
slices of bread, sprinkle the grated carrot over two slices, and top
with the other slices.
- We don't have any available on Meal Plan 1 but if you have any, add garlic, lemon zest and a spoon of tahini
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