Peanut and Lentil Stew (vegan) / Varivo od leće i kikirikija (vegansko)

This stew is da bomb! It is super easy to make, cheap, very filling and dang tasty. I had this after a one hour run on the weekend and have instantly been brought back to life.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.69 EUR per serving / 2.77 EUR for all)

For the stew:

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

3 carrots (0.20 EUR)

Pinch of dried red pepper flakes (0.02 EUR)

½ cup raw and hulled peanuts (1.00 EUR)

2 cups of precooked lentils (0.53 EUR)

3 tbsp peanut butter (0.60 EUR)

2 cups water (–)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

For serving:

4 cups cooked rice (0.27 EUR)

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METHOD:

Wash, peel and finely chop up onion and carrots. Add oil to the pot on high heat and saute onion for a few minutes, until softened and slightly translucent. Dump in carrots and red pepper flakes, then stir and cook for a few minutes so the aromas can develop. Add in the peanuts and allow them to slightly brown. Now stir in lentils, peanut butter, water, salt and pepper and let it all simmer for about ten minutes, while stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning and serve over cooked rice. This reheats great, so you know what to do with the leftovers.

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Ovo varivo je bomba! Jako je jednostavno za napraviti, jeftino, zasitno i prefino. Ovo sam proždrla nakon jednosatnog vikend trčanja i odmah me vratilo u život.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 5,18 kn po porciji / 20,71 kn za sve)

Za varivo:

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

3 mrkve (1,50 kn)

Prstohvat sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,15 kn)

½ šalice sirovog oljuštenog kikirikija (7,50 kn)

2 šalice kuhane leće (4,00 kn)

3 šlice kikiriki maslaca (4,50 kn)

2 šalice vode (–)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

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

Za posluživanje:

4 šalice kuhane riže (2,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i fino narežite luk i mrkve. Stavite ulje u lonac na jaku vatru pa prodinstajte luk par minuta, dok ne omekša i ne postane staklast. Ubacite mrkvu i čili, promiješajte i kuhajte par minuta da se okusi razviju. Dodajte kikiriki i kratko kuhajte dok lagano ne potamni. Sada umiješajte leću, kikiriki maslac, vodu, sol i papar i pustite da se krčka desetak minuta, uz povremeno miješanje. Kušajte i prilagodite začine te poslužite preko kuhane riže. Ovo se super podgrijava, tako da znate što vam je činiti sa ostacima.

Peanut and Lentil Stew (vegan) / Varivo od leće i kikirikija (vegansko)

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)

Simple Curried Lentils (including a vegan option) / Jednostavna leća sa curryjem (uključena i veganska opcija)

We’ve been having a period of Siberian-like freezing weather for quite a while and all I wanna do is eat comforting food. Of course, it has to be spicy too, to warm me up a little and uplift my spirits. Honestly, I’m still pretty lazy about cooking, as part of ongoing holiday recuperation, and try to keep things minimal. This lentil dish filled all of the above criteria and I liked it so much that I’ve already made it twice during the past week.

If you want to make this in vegan version, just be sure to substitute butter with coconut or olive oil and add vegetable stock to it instead of chicken.

INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.78 EUR per serving / 3.13 EUR for all)

2 tbsp butter (0.27 EUR)

2 large onions, diced (0.20 EUR)

6 garlic cloves, minced (0.20 EUR)

1 can of peeled tomatoes (0.67 EUR)

1 cup red lentils (1.00 EUR)

2 cups chicken stock (0.48 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp curry powder (0.07 EUR)

Pinch of chili flakes (0.03 EUR)

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

Place pot with butter on high heat. As soon as the butter melts, add diced onion and saute for a few minutes until softened and slightly translucent. Add minced garlic, briefly stir and add in canned tomatoes. Crush the tomatoes using your spatula. Wash lentils in colander under running water, then add to the pot together with stock, salt, paprika, curry and chili flakes. Stir and bring to a rolling boil.

Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, until thick and creamy. Be sure to stir occasionally, so the lentils wouldn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Taste, adjust seasoning and serve sprinkled with fresh chopped parsley.

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S obzirom na sibirske vremenske uvjete zadnjih dana, jede mi se samo neka utješna hrana. Naravno, to mora biti ljuto, da me malo ugrije i ojača mi duh. Iskreno, još uvijek sam malo lijena što se tiče kuhanja, a što je i dio oporavka od zimskih blagdana, pa se trudim stvari raditi minimalistički. Ovo jelo od leće ispunjava sve gornje stavke i toliko mi se svidjelo da sam ga kuhala već dva puta u zadnjih tjedan dana.

Ako želite ovo napraviti u veganskoj verziji, nema problema. Samo zamijenite maslac sa kokosovim ili maslinovim uljem, a umjesto pilećeg temeljca podlijte sa povrtnim.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 5,85 kn po porciji / 23,38 kn za sve)

2 žlice maslaca (2,00 kn)

2 velika luka, sitno nasjeckana (1,50 kn)

6 češnjeva češnjaka, sitno nasjeckanih (1,50 kn)

1 konzerva pelata (5,00 kn)

1 šalica crvene leće (7,50 kn)

2 šalice pilećeg temeljca (3,62 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica currya u prahu (0,50 kn)

Prstohvat sušenog chilija u pahuljicama (0,25 kn)

2 žlice sjeckanog svježeg peršina (1,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Stavite lonac sa maslacem na jaku vatru. Čim se maslac otopi dodajte luk i dinstajte par minuta dok luk ne omekša i ne postane staklast. Dodajte sjeckani češnjak, kratko promiješajte, pa ubacite pelate i usitnite ih sa kuhačom. U cjedilu operite leću pod mlazom vode, te stavite u lonac skupa sa temeljcem, soli, paprikom, curryjem i chilijem. Dobro promiješajte i pustite da zavrije.

Kada sve zavrije, smanjite vatru i krčkajte oko 45 minuta, da leća zgusne i postane kremasta. Samo pazite da povremeno promiješate kako se leća ne bi zalijepila za dno lonca. Kušajte, prilagodite začine i poslužite posipano svježim sjeckanim peršinom.

Simple Curried Lentils (including a vegan option) / Jednostavna leća sa curryjem (uključena i veganska opcija)

Lentil and Spinach Magic Pot (vegan and gluten-free) / Čarobni lonac sa lećom i špinatom (veganski i bez glutena)

I don’t know if you’ve noticed already, but I’m a big fan of one pot dishes. They’re usually hearty, filling and require only a minimal clean up. Like many fantastic ideas, this recipe was also born out of nothing but sheer laziness. But don’t get discouraged by short ingredient list because the spinach and lentils definitely work some kind of magic when combined, as the end result is incredibly creamy and yummy.

Well, without further ado, let’s get down to business. I hope that all of you lazy folks out there will enjoy this dish as much as I did. 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.71 EUR per serving / 2.82 EUR for all)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

1 large purple onion, thinly sliced (0.10 EUR)

3 garlic cloves, minces (0.09 EUR)

1 cup red lentils (0.80 EUR)

1 can diced tomatoes (0.53 EUR)

450 g bag frozen leaf spinach (1.07 EUR)

1 tbp dried parsley (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.03 EUR)

1/2 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper (0.03 EUR)

1 cup water (–)

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METHOD:

Put all ingredients in a pot, give a good stir and place on high heat. Reduce heat to low as soon as it reaches a rolling boil. Simmer with a lid cracked open for 20-30 minutes, until lentils are cooked through and the dish creams up, while stirring occasionally. If necessary, add a splash more of water. On the other hand, if it’s too watery, you can finish the cooking without the lid so extra liquid can evaporate. This generally depends on how much water is there in your frozen spinach.

Serve hot over potatoes or rice, or on its own with a slice of delicious bread for scooping.

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Ne znam da li ste već primijetili da sam veliki fan jela koja se kuhaju u jednom loncu. Ona su obično izdašna, zasitna i zahtijevaju minimalno čišćenje. Kao mnoge fantastične ideje, ovaj recept je nastao iz ničeg drugog do čiste lijenosti. Ali nedajte se obeshrabriti kratkim popisom sastojaka, jer špinat i leća definitivno naprave neku čaroliju kada se spoje. Konačni je rezultat jako kremasti i fini.

Bez daljnjeg odgađanja, idemo na posao. Nadam se da će sve ljenguze uživati u ovom jelu koliko sam i ja. 🙂

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 5,27 kn po porciji / 21,07 kn za sve)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

1 veliki ljubičasti luk, tanko narezan (0,75 kn)

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

1 šalica crvene leće (6,00 kn)

1 konzerva nasjeckanih rajčica (4,00 kn)

1 vrećica od 450 g smrznutog špinata u listovima (8,00 kn)

1 žlica sušenog peršina (0,50 kn)

1 žličica slatke crvene paprike (0,25 kn)

½ žličice soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,20 kn)

1 šalica vode (–)

 

PRIPREMA:

Stavite sve sastojke u lonac, dobro promiješajte i stavite na jaku vatru. Čim zavrije smanjite vatru. Lagano krčkajte uz povremeno miješanje sa odškrinutim poklopcem jedno 20-30 minuta, dok se leća skroz ne skuha i jelo ne postane kremasto. Po potrebi dodajte mrvicu vode. S druge strane, ako vam se čini prevodnjikavo, dovršite jelo odklopljeno kako bi višak tekućine mogao ispariti. Ovo uglavnom ovisi o tome koliko vode ima u smrznutom špinatu kojeg koristite.

 

Poslužite vruće preko krumpira ili riže, ili samo sa komadom finog kruha za umakanje.

Lentil and Spinach Magic Pot (vegan and gluten-free) / Čarobni lonac sa lećom i špinatom (veganski i bez glutena)

Lentil and Corn Stew / Varivo od leće i kukuruza

I came up with this because I needed something to stuff into sort of tacos I was making but didn’t feel like waiting for 3 hours for beans to cook. Then I figured, why not just use lentils instead? I mean, it’s a legume and is done in 15 minutes. The outcome was just as hearty and tasty. Naturally, I felt like I’ve won at life. IMGP4409

INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 generous servings / 0.60 EUR per serving / 2.40 EUR for all)

1 tbsp olive oil (0.04 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

2 large carrots (0.07 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.09 EUR)

1 cup lentils (0.40 EUR)

1 500 g box tomato puree (0.67 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

½ tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper (0.01 EUR)

1 can corn (0.80 EUR)

Handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped (0.13 EUR) IMGP4411

METHOD:

Finely dice onion, add with tablespoon of oil to a pot to saute on high for a few minutes, until softened. Add diced carrot and minced garlic and cook for two to three minutes. Meanwhile, pick through lentils and rinse well in a colander. Then stir in lentils together with onion and carrot and saute for just a minute. Pour over tomato puree, add bay leaf, paprika, salt and pepper and cook on medium high for fifteen minutes, until lentils are cooked through, stirring occasionally and adding a bit of water if necessary. When lentils are cooked, add in corn and parsley, stir well and serve. IMGP4412


 

Ovo sam jelo smislila jer mi je trebalo neki filer za tacose koje sam radila, a nije mi se dalo čekati 3 sata da se skuha grah. Onda mi je sinulo da umjesto graha upotrijebim leću. Zašto ne? Također je mahunarka, a gotova je za 15 minuta. Rezultat je bio jako zasitan i ukusan. Naravno, odma sam se osjećala kao da sam pobijedila u životu.

 

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 izdašne porcije / 4,50 kn po porciji / 18,00 za sve)

1 žlica maslinovog ulja (0,33 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

2 velike mrkve (0,50 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (0,70 kn)

1 šalica leće (3,00 kn)

1 pakiranje od 500 g pasirane rajčice (5,00 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,10 kn)

1 žlica slatke paprike (0,50 kn)

½ žličice soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježeg mljevenog crnog papra (0,10 kn)

1 limenka kukuruza (6,00 kn)

Pregršt svježeg peršina, sitno nasjeckanog (1,00 kn)

 

PRIPREMA:

Sitno nasjeckajte luk pa na jakoj vatri dinstajte na žlici ulja nekoliko minuta, dok ne omekša. Dodajte narezanu mrkvu i nasjeckani češnjak pa kuhajte dvije-tri minute. U međuvremenu, proberite leću, isperite u cjedilu pod mlazom vode i ubacite sa mrkvom i lukom na minutu. Onda umiješajte pasiranu rajčicu, lovorov list, papriku, sol i papar pa kuhajte na srednje jakoj vatri 15 minuta dok se leće ne skuha do kraja, uz povremeno miješanje i dodavanje malo vode po potrebi. Kada je leća gotova ubacite kukuruz i peršin, dobro sve promiješajte i poslužite.

Lentil and Corn Stew / Varivo od leće i kukuruza

Protein Packed Lentil and Tuna Salad / Proteinska salata od leće i tune

I don’t know about you, but I could sure step away from the carbs for second, with holiday season being in full swing and cookies and other sweet temptations lurching to get me behind every corner. This tuna salad is just the thing. It’s simple, yet filling and delicious. And not drenched in mayo, like majority of tuna salads mostly are. Not that I have anything against mayo, on the contrary. But I’m trying to keep things with this on the healthier side of the spectrum.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 generous servings / 1.13 EUR per serving / 2.26 EUR for all)

½ cup of dried lentils (0.27 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.01 EUR)

Two pinches of salt, divided (0.01 EUR)

Two pinches of freshly ground black pepper, divided (0.01 EUR)

1 medium onion (0.09 EUR)

Bunch of fresh parsley (0.13 EUR)

1 can of tuna chunks in brine (1.60 EUR)

¼ tsp garlic powder (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp olive oil (0.04 EUR)

1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Pick through dried lentils, wash in colander and add to pot with bay leaf, pinch of salt, pinch of black pepper and about 2-3 cups of water. Simmer the lentils for 15 minutes on medium heat, until cooked through. Rinse well under running cold water and drain.

Meanwhile, finely dice the onion, chop parsley and add to drained lentils together with drained tuna chunks. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, olive oil and lemon juice, stir well, taste to adjust seasoning and serve.

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Ne znam za vas, ali meni bi dobro došlo da se na sekundu maknem od ugljikohidrata sada kad smo usred blagdanske sezone, a keksi i drugi slatkiši vrebaju iza svakog ugla. Ova salata od tune prava je stvar. Jednostavna je, a opet zasitna i ukusna. I ne pliva u majonezi, kao većina ostalih salata od tune. Nije da imam nešto protiv majoneze, sasvim naprotiv. Ali trudim se da ovo jelo zadržim na zdravijoj strani spektra.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 izdašne porcije / 8,49 kn po porciji / 16,99 kn za sve)

½ šalice sušene leće (2,00 kn)

1 lovorov listopad (0,10 kn)

Dva prstohvata soli, podijeljena (0,01 kn)

Dva prstohvata svježe mljevenog crnog papra, podijeljena (0,10 kn)

1 srednji luk (0,70 kn)

Pregršt svježeg peršina (1,00 kn)

1 limenka komada tune u salamuri (12,00 kn)

¼ žličice češnjaka u prahu (0,25 kn)

1 žlica maslinovog ulja (0,33 kn)

1 žlica zvježe iscijeđenog soka od limuna (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Proberite sušenu leću, isperite u cjedilu i stavite u lonac sa lovorovim listom, prstohvatom soli, prstohvatom papra i 2-3 šalice vode. Kuhajte leću na umjerenoj vatri oko 15 minuta, dok se skroz ne skuha. Dobro isperite pod tekućom hladnom vodom i ocijedite.

U međuvremenu sitno nasjeckajte luk i peršin pa pomiješajte sa ocijeđenom lećom i ocijeđenim komadima tune. Začinite solju, paprom, češnjakom u prahu, maslinovim uljem i sokom od limuna, dobro promiješajte, pa kušajte da prilagodite začine i poslužite.

Ova salata može stajati nekoliko dana u frižideru u hermetički zatvorenoj posudi.

Protein Packed Lentil and Tuna Salad / Proteinska salata od leće i tune