I really enjoy Mediterranean food! I feel very healthy for the most part when I finish a meal based on Mediterranean ingredients. The exception is the American gyro which has a pretty mutilated form of a lamb. In any case, I tend to visit my local Greek store in my workplace just about every day. And every day, I buy the same thing – chickpea salad. Then it finally dawned on me, dummy makes your own!
So that’s what I did. I know most of you are thinking, “that’s not a real revelation” and “you didn’t think to do this sooner?” Well, I’m not perfect. But I did get my chickpeas at Costco and paid a measly $3 for an extra large can of chickpeas that I can use for the salad and for hummus. A package of small cans for about 1/3 the number of chickpeas was twice that cost!
My recipe is pretty much eyeballed. About 1 cup of chickpeas, half a diced red bell pepper, half a cup of crumbled feta cheese, and equal parts lemon juice and olive oil (about 2 tablespoons each). Then just salt and pepper to taste. The most important part of the process is to let it sit for at least 3 hours in the fridge before eating. That time really causes everything to come together.
I will still visit my Greek store for times when the cupboard is empty. But, as long as I have chickpeas I’ll keep making them for about 80% less of the cost they charge!
The cooking music for today comes from Miroslav Tadic. It’ll put you in the Mediterranean mood for sure!