Blueberry Cheesecake with Walnut Crust (wheat and refined sugar free) / Torta od sira sa borovnicama i tijestom od oraha (bez pšenice i rafiniranog šećera)

I love cheesecake in every possible shape and form and I love blueberries. Try and guess how I feel about this cake. 😀

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 medium sized cake / 7.14 EUR)

For the crust:

1 cup ground walnuts (1.33 EUR)

½ cup ground oats (0.10 EUR)

3 tbsp honey (0.40 EUR)

3 tbsp butter, melted (0.40 EUR)

For the cream cheese filling:

2 eggs, at room temperature (0.40 EUR)

500 grams cream cheese, softened at room temperature (2.00 EUR)

2 tbsp lemon juice (0.27 EUR)

4 tbsp honey (0.53 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

For the topping:

1 cup fresh blueberries (1.33 EUR)

2 tbsp honey (0.27 EUR)

Additional:

Butter for greasing the pan (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a springform round cake pan with butter and line with parchment paper. Set aside. Combine all crust ingredients and press the dough evenly into the bottom of prepared cake pan. I find the easiest way to do the combining is in the food processor, after I grind down walnuts and oats. Bake for 5 minutes, remove from the oven and immediately reduce temperature to 170°C.

Meanwhile, while the crust is baking, using a hand mixer beat all of the cheese filling ingredients for about 2-3 minutes, until creamy and even. Just be sure that both your cheese and your eggs are at room temperature when you start mixing. Pour the batter over hot crust and gently shake to even out. Sprinkle fresh blueberries on top, drizzle with honey and return to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, until the center is almost set. The filling will firm up more as it cools down.

Allow the cake to come to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours before serving.

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Obožavam čizkejk u svakom mogućem obliku i obožavam borovnice. Probajte zamisliti kako se osjećam u vezi ove torte. 😀

PRIPREMA:

(Za 1 srednje veliku tortu / 53,46kn)

Za koru:

1 šalica mljevenih oraha (10,00 kn)

½ šalice fino mljevenih zobenih pahuljica (0,75 kn)

3 žlice meda (3,00 kn)

3 žlice maslaca, rastopljene (3,00 kn)

Za kremu od sira:

2 jaja, na sobnoj temperaturi (3,00 kn)

500 grama svježeg sira, omekšanog na sobnoj temeperaturi (15,00 kn)

2 žlice soka od limuna (2,00 kn)

4 žlice meda (4,00 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Za posipanje:

1 šalica svježih borovnica (10,00 kn)

2 žlice meda (2,00 kn)

Dodatno:

Maslac za namastiti kalup (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Namastite okrugli kalup sa odvojivim dnom i obložite papirom za pečenje. Stavite na stranu. Pomiješajte sve sastojke za koru i utisnite u dno kalupa. Meni je najlakše sve ubaciti u multipraktik nakon što smeljem orahe i zobene pahuljice. Pecite 5 minuta, maknite iz pećnice i odmah smanjite temperaturu na 170°C.

U međuvremenu, dok se kora peče, 2-3 minute miksajte skupa sve sastojke za kremu od sira, dok sve ne bude jednolično. Samo pazite da su vam i jaja i sir na sobnoj temperaturi kada počnete sa miksanjem. Izlijte kremu na vruću koru i nježno prodrmajte kalup da se sve poravna. Raštrkajte svježe borovnice po kremi i pokapajte medom. Vratite kolač u pećnicu i pecite 30 minuta, dok sredina kolača ne bude poprilično čvrsta. Krema će se još stisnuti kako se bude hladila.

Pustite da se kolač ohladi na sobnu temperaturu, onda stavite u hladnjak na barem 3-4 sata prije posluživanja.

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Blueberry Cheesecake with Walnut Crust (wheat and refined sugar free) / Torta od sira sa borovnicama i tijestom od oraha (bez pšenice i rafiniranog šećera)

Crispy Spicy Oven Roasted Chicken Sticks / Hrskavi pikantni pileći štapići iz pećnice

These chicken sticks work awesome either as a snack, or as a full meal. They’re also a great crowd feeder and can be assembled beforehand right up to the point of brushing them with oil and roasting. The fact that you don’t have to deep fry them means that they’re a bit healthier and less fussy. Overall, I’m keeping a stack of them in my freezer for those days when all you need is some fried chicken in your life.

I served them with this creamy mushroom sauce from previous post and they were to die for.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields about 50 chicken sticks / 0.18 EUR per stick / 8.97 EUR for all)

For the chicken:

1 kilo boneless skinless chicken breast (5.33 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

For the egg batter:

3 eggs (0.60 EUR)

1 cup all-purpose flour (0.07 EUR)

¼ cup water (–)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

For the crumb batter:

2 cups breadcrumbs (0.40 EUR)

1 cup finely grated hard cheese, like Grana Padano (1.33 EUR)

½ cup sesame seeds (0.33 EUR)

1 tsp smoked paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp cumin seeds (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp garlic powder (0.07 EUR)

½ tsp dried chili flakes (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

4 tbsp butter, melted (0.53 EUR)

For roasting:

¼ cup sunflower seed oil (0.08 EUR)

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METHOD:

Cut chicken breast into thin strips, toss with salt and set aside. Prepare the egg batter by whisking together all of the ingredients until thick and smooth. Make the crumb batter in a separate bowl by stirring together breadcrumbs, cheese, sesame seeds, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, chili flakes, salt and black pepper. Pour melted butter over the mixture and massage it into the crumbs with your fingers. The finished product should feel like damp sand.

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Prepare a few baking trays by lining them with parchment paper. You can also bake chicken on a wire rack, but I find the baking tray easier to clean up and the chicken turns out just as crispy. To assemble chicken sticks, first coat each chicken piece with an egg batter, then toss in the crumb batter. Spread chicken pieces on a prepared baking tray. At this point you can also freeze the chicken for later. Just place the tray in a freezer and after 2-3 hours transfer chicken pieces to a zip lock bag. There’s no need to thaw the chicken before roasting, just brush the sticks with a bit of oil and toss into the oven.

When you are gonna roast the chicken, brush each peace lightly with oil on all sides. Roast for 25 minutes, until crispy and golden-brown. Serve warm with a sauce of your choice for dipping. Also, invite some friends over because these are so addictive you’re otherwise going to polish them all off by yourself.

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Ovi pileći štapići su fantastični snack ili kompletni obrok. Također su super za nahraniti gomilu ljudi i možete ih pripremiti unaprijed, skroz do točke kada ćete ih premazati uljem i baciti u pećnicu. Činjenica što ih ne morate peći na štednjaku u dubokom ulju znači da su malo zdraviji i malo manje prtljavi. U svakom slučaju, u frizeru čuvam zalihu za one dane kada vam u životu stvarno trebaju pileći pohanci.

Ja sam ih poslužila sa ovim kremastim umakom od gljiva iz prošlog posta i bili su božanstveni.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 50tak pilećih štapića / 1,34 kn po štapiću / 67,13 kn za sve)

Za meso:

1 kg pilećeg filea (40,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

Za smjesu od jaja:

3 jaja (4,50 kn)

1 šalica glatkog brašna (0,50 kn)

¼ šalice vode (–)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,10 kn)

Za smjesu od krušnih mrvica:

2 šalice krušnih mrvica (3,00 kn)

1 šalica fino naribanog tvrdog sira, kao Grana Padano (10,00 kn)

½ šalice sjemenki sezama (2,50 kn)

1 žličica dimljene crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica kima (0,50 kn)

1 žličica češnjaka u prahu (0,50 kn)

½ žličice sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,25 kn)

½ žličice soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

4 žlice maslaca, rastopljene (4,00 kn)

Za pečenje:

¼ šalice suncokretovog ulja (0,60 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Narežite pileća prsa na tanke trakice, posolite i stavite na stranu. Pripremite smjesu od jaja tako da skupa razmutite sve sastojke u gusto i glatko tijesto. Smjesu od mrvica napravite u drugoj posudi tako da pomiješate krušne mrvice, sir, sezam, papriku, kim, češnjak, čili, sol i papar. Prelijte preko svega rastopljeni maslac i prstima umasirajte u smjesu. Konačna smjesa trebala bi sličiti vlažnom pijesku.

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Pripremite par protvana tako da ih obložite papirom za pečenje. Također možete peći štapiće i na rešetci, ali meni je protvan lakši za očistiti, a piletina ispadne jednako hrskava. Da pripremite štapiće, umočite komadiće mesa prvo u smjesu jaja, onda u krušne mrvice. Štapiće raširite po pripremljenom protvanu. U ovoj fazi možete piletinu i smrznuti za kasnije. Samo stavite cijeli protvan u zamrzivač, a nakon 2-3 sata preselite meso u vrećicu za smrzavanje. Prije pečenja štapiće ne treba odmrzavati, samo ih premažite sa malo ulja i ubacite u pećnicu.

Kada ćete peći meso, lagano premažite svaki pileći štapić sa malo ulja sa svih strana. Pecite 25 minuta, dok se meso ne zahrska i ne bude zlatno-smeđe. Poslužite toplo sa umakom po izboru za umakanje. Osim toga, pozovite prijatelje da vam pomognu jesti, jer su ovim štapići tako fini da ćete ih inače sami smazati.

Crispy Spicy Oven Roasted Chicken Sticks / Hrskavi pikantni pileći štapići iz pećnice

Creamy Mushroom Sauce / Kremasti umak od gljiva

I’m not gonna lie to you, this mushroom sauce isn’t something you should be eating while dieting. It’s super rich and tasty, but has enough fat in it to clog up any artery. However, for special occasions it’s an absolute must. Also, a few tablespoons will go a long way, so don’t be appalled by the amounts of butter and crème fraîche.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.97 EUR per serving / 3.87 EUR for all)

3 tbsp olive oil (0.13 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

500 grams Portobello mushrooms (2.00 EUR)

4 tbsp butter (0.53 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

1 cup crème fraîche (0.80 EUR)

1 tbsp chopped fresh chives (0.27 EUR)

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METHOD:

Peel and finely dice the onion. Wash and thinly slice the mushrooms. Sauté diced onion on olive oil on high heat for about 10 minutes, until slightly caramelized. Throw in sliced mushrooms and butter, season with salt and pepper, and give a good stir. Cook the mushrooms for 15-20 minutes, until all of the water evaporates and mushrooms start browning and slightly crisping up. Reduce the heat to low and add in crème fraîche. Stir well to incorporate and add in a splash of water if necessary. Cook briefly, just to heat through, but don’t allow it to start boiling because the fats will start separating. Serve immediately over meat, potatoes or rice, sprinkled with fresh chives.

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Neću vam lagati – ovaj umak nije nešto što bi ste trebali jesti dok ste na dijeti. Jako je bogat i ukusan, ali ima dovoljno masnoća da začepi bilo koju arteriju. Međutim, za neku specijalnu priliku je apsolutno obavezan. Osim toga, par žlica će biti i više nego dovoljno, pa se nemojte frapirati količinom maslaca i milerama.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 7,25 kn po porciji / 29,00 kn za sve)

3 žlice maslinovog ulja (0.99 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

500 g šampinjona (15,00 kn)

4 žlice maslaca (4,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

1 šalica milerama (6,00 kn)

1 žlica svježeg nasjeckanog vlasca (2,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Ogulite i fino nasjeckajte luk. Operite i narežite gljive na tanke listiće. Na jakoj vatri desetak minuta dinstajte luk na maslinovom ulju, dok se lagano ne karamelizira. Ubacite gljive i maslac, začinite solju i paprom, te dobro promiješajte. Kuhajte gljive 15-20 minuta, dok sva voda ne ispari, a gljive se lagano ne zahrskaju. Skroz smanjite vatru i dodajte mileram. Dobro promiješajte da se sve sjedini, a po potrebi razrijedite sa mrvicom vode. Kratko kuhajte, samo da se umak ugrije, ali pazite da ne zavrije jer će se masnoće početi razdvajati. Odmah poslužite preko mesa, krumpira ili riže, posipano sa svježim vlascem.

Creamy Mushroom Sauce / Kremasti umak od gljiva

Open-Faced Grilled Cheese on Thick Buttermilk Pancake / Topli sendviči na debeloj palačinki od kiselog mlijeka

The other day while browsing our fridge I concluded that we had a whole bunch of odds and ends which needed to be utilized and eaten as soon as possible. That usually happens when I don’t plan for the meals but instead succumb to cravings for let’s say cheese or buttermilk or cake. However, cake is rarely a leftover in our house so luckily you don’t have to bake one to assemble this sandwich. 🙂

This recipe is fairly liberal and you can substitute buttermilk for yogurt, sour cream or even milk. The toppings are also totally optional and throwing a grilled veggie or two would work out more than fine. As would some crispy bacon.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 sandwiches / 0.90 EUR per sandwich / 1.80 EUR for all)

For the batter:

1 egg (0.20 EUR)

1 cup buttermilk (0.40 EUR)

½ tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

¼ tsp baking soda (0.01 EUR)

1 cup all-purpose flour (0.07 EUR)

For sandwich topping:

6 slices of cheese (0.53 EUR)

4 slices of ham (0.53 EUR)

Additional:

4 tsp sunflower oil for cooking (0.05 EUR)

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METHOD:

Make the batter by whisking together egg, buttermilk and salt. Add in baking soda and flour and whisk until fully incorporated and no lumps remain. The batter should be quite thick.  Cover with cling foil and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

When ready to cook, preheat cast iron skillet on medium heat. Add in two tablespoons of sunflower oil and half of the batter. Flatten the batter with a spatula and cook until the top is set, for about five minutes. Flip the pancake over and finish off on the other side, for about two minutes. Keep the pancake warm and repeat the process to use up the remaining batter.

To assemble the sandwiches, place two slices of cheese on each pancake, top with two slices of ham and then cover the ham with remaining slice of cheese. Put sandwiches under a broiler for just a minute or two until the cheese melts. Serve immediately.

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Dok sam neki dan kopala po frižideru ustanovila sam da imamo cijelu gomilu nekakvih ostataka koje treba iskoristiti i čim prije pojesti. To mi se obično desi kada ne isplaniram točno unaprijed što ću skuhati, već me ulovi želja za raznoraznim stvarima, kao što su sir, ili kiselo mlijeko, ili torta. Međutim, torta je rijetko kada ostatak u našem kućanstvu, pa ne morati prethodno ispeći jednu da bi ste si složili ovaj sendvič. 🙂

Ovaj recept je otvoren za razne modifikacije pa slobodno možete zamijeniti kiselo mlijeko s jogurtom, kiselim vrhnjem ili mlijekom. Fila za sendvič je također prilagodljiva vašem ukusu, a bez problema možete dodati i neko povrće sa žara. Ili hrskavi špek.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 sendviča / 6,71 kn po sendviču / 13,42 kn za sve)

Za tijesto:

1 jaje (1,50 kn)

1 šalica kiselog mlijeka (3,00 kn)

½ žličice soli (0,01 kn)

¼ žličice sode bikarbone (0,01 kn)

1 šalica glatkog brašna (0,50  kn)

Za sendvič:

6 šnita sira (4,00 kn)

4 šnite šunke (4,00 kn)

Dodatno:

4 žlice suncokretovog ulja za pečenje (0,40 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Napravite smjesu tako da skupa umutite jaje, kiselo mlijeko i sol. Dodajte sodu bikarbonu i brašno i dobro sve promiješajte dok ne dobijete glatko, gusto tijesto bez grudica. Pokrijte zdjelu prijanjajućom folijom i stavite u hladnjak na 30 minuta.

Kada ste spremni za pečenje, zagrijte tavicu od lijevanog željeza na srednjoj vatri. Dodajte dvije žlice suncokretovog ulja i pola smjese. Špatulom poravnajte smjesu i pecite dok se gornja strana ne stisne, oko pet minuta. Okrenite palačinku i zapecite za druge strane, još oko dvije minute. Držite palačinku na toplom i ponovite sa ostatkom smjese.

Složite sendviče tako da na svaku palačinku stavite po dvije šnite sira, pokrijte sa po dvije šnite šunke i za kraj poklopite šunku sa još po šnitom sira. Stavite sendviče na koju minutu odmah ispod grijača na pećnici upaljenog na najjače, tek toliko da se sir rastopi. Poslužite odmah.

Open-Faced Grilled Cheese on Thick Buttermilk Pancake / Topli sendviči na debeloj palačinki od kiselog mlijeka

Homemade Power Bars (vegan) / Domaće energetske pločice (veganske)

In August we ventured for an epic trek through the mountain range of southern Velebit. The nature was truly magnificent and in three days we met altogether about 15 people. The downside of such remoteness is that we had to carry absolutely everything in our backpacks, including all of the food. This is where these power bars come in. They are dense in nutrients, tasty and very compact, which means they took up only a small fraction of valuable backpack space. They also came out way cheaper than any store-bought power bars would and were therefore an absolute win.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 18 bars / 0.37 EUR per bar / 6.67 EUR for all)

500 grams of old-fashioned oats (0.80 EUR)

2 cups ground walnuts (2.00 EUR)

2 cups raisins (0.80 EUR)

1 tsp ground cinnamon (0.07 EUR)

½ tsp ground nutmeg (0.03 EUR)

6 bananas (1.60 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

¼ cup coconut oil (0.67 EUR)

¼ cup honey (0.67 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat oven to 150°C. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together oats, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg. Throw peeled bananas in a food processor and pulse until creamy. Pour banana cream, vanilla, coconut oil and honey over dry mixture and stir until everything is fully combined. The mixture is gonna be a pretty thick, so this will require some elbow grease.

Dump the mixture on a prepared baking tray and completely flatten and even out with a spatula. Make sure that it’s evenly thick in all places so it doesn’t burn. Especially pay attention to the edges and even them out as much as possible. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until darkened and crispy on top. As soon as you remove the tray from the oven, cut out the bars. Allow them to sit on the tray undisturbed to cool down completely, before storing for later. The bars will firm up as they cool. They will hold refrigerated in an airtight container for a month and will keep at room temperature for at least five days.

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U kolovozu smo otišli na epsko planinarenje kroz južni Velebit. Priroda je bila doista veličanstvena, a u tri smo dana sreli sveukupno niti 15 ljudi. Loša strana takve izolacije je da smo morali apsolutno sve nositi sa sobom u ruksacima, uključujući i svu hranu. A tu na scenu stupaju ove energetske pločice. Napucane su vrijednim nutrijentima, ukusne i jako kompaktne, pa zauzimaju minimum vrijednog prostora u ruksaku. Također su nas izašle puno jeftinije nego da smo energetske pločice išli kupovati, pa su stoga bile apsolutni uspjeh.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 18 pločica / 2,78 kn po pločici / 49,95 kn za sve)

500 grama krupnih zobenih pahuljica (6,00 kn)

2 šalice mljevenih oraha (15,00 kn)

2 šalice grožđica (6,00 kn)

1 žličica cimeta (0,50 kn)

½ žličice muškatnog oraščića (0,25 kn)

6 banana (12,00 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

¼ šalice kokosovog ulja (5,00 kn)

¼ šalice meda (5,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 150°C. Obložite veliki protvan papirom za pečenje i stavite na stranu. U velikoj zdjeli pomiješajte zobene pahuljice, orahe, grožđice, cimet i muškatni oraščić. Ubacite oguljene banane u multipraktik i pulsirajte dok ne postanu kremaste. Prelijte kremu od banana, vaniliju, kokosovo ulje i med preko suhe smjese i promiješajte dok se sve u potpunosti ne sjedini. Smjesa će biti poprilično gusta pa ćete morati malo uprijeti.

Iskrenite smjesu na pripremljeni protvan i skroz špatulom skroz poravnajte. Obratite pozornost na to da je sve jednake debljine kako vam ne bi zagorilo. Posebno pripazite na rubove i poravnajte ih koliko je god moguće. Pecite 1 sat i 15 minuta, dok sve ne potamni i ne zahruska se. Čim maknete protvan iz pećnice izrežite pločice. Pustite da sve odmara u protvanu dok se skroz ne ohladi, a prije nego što ćete pločice spakirati za kasnije. Pločice će se još dodatno stvrdnuti kako se budu hladile. Hermetički zatvorene pločice će držati u hladnjaku mjesec dana, a na sobnoj temperaturi barem pet dana.

Homemade Power Bars (vegan) / Domaće energetske pločice (veganske)

Lentil and Potato Stew (vegan) / Varivo od leće i krumpira (vegansko)

Whenever I don’t know what to quickly whip up for lunch, 90% of the time it’s lentils with whatever else I have lying around the fridge. I probably eat lentils at least 2-3 times a week. But I’m totally okay with this, as they are super cheap, tasty and nutritious.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.58 EUR per serving / 2.31 EUR for all)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

1 can of peeled tomatoes (0.67 EUR)

1 cup green lentils (0.40 EUR)

4 medium potatoes (0.40 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

Pinch of dried chili flakes (0.02 EUR)

1 tbsp dried basil (0.13 EUR)

1 tbsp dried oregano (0.13 EUR)

2 tbsp dried parsley (0.13 EUR)

3 cups water (–)

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METHOD:

Wash, peel and chop up the veggies. Rinse the lentils in a colander under running water. In a big pot, saute onion on olive oil on high heat for about five minutes, until slightly translucent. Throw in chopped garlic and stir briefly until fragrant. Dump in canned tomatoes and break them down with a spatula. Cook for about five minutes, then add in the remaining ingredients. Give a good stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils and potatoes are thoroughly cooked through. Serve warm.

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U 90% slučajeva kada nemam inspiracije što bi mogla na brzinu skuhati za ručak, napravim leću u kombinaciji sa onime što mi se već taj dan povlači po frižideru. Tako da leću vjerovatno jedem barem 2-3 puta tjedno. Ali to mi je i skroz super, jer je leća jeftina, fina i zasitna.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 4,33 kn po porciji / 17,32 kn za sve)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (1,00 kn)

1 konzerva pelata (5,00 kn)

1 šalica zelene leće (3,00 kn)

4 srednja krumpira (3,00 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

Prstohvat sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,15 kn)

1 žlica sušenog bosiljka (1,00 kn)

1 žlica sušenog origana (1,00 kn)

2 žlice sušenog peršina (1,00 kn)

3 šalice vode (–)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i nasjeckajte svo povrće. Isperite leću u cjediljci pod mlazom vode. U velikom loncu, na jakoj vatri, dinstajte luk na ulju oko pet minuta, dok ne postane staklast. Ubacite nasjeckani češnjak i kratko promiješajte da zamiriši. Ubacite pelate i špatulom ih razlomite na manje komade. Kuhajte oko pet minuta, a onda dodajte i sve ostale sastojke. Dobro promiješajte i pustite da zavrije. Smanjite vatru i krčkajte oko 20 minuta, dok se leća i krumpiri do kraja ne skuhaju. Poslužite toplo.

Lentil and Potato Stew (vegan) / Varivo od leće i krumpira (vegansko)

Beetroot and Walnut Chocolate Cake with Crème Fraîche Frosting (wheat and refined sugar free) / Čokoladna torta od cikle i oraha sa mileram glazurom (bez pšenice i rafiniranog šećera)

Last year I first tried making a beetroot chocolate cake and it was a huge success. It’s worth making just to see the faces of people when you tell them they are eating a beetroot, as it simply tastes like chocolate. The beets are well camouflaged and only give out a subtle earthy aroma. I wanted to make this cake even healthier so I tweaked the original recipe and kicked out wheat flour and refined sugar. I also dumped in more beetroot. So this cake is actually a baked huge smoothie.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 medium sized cake / 6.22 EUR)

For the dough:

3 large (about 500 grams total) cooked and peeled beetroots (1.20 EUR)

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

5 tbsp honey (0.67 EUR)

4 tbsp butter, melted (0.53 EUR)

2 tbsp raw cocoa powder (0.13 EUR)

1 cup ground walnuts (1.33 EUR)

2 cups finely ground oats (0.40 EUR)

½ tsp baking powder (0.01 EUR)

¼ tsp baking soda (0.01 EUR)

Pinch of salt  (0.01 EUR)

For the crème fraîche frosting:

1 cup crème fraiche (1.00 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

3 tbsp honey (0.40 EUR)

Additional:

Butter for greasing the pan (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease a cake pan and line with parchment paper. Set aside. Add cooked and peeled beets to food processor and pulse until creamy. Reserve a teaspoon of beet puree for frosting. Add eggs, vanilla and honey to remaining beets in the food processor and pulse until smooth. Dump in melted butter and cocoa powder, then pulse again to fully incorporate.

In a bowl, whisk together ground walnuts, ground oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour the beet mixture over dry ingredients and stir to combine. You can also taste the batter to see if it needs more sweetness. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and gently shake to even out. Bake for 30 minutes.

While the dough is baking, prepare the frosting by combining crème fraîche, vanilla, honey and reserved tablespoon of beet puree. As soon as the beet dough is baked, pour frosting on top and even out. Turn off the oven and return the frosted cake to it for another 5 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to come to room temperature before refrigerating for a few hours before serving.

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Prošle sam godine prvi puta napravila čokoladni kolač sa ciklom koji je bio veliki hit. Isplati ga se napraviti samo da vidite izraze na licima ljudi kada im kažete da jedu ciklu. Obzirom da je cikla dobro zakamuflirana u kolaču, osjeti se samo njena blaga zemljana aroma. Htjela sam da ovaj kolač bude još zdraviji od onog prije, pa sam izbacila pšenično brašno i rafinirani šećer. Također sam dodala i još više cikle. Tako da je ovaj kolač zapravo jedan ogroman pečeni smoothie.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 srednje veliki kolač / 46,47 kn)

Za tijesto:

3 velike (oko 500 grama ukupno) kuhane i oguljene cikle (9,00 kn)

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

5 žlica meda (5,00 kn)

4 žlice maslaca, rastopljene (4,00 kn)

2 žlice sirovog kakao praha (1,00 kn)

1 šalica mljevenih oraha (10,00 kn)

2 šalice fino mljevenih zobenih pahuljica (3,00 kn)

½ žličice praška za pecivo (0,05 kn)

¼ žličice sode bikarbone (0,01 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Za mileram glazuru:

1 šalica milerama (7,50 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

3 žlice meda (3,00 kn)

Dodatno:

Maslac za namastiti kalup (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Namastite kalup i obložite papirom za pečenje, pa stavite na stranu. Stavite kuhane i oguljene cikle u multipraktik i pulsirajte da budu kremaste. Žličicu pirea od cikle sačuvajte sa strane za glazuru. U preostalu ciklu u multipraktiku dodajte jaja, vaniliju i med, pa pulsirajte dok se ne sjedini. Na kraju ubacite i rastopljeni maslac i kakao prah, pa još jednom propulsirajte.

U zdjeli pomiješajte mljevene orahe, mljevene zobene pahuljice, prašak za pecivo, sodu bikarbonu i sol. Preko toga prelijte smjesu cikle i miješajte dok se sve ne sjedini. Možete slobodno i probati smjesu pa vidjeti ako treba dodati još meda. Preselite smjesu u pripremljen kalup i nježno protresite da se ujednači. Pecite 30 minuta.

Dok se tijesto peče napravite glazuru tako da pomiješate mileram, vaniliju, med i žličicu cikle koju ste sačuvali. Čim je tijesto pečeno prelijte preko svega glazuru i poravnajte. Isključite pečnicu, ali vratite kolač sa glazurom u još vruću pećnicu na 5 minuta. Izvadite kolač iz pečnice i pustite da se ohladi na sobnu temperaturu, prije nego ga stavite u hladnjak. Pustite kolač u hladnjaku da odstoji nekoliko sati prije posluživanja.

Beetroot and Walnut Chocolate Cake with Crème Fraîche Frosting (wheat and refined sugar free) / Čokoladna torta od cikle i oraha sa mileram glazurom (bez pšenice i rafiniranog šećera)