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)

Braised Sauerkraut and Crushed Potatoes / Dinstano kiselo zelje i restani krumpir

As much as I love and appreciate winter holidays, I am somewhat relieved that the shebang is over and I am slowly adjusting to my normal routine. After a month of gluttony, sloth and money spending, it’s nice to have some structure again. I’m also happy to have this vast clear slate of 2016 in front of me. So many possibilities!

And you might ask yourself if we really need another sauerkraut recipe around. Absolutely! More than anything. You can whip this dish up so fast that it’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal. IMGP4378

INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 1.36 EUR/ 5.45 EUR for all)

For crushed potatoes:

1 kg potatoes (0.93 EUR)

2 tbsp vegetable oil (0.01 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

For braised sauerkraut:

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

1 tbsp vegetable oil (0.01 EUR)

2 spicy sausages (2.00 EUR)

500 g shredded sauerkraut (2.00 EUR)

1 large apple, peeled and grated (0.27 EUR)

1 tbsp pumpkin seed oil (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 cup water (–)

Salt and pepper to taste (0.01 EUR) IMGP4379

METHOD:

Wash potatoes under running water, giving them a good scrub and leaving skins intact. In a large pot, cover potatoes with clean water and place on high heat. When the water boils, reduce heat to medium and cook with lid cracked open for 20-25 minutes, until softened.

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Preheat oven to 220°C. Give potatoes good rinse under cold water, until cool enough to handle and peel. Using a potato masher, slightly crush the potatoes, stir in oil, salt and pepper and spread over baking tray. Bake for 30 minutes, until golden crust starts forming, giving them a good stir once or twice during baking.

Meanwhile, finely dice the onion and place on high heat with a tablespoon of vegetable oil, to cook until slightly translucent, for about 2-3 minutes. Chop sausages into coins, add to onion and saute for about 5 minutes. Add in sauerkraut, grated apple, pumpkin seed oil, paprika and water, giving everything a good stir. When things come to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer with lid cracked open for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding a bit water if necessary. Taste to adjust seasoning and serve with crushed potatoes.IMGP4384


Koliko god volim zimske praznike, u neku ruku mi je olakšanje činjenica da je sve to iza nas pa se sada polako vraćam u normalnu rutinu. Nakon mjesec dana prežderavanja, ljenčarenja i trošenja novaca, lijepo je opet imati neku strukturu u životu. Također me veseli imati pred sobom ovu cijelu praznu 2016. godinu. I sve te mogućnosti!

Možda se pitate da li nam zaista treba još jedno jelo sa kiselim zelje. Apsolutno! Sada više nego ikada. Ovo jelo možete na brzinu smutiti tako da je savršeno za brzi objed usred tjedna.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 10,22 kn po porciji / 40,86 kn za sve)

Za restani krumpir:

1 kg krumpira (7,00 kn)

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,10 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,10 kn)

Za dinstano kiselo zelje:

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

1 žlica suncokretovog ulja (0,05 kn)

2 kobasice češnjovke (15,00 kn)

500 g rezanog kiselog zelja (15,00 kn)

1 velika jabuka, oguljena i naribana (2,00 kn)

1 žlica bučinog ulja (0,25 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 šalica vode (–)

Sol i papar po potrebi (0,10 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Dobro operite krumpire pod tekućom vodom i ostavite na njima kore. Stavite u dubok lonac, prekrijte sa čistom vodom i stavite da se kuha na jakoj vatri. Kada voda zakipi, smanjite vatru na srednje i kuhajte sa odškrinutim poklopcem 20-25 minuta, dok krumpiri ne omekšaju.

Zagrijte pećnicu na 220°C. Isperite krumpire pod hladnom vodom dok nisu dovoljno hladni da njima možete rukovati, pa ih ogulite. Sa gnječilicom za pire malo zgnječite krumpire, dodajte ulje, sol i papar pa ih raširite po plehu za pečenje. Pecite 30 minuta, dok se ne uhvati zlatna korica, a promiješajte ih jednom ili dva puta tokom pečenja.

U međuvremenu, sitno nasjeckajte luk i sa žlicom suncokretovog ulja stavite na jaku vatru i kuhajte dok ne postane staklast, jedno 2-3 minute. Kobasice narežite na novčiće pa dodajte luku i dinstajte oko 5 minuta. Dodajte kiselo zelje, naribanu jabuku, bučino ulje, crvenu papriku i vodu pa sve dobro promiješajte. Kada zavrije, smanjite vatru na srednje-nisku i sa odškrinutim poklopcem kuhajte uz povremeno miješanje 30 minuta. Po potrebi dodajte mrvicu vode. Kada je gotovo, kušajte i začinite po potrebi pa poslužite sa restanim krumpirom.

Braised Sauerkraut and Crushed Potatoes / Dinstano kiselo zelje i restani krumpir