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For the sake of convenience, I usually make this using the organic chicken breast tenders from Trader Joe’s that costs $7.49 per pound, but if preferred, someone can use boneless skinless thighs (usually less expensive) and pound thin and cut into strips. An easy way to save money on yogurt is to buy the 32-ounce containers of plain, since it tends to cost less when you do the math than if you were to buy individual cups.
So often, we think of hummus & pita or hummus with baby carrots, but there are a bunch of other ways to enjoy it.
Lately, I’ve been really digging hummus as a marinade. The first time I made this, I couldn’t believe I’d never tried it before. It’s already become one of my “in the vault” recipes. Aside from being delicious, it’s also packed with protein and happens to be gluten-free. Enjoy with your favorite veggies and (yes) pita, or pair with a simple salad for a satisfying meal that cooks up quickly.
Total recipe cost (4 servings): $9.20
Cost per serving: $2.30
Jessica Cording, M.S., R.D., CDN, is a registered dietitian, nutrition consultant, and writer with a passion for helping others experience a happier, calmer life and a balanced relationship with food. Through her writing, consulting, public speaking, and counseling, she works with individuals, corporations, health care companies, food and lifestyle brands, and the media to help make drama-free healthy living approachable and enjoyable. Connect with Jessica on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.