Two years ago, this involved giving up eating meat. These days, it has involved no longer buying certain products, and making my own alternatives. Not only do they taste better and have less fat and calories, but I feel so much better knowing that I'm not contributing to more landfill with packaging, and supporting producers of the raw ingredients. And, weirdly enough, the grocery bill has decreased significantly. Every week I go expecting it to be an extortionate amount, and it's usually about £10-£15 cheaper than I expect (and that it used to be, come to think of it!).
Over the past few months, I've started making my own bread, my own muesli, my own juice. Last weekend, I made my own hummous. My local supermarket is going to wonder now why their supplies aren't shifting with the usual speed anymore :) I'll never go back to store-bought now!
I got the basic recipe from my favourite food blog Ripe London, of course, and modified it to my own taste. I have a bit of a phobia of garlic breath, so only put 1 clove in rather than the 5-6 the original recipe called for!
Home Made Hummous
2 cans drained and rinsed chickpeas
1 clove garlic (you can add more if you want)
2 handfuls fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
7 tablespoons light tahini
the juice of a large lemon
2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
Soy milk, to thin out if necessary
salt to taste
It keeps in the fridge for nearly a week but tastes best as fresh as possible.