Roasted Tomato and Horn Pepper Salsa (vegan) / Šalša od pečenih rajčica i paprika roga (veganska)

You know that summer is slowly winding down when ripe juicy tomatoes are on every corner. I am absolutely filling up my freezer with this salsa so I can eat it for the whole year, because it’s delicious and super easy to make. The oven does all the work for you and I find the whole meal prep less daunting when I work in smaller batches. Later on you just need to boil some pasta, heat up the salsa on a splash of olive oil and dinner is served.

The recipe below is an approximation when it comes to ingredient amounts, but this combo of tomatoes and sweet horn peppers works best with my taste buds at the moment.

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INGREDIENTS

(Yields about 15 servings / 0.29 EUR per serving / 4.40 EUR for all)

20 big Roma tomatoes (2.00 EUR)

5 big red horn peppers (0.67 EUR)

5 large onions (0.50 EUR)

2 garlic bulbs (0.27 EUR)

2 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

2 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.07 EUR)

10 tbsp olive oil (0.88 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat oven to 200°C. Wash and halve tomatoes. Halve peppers and discard stems and seeds. Quarter the onions with skins intact. Break garlic bulbs into cloves, but leave the skins on them. Arrange tomatoes, peppers, onion chunks and garlic cloves on a baking tray in a single layer. Generously sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for about 1 hour, until everything is slightly charred.

Allow to cool a bit before peeling and discarding onion and garlic skins. Blitz everything in a food processor to desired consistency and portion out if you wanna freeze for later. This sauce is fantastic on its own, served over pasta. But it’s also very customizable and you can definitely add in any other meat or veggies. It’s also a superb base for a homemade tomato soup and will make a homemade pizza taste like heaven.

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Znate da se ljeto polako primiče kraju kada su zrele i sočne rajčice na svakom koraku. Planiram dubkom napuniti naš frizer ovom šalšom kako bi ju mogli jesti cijele godine, jer je prefina i jako jednostavna za napraviti. Pećnica će za vas odraditi većinu posla, a meni je cijeli pothvat sasvim lagan kada ovu šalšu radim u manjim turama. Kasnije trebate samo skuhati tjesteninu, podgrijati šalšu na malo maslinovog ulja i imate spreman ručak.

Recept u nastavku je poprilično odokativan što se tiče količine sastojaka, ali  ovakav omjer rajčica i slatke paprike roge nekako najabolje odgovara mojem ukusu u ovom trenutku.

SASTOJCI:

(Za oko 15 porcija / 2,32 kn po porciji / 34,87 kn za sve)

20 velikih rajčica šljivara (15,00 kn)

5 velikih crvenih paprika roga (5,00 kn)

5 velikih glavica luka (3,75 kn)

2 glavice češnjaka (4,00 kn)

2 žličice soli (0,02 kn)

2 žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,50 kn)

10 žlica maslinovog ulja (6,60 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Operite i raspolovite rajčice. Raspolovite paprike i bacite sjemenke i peteljke. Raščetvorite luk skupa sa ljuskom. Razlomite češnjak na češnjeve, ali također ostavite ljuske. Rasporedite rajčice, papriku, luk i češnjak po protvanu za pečenje, posipajte solju i paprom, te pokapajte maslinovim uljem. Pecite oko 1 sat, dok se sve lagano ne zapeče.

Ostavite da se sve malo ohladi prije nego što ćete oguliti i baciti ljuske sa luka i češnjaka. Sve propulsirajte u multipraktiku do željene konzistencije te rasporedite u porcije prije nego što ćete zamrznuti za kasnije. Ova šalša je fantastična sama za sebe sa tjesteninom, no također je i veoma prilagodljiva te joj možete dodati razna mesa i druga povrća. Ujedno je i izvrsna baza za domaću juhu od rajčica, a sa njom će vam domaća pizza ispasti savršeno.

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Roasted Tomato and Horn Pepper Salsa (vegan) / Šalša od pečenih rajčica i paprika roga (veganska)

Crunchy Tuna Salad / Hrskava salata of tune

The weather has been super warm and humid lately, so all I wanna do is munch on salads. This recipe is ideal as a light lunch and you can whip it up in just minutes. If you’re as lazy as I am, you’re gonna make it even easier for yourself and use prewashed and cut bagged mixed greens. Mine had thin carrot sticks in as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings / 2.03 EUR per serving / 4.06 EUR for all)

1 can of tuna (1.73 EUR)

2 salted anchovy fillets (0.27 EUR)

1/3 cup pitted olives (0.40 EUR)

2 tbsp capers (0.27 EUR)

Large handful of mixed greens (1.00 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

2 tbsp lemon juice (0.27 EUR)

Small pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

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METHOD:

Drain canned tuna from brine or oil and flake it with a fork. Finely chop up anchovies and cut pitted olives into rings. Toss together with capers and mixed greens. Season with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and enjoy. Be sure to go easy on the salt, though, as anchovies, olives and capers are already quite salty on their own.

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Vrijeme je zadnjih dana baš toplo i sparno, tako da mi se samo jedu salate. Ovaj recept je idealan kao lagani ručak, a možete ga zgotoviti za svega par minuta. Ako ste jednako lijeni kao i ja, olakšajte si dodatno tako da uzmete pakiranu opranu i narezanu zelenjavu. U mojoj salati su bili također i tanki štapići mrkve.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 porcije / 15,16 kn po porciji / 30,32 kn za sve)

1 konzerva tune (13,00 kn)

2 slana fileta inčuna (2,00 kn)

1/3 šalice odkoštenih maslina (3,00 kn)

2 žlice kapara  (2,00 kn)

Veliki pregršt miješane salate (7,50 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

2 žlice limunovog soka (2,00 kn)

Mali prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

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

PRIPREMA:

Ocijedite tunu od salamure ili ulja i usitnite viljuškom. Fino nasjeckajte inćune, a masline narežite na kolutiće. Pomiješajte skupa sa kaparama i salatom. Začinite sa maslinovim uljem, sokom od limuna, soli i paprom i navalite. Samo pazite da ne pretjerate sa soli, jer su i inčuni, masline i kapare već prilično slani sami za sebe.

Crunchy Tuna Salad / Hrskava salata of tune

Basil and Pumpkin Seed Pesto (vegan, paleo, low histamine) / Pesto od bosiljka i bučinih sjemenki (veganski, paleo, niskohistaminski)

Dear friends, I wish you all a bit belated very merry Christmas and that you thoroughly enjoy the rest of the holidays and festivities. I’m still recuperating a bit from the cleaning and cooking frenzy. As much as I try to keep everything low-key, it’s still difficult to resist the general tendency of going over the top. With the overflow of foodstuff, I haven’t cooked anything substantial since Christmas Eve.

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I’m sure I’m not the only one still gnawing on leftovers, so here’s a super quick and easy pesto recipe to brighten things up and dollop over your pasta, salads, roasted veggies or pretty much anything else you can think of. We had three really big indoor basil plants that were ripe and ready for harvest so pesto seemed like the best choice. If you’re going to do a bigger batch of pesto, and there really isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t, freeze whatever you have leftover for later.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 cup / 0.52 EUR)

Big handful of fresh basil (0.00 EUR / We grew it ourselves for free!)

2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (0.13 EUR)

3 cloves garlic (0.10 EUR)

2 tbsp coconut oil (0.27 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

METHOD:

Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse to desired consistency. Taste to adjust seasoning. Voila, your pesto is ready!

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Dragi prijatelji, svima vam sa malim zakašnjenjem želim jako sretan Božić i da puno guštate u ostatku blagdana i slavlja. Ja još uvijek dolazim k sebi od manije čišćenja i kuhanja. Koliko god se trudila da sve bude niskog intenziteta, i dalje mi je teško skroz se oduprijeti općoj tendenciji pretjerivanja. Sa svom tom količinom hrane, nisam skuhala ništa konkretno još od Badnjaka.

Sigurna sam da nisam jedina koja još žvače ostatke, tako da evo vam samo jedan brzinski i lagani recep za pesto sa kojim ćete podignuti i osvježiti tjesteninu, salate, pečeno povrće i bilo što drugo što vam padne na pamet. Mi smo doma u teglicama imali tri ogromna bosiljka koja su već neko vrijeme čekala da ih pobrstimo, pa se pesto činio kao najbolji izbor. Ako ćete raditi veću količinu pesta, a nema razloga da to ne napravite, sav višak možete slobodno smrznuti za kasnije.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 šalicu / 3,81 kn)

Veliki pregršt svježeg bosiljka (0,00 kn / Mi smo sami svoj uzgojili besplatno!)

2 žlice bučinih sjemenki (1,00 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka (0,75 kn)

2 žlice kokosovog ulja (2,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Stavite sve sastojke u multipraktik i pulsirajte do željene gustoće. Kušajte i prilagodite začine. To je to, vaš je pesto spreman!

Basil and Pumpkin Seed Pesto (vegan, paleo, low histamine) / Pesto od bosiljka i bučinih sjemenki (veganski, paleo, niskohistaminski)

Creamy Cauliflower Parsnip Soup (vegan, paleo, low histamine) / Krem juha od cvjetače i pastrnjaka (veganska, paleo,niskohistaminska)

With an abundance of rich holiday foods and sweets floating around, I decided to sneak in a healthy dish and give us a little break in between munching on cookies. This soup is super creamy in texture, but very light and loaded with veggies. It’s also a breeze to make and that’s a huge plus, especially now when we are all running around to get as much done as humanly possible in preparations for the upcoming festivities. I decided to take advantage on running the oven for other things so all the veggies for the soup got roasted. But feel free to make the soup stovetop if that’s more convenient for you.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 generous servings / 0.62 EUR per serving / 2.49 EUR for all)

2 large parsnips (1.00 EUR)

1 large parsley root (0.20 EUR)

2 tbsp coconut oil (0.27 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

3 cloves of garlic (0.10 EUR)

1 small head of cauliflower (0.67 EUR)

4 cups water (–)

2 tbsp of chopped freshly parsley leaves (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat oven to 200°C. Wash, peel and roughly chop parsnips and parsley root. Toss them together with coconut oil, salt and pepper and spread out on a baking tray. Quarter onion and halve garlic cloves, both with their skins intact, then nest them with parsnips and parsley. Place in the oven and roast for 30 minutes.

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Meanwhile, wash and cut cauliflower florets. After 30 minutes of baking, stir veggies in the tray and arrange cauliflower florets on top, then return to the oven to roast for additional 30 minutes. Once done, allow veggies to cool a bit then peel and discard onion and garlic skins. Pulse all veggies with water in a food processor until smooth. Bring soup to a boil, taste to adjust seasoning and serve sprinkled with chopped fresh parsley leaves.

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S obzirom na trenutno izobilje bogate blagdanske hrane i svih dostupnih kolača, odlučila sam podmetnuti jedno zdravo jelo u pauzi između žvakanja keksa. Ova je juhica kremasta u teksturi, ali jako lagana i nakrcana povrćem. Ujedno ju je jednostavno za napraviti, što je ogroman plus, posebno u ovom užurbanom periodu kada svi imamo hrpetinu obaveza za obaviti dok se pripremamo za nadolazeća slavlja. Ja sam odlučila iskoristiti činjenicu da mi je pećnica bila u pogonu radi drugih stvari te je stoga svo povrće za juhu pečeno. Ali, ako vam je to nezgodno, slobodno sve skuhajte u loncu na štednjaku.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 izdašne porcije / 4,64 kn po porciji / 18,56 kn za sve)

2 velika pastrnjaka (7,50 kn)

1 veliki korijen peršina (1,50 kn)

2 žlice kokosovog ulja (2,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka (0,75 kn)

1 mala glavice cvjetače (5,00 kn)

4 šalice vode (–)

2 žlice svježeg sjeckanog peršinovog lista (1,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Operite, ogulite i grubo narežite pastrnjak i korijen peršina. Pomiješajte sa kokosovim uljem, soli i paprom te raširite po protvanu. Raščetvorite luk i raspolovite češnjak, sve skupa sa ljuskama, te ih ugnijezdite među pastrnjak i peršin. Stavite u pećnicu i pecite 30 minuta.

U međuvremenu operite i odrežite cvjetiće karfiola. Nakon 30 minuta pečenja, promiješajte povrće iz protvana i po vrhu poslažite cvjetaču i onda sve skupa vratite u pećnicu na još 30 minuta. Kada je sve gotovo, pustite da se povrće malo ohladi prije nego što skinete i bacite ljuske sa luka i češnjaka. Povrće skupa sa vodom ispasirajte u multipraktiku da bude glatko. Pustite da juha provrije, kušajte i prilagodite začine, te poslužite posipano sa malo svježeg sjeckanog peršina.

Creamy Cauliflower Parsnip Soup (vegan, paleo, low histamine) / Krem juha od cvjetače i pastrnjaka (veganska, paleo,niskohistaminska)

Shakshuka / Jaja u umaku od rajčica

I’ve been meaning to post about Shakshuka for a while because it’s my perfect quick, cheap and satisfying lunch solution. As usually, life somehow got in the way. But here’s we are, finally, to admire this tasty dish.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 generous servings / 1.70 EUR per serving / 3.39 EUR for all)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

1 chili pepper (0.20 EUR)

3 cloves of garlic (0.10 EUR)

2 bell peppers (0.67 EUR)

1 can of tomatoes (0.67 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

4 eggs (0.80 EUR)

Small chunk of feta cheese (0.67 EUR)

2 tbsp of chopped fresh parsley (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Wash, peel and finely dice all the vegetables. Place skillet on high heat, add oil and saute diced onion for a few minutes until slightly translucent. Add in diced chili and garlic, stir and saute for a minute, then add in diced bell pepper and cook for a few minutes to soften. Add in canned tomatoes, salt and pepper. Crush tomatoes with spatula and cook for a few minutes until excess liquid evaporates and the sauce is slightly thickened.

Carefully crack the eggs into the skillet so all the yolks remain intact. Cover skillet with a lid, reduce heat to low and cook shortly, until the whites are cook through, but yolks still remain runny. Using a spatula crumble the cooked egg whites into tomato sauce but leave the yolks intact. Crumble feta on top, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with a hunk of good bread for dipping.

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Već duže vrijeme mislim napisati recept za Shakshuku, jer je to jedna savršena brza, jeftina i zasitna solucija za ručak. Kao i obično, vrijeme je jednostavno proletjelo. Ali evo, recept je napokon tu da se svi možemo diviti ovom ukusnom jelu.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 izdašne porcije / 12,61 kn po porciji / 25,22 kn za sve)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

1 čili papričica (1,50 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka (0,75 kn)

2 paprike babure ili roge (5,00 kn)

1 konzerva pelata (5,00 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

4 jaja (6,00 kn)

Komadić feta sira (5,00 kn)

2 žlice sjeckanog svježeg peršina (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i nasjeckajte svo povrće. Stavite tavu na jaku vatru pa na ulju popržite nasjeckani luk da bude staklast. Dodajte nasjeckani čili i češnjak, kuhajte minutu, pa dodajte narezane paprike i dinstajte ih nekoliko minuta da omekšaju. Dodajte pelate, sol i papar. Izgnječite pelate špatulom u komadiće i kuhajte kratko da ispari višak tekućine i umak se ne zgusne.

U takav umak pažljivo razbijte jaja tako da vam svi žumanjci ostanu cijeli. Poklopite tavu, smanjite vatru na nisku i kuhajte par minuta dok se bjelanjci skroz ne skuhaju, a žutanjci još budu tekući. Špatulom izmrvite kuhane bjelanjke u umak od rajčice, ali žumanjke ostavite netaknute. Nadrobite po svemu komadiće fete, posipajte sjeckanim peršinom i poslužite sa komadom nekog finog kruha za umakanje.

Shakshuka / Jaja u umaku od rajčica

Grilled Tuna (paleo) / Tuna na žaru (paleo)

I’m ashamed to admit how long it’s been since I’ve last cooked up some fresh fish. Since I bought a beautiful piece of tuna for gravlax, I decided to toss a chunk on a grill as well. I ate it with a handful of cherry tomatoes and this whole lunch was done in about 10 minutes.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 serving / 3.51 EUR)

For tuna:

Tuna fillet of preferred size (2.67 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

1 tbsp olive oil (0.04 EUR)

For serving:

Handful of cherry tomatoes (0.67 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

Drizzle of olive oil (0.02 EUR)

Juice from ¼ of a lemon (0.07 EUR)

METHOD:

Place grilling pan on high heat and allow it to get thoroughly warmed up. Wash and pat dry tuna with a paper towel. Brush the fish with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on preheated grilling pan and grill for about 3 minutes on one side, then flip and finish for another minute or two on the other side. Meanwhile, while the fish cooks, wash and halve cherry tomatoes and season them with salt and pepper. Transfer cooked fish on a plate with tomatoes, drizzle with a bit more olive oil and lemon juice and dig in right away.

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Sve me sram priznati kada sam zadnji puta kuhala neku svježu ribu. Pošto sam kupila krasanu tunu za gravlax, odlučila sam baciti komad i na gril. Poslužila sam ju sa cherry rajčicama i cijeli je ručak bio gotov u desetak minuta.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 porciju / 26,10 kn)

Za tunu:

File tune po želji (20,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

1 žlica maslinovog ulja (0,33 kn)

Za posluživanje:

Pregršt cherry rajčica (5,00 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

Mrvica maslinovog ulja (0,15 kn)

Sok od ¼ limuna (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Stavite gril tavu na jaku vatru da se dobro ugrije. Operite i papirnatim ručnikom dobro posušite tunu. Premažite ribu maslinovim uljem te posipajte soli i paprom. Stavite peći na zagrijanu tavu i pecite oko 3 minute na jednoj strani, pa okrenite i dovršite još minutu-dvije na drugoj strani. U međuvremenu, dok se riba peče, operite i raspolovite cherry rajčice te ih začinite soli i paprom. Gotovu ribu stavite na tanjur sa rajčicama, pokapajte sa još malo maslinovog ulja i limunovim sokom pa odmah navalite.

Grilled Tuna (paleo) / Tuna na žaru (paleo)

Sweet Potato Ginger Soup (vegan, paleo, low histamine) / Juha od batata i đumbira (veganska, paleo, niskohistaminska)

We’re having a case of really moody weather over here and as a result everyone seems to be down with a cold. This soup is loaded with ginger and will help clear out those clogged sinuses. Plus, it’s also yummy and super simple to make.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings / 0.36 EUR per serving / 2.18 EUR for all)

2 large sweet potatoes (1.33 EUR)

3 large carrots (0.20 EUR)

1 thumb-sized piece of ginger (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

2 tbsp coconut oil (0.13 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

6 cloves of garlic (0.20 EUR)

6 cups water (–)

2 tbsp chopped parsley (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat oven to 200°C. Peel and chop up sweet potatoes, carrots and ginger, then toss together in a baking tray with salt, pepper and coconut oil. Quarter the onion with its skin intact and arrange among diced veggies together with unpeeled garlic. Bake everything for 45 minutes, until veggies start to get slightly charred.

Allow veggies to cool a bit before squeezing garlic cloves out of its skins and discarding onion peels. Add all the vegetables to a food processor with 6 cups of water and pulse until smooth. Bring the soup to a boil and serve hot, sprinkled with chopped parsley.

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Pošto je vrijeme u zadnje vrijeme stvarno čudljivo, svi su navukli nekakve prehlade. Ova je juhica dobro napucana sa đumbirom, pa će vam za čas pročistiti zaštopane sinuse. Osim toga je i jako fina i super jednostavna za napraviti.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija / 2,73 kn po porciji / 16,36 kn za sve)

2 velika batata (10,00 kn)

3 velike mrkve (1,50 kn)

1 komad đumbira veličine palca (0,50 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

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

2 žlice kokosovog ulja (1,00 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

6 češnjeva češnjaka (1,50 kn)

6 šalica vode (–)

2 žlice sjeckanog peršina (1,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Ogulite i narežite batat, mrkvu i đumbir, pa u protvanu pomiješajte sa solju, paprom i kokosovim uljem. Raščetvorite luk skupa sa ljuskom i zajedno sa neoguljenim češnjakom rasporedite među narezanim povrćem. Pecite sve skupa oko 45 minuta, dok se povrće lagano ne karamelizira.

Pustite da se povrće mrvicu ohladi prije nego češnjak istisnete iz ljuski i bacite ljuske od luka. Sve propulsirate u multipraktiku skupa sa 6 šalica vode dok ne dobijete glatku masu. Stavite juhicu da prokuha i poslužite vruću, posipanu sjeckanim peršinom.

Sweet Potato Ginger Soup (vegan, paleo, low histamine) / Juha od batata i đumbira (veganska, paleo, niskohistaminska)