Hang onto your hats, kids! I have an idea for you whose time has come!
What kid-or grown up, for THAT matter-doesn’t love a good old fashioned peanut butter and jelly sammie? It has gone into lunchboxes and picnic baskets since forever and we have a new twist on it for you: HUMMUS!
Who’d a thunk it? I never ever would have even considered marrying those elements. But I heard Lynne Rosetto Kasper talk about it on her radio show and I just HAD to try it. I just so happened to have hummus made up because I wanted to use it for a sandwich spread with leftover chicken.
Don’t run to the store and BUY hummus; it’s just too easy and much cheaper to make it at home. Here’s how I threw mine together:
Mother Connie’s Hummus
1 can garbanzo beans, liquid and all
a shake or two of onion powder *Use real onion if you have it. Measure it by how much or how little YOU like.
a shake or two of garlic powder *Use real garlic cloves, if you have some on hand. One or two cloves per can of beans should do it.
a squirt or two, maybe three of lemon *Use real lemons if you can. If you have bottled lemon, just don’t mention it if the Food Police stroll through your kitchen.
a generous palm full of cumin
a pinch of cayenne pepper and/or chili powder
Enough vegetable oil to make it the consistency you like. For dipping you may want a thinner hummus; for sammie spreads you might like it to be thicker.
I used the food processor but if you use your your blender it will work just as well. It takes some time to break up those garbanzo beans, because they are so firm, so be patient with it.
When it has finished blending it is ready to be spread or dipped into! YUM Apple or orange slices dipped into hummus are delectable. Celery, broccoli or carrots are also yummy when dipped into hummus. Or you might use toast points; even crackers.
SIDEBAR: NO CHIPS, PLEASE. MOTHER CONNIE DOES NOT WANT YOU TO USE CHIPS, FOR THERE IS NO NUTRITIVE VALUE, thank you very much. END SIDEBAR
HERE IS THE TWIST: Spread bread slices with hummus and add peanut butter and jelly just the way you ordinarily would. Your taste buds will be SO HAPPY!
If you are a user of food commodities you are very likely to have canned garbanzo beans. If you are a user of food pantry food it is a distinct possibility you might have garbanzo beans as well.
This does not preclude your cooking your own dry beans! Just wash them, soak them overnight and cook the daylights out of them BEFORE you salt them. This would be extremely cost effective. It would NOT be considered ‘fast food’…grin.
Do you use an EBT card for WIC or SNAP? This idea might just be the ticket for you! If you have bundles from Angel Food Ministries, this will help your bounty go even farther.
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