Sustainable Swaps: Ditch Shop-bought Dips, Sauces & Dressings

Popping into the supermarket? Unless you're lucky enough to live near a zero waste bulk food store the chances are you'll be seeing a whole lot of plastic on those shelves.

Apples - in a plastic bag.

Broccoli - wrapped in plastic.

Rice. In a plastic bag.

Hummus - in a plastic tub.

Anyway you get the picture. Going plastic free can be a bit of a challenge in a modern society especially if convenience is your middle name.

BUT every little helps right? (excuse the Tesco motto). Kick things off by setting yourself a few rules to help reduce not only your plastic consumption but any waste at all. Why not begin by choosing fruit and veg that isn't pre-packaged or have a go at making your own sauces, dips and dressings as opposed to buying them?

Take hummus for example if you haven't had a go at making your own yet, we're here to tell you a little secret. Homemade hummus is SO MUCH TASTIER, healthier and cheaper than your average shop bought variety and there's no non-recyclables in sight. You can even personalise the hummus to suit your tastebuds.

Like it with a little zing? Throw in some chili.

Are you a smooth, rich and creamy type? Up the tahini and oil content.

Want a hummus that'll make your salad pop? Blend in some vibrant beetroot.

Another positive... it'll take you all of about 5 minutes to make and everything in it is easy to source and all natural. The same goes for curry pastes, pesto's, dressings even nut butters - homemade is the bomb and packed full of WAY more flavour from mother nature not additives and artificials.

Sound good? Here's our fool-proof hummus recipe using a kitchen must have of ours: the SQ mini food processor. An absolute dreamboat of a food processors for hummus, peanut butter, pesto etc. it's perfect size makes it ideal to suss out portions and most importantly it's not a pain in the arse to clean after!

RECIPE:

Makes approx 8+ servings

5 mins (if that)

Ingredients:

1 x can of chickpeas

2 x garlic cloves, skins removed.

3 Tbsp olive oil (or your preferred oil)

1 Tbsp tahini paste

2 Tbsp lemon juice

3 Tbsp water

1/4 tsp sea salt

We added a little smoked paprika to ours but the beauty of making your own is you can experiment to your hearts desire. Throw in some jalapenos, roasted peppers, turmeric, Moroccan spices and beyond.

Method:

Ready for this?

Just. One. Step.

Throw everything in your food processor hit blend and keep going until your desired consistency.

Scoop the hummusy yum out and place in a bowl to serve or store in the fridge in an air tight container for up to a week.