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

I’ve been in a mood for a hearty bean stew for a while and decided to add in some lentils for a good dose of creaminess. This recipe yields a huge bulk, which is more than fine by me, because it means I have lunch sorted out for a while. While it does take some time for dried beans to cook, the actual work involved here is minimal, so it’s definitely worth to put in the extra effort to be more cost-effective.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 8 servings / 0.66 EUR per serving / 5.30 EUR for all)

2 cups dried beans (2.00 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

2 large onions (0.20 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

2 chili peppers (0.40 EUR)

4 large carrots (0.40 EUR)

1 can peeled tomatoes (0.67 EUR)

1 cup red lentils (1.00 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.01 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

Pinch red pepper flakes (0.03 EUR)

6 cups water (–)

Bunch of fresh parsley (0.27 EUR)

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METHOD:

Pick through, wash and soak the beans in cold water the night before. The following day drain the beans, cover with fresh water and simmer until the beans are cooked through. Rinse once more, drain and set aside.

Wash, peel and chop up all the veggies. Rinse and drain lentils and set aside. Saute onion on oil in a large pot for a few minutes, on high heat, until softened and slightly translucent. Add in minced garlic, finely chopped chili peppers and diced carrots and cook briefly to get the flavours going. Dump in canned tomatoes and crush them with your spatula. Now add in the cooked beans, lentils, bay leaf, paprika, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, until thickened and the lentils are cooked through. Remove from heat, stir in chopped parsley and taste to adjust seasoning. This freezes and reheats great, so you have lunch situations sorted out for a while.

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Već mi se neko vrijeme jede neko fino varivo od graha, a u ovo sam odlučila ubaciti i leću za ekstra kremastu teksturu. Ovaj recept daje ogromnu količinu, ali meni to sasvim odgovara jer onda imam riješen ručak za neko vrijeme. Usprkos tome što suhom grahu treba vremena da se skuha, stvaran posao je u tom dijelu minimalan. Tako da mislim da se definitivno isplati uložiti malo više truda i tako proći jeftinije.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 8 porcija / 4,96 kn po porciji / 39,64 kn za sve)

2 šalice suhog graha (15,00 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

2 velika luka (1,50 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (1,00 kn)

2 čili papričice (3,00 kn)

4 velike mrkve (3,00 kn)

1 konzerva pelata (5,00 kn)

1 šalica crvene leće (7,50 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,10 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,12 kn)

Prstohvat sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,25 kn)

6 šalica vode (–)

Pregršt svježeg peršina (2,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Većer prije proberite i operite grah, te ga ostavite namočenog u hladnoj vodi. Sljedećeg dana ocijedite grah, pokrijte svježom vodom i stavite kuhati. Skuhani grah isperite, ocijedite i stavite na stranu.

Operite, ogulite i nasjeckajte svo povrće. Isperite leću i sstavite na stranu. U velikom loncu na jakoj vatri prodinstajte luk na ulju par minuta, dok ne bude staklast i mekan. Ubacite sjeckani češnjak, čili i mrkve, pa kratko prokuhajte da se aktiviraju arome. Dodajte pelate pa ih izgnječite špatulom. Sada u lonac ubacite kuhani grah, leću, lovorov list, slatku papriku, sol, papar, čili pahuljice i zalijte sve vodom. Pustite neka zavrije, a onda smanjite vatru i krčkajte oko 30 minuta, dok se varivo ne zgusne, a leća se ne skuha. Maknite s vatre, umiješajte sjeckani peršin, te kušajte i prilagodite začine. Ovo se super smrzava i podgrijava, tako da imate osiguran ručak za još neko vrijeme.

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

Falafel Burgers / Falafel burgeri

Usually I’m too lazy to cook dried beans, so I generally never stock up on them. Which I know is pretty stupid, because cooking dry beans is the easiest thing in the world. You soak them overnight, turn the stove on, simmer for a while and there you have it – cooked beans.

But then I found some dried chickpeas on sale and that motivated me to actually cook them up on my own this time, instead of resorting to cans. And it thrilled me to later see how cheap a cup of such cooked chickpeas actually is. I’d love to say that I am never going back to canned, but that would probably be a lie. However, I will try to utilize dried beans more in my life.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 8 burgers / 0.18 EUR per burger / 1.40 EUR for all)

2 cups precooked chickpeas (0.40 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

1 large carrot, grated (0.10 EUR)

1 egg (0.20 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

1 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.03 EUR)

2 tbsp dried parsley (0.13 EUR)

3 tbsp olive oil (0.13 EUR)

½ cup breadcrumbs (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp sesame seeds (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Add cooked chickpeas, onion, garlic, grated carrot, egg, salt, pepper, paprika, parsley and olive oil to food processor and blitz to desired consistency. Stir in breadcrumbs and sesame seeds, then form patties using your hands. I have a huge ice cream scoop which I use for scooping the mixture, so the patties turn out approximately the same size. Spread patties on a prepared baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, until the edges start browning and they crisp up.

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Obično sam poprilično lijena kad je u pitanju kuhanje suhog graha i slanutka, pa ih niti ne držim doma u nekim većim količinama. Što znam da je skroz glupo, jer skuhati suhi grah ili slanutak najlakša je stvar na svijetu. Namočite ih večer prije, upalite štednjak, krčkate neko vrijeme i to je to – imate kuhani grah.

Pošto sam slučajno nabasala na suhi slanutak na rasprodaji, to me i motiviralo da ga ovaj puta i sama skuham, umjesto da uzmem onaj u konzervi. Kasnije me oduševila činjenica i koliko je zapravo jeftin takav kuhani slanutak. Voljela bih da mogu reći kako nikad više neću posegnuti za konzervom, ali to ne bi bila istina. No, u buduće ću se barem potruditi više koristiti suhe grahorice.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 8 burgera / 1,33 kn po burgeru / 10,60 kn za sve)

2 šalice kuhanog slanutka (3,00 kn)

1 veliuki luk (0,75 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (1,00 kn)

1 velika mrkva, naribana (0,75 kn)

1 jaje (1,50 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

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

1 žličica slatke crvene paprike (0,25 kn)

2 žlice sušenog peršina (1,00 kn)

3 žlice maslinovog ulja (1,00 kn)

½ šalice krušnih mrvica (0,50 kn)

2 žlice sezama (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Obložite protvan papirom za pečenje i stavite na stranu. Dodajte kuhani slanutak, luk, češnjak, ribanu mrkvu, jaje, sol, papar, papriku, peršin i ulje u multipraktik, pa pulsirajte do željene gustoće. Umiješajte unutra krušne mrvice i sezam, pa rukama oblikujte smjesu u burgere. Ja imam veliku žlicu za sladoled koju koristim za grabljenje smjese, tako da mi burgeri ispadnu otprilike podjednake veličine. Raširite burgere po pripremljenom protvanu te pecite oko 30-40 minuta, dok im rubovi ne počnu tamnjeti i burgeri se ne zahrskaju.

Falafel Burgers / Falafel burgeri

Cranberry Bean and Caramelized Onion Hummus (vegan) / Humus od trešnjevca i karameliziranog luka (veganski)

It started off with a batch of accidentally overcooked beans. I planned to add the cooked beans to a salad, but they ended up so sad looking that I eventually changed my mind about this. However, they seemed perfect for a quick hummus.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 cups / 0.68 EUR per cup / 1.36 EUR for all)

2 large onions (0.20 EUR)

½ cup olive oil, divided (0.67 EUR)

3 garlic cloves (0.10 EUR)

2 cups precooked cranberry beans (0.33 EUR)

1 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.03 EUR)

Pinch of red pepper flakes (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

Peel and chop up the onion, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and then saute on low for 30-40 minutes, until caramelized. In the beginning you’ll only need to give an occasional stir, but keep a close eye on the onions towards the end so they do not burn. Be patient and resist the temptation to crank the heat up.

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Once the onions are caramelized, add in minced garlic, rinsed precooked beans, paprika and red pepper flakes, just to heat it all up a bit. Stir for a few minutes, remove from heat and run through a food processor with the remaining oil, salt and pepper. If the paste seems too thick, add in a bit of water. Taste and adjust seasoning and serve chilled with crackers, pita bread, vegetables, in sandwiches or with salads.

Hummus will keep refrigerated for a week, but you can also freeze it for up to a couple of months.

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Sve je počelo sa grahom kojeg sam slučajno prekuhala. Planirala sam ubaciti taj grah u salatu, ali izgledao je tako tužno da sam se na kraju predomislila. Srećom, bio je savršen za brzinski humus.

SASTOJCI:

(Za oko 2 šalice / 5,08 kn po šalici / 10,16 kn za sve)

2 velika luka (1,50 kn)

½ šalice maslinovog ulja (5,00 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka (0,75 kn)

2 šalice skuhanog graha trešnjevca (2,50 kn)

1 žličica slatke crvene paprike (0,25 kn)

Prstohvat čilija u pahuljicama (0,10 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Ogulite i narežite luk, dodajte dvije žlice ulja, pa dinstajte na laganoj vatri 30-40 minuta, dok se luk ne karamelizira. U početku ćete morati samo povremo promiješati, ali prema kraju dobro pazite na luk kako vam ne bi zagorio. Budite strpljivi i oduprite se iskušenju da odfrljite vatru.

Kada se luk karamelizira, dodajte sitno sjeckani češnjak, oprani skuhani grah, slatku papriku i čili, samo da se sve ugrije. Kratko promiješajte, skinite s vatre i sameljite u multipraktiku sa ostatkom ulja, soli i paprom. Ako vam se pasta čini pregusta, dodajte mrvicu vode. Kušajte i prilagodite začine, pa poslužite ohlađeno sa krekerima, pita kruhom, povrćem, u sendvičima ili sa salatama.

Humus će držati u hladnjaku do tjedan dana, a možete ga bez problema i zamrznuti na par mjeseci.

Cranberry Bean and Caramelized Onion Hummus (vegan) / Humus od trešnjevca i karameliziranog luka (veganski)

Fresh Bean, Sausage and Pipette Rigate Stew / Mladi grah s kobasicom i pužićima

The weather is not exactly calling for stew type of dishes yet – it is still quite hot and humid, so I continue to sport shorts and flip-flops. But I stumbled into such irresistible fresh beans that a large pot of stew was inevitable.

Of course, you can make this with dried or canned beans instead and also use any small type of pasta you like. Just be sure to adjust cooking times accordingly.

INGREDIENTS:

(Yields about 10 servings / 0.89 EUR per serving / 8.93 EUR for all)

For the stew:

1 tbsp olive oil (0.04 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

100 g chunk of bacon (0.80 EUR)

2 large sausages (4.00 EUR)

3 large carrots (0.16 EUR)

2 parsley roots, with their greens (0.16 EUR)

Chunk of celeriac root (0.16 EUR)

3 Roma tomatoes (0.53 EUR)

3 garlic cloves (0.10 EUR)

3 cups of fresh beans (1.60 EUR)

2-3 kale leaves (0.16 EUR)

Bunch of celery leaves (0.16 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

10 cups water (–)

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (0.03 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper (0.01 EUR)

1 cup pipette rigate, or any other small pasta (0.53 EUR)

For the roux:

2 tbsp butter (0.27 EUR)

2 tbsp all-purpose flour (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

Start off by washing and finely dicing all the veggies and bacon. Be sure to separate any leafy things and keep them on the side. Chop the sausages into thin coins. Place a large pot with olive oil on high heat and saute onion until slightly translucent. Add bacon and sausage, then cook for a few minutes to crisp it all up. Gradually add in carrots, parsley roots, celeriac root, tomatoes and garlic cloves and cook to soften it all up.

Now add in beans, kale leaves, parsley and celeriac leaves, bay leaf, paprika and vinegar, cover with water and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat and simmer with the lid cracked open for about an hour, until beans are softened and thoroughly cook. Once the beans are cooked, taste the stew and season accordingly with salt and pepper. The required amounts will vary depending on how spicy your bacon and sausages were initially. Finally, add pasta to the stew and finish cooking until pasta is done.

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While the pasta is cooking, prepare roux by cooking butter and flour on medium heat while stirring constantly. The roux is done when it gets deep golden brown and starts smelling nutty. Carefully stir it into the stew, turn off the heat and serve.

This stew freezes and reheats great, so you just have emergency lunches to take to work or for those times when you’re too zonked to cook.

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Vrijeme baš i nije još ono pravo za jela na žlicu jer još uvijek poprilično vruće i sparno. Koristim priliku, pa sam i dalje u kratkim hlačama i japankama. Ali bez obzira na to, naletila na tako divni mladi grah da je veliki lonac čušpajza jednostavno bio neizbježan.

Naravno, ovo možete skuhati i sa suhim grahom, kao i sa onim iz konzerve, a unutra staviti bilo kakvu drugu sitnu tjesteninu. Samo imajte na umu da onda prilagodite i vrijeme kuhanja.

SASTOJCI:

(Za oko 10 porcija / 6,69 kn po porciji / 66,89 kn za sve)

Za varivo:

1 žlica maslinovog ulja (0,33 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

100 g suhog špeka (6,00 kn)

2 velike kobasice (30,00 kn)

1 grincajg (6,00 kn)

3 rajčice šljivara (4,00 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka (0,75 kn)

3 šalice mladog graha (12,00 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,20 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

10 šalica vode (–)

2 žlice jabučnog octa (0,20 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,10 kn)

1 šalica pužića, ili neke druge sitne tjestenine (4,00 kn)

Za zapršku:

2 žlice maslaca (2,00 kn)

2 žlice glatkog brašna (0,05 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Za početak operite i sitno nasjeckajte svo povrće i špek. Držite odvojene sve listove i zelenje iz grincajga. Narežite kobasice na tanke novčiće. Stavite na jaku vatru veliki lonac sa maslinovim uljem, pa kratko prodinstajte luk da bude staklast. Dodajte špek i kobasicu te kuhajte nekoliko minuta da se zahruskaju. Postepeno dodajte grincajg (osim zelenja), rajčice i češnjak i kuhajte da sve omekša.

Sada ubacite grah, nasjeckano zelenje iz grincajga, lovorov list, slatku papriku i ocat, prelijte vodom i pustite da zavrije. Smanjite vatru i kuhajte sa odškrinutim poklopcem oko 1 sat, dok se grah ne skuha do kraja. Kad se grah skuhao, kušajte i po potrebi dodajte soli i papra. Količina će ovisiti o tome koliko su vam začinjeni bili špek i kobasice. Na kraju dodajte tjesteninu i kuhajte još koliko treba tjestenini da bude gotova.

Dok se tjestenina kuha pripremite zapršku tako da na srednjoj vatri na maslacu popržite brašno, uz stalno miješanje. Zaprška je gotova kada je zlatno-smeđe boje i ima orašasti miris. Oprezno ju umiješajte u varivo i onda maknite sve sa vatre i poslužite.

Ovo varivo se super smrzava i podgrijava, tako da sada imate ručak za hitne slučajeve za ponijeti na posao, ili za one trenutke kada ste preumorni za kuhanje.

Fresh Bean, Sausage and Pipette Rigate Stew / Mladi grah s kobasicom i pužićima

Spicy Bean Burgers (vegetarian) / Pikantni burgeri od graha (vegetarijanski)

Low on cash, but want to make something filling and delicious? Fear not, these burgers are just the thing.

I came up with this recipe in order to use up all of the bits and bobs I had lying around the house. For different bits and bobs you have on your hand, feel free to subtract or add things. Just remember, you’ll need to add plenty of dry ingredients to the mashed beans and chopped vegetables to hold those burgers together. Here I opted for soy flakes, so I could ditch breadcrumbs or flour and make the burgers even more protein packed.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 8 burger patties / 0.27 EUR per patty / 2.14 EUR for all)

1 ½ cup precooked cannellini beans (0.40 EUR)

1 small onion, finely diced (0.07 EUR)

3 garlic cloves, minced (0.10 EUR)

½ small bell pepper, finely diced (0.13 EUR)

1 cup dried soy flakes (0.53 EUR)

1 large egg (0.20 EUR)

2 tbsp finely grated hard cheese, like Parmigiano Reggiano, Grana Padano, etc. (0.13 EUR)

Bunch of fresh parsley, finely chopped (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp ground flax seed (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

2 tbsp Thai sweet chili sauce (0.27 EUR)

1 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp smoked paprika (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

Strain the beans from any liquid and pat dry with a kitchen towel, then mash them up using a potato masher. Add all of the ingredients to the bean paste and stir really well to combine. Let sit for about half an hour, so all the flavors can mix.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 200°C. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and using a large spoon (or large ice cream scoop, if you have one), divide the mixture on baking sheet. Gently press the down with your hands and thus form into patties. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until crispy and deep golden-brown.

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Niste baš pri novcima, a htjeli biste napraviti nešto zasitno i ukusno? Ne bojte se, ovi burgeri su baš prava stvar.

Ovaj sam recept smislila da potrošim sve ostatke koji su mi se povlačili po kući. Slobodno oduzmite ili dodajte stvari da biste upotrijebili sve ostake hrane koje vi imate doma. Samo imajte na umu da trebate u burgere dodati dovoljno suhih sastojaka u pastu od graha i nasjeckano povrće kako bi se sve držalo na okupu. Ja sam se odlučila za sojine ljuspice da mogu izbaciti krušne mrvice i kako bi burgeri bili još napucaniji sa proteinima.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 8 burgera / 1,99 kn po burgeru / 15,97 kn za sve)

1 ½ šalice već skuhanog bijelog graha (3,00 kn)

1 mali luk, sitno nasjeckan (0,50 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka, sitno nasjeckana (0,75 kn)

½ male paprike babure, sitno nasjeckane (1,00 kn)

1 šalica sojinih ljuspica (4,00 kn)

1 jaje (1,50 kn)

2 žlice fino naribanog tvrdog sira, kao parmezan, Grana Padano i sl. (1,00 kn)

Pregršt svježeg peršina, sitno nasjeckanog (0,50 kn)

2 žlice mljevenih sjemenki lana (0,50 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

2 žlice tajlandskog slatkog chili umaka (2,00 kn)

1 žličica slatke crvene paprike (0,25 kn)

½ žličice dimljene crvene paprike (0,25 kn)

½ žličice soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Ocijedite grah od tekućine i malo ga posušite kuhinjskim ručnikom, pa ga onda izgnječite sa gnječilicom za krumpir. Dodajte sve sastojke u pastu od graha i dobro sve promiješajte. Pustite smjesu da odstoji oko pola sata kako bi se svi okusi proželi.

Kada ste spremni za pečenje, zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Obložite protvan za pečenje masnim papirom, pa velikom žlicom (ili velikom žlicom za sladoled, ako ju imate) grabite smjesu na protvan. Rukama nježno pritisnite smjesu da biste formirali burgere. Pecite oko 25-30 minuta, dok burgeri ne budu hrskavi i ne dobiju lijepu zlatno-smeđu boju.

Spicy Bean Burgers (vegetarian) / Pikantni burgeri od graha (vegetarijanski)

Baked Beans / Zapečeni grah

This is a super quick, inexpensive and easy recipe for you to whip up for a weeknight dinner, or as an extra side-dish. It works well on its own with a nice big salad, but you can definitely enhance it with a fried egg, steak or a roast chicken.

I used bacon, because that’s what I’ve had on hand, but you can definitely substitute with a sausage or skip meat altogether and go vegan.

INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings / 0.95 EUR per serving / 1.90 EUR for all)

1 large onion, finely diced (0.10 EUR)

½ cup finely diced bacon (0.67 EUR)

1 tsp sunflower seed oil (0.01 EUR)

3 garlic cloves, minced (0.09 EUR)

1 can beans, drained (0.67 EUR)

2/3 cup tomato paste (0.27 EUR)

1 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.03 EUR)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

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METHOD:

Saute onion and bacon on a teaspoon of oil on high heat for about five minutes, until bacon is crispy and golden. Add in garlic and beans, stir and cook briefly. Then add in tomato paste, paprika, black pepper and chili flakes and cook for about 10 minutes, so the sauce can thicken a bit.

Preheat oven to 200°C. Carefully transfer the beans to an oven-safe dish and bake for about 30 minutes, until the crust forms on top.

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Ovo je super brzo, jeftino i lagano jelo koje možete napraviti kao večeru preko tjedna, ili kao malo nabrijaniji vikend prilog. Funkcionira dobro samo za sebe sa velikom salatom, ali definitivno ga možete pojačati sa pečenim jajetom, šniclom ili pečenom piletinom.

Ja sam stavila špek jer sam to imala pri ruci, ali možete ga svakako zamijeniti sa kobasicom, ili skroz izbaciti meso za vegansku verziju.

SASTOJCI:

(Za dvije porcije / 7,07 kn po porciji / 14,15 kn za sve)

1 veliki luk, sitno nasjeckan (0,75 kn)

½ šalice špeka narezanog na kockice (5,00 kn)

1 žličica suncokretovog ulja (0,05 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka, sitno nasjeckanog (0,70 kn)

1 konzerva graha, ocijeđenog (5,00 kn)

2/3 šalice pasirane rajčice (2,00 kn)

1 žličica slatke paprike (0,25 kn)

Prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,20 kn)

Prstohvat sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,20 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Prodinstajte pet minuta luk i špek na žličici ulja na jakoj vatri, dok špek ne postane hruskav i zlatno-žuti. Dodajte češnjak i grah, promiješajte i kratko prokuhajte. Ubacite pasiranu rajčicu, papriku, papar i čili i kuhajte oko 10 minuta, da se umak zgusne.

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Pažljivo prebacite grah u vatrostalnu posudu i pecite oko 30 minuta, dok se ne uhvati korica.

Baked Beans / Zapečeni grah

Sauerkraut Bean Stew / Varivo od graha sa kiselim zeljem

I’m crazy about sauerkraut. I love colder seasons just because of all the sauerkraut we get to devour. We eat it as a salad, in main dishes and side dishes. I’m yet to discover a sauerkraut desert to make the obsession come full circle.

This dish is so filling and easy, it’s just beautiful. Sure, it takes a while for it to cook, but you don’t have to hover over the pot so active cooking time is minimal. Also, this makes a humongous batch. I froze a ton, as it reheats wonderfully.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields about 10 generous servings / 0.78 EUR per serving / 7.81 EUR for whole)

500 g dried beans, presoaked overnight (2.00 EUR)

4 tbsp vegetable oil, divided (0.05 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

4 carrots (0.13 EUR)

3 chili peppers (0.20 EUR)

3 garlic cloves (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp tomato paste(0.13 EUR)

2 dried bay leaves (0.03 EUR)

2 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.01 EUR)

Sausages, smoked bacon or cured meats of choice (I used 1 kg of cured pork ribs and leftover bacon skins I had lying around); for vegan version omit (4.00 EUR)

6-8 cups warm water (–)

500 g sauerkraut (1.00 EUR)

2 tbsp plain white flour (0.01 EUR)

Handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped (0.07 EUR)

Salt and pepper to taste (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

Rinse beans after soaking, place in pot, cover with fresh water and simmer on medium heat for about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, clean and dice all the vegetables. Drain beans, discard the cooking water and rinse well. Set aside.

In a large pot saute diced onions on 2 tbsp of oil until translucent. Add diced carrots, chili peppers and minced garlic and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomato paste, bay leaves, paprika, rinsed beans and meats of choice if using, cover with about 6-8 cups of water, so everything is fully submerged, and simmer for 45 minutes on low. Wait with seasoning until the stew is done; my pork ribs and sauerkraut were pretty salty on its own. 45 minutes into cooking add sauerkraut and simmer for another 45 minutes, up to 1 hour, until the beans are completely softened.

In a small saucepan mix together the remaining 2 tbsp of oil with flour and cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until flour starts smelling nutty and turns golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Once done, carefully pour into the pot of stew (it’s gonna be bubbly, so watch your hands). Stir until fully incorporated, add parsley and cook through for 5 more minutes. Adjust seasoning, fish out bay leaves and bacon skins, if using, and serve with a thick slice of yummy bread of your choice.

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Luda sam za kiselim zeljem. Hladnije vrijeme mi je drago samo zato jer ga možemo tamaniti. Jedemo kiselo zalje u salatama, u glavnom jelu i u prilozima. Moram samo još otkriti neki desert sa kiselim zeljem da obsesija napravi puni krug.

Ovo je jelo tako zasitno i lagano da je to milina. Istina, treba dosta vremena da se sve skuha, ali ne morate stajati nad loncem, tako da je aktivno vrijeme koje treba utrošiti zapravo minimalno. Također, dobiti ćete ogromnu količinu. Ja sam smrznula brdo variva, jer se super podgrijava.

SASTOJCI:

(Za oko 10 izdašnih porcija / 5,85 kn po porciji / 58,47 kn za sve)

500 g suhog graha, namočenog večer prije (15,00 kn)

4 žlice ulja, podijeljene (0,40 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

4 mrkve (1,00 kn)

3 čili papričice (1,50 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka (0,50 kn)

2 žlice koncentrata od rajčice (1,00 kn)

2 suha lovorova lista (0,20 kn)

2 žlice crvene slatke paprike (0,10 kn)

Kobasice, dimljena slanina ili suho meso po izboru (ja sam stavila oko 1 kg dimljenih suhih špic rebrica i kože od špeka koje sam skupljala u frižideru); za vegansku verziju izbaciti (30,00 kn)

6-8 šalica tople vode (–)

500 g kiselog zelja (7,50 kn)

2 žlice oštrog pšeničnog brašna (0,01 kn)

Svežanj svježeg peršina, sitno nasjeckanog (0,50 kn)

Soli i papra po ukusu (0,01 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Isperite grah nakon namakanja, stavite u lonac, pokrijte svježim vodom i kuhajte na srednjoj vatri oko 45 minuta. U međuvremenu, očistite i sitno nasjeckajte svo povrće. Nakon 45 minuta ocjedite i dobro isperite grah i bacite vodu od kuhanja, pa ga stavite na stranu.

U velikom loncu pirjajte nasjeckani luk na 2 žlice ulja dok ne postane proziran. Dodajte nasjeckane mrkvu, čili i češnjak pa pirjajte 5 minuta, povremeno miješajući. Dodajte koncentrat rajčice, lovorov list, slatku papriku, ocijeđeni grah i meso ako ga koristite, prelijte sa 6-8 šalica tople vode da sve bude potopljeno, pa krčkajte na laganoj vatri 45 minuta. Pričekajte sa solju i paprom dok vam varivo ne bude skroz gotovo; moja rebrica i zelje su bili jako slani pa nije uopće trebalo dodatno soliti. Nakon 45 minuta dodajte kiselo zelje i kuhajte još 45 minuta do 1 sat, dok grah skroz ne omekša.

U maloj tavici ili lončiću pomiješajte preostalih 2 žlice ulja sa brašnom i kuhajte na srednjoj vatri, stalno miješajući, dok brašno ne zamiriši i ne postane zlatno-smeđe, oko 3-5 minuta. Kada je gotovo, oprezno zapršku dodajte u grah, pazeći da vas ne pošprica po rukama. Miješajte dok se zaprška sasvim ne sjedini sa varivom i prokuhajte još 5 minuta. Probajte i začinite solju i paprom po potrebi, ispecajte van lovorove listove i kože od špeka ako ste ih stavili, i poslužite sa debelim komadom omiljenog kruha.

Sauerkraut Bean Stew / Varivo od graha sa kiselim zeljem