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Saving the world with hummous

Submitted by on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 Loading Add to favourites  5 Comments

hummusThis week I’ve been saving the world by making hummus.

Well not quite, but let me explain.

We were asked, as part of our ‘Change the World Wednesday’ challenge over on Reduce Footprints, to step into the kitchen!

She wrote “This week, make your coffee or tea at home. Getting coffee/tea out every day not only costs a lot but also generates a lot of waste. Make it at home instead. And don’t forget … both coffee grounds and tea leaves are great in the compost bin.”

I thought “I don’t drink tea or coffee, so how can I join in?”

Always one to read my mind, Small Footprints wrote “If you don’t drink these beverages or always drink them at home, choose one other food or beverage, which you typically buy at either a restaurant or grocery store, and make it yourself at home. ”

We’ve also been invited to ‘up the ante’, so if we are already meeting and exceeding the current challenge we can challenge the rest of the team to do better.

One reader challenged us further by suggesting “Use the money you save by not going out for coffee/tea for some environmentally-friendly purpose. I use the money I saved so we could afford to switch to organic milk.” I LOVE this idea!

then @coffeeContessa wrote “I’ll up the ante and only brew organic certified!”

Oh dear, I was beginning to feel like the only non-coffee drinker in the Universe!

So I put my thinking cap on and realised we buy hummus. That’s right; hummus.

It comes in a small plastic container, which, although reusable (and we do, they are fab for storing leftovers in the fridge) they are still plastic.

I tried making hummous many years ago and it was an inedible disaster, but this time I was determined.

The trouble was, on the day I decided to make my homemade hummus I was in a real hurry and I was HUNGRY. Not a good combination.

Being one who rather revels in her uniqueness I simply mashed some canned chickpeas with the back of a fork, added some roasted garlic and a little organic natural yogurt! It was all I could come up with in the time and you know what? I spread it on crackers, had another couple of crackers spread with mashed avocado and I was transported to heaven. It tasted absolutely fabulous and is now a favourite meal here at Chez Green.


What with my home made bread recipe, I’m becoming quite the Green Goddess!

And what to do with all that money I’ll save? Oh I don’t know – a bar of organic chocolate should do the trick 😉

What about you? What ‘store bought’ food could you make at home this week?


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  • Lovely, Mrs. Green! I really like how you improvised with what you had on hand and came up with a totally unique and wonderful dish. And your new creation sounds great (never thought about adding yogurt to hummus but I’ll bet it gives it a really creamy texture). Have you tried Hummus using other kinds of beans?

  • Kris says:

    Fear not! My household is a non-coffee drinking household too! Yes! There are now 3 of us adults who don’t drink coffee. 🙂

  • Mrs Green says:

    @Small Footprints: never tried hummus with other beans; I thought hummus WAS chickpeas; lovely idea though – I’ll give it a try!

    @Kris: Yay! our tribe of three 🙂

  • nazima says:

    How lovely, I love hummus, especially the home made variety, you can add in extra toppings too . Making me hungry now thinking of it x

  • Mrs Green says:

    @nazima: lovely to see you – hope all is well in your world x