Tuesday, February 24, 2009

$3.33 a day: A Chickpea Tale..

Traditional Hummus with Raw Crackers

Dried legumes are your best friends! Trust me on that. I cooked up a pound of chickpeas ($1.59) and put them to good use. I even have 2 cups left to play with after making all of this food!
I made hummus two ways; traditional and spicy red pepper. Siracha and red bell pepper colored and flavored the spicy variation. Total yield: 2.5 cups. (1.5 c traditional and 1 c spicy)

Spicy Hummus

Spiced Chickpea Salad (2 servings)

Here's the recipe:
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  • 1 c cooked chickpeas
  • ¼ c diced red bell pepper
  • ¼ c diced carrot
  • 2 T scallions (you can sub red onion or shallot, but reduce to 1 T)
  • 2 T chopped olives (I used green, but use what you have on hand)
  • 1 T fresh herbs (I used basil)

Dressing:
  • 1 t yellow mustard
  • ½ t garlic powder
  • ½ t cumin
  • 1/8 t cinnamon
  • ¼ t oregano
  • 2 t golden flax meal
  • 1 T vinegar (I used white balsamic)
  • 1 T Nutritional Yeast
  • 3 T Water
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Method: Chop veggies, make dressing and pour over chickpea/veg mixture. Allow it to sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.

Chickpea of the Sea Burgers (before cooking)

Another cup and a half of chickpeas went into these four burgers. I was thinking of different things to do with my pantry staples, and figured I'd try my hand at making Arepas. They came out pretty well. I did split them completely and toast the insides of them on the cast iron skillet while I was cooking the burger. I like that I didn't have to turn my oven on to make them and they are gluten free. Unfortunately, they are pretty refined, so I won't be eating them every day. I have some more dough in the fridge. We'll see if it holds up?

Ok... back to the sandwich. I used the arepa for the bread, covered it in homemade tartar sauce, tofutti cheese (I only have 2 slices left!), cabbage and tomatoes. On the side I had some wasabi slaw that I'll talk about later.

Chickpea of the Sea Burgers on fresh Arepas

As I mentioned earlier, I still have two cups of chickpeas left. I will probably use half of them to make a Chickpea/Basil pasta sauce and freeze the other cup.

Wasabi Slaw with Lentil Sprouts

Cabbage, carrots, red peppers and scallions were dressed with a wasabi/mustard/vegenaise dressing. The dressing was thinned with a little bit of the chickpea cooking liquid to reduce the amount of vegenaise. I have around 2 cups leftover.

Polenta Homefries with Ketchup
Just polenta, cubed and "fried" in my cast iron with cooking spray and spices. I used some of them as croutons as well.
Smokey Potato Kidney Bean Stew with Polenta Croutons

I ended up using the last 2 cups leftover from my the kidney beans (see last post) to make this stew. My friend and I had it for lunch and I have around 4 cups left. I'll probably have it for dinner and then puree the rest of it and put it in the freezer for enchilada bake. Potato chunks do not freeze well, so pureeing it is a must.

My friend surprised me with coffee and soymilk yesterday! She read my blog and took pity on me! The funny thing is that I relented and bought crappy coffee yesterday along with some coffee soymilk to use as creamer. I spent a whole $4.68. I'm set for a while now. I have been drinking black tea and not liking it much.

I also splurged yesterday at the store and bought fresh basil for $2.99, a head of cauliflower and the pound of chickpeas for a total of $10.58. My target this week is to keep it under $15.00 so I can bank another $10 in my Bulk Food Fund.

Total spent this month: $45.38!!

26 comments:

  1. Those polenta homefries look like my beloved Peanut Butter Puffins :-D

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  2. bah you! i spend too much on groceries and still never make anything that awesome looking :)

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  3. Wow, I love how you are still going so strong on this challenge, which actually seems to be pretty fun for you. All of your meals look great and thanks for so many fantastic ways to not only cook, but save money at the same time. Keep up the good work! Can't wait to see the website :)

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  4. Love the blog. Amazing what you can do with a bag of dried chickpeas.

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  5. The burgers look amazing! But then again, so does everyting else!

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  6. I love hummus!! And YUM POLENTA FRIES!! I always order them at Candle 79, but never attempted them at home. Chickpea of the sea burgers...brillant! I am checking out your new website right now, bravo!

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  7. Amazing what you can do with chickpeas. Your food looks so appetizing. Also what is a good raw book for starters?

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  8. so much good food! i love hummus...and that chickpea of the sea burger all put together would make me so hungry if i hadn't just ate! chickpeas are definitely my favorite legume!

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  9. AutumnTao6:44 PM

    On you website, please include an "Ask Melody" page... I often have Qs about substitutions and food prep. The pages looks great so far!

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  10. I love dried beans, too, because they are so cheap and make a ton!
    You always have such great ideas, and all of the meals you used the garbanzos with look delicious!

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  11. I love the mighty garbanzo bean. You've worked some extra special magic with it here.

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  12. I love the new website!!! I think it will be a great resource for lots of people.

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  13. The polenta homefries look delicious! I wish I could hire you to be my personal chef :D

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  14. ooooooohhhhh . . . I love polenta fries SO MUCH! Thanks for the reminder. :)

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  15. Wow, polenta homefries -- yum! Your photos are so colorful and inspiring.

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  16. totally going to check out the new site in just a bit! excitedface! aren't dried beans the best?!? dan and i started using them about a year ago and we just can't go back to canned! not only are they inexpensive, but they taste better, too! and i love the fact that you can simmer them in broth and seasonings for additional flavor. yum!

    your chickpea dishes all look so good! totally going to have to use some sriracha some time to make a spicy hummus. what a great idea! thanks for the chickpea salad recipe, too - it's such a pretty dish! your sammie looks amazing, and the wasabi slaw = wow! sooo yummy! i love me some wasabi goodness! those polenta fried look perfect - and the smoky stew does, too! that was super nice of your friend to get you some coffee & soymilk! gotta love that! :D

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  17. Love the blog and concept! the website looks great.

    Another easy money saving tip is to make your own vegetable broth out of scraps, odds, ends and peels. Whenever you are chopping vegetables for a meal save all the ends (excluding any badspots) into freezer bags and store until your bag is full then add the scraps to a pot of water with herbs and boil/simmer for a few hours and strain.

    Now you have homemade broth from things that would have otherwise become compost.

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  18. Polenta homefries! Sweet Jesus, that sounds delicious. And so does that wasabi slaw. I love how so many of your dishes are spicy!

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  19. Those chickpea burgers look amazing! And gluten free too?! Do you have a recipe you would be willing to share?

    Courtney

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  21. everything looks great. The site looks great too. I've been needing to tighten the budget lately so this is going to be an inspiration!

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  22. Polenta home fries? That's such a good idea.

    I always love looking at your pictures. Everything always looks so vibrant and delicious!

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  23. Would you be willing to share any of your recipes? I would love to try these at home.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations

    Cabbage Soup Diet

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