Creamy Basil Mint Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 mango, diced, frozen

1-2 bananas, diced, frozen

1/2 avocado

1 Medjool date, pitted

1-2 C Spinach

about 1/2 C (or two very large leaves) kale

4-6 basil leaves (I use Thai basil because that’s what I have in my garden)

about 1 Tbsp. fresh peppermint

1 C water for blending

Directions:

Although this smoothie is fun layered, I really recommend blending everything together to fully enjoy how each of the ingredients compliment one another.  Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Garlic Basil Hummus

Something that often deters me from cooking certain dishes is the initial investment that goes into purchasing the ingredients for it.  Hummus, for instance, is quite a bit cheaper to make on your own at home, but the initial investment of buying the tahini (which, when not on sale, costs around $7-8 for a jar of organic) and chickpeas ($1.50/can of organic when not on sale) sometimes discourages me from buying the ingredients to make it.  $15 may not seem like a lot, but it is when you are only buying two ingredients for a dish that is not a main course, so I found a way to offset the initial investment of these ingredients, and although it may seem pretty obvious, it takes some planning.  SHOP SALES!  The other day, I was at the grocery store and noticed that organic chickpeas were on sale for $1/can, so I immediately scooped up three, having purchased tahini days earlier (which I did not get on sale, but which does drop down to $5 or so when it is on sale, so grab a few if you see them on sale!), and itching to make a batch of fresh hummus.  Buying ingredients on sale in bulk is an extremely good way to save money when you are trying to shop organic/non-GMO on a budget, as the items do not usually go on sale often (every few months, in many stores). For instance, by buying these three cans of chickpeas on sale rather than at full-price, I saved $1.50, ultimately getting the third can for free!  Now for that tahini to go on sale…

**A 16 oz. can of tahini has enough tahini to make three batches of this recipe of hummus, which is also why I bought three cans of chickpeas in particular.  Having spent $7 on the tahini and $3 on the chickpeas, and since the basil is grown in my own garden, and I already had the other staple ingredients on hand, three batches of this hummus, yielding 2C each (6C total), costs about $3.33/batch, which is a considerable deal for organic hummus!**

Ingredients:

1/3 C Tahini

1/2 C water

1/4 C lemon juice (or lime if you prefer)

5 cloves garlic

2 tsp. Himalayan salt

2-3 Tbsp. chopped basil (or about 15-20 whole leaves)

1 Tbsp. olive oil

2 C canned, drained chickpeas (or cooked and drained)

Directions:

Put ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.  Enjoy!

+Things to eat your hummus with: raw or cooked veggies, rice, pita chips, na’an, crackers… the possibilities are endless!