Guest Post: 4 Easy-to-Make Foods That Taste Better Homemade

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Thanks to Becky Wilcox for guest posting for me today! Read on to learn more about making Mediterranean cuisine at home for far less than you would spend at a restaurant!

Several weeks ago, my husband and I went out to a delicious Mediterranean restaurant for a romantic evening. He ordered eggplant Parmesan, I got a massive Greek salad, and the two of us split a bottle of Italian wine. It was all quite good. But before the entrees even came out, we got an appetizer platter of pita and hummus. I hadn’t had hummus in a long time, and I soon found myself scraping the bottom of the bowl, trying to get every last bit. I left the restaurant with a new found hummus craving.

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To satisfy that craving, I headed over to the local grocery store the very next day and bought myself a container of hummus. I won’t call out the specific brand, but suffice to say the hummus was not enjoyable when I tried it upon my return home. It was dry, salty, and unappealing. The next week I tried again, and bought a different brand. But the end result was, unfortunately, unchanged.

My hummus adventures got me thinking: why can’t I just make this stuff myself? It didn’t seem too hard to do, after all, and I was convinced that I could one-up the store brands. And guess what – I was right.

Over the next week, I compiled a list of items that are easy to make and are better to make at home. Hummus is, of course, included. Here’s the list:

Tzatziki Sauce
Ingredients: yogurt, cucumbers, lots of garlic.

Directions: Grate the cucumber into a bowl. Add yogurt. Then, add several cloves of fresh garlic. Continue adding garlic until you’ve reached the desired taste.

Hummus:

Ingredients: chick peas, yogurt, cumin, salt, lemon.

Directions: User a blender to liquefy the chick peas. Then mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. It’s often best to add the lemon at the end, just to insure the proper consistency.

Pesto

Ingredients: bag of spinach (can be frozen), a wedge of grated cheese (Parmesan or sharp cheddar), walnuts, olive oil.

Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a blender.

Pizza

Ingredients: bag of dough (the dough from Trader Joe’s is probably best), flour, olive oil, pizza sauce (any cheap brand works well), cheese (cheddar or mozzarella), and any other desired toppings (mushrooms, tomatoes, olives, prosciutto, etc.).

Directions: Sprinkle flour across a pizza stone or a baking sheet and the spread dough on top. Then, cover the dough with layers of olive oil, sauce, toppings, and then cheese. Bake at 375 degrees until the crust and the cheese look golden brown.

These are the four items I’ve come up with thus far, but I’m sure there are many more delicious and cheap recipes out there. By making hummus, pesto, tzatziki, and pizza at home, I can ensure a constant supply of snack and dinner options – all of which are appealing and won’t break your bank.

 

Comments

  1. Diane, I agree that those are definitely better homemade!!!
  2. I LOVE homemade pizza! One of my friends made her own hummus a few years back and it was quite tasty!

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