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Hummus

12 oz chickpeas (garbanzo beans), cooked or canned, and with about 2 T of cooking liquid reserved

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 c. tahini

1/3 c. olive oil (more or less depending on desired consistency)

Small clove raw garlic or a few cloves of roasted garlic

Salt, cumin, pepper or other spices to taste

Garnish as you wish (olive oil, cumin, paprika, parsley, mint, etc)

Put ingredients in a food processor and blend together until creamy.  This is a basic recipe – add other things (roasted red peppers, nuts, etc) as desired!

Total cost: $2 for everything, or $0.67 per person (for 3 of us, obviously).

Baba ghanoush

1 roasted medium-sized eggplant, or for a less traditional version you can replace this with two roasted medium-sized zucchini or yellow squash

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 c. tahini

2 T olive oil

Small clove raw garlic or a few cloves of roasted garlic

Salt, cumin, pepper or other spices to taste

Garnish as you wish (olive oil, cumin, paprika, parsley, mint, etc)

Put ingredients in a food processor and blend together until creamy.  If you are not a huge eggplant fan, replace the eggplant with some kind of roasted squash and the result will be just as tasty!

Total cost:  Around $3 for everything, or $1 per person for 3.

Recommended to eat this with veggies (to stay gluten-free!) or with pita. Another great idea is to pair this with other mezze (more coming tomorrow) and make lettuce or cabbage wraps (thanks to Green Kitchen Stories for this excellent gluten-free and delicious tip!).  Do note, however, that raw cabbage can suppress normal thyroid functioning, so not recommended for those with thyroid problems (butter lettuce or iceberg – if you can find it organic – is a good alternative).

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