Creamy Pea and Edamame Stew (including a vegan option) / Kremasto varivo od graška i boba (uključujući i vegansku opciju)

This stew is a clean-up-your-fridge type of dish, which means you can basically chug in anything your heart desires. I had various leftovers floating around, so this is what I came up with. There’s also a tiny bit of pancetta in there as well, but if you’re vegetarian or vegan, feel free to just use smoked tofu instead.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings / 0.60 EUR per serving / 3.60 EUR for all)

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

3 carrots (0.30 EUR)

Small piece of pancetta (0.67 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.07 EUR)

Good pinch of dried red pepper flakes (0.02 EUR)

1 tsp garlic powder (0.07 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp dried basil (0.07 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.03 EUR)

4 tbsp all-purpose flour (0.03 EUR)

6 cups veggie broth (0.40 EUR)

3 potatoes (0.20 EUR)

1 cup frozen peas (0.20 EUR)

1 cup frozen edamame beans (0.80 EUR)

1 tbsp tomato paste (0.13 EUR)

2 tbsp dried parsley (0.27 EUR)

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METHOD:

Wash, peel and finely dice all of the veggies and pancetta. Place deep pot on high heat and add in oil, onion, garlic and carrots. Saute for a few minutes, until veggies slightly soften up. Add in diced pancetta and cook for a few minutes to slightly crisp up before adding in salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, Hungarian paprika, basil and bay leaf. Cook for a minute, just so the spices become fragrant.

Stir in flour then add about one to two cups of broth. Stir vigorously, so all the flour dissolves in broth and there are no clumps. If needed, add in a bit more broth to thin out the mixture. Then turn the heat down to medium and allow this mix to simmer for about ten minutes, while stirring frequently. After about ten minutes, gradually stir in the remaining broth. Add in diced potatoes, peas, edamame beans, tomato paste and parsley.

Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce heat and simmer with a lid cracked open for 30 minutes. Be sure to give an occasional good stir, so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot. Serve warm or portion out for later, as this stew reheats great.

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Ovo varivo je onaj tip jela koji skuhate kada trebate počistiti hladnjak i špajzu, jer unutra bez problema možete utrpati svakakve ostatke. Osim raznog povrća, ja sam imala i mali komadićak pancete, pa sam i nju odlučila iskoristiti. Ako ste vi vegetarijanac ili vegan, slobodno umjesto pancete upotrijebite dimljeni tofu.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija / 4,46 kn po porciji / 26,76 kn za sve)

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (1,00 kn)

3 mrkve (2,25 kn)

Mali komadić pancete (5,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,50 kn)

Dobar prstohvat sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,15 kn)

1 žličica češnjaka u prahu (0,50 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica sušenog bosiljka (0,50 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,20 kn)

4 žlice glatkog brašna (0,20 kn)

6 šalica povrtnog temeljca (3,00 kn)

3 krumpira (1,50 kn)

1 šalica smrznutog graška (1,50 kn)

1 šalica smrznutog boba (6,00 kn)

1 žlica koncentrata od rajčice (1,00 kn)

2 žlice sušenog peršina (2,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i fino nasjeckajte svo povrće i pancetu. Stavite veliki lonac na jaku vatru i dodajte ulje, luk, češnjak i mrkve. Dinstajte nekoliko minuta da sve malo omekša. Ubacite sjeckanu pancetu, pa i nju kuhajte da se malo zahrska prije nego dodate sol, papar, čili, češnjak u prahu, papriku, bosiljak i lovor. Kuhajte minutu da začini zamiriše.

Umiješajte brašno, pa dodajte jednu do dvije šalice temeljca. Sve jako dobro promiješajte da se brašno skroz rastopi u temeljcu i ne bude grudica. Po potrebi razrijedite sa još malo temeljca, te smanjite vatru i uz učestalo miješanje krčkajte desetak minuta. Nakon kojih deset minuta postepeno umiješajte preostali temeljac. Dodajte krumpire, grašak, bob, koncentrat rajčice i peršin.

Pustite da varivo zavrije, smanjite vatru, te kuhajte sa odškrinutim poklopcem 30-tak minuta. S vremena na vrijeme sve dobro promiješajte kako se ništa ne bi uhvatilo za dno lonca. Poslužite odmah toplo, ili rasporedite u porcije za kasnije, s obzirom da se ovo varivo super podgrijava.

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Creamy Pea and Edamame Stew (including a vegan option) / Kremasto varivo od graška i boba (uključujući i vegansku opciju)

Lentil and Bean Stew (vegan) / Varivo od leće i graha (vegansko)

This type of lentil stew is my go-to recipe when I want to make a quick and easy meal. I may add in whatever else I have lying around the fridge, but the base of it are always onions, garlic, lentils and canned tomatoes. This time around I had a can of beans in tomato sauce and the final stew is probably my all-time favorite.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4generous servings / 0.63EUR per serving / 2.52 EUR for all)

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

1 onion (0.10 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

1 can of diced tomatoes (0.53 EUR)

1 can of beans in tomato sauce (0.53 EUR)

1 cup red lentils (0.67 EUR)

1 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp smoked paprika (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp garlic powder (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp dried red pepper flakes (0.03 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

1 tsp dried oregano (0.07 EUR)

1 tbsp dried parsley (0.07 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.03 EUR)

3 cups veggie broth (0.20 EUR)

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METHOD:

Peel, wash and chop up the onion and garlic.Rinse the lentils in a colander under running water. Add oil, onion and garlic to a pot on high heat and saute for a few minutes until slightly translucent. Throw in diced tomatoes, beans, lentils, Hungarian and smoked paprika, garlic powder, red pepper, salt, black pepper, oregano, parsley, bay leaf and veggie broth. Mix well and bring to a rolling boil.

Once the stew is boiling, reduce heat and simmer with a lid cracked open for about 40 minutes. Stir occasionally and add in a splash of water if needed. Serve warm or portion out for later, as this dish also reheats wonderfully.

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Ovakav tip variva me uvijek spašava kada trebam na brzinu smutiti nekakav jednostavan obrok. Unutra obično ubacim i štogod mi se već povlači po frižideru, ali baza su uvijek luk, češnjak, leća i pelati. Ovoga puta sam imala doma i konzervu graha u umaku od rajčice, a ta mi je verzija variva čak nekako i najdraža od sviju.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 izdašne porcije / 4,73 kn po porciji / 18,91 kn za sve)

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

1 luk (0,75 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (1,00 kn)

1 konzerva sjeckanih pelata (4,00 kn)

1 konzerva graha u umaku od rajčice (4,00 kn)

1 šalica crvene leće (5,00 kn)

1 žličica slatke crvene paprike (0,25 kn)

½ žličice dimljene paprike (0,25 kn)

½ žličice češnjaka u prahu (0,25 kn)

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

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

1 žličica sušenog origana (0,50 kn)

1 žlica sušenog peršina (0,50 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,20 kn)

3 šalice povrtnog temeljca (1,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Ogulite, operite i nasjeckajte luk i češnjak. Leću isperite u cjediljci pod tekućom vodom. Ulje, luk i češnjak stavite u lonac na jakoj vatri i dinstajte par minuta dok ne postanu staklasti. Dodajte pelate, grah, leću, slatku i dimljenu papriku, češnjak u prahu, čili, sol, papar, origano, peršin, lovor i povrtni temeljac. Dobro promiješajte i pustite da zavrije.

Kada sve zavrije, smanjite vatru i krčkajte sa odškrinutim poklopcem oko 40 minuta. Povremeno promiješajte, a po potrebi dodajte i još malo vode. Poslužite toplo ili rasporedite za kasnije, pošto se ovo jelo i super podgrijava.

Lentil and Bean Stew (vegan) / Varivo od leće i graha (vegansko)

Blackberry Sheet Cake / Tanki kolač sa kupinama

With all of the abundant summer berries, it seems like I am constantly whipping up these simple cakes in various colour, shapes and forms. This time I decided to go with the thin sheet pan version, topped with some juicy blackberries, and I liked it a lot. If you need a quick and easy cake recipe, definitely give this one a go.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 cake / 2.76 EUR)

For the batter:

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

½ cup sugar (0.10 EUR)

1 tsp vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

½ cup Greek yogurt (0.27 EUR)

3 tbsp butter, melted (0.40 EUR)

1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour (0.10 EUR)

½ tsp baking powder (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp baking soda (0.01 EUR)

For topping:

2 cups blackberries (1.33 EUR)

4 tbsp sugar (0.03 EUR)

Additional:

Butter for greasing the pan (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Lightly grease a sheet pan with butter and line it with parchment paper. Set aside. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt. Whisk in the Greek yogurt and then stir in melted butter. Add in flour, baking powder and baking soda. Stir until well combined and no big lumps remain. Transfer the batter to a prepared sheet pan and even it out with a spatula.

Scatter the blackberries on top of the cake (you can use either fresh or frozen) and sprinkle them generously with sugar. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden and a test skewer inserted into the cake comes out mostly clean (a crumb or two are totally fine). Allow the cake to cool for about 15 minutes before removing it from the pan, slicing and serving.

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Sa izobiljem ljetnih bobica, čini mi se da stalno vrtim neke ovakve jednostavne biskvit kolače u raznim bojama, veličinama i oblicima. Ovoga sam se puta odlučila za tanku verziju iz velikog plitkog protvana, posipanu sočnim kupinama, a sa konačnim sam rezultatom bila jako zadovoljna. Stoga ako vam treba recept za neki brzinski jednostavni kolač, isprobajte ovaj u nastavku.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 kolač / 20,47 kn)

Za smjesu:

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

½ šalice šećera (0,75 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

½ šalice grčkog jogurta (2,00 kn)

3 žlice maslaca, rastopljene (3,00 kn)

1 i ½ šalica glatkog brašna (0,75 kn)

½ žličice praška za pecivo (0,05 kn)

½ žličice sode bikarbone (0,01 kn)

Za posipanje:

2 šalice kupina (10,00 kn)

4 žlice šećera (0,20 kn)

Dodatno:

Maslac za namastiti protvan (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Maslacem lagano premažite veći plitki protvan i obložite ga papirom za pečenje. Stavite na stranu. U zdjeli razmutite jaja sa šećerom, soli i vanilijom. Umiješajte u to prvo grčki jogurt, pa onda i rastopljeni maslac. Dodajte brašno, prašak za pecivo i sodu bikarbonu, pa miješajte dok se sve ne sjedini i više ne bude velikih grudica. Smjesu prebacite u pripremljeni protvan i poravnajte ju špatulom.

Kupine raštrkajte po kolaču (možete koristiti i svježe i smrznute), pa ih obilno posipajte šećerom. Pecite kolač 20 minuta dok ne dobije lijepu zlatnu boju, a testni štapić koji upiknute ne izađe van skoro pa čist (mrvica ili dvije su isto skroz ok). Ostavite kolač da se 15-tak minuta hladi u protvanu prije nego ga narežete i poslužite.

Blackberry Sheet Cake / Tanki kolač sa kupinama

Mushroom, Zucchini and Quinoa Skillet (vegetarian, including a vegan option) / Tava sa gljivama, tikvicama i kvinojom (vegetarijanska, uključujući i vegansku opciju)

This dish is super healthy, tasty and easy to make. I went down with quinoa, but feel free to use any other grain of your choice. Since zucchini are now in season, they were a great addition. Also, to veganize the meal, just sub the regular butter with its vegan version.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings / 0.94 EUR per serving / 5.61 EUR for all)

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

1 large onion (0.75 EUR)

2 tbsp butter (0.27 EUR)

500 grams mushrooms (2.00 EUR)

1 large zucchini (0.60 EUR)

3 garlic cloves (0.10 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

2 tbsp soy sauce (0.13 EUR)

1 and ½ cups quinoa (1.50 EUR)

3 cups veggie broth (0.20 EUR)

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METHOD:

Peel, wash and chop up all the veggies and mushrooms. Rinse quinoa under running water in a fine mesh colander. Add oil and onion to a skillet on high heat and saute for a few minutes until slightly translucent. Add in butter and mushrooms then cook for about 5-10 minutes until the mushrooms are slightly caramelized. Now dump in the zucchini and garlic. Season with salt, pepper and soy sauce and cook for a few minutes until the zucchini is softened before adding in quinoa and veggie broth.

Give a good stir and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat and simmer with lid on for 15 to 20 minutes, until quinoa is cooked through. If needed, add a splash more of water and be sure to stir occasionally. Serve immediately or portion out for later on, as this dish reheats great.

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Ovo jelo je jako zdravo, ukusno i lako za pripremiti. Ja sam se odlučila za kvinoju, ali vi slobodno upotrijebite koju drugu žitaricu prema vašem izboru. Pošto su tikvice sada u sezoni, ovdje su bile odličan dodatak. Ako jelo želite veganizirati, to možete lako učiniti ako klasični maslac zamijenite nekom veganskom opcijom.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija / 6,44 kn po porciji / 38,61 kn za sve)

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

2 žlice maslaca (2,00 kn)

500 g šampinjona (15,00 kn)

1 velika tikvica (6,00 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka (0,75 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

2 žlice soja sosa (1,00 kn)

1 i ½ šalica kvinoje (11,25 kn)

3 šalice povrtnog temeljca (1,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i nasjeckajte svo povrće i gljive. Kvinoju isperite u finoj cjediljci pod mlazom tekuće vode. Ulje stavite u dublju tavu na jakoj vatri, pa prodinstajte koju minutu luk da postane staklast. Dodajte maslac i gljive te ih kuhajte 5-10 minuta da se blago karameliziraju. Sada dodajte tikvice i češnjak, začinite solju, paprom i soja sosom, pa kuhajte par minuta da tikvica omekša. Za kraj ubacite kvinoju i temeljac.

Dobro sve promiješajte i pustite da zavrije. Smanjite vatru, te kuhajte poklopljeno 15-20 minuta da kvinoja bude gotova. Po potrebi dodajte još malo vode i svakako sa vremena na vrijeme promiješajte. Poslužite odmah ili rasporedite u porcije za kasnije, pošto se ovo jelo super podgrijava.

Mushroom, Zucchini and Quinoa Skillet (vegetarian, including a vegan option) / Tava sa gljivama, tikvicama i kvinojom (vegetarijanska, uključujući i vegansku opciju)

Sheet Pan Rustic Pizza / Rustikalna pizza iz protvana

This pizza has the best thick crust ever. I usually opt to bake thin crusted pizzas, so this was a welcome and tasty change. Since the dough ferments for the whole day, it has plenty of time to bubble up and develop beautiful flavour, so I definitely recommend you give this recipe a try. Also, don’t be afraid to liberally grease everything with oil, since the oil will coat the dough and help to build that delicious crust.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 pizza / 3.35 EUR)

For the dough:

1 tsp active dry yeast (0.13 EUR)

2 tsp sugar (0.01 EUR)

1 cup warm water (–)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

3 cups all-purpose flour (0.20 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

For the tomato sauce:

1 can peeled whole tomatoes (0.53 EUR)

2 tbsp tomato paste (0.27 EUR)

2 garlic cloves (0.07 EUR)

1 tbsp oregano (0.13 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

1 tbsp olive oil (0.03 EUR)

For the topping:

2 cups shredded cheese (1.07 EUR)

Small chunk of bacon, finely sliced (0.67 EUR)

Additional:

Flour for dusting (0.01 EUR)

Olive oil for greasing the pan and topping the dough (0.10 EUR)

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METHOD:

Prepare the dough the day before. In a bowl mix together yeast, sugar and warm water. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes so the yeast activates and becomes slightly bubbly. Stir in olive oil then add in about 2 and ½ cups of flour and salt. Give a good mix until all of the flour is incorporated and a shabby dough forms. Turn the dough out on a well-floured surface and gradually knead in the remaining half a cup of flour. Knead for about ten minutes, until the dough is smooth and not overly too sticky. The final dough should be quite soft. Grease the dough with olive oil on all sides, put into a clean bowl and cover the bowl with cling foil. Allow to rest in a warm place for 20-24 hours. I find that the best fermentation places are small and draft-free spots like turned off ovens or microwave ovens (do not, under any circumstance, turn any of those on while you have the dough sitting in there).

On the following day gently deflate the dough and give it a brief knead. Generously grease a baking tray with olive oil then stretch the dough out to cover it. Add a bit more oil to the stretched out dough and gently massage it into the dough surface. This will also help with stretching the dough out. Cover the whole tray with cling foil and allow the dough to rest for another hour.

In the meantime, while the dough is resting, preheat the oven to 220°C and prepare the sauce. Drain the tomatoes in a fine-mesh colander and reserve the leftover juices for another recipe. Add the drained tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and olive oil to a food processor and pulse until mostly smooth.

After one hour dollop the sauce on stretched out dough. Top with shredded cheese and bacon slices. Bake the pizza for 25-30 minutes in the middle rack, until crispy and nicely golden-brown. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving. This pizza will go great with a nice big salad.

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Ova pizza jednostavno ima najbolje sočno debelo tijesto ikad. Obično pečem pizzu sa tankim tijesto, tako da mi je ovo bila baš ukusna i zanimljiva promjena. Pošto samo tijesto fermentira cijeli dan, ima dovoljno vremena da nabubri i razvije jako zanimljivu aromu, tako da vam svakako preporučam da isprobate i ovaj recept. Također, nemojte se bojati dobro namastiti kalup i samo tijesto, pošto će ulje pomoći u tome da se izgradi savršena hrskava korica.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 pizzu / 25,05 kn)

Za tijesto:

1 žličica suhog kvasca (1,00 kn)

2 žličice šećera (0,04 kn)

1 šalica tople vode (–)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

3 šalice glatkog brašna (1,50 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

Za umak od rajčice:

1 konzerva cijelih pelata (4,00 kn)

2 žlice koncentrata od rajčice (2,00 kn)

2 češnja češnjaka (0,50 kn)

1 žlica origana (1,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

1 žlica maslinovog ulja (0,33 kn)

Za na pizzu:

2 šalice ribanog sira (8,00 kn)

Mali komadić slanine, tanko narezane (5,00 kn)

Dodatno:

Brašno za posipanje (0,10 kn)

Maslinovo ulje za namastiti kalup i tijesto (0,75 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Tijesto zamijesite dan ranije. U zdjeli prvo pomiješajte kvasac, šećer i toplu vodu. Pustite da miruje desetak minuta da se kvasac aktivira i počne se stvarati pjenica. Umiješajte maslinovo ulje, pa dodajte 2 i ½ šalice brašna i sol. Promiješajte da se formira labavo tijesto, pa sve iskrenite na dobro pobrašnjenu radnu plohu te mijesite desetak minuta i postepeno u tijesto dodajte preostalih pola šalice brašna. Tijesto bi na kraju trebalo biti glatko, ne pretjerano ljepljivo i dosta mekano. Oblikujte ga u kuglu i namastite ju sa svih strana, pa stavite u zdjelu i koju ćete pokriti prijanjajućom folijom. Pustite da miruje na toplom mjestu 20-24 sata. Meni je nekako najbolje ostaviti tijesto u ugašenoj pećnici, mikrovalnoj ili kojem sličnom malom mjestu bez propuha. Naravno, nikako ni pod razno nemojte slučajno paliti pećnicu ili mikrovalnu dok vam je unutra tijesto.

Sljedećeg dana nježno spljoštite tijesto te ga kratko promijesite. Dobro namastite protvan za pečenje pa na njemu razvucite tijesto, koje također namastite i sa gornje strane. Ulje slobodno i lagano umasirajte u tijesto, a od toga će se ono samo lakše dati razvući u željeni oblik. Sada prekrijte protvan s tijestom sa prijanjajućom folijom te ostavite da se ono diže još sat vremena.

U međuvremenu, dok se tijesto diže u protvanu, zagrijte pećnicu na 220°C i priredite umak od rajčice. Pelate ocijedite u cjediljci od svih sokova, pa to sačuvajte za neki drugi recept. Ocijeđene pelate dodajte u multipraktik skupa sa koncentratom rajčice, češnjakom, origanom, solju, paprom i maslinovim uljem. Propulsirajte dok ne dobijete jednoličnu smjesu.

Nakon jednog sata premažite tijesto pripremljenim umakom od rajčice. Posipajte ribanim sirom i ploškicama slanine, te sve pecite u sredini pećnice 25-30 minuta, dok pizza ne bude hrskava i lijepo zlatno-smeđa. Pustite pizzu da odstoji 5-10 minuta prije nego ju narežete i servirate. Poslužite sa nekom lijepom velikom salatom.

Sheet Pan Rustic Pizza / Rustikalna pizza iz protvana

Chicken and Veggie Noodles / Kineski rezanci s piletinom i povrćem

I’m always, and I really mean always, down for some Chinese food. If there were no health and financial consequences, I would gladly agree to live on Chinese takeout until the end of time or the end of my days, whichever comes first. But reason dictates that some compromises have to be made, so I often replicate my favorite stir-fry and noodle recipes at home and try to keep them on a relatively healthier side. If you are a Chinese food fiend like me, definitely try out this recipe and you won’t be disappointed.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 1.31 EUR per serving / 5.23 EUR for all)

For the chicken:

1 large boneless skinless chicken breast (2.00 EUR)

1 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.01 EUR)

1 tbsp soy sauce (0.07 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

For the stir-fry:

3 squares of Chinese noodles (1.60 EUR)

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil, divided (0.03 EUR)

2 onions (0.20 EUR)

2 red peppers (0.80 EUR)

3 garlic cloves (0.10 EUR)

1 tsp Gochujang – Korean chili paste (0.13 EUR)

2 tbsp soy sauce (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp toasted sesame oil (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

Cut the chicken into thin strips. Toss it with oil, soy sauce, salt and pepper and leave to rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, but best overnight. In the meantime, cook the noodles according to package instructions to al dente. Rinse under cold water to get rid of residual heat and stop the cooking process, then drain. Wash, peel and chop up all the veggies.

Place a wok or a deep skillet on medium high heat and allow to thoroughly warm up. Add in a bit of oil, then fry the chicken until crispy. It’s best to do this in two batches, so you don’t overcrowd the pan. Remove all the chicken from the wok and set aside. Add in the remaining oil and dump in the onions and peppers. Cook for a few minutes to slightly caramelize before adding in minced garlic and Gochujang. Give a good stir and cook briefly. Dump in the noodles, chicken, soy sauce and sesame oil. Cook for about five minutes, until everything is thoroughly warmed up and the noodles at the bottom of the pan start crisping up slightly. Serve immediately.

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Ja sam uvijek, ali baš ono, uvijek, raspoložena za kinesku hranu. Da to nema nikakvih zdravstvenih i financijskih posljedica, krkala bi klopu sa kineske dostave dok svemir ne implodira ili dok ja ne otegnem, štogod već došlo prije. Ali razum ipak nalaže neke kompromise pa sam se naučila da svoje najdraže recepte izrepliciram doma u nekoj malo zdravijoj varijanti. Ako ste ludi za kineskom hranom koliko i ja, definitivno isprobajte ovaj recept jer se nećete razočarati.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 9,80 kn po porciji / 39,21 kn za sve)

Za meso:

1 velika pileća prsa bez kostiju i kože (15,00 kn)

1 žlica suncokretovog ulja (0,10 kn)

1 žlica soja sosa (0,50 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

Za wok:

3 kocke kineskih rezanaca (12,00 kn)

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja, podijeljene (0,20 kn)

2 luka (1,50 kn)

2 crvene paprike (6,00 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka (0,75 kn)

1 žlica Gochujanga – korejske čili paste (1,00 kn)

2 žlice soja sosa (1,00 kn)

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (1,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Piletinu narežite na tanke trakice. Pomiješajte sa uljem, soja sosom, soli i paprom, te ostavite u hladnjaku da se marinira minimalno pola sata, a najbolje preko noći. U međuvremenu skuhajte rezance prema uputama na pakiranju da budu al dente. Isperite ih dobro pod mlazom hladne vode da se prestanu kuhati od zaostale topline te ocijedite. Operite, ogulite i nasjeckajte svo povrće.

Wok ili duboku tavu stavite na srednje jaku vatru i pustite da se dobro ugrije. Dodajte malo ulja, pa na njemu ispržite piletinu dok ne bude hrskava. Za najbolje rezultate je najbolje to napraviti u dvije manje ture kako vam wok ne bi bio prenatrpan. Gotovu piletinu maknite iz woka i stavite na stranu. Dodajte u wok preostalo ulje, luk i paprike. Kuhajte oko pet minuta, da se povrće lagano karamelizira, pa onda ubacite sjeckani češnjak i Gochujang. Dobro promiješajte i još kratko kuhajte te dodajte tjesteninu, piletinu, soja sos i sezamovo ulje. Kuhajte jedno pet minuta da se sve dobro ugrije, a tjestenina na dnu woka blago zahrska. Poslužite odmah.

Chicken and Veggie Noodles / Kineski rezanci s piletinom i povrćem

Oven-Fried Zucchini Fritters (vegetarian) / Pohanci od tikvica iz pećnice (vegetarijanski)

These oven-fried zucchini fritters are so, sooo amazing that I’ll definitely be making them regularly while the zucchini are still in season. Since there is no deep frying involved, this dish is pretty light and not too terrible for you. The texture of the zucchini is also fantastic and you get an amazing combo of crispy crust and soft interior. I added a good amount of hard grated Grana Padano cheese into the breadcrumbs and that only elevated the whole thing to a whole different level.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.57 EUR per serving / 2.28EUR for all)

1 very large zucchini (0.67 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

2 cups all-purpose flour (0.13 EUR)

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

¼ cup milk (0.07 EUR)

1 cup finely grated Grana Padano cheese (0.67 EUR)

1 cup breadcrumbs (0.20 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

¼ cup sunflower seed oil (0.10 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the zucchini into thick coins and season generously with salt. Prepare your three dipping pans – one with flour, second with whisked eggs and milk and third with mixed cheese, breadcrumbs and black pepper. Coat each zucchini coin into flour, egg mix and breadcrumb mix. Place the coated zucchini on a prepared baking sheet and repeat until all of the zucchini coins are used up.

Lightly brush each coated zucchini fritter with oil on each side and bake for 30-40 minutes, until golden and crispy to your liking. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and serve immediately with a nice big salad and maybe some dipping sauce.

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Ovi pohanci od tikvica su tako jako fini da ih planiram tamaniti dok god su tikvice u sezoni. Pošto se ništa ne prži u ulju, ovo jelo je prilično lagano i nije baš tako katastrofalno nezdravo. Tekstura je meni apsolutno savršena jer korica ispadne fina hrskava, a tikvice iznutra su sočne i kremaste. Ja sam u krušne mrvice odlučila dodati i ribani Grana Padano sir, pa je cijelo jelo sa time ispalo još malo ekstra finije.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 4,25 kn po porciji / 17,01 kn za sve)

1 jako velika tikvica (5,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

2 šalice glatkog brašna (1,00 kn)

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

¼ šalice mlijeka (0,50 kn)

1 šalica fino ribanog Grana Padano sira (5,00 kn)

1 šalica krušnih mrvica (1,50 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

¼ šalice suncokretovog ulja (0,75 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 180°C. Protvan obložite papirom za pečenje. Tikvicu narežite na deblje novčiće i dobro posolite. Pripremite si tri posude za umakanje – prvu sa brašnom, drugu sa pomiješanim jajima i mlijekom, te treću sa miksom sira, krušnih mrvica i papra. Svaku plošku tikvice obložite prvo brašnom, onda jajem i na kraju mrvicama. Slažite panirane tikvice na pripremljeni protvan i ponavljajte postupak dok sve ne potrošite.

Svaku plošku paniranih tikvica lagano premažite sa obje strane sa malo ulja. Pecite 30-40 minuta, dok tikvice ne budu zlatno-smeđe i hrskave po vašem ukusu. Kada su tikvice gotove još malo ih posolite i odmah poslužite sa nekom velikom salatom i eventualno nečim za umakanje (npr. kiselim vrhnjem, majonezom i slično).

Oven-Fried Zucchini Fritters (vegetarian) / Pohanci od tikvica iz pećnice (vegetarijanski)