Chickpea, Rye and Sausage Stew (including a vegan option) / Varivo sa kobasicom od slanutka i raži (sa veganskom opcijom)

I guess my favorite part of autumn is all those warm and cozy soups and stews. Those are just the perfect dishes, if you ask me. They are filling, cheap and super easy to make. Also, you can always cook up big batches to have some leftovers for work and shove a portion or two in your freezer. Meal prep saves me so much time and sanity, so I always welcome dishes like this one that reheat well.

This recipe is super customizable so feel free to switch ingredients with stuff you have on hand. I had some whole grain rye around, but feel free to use barley, wheat or even brown rice. To make this vegan, just ditch the sausage and use some smoked firm tofu or seitan.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 generous servings / 1.09 EUR per serving / 4.34 EUR for all)

1 cup dried chickpeas (0.67 EUR)

1 cup whole grain rye (0.53 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

2 pickled sweet pepperoncino peppers (0.13 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.03 EUR)

Pinch of dried chili flakes (0.02 EUR)

4 carrots (0.27 EUR)

4 small sausages – I used Carniolan sausage (1.87 EUR)

2 tbsp ajvar – red pepper paste (0.13 EUR)

1 tbsp tomato paste (0.13 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

4-5 cups water (–)

2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

The day before rinse chickpeas and rye under running water and leave to soak overnight. When ready to cook, drain them, wash again under running water and set aside. Wash, peel and finely dice all the veggies and cut the sausages into coins.

Saute onion on olive oil on high heat until slightly translucent. Add in chopped garlic, pepperoncinos, bay leaf and chili. Give a good stir and cook for just a minute, so the aromas from spices release. Add in diced carrots and sausage coins (or a vegan alternative), then cook for about 10 minutes to slightly caramelize. Now dump in drained uncooked chickpeas and rye, ajvar, tomato paste, paprika, salt, pepper and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer with a lid cracked open for about an hour, until the chickpeas and rye are thoroughly cooked through. You can also skip the overnight soak if you are in a hurry, but the cooking time is gonna be around hour and a half then and you’ll definitely need to add more water to the stew. While the stew cooks, if necessary, add in another splash of water and stir occasionally. Serve sprinkled with fresh parsley.

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Milsim da su mi najdraži dio jeseni sva ona topla jela na žlicu. Po meni je to jednostavno savršena hrana jer je zasitna, jeftina i jednostavna za skuhati. Također, uvijek možete pripremiti više i imati ostatke za na posao ili ubaciti koju porciju u zamrzivač. Meni osobno takav način kuhanja štedi mnogo vremena i živaca, tako da obožavam ovakvu vrstu hranu koja dobro trpi podgrijavanje.

Ovaj je recept jako prilagodljiv, pa slobodno zamjenite neke od sastojaka onime što vam je pri ruci. Ja sam imala nešto integralne raži pri ruci, ali slobodno umjesto toga upotrijebite ječam, pšenicu ili čak smeđu rižu. Da ovo jelo bude vegansko, izbacite kobasice i umjesto njih ubacite dimljeni čvrsti tofu ili seitan.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 izdašne porcije / 8,13 kn po porciji / 32,52 kn za sve)

1 šalica suhog slanutka (5,00 kn)

1 šalice suhe integralne raži (4,00 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

4 ćešnja ćešnjaka (1,00 kn)

2 ukiseljena slatka feferona (1,00 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,20 kn)

Prstohvat sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,15 kn)

4 mrkve (2,00 kn)

4 male kobasice – ja sam upotrijebila kranjske (14,00 kn)

2 žlice ajvara (1,00 kn)

1 žlica koncentrata od rajčice (1,00 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

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

4-5 šalica vode (–)

2 žlice svježeg sjeckanog peršina (1,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Dan prije isperite slanutak i raž pod tekućom vodom i ostavite ih da se namaču preko noći. Kada ste spremni za kuhanje, ocijedite ih, isperite još jednom pod tekćom vodom i stavite na stranu. Operite, ogulite i nasjeckajte svo povrće, a kobasice narežite na novčiće.

Prodinstajte luk na maslinovom ulju na jakoj vatri dok ne postane staklast. Ubacite sjeckane češnjak i feferone, lovorov list i čili. Dobro promiješajte i kuhajte samo koju minutu, da se arome iz začina otpuste. Ubacite nasjeckanu mrkvu i kobasice (ili vegansku alternativu), pa kuhajte desetak minuta da se sve blago karamelizira. Sada dodajte ocijeđene slanutak i raž, ajvar, koncentrat rajčice, crvenu papriku, sol, papar i vodu. Promiješajte, pustite da zavrije, smanjite vatru i ostavite da se krčka sa odškrinutim poklopcem oko jedan sat, dok se slanutak do kraja ne skuha. Ako ste u žurbi možete preskočiti namakanje slanutka i raži preko noći, ali ćete onda trebati sve kuhati oko sat i pol i u varivo će trebati dodati više vode. Po potrebi tokom kuhanja dodajte još malo vode i povremeno promiješajte. Poslužite posipano svježim sjeckanim peršinom.

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Chickpea, Rye and Sausage Stew (including a vegan option) / Varivo sa kobasicom od slanutka i raži (sa veganskom opcijom)

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