Hummus is one of those really versatile things. You can use it as a dip with veggies, spread it on a sandwich as a condiment, or use it as a way to flavor chicken as it bakes. The thing that I don't like about commercially prepared hummus is the ingredients its made from. The number one ingredient is always chickpeas, which is great! But next comes the oil. Refined oils, such as canola, soybean and vegetable, are made at high temperatures, which oxidizes the … [Read more...]
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I don't know about chez toi, but chez moi, chips have no chance of lasting more than one day. Now, I actually don't have much of a problem with plain old tortilla or potato chips, since they are made with just three ingredients, but having them in my house is a problem; the whole bag will get demolished. However, I've discovered a little secret for preventing this: Homemade Oven Baked Tortilla Chips. My theory with most junk food is that if you have to take … [Read more...]
Have you ever tried making your own microwave popcorn? It's such a simple thing, but until recently, it was something that had never even crossed my mind. All you need are some popcorn kernels and a brown paper bag! How's that for simple AND frugal? I bought organic popping corn at Trader Joe's for $1.99 for a 28oz bag and found a 40 count package of brown paper bags for $1 at the Dollar Tree. Total cost per serving? $.06! Related: Save Money on … [Read more...]
Last week I bought a vegetable I'd never cooked with before: yuca. It's the root of the cassava shrub and is often confused with yucca, which is actually just a decorative plant and not something most people eat. I learned that in its powdered form, yuca is tapioca! Yuca is similar to a white potato and reminded me a lot of plantains with its high-starch content. It even tasted a bit sweet to me. Since I'd never cooked with yuca before, I … [Read more...]
Making your own snacks from scratch can save you loads of money in the long run, but also require time to make. I think this is the main reason people reach for the convenience foods. Luckily, homemade trail mix is a breeze to make and takes no time at all! Most days after work, I like to enjoy this simple mixture as a treat to tide me over as I make dinner. I take equal parts cashews, almonds, and chocolate chips, combine, and enjoy! There are so many … [Read more...]