Lentil and Potato Stew (vegan) / Varivo od leće i krumpira (vegansko)

Whenever I don’t know what to quickly whip up for lunch, 90% of the time it’s lentils with whatever else I have lying around the fridge. I probably eat lentils at least 2-3 times a week. But I’m totally okay with this, as they are super cheap, tasty and nutritious.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.58 EUR per serving / 2.31 EUR for all)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

1 can of peeled tomatoes (0.67 EUR)

1 cup green lentils (0.40 EUR)

4 medium potatoes (0.40 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

Pinch of dried chili flakes (0.02 EUR)

1 tbsp dried basil (0.13 EUR)

1 tbsp dried oregano (0.13 EUR)

2 tbsp dried parsley (0.13 EUR)

3 cups water (–)

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METHOD:

Wash, peel and chop up the veggies. Rinse the lentils in a colander under running water. In a big pot, saute onion on olive oil on high heat for about five minutes, until slightly translucent. Throw in chopped garlic and stir briefly until fragrant. Dump in canned tomatoes and break them down with a spatula. Cook for about five minutes, then add in the remaining ingredients. Give a good stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils and potatoes are thoroughly cooked through. Serve warm.

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U 90% slučajeva kada nemam inspiracije što bi mogla na brzinu skuhati za ručak, napravim leću u kombinaciji sa onime što mi se već taj dan povlači po frižideru. Tako da leću vjerovatno jedem barem 2-3 puta tjedno. Ali to mi je i skroz super, jer je leća jeftina, fina i zasitna.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 4,33 kn po porciji / 17,32 kn za sve)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (1,00 kn)

1 konzerva pelata (5,00 kn)

1 šalica zelene leće (3,00 kn)

4 srednja krumpira (3,00 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

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

Prstohvat sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,15 kn)

1 žlica sušenog bosiljka (1,00 kn)

1 žlica sušenog origana (1,00 kn)

2 žlice sušenog peršina (1,00 kn)

3 šalice vode (–)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i nasjeckajte svo povrće. Isperite leću u cjediljci pod mlazom vode. U velikom loncu, na jakoj vatri, dinstajte luk na ulju oko pet minuta, dok ne postane staklast. Ubacite nasjeckani češnjak i kratko promiješajte da zamiriši. Ubacite pelate i špatulom ih razlomite na manje komade. Kuhajte oko pet minuta, a onda dodajte i sve ostale sastojke. Dobro promiješajte i pustite da zavrije. Smanjite vatru i krčkajte oko 20 minuta, dok se leća i krumpiri do kraja ne skuhaju. Poslužite toplo.

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Lentil and Potato Stew (vegan) / Varivo od leće i krumpira (vegansko)

Pork and Pea Goulash / Gulaš sa svinjetinom i graškom

Oh my, the summer ended in like three and a half seconds. We were sweating and walking in flip-flops for one minute and now we’re in jeans, sweaters and sporting umbrellas. I definitely did not expect it all to be over so abruptly. I’m also burrowing down at home, wrapping myself in blankets and drinking tea. Naturally, all I want to eat are hot soups and stews. This is where the goulash kicks in. It’s super comforting and tasty. It makes autumn exceptionally good.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings / 0.90 EUR per serving / 5.42 EUR for all)

For the meat:

500 grams pork leg or shoulder (2.00 EUR)

1 tbsp mustard (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.07 EUR)

For the goulash:

5-6 tbsp sunflower seed oil, divided (0.08 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

1 tsp ground coriander (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp dried hot pepper flakes (0.07 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.01 EUR)

5 carrots (0.33 EUR)

2 parsley roots with leaves (0.40 EUR)

1 small bell pepper (0.20 EUR)

5 garlic cloves (0.17 EUR)

1 can of diced Roma tomatoes (0.67 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp smoked paprika (0.07 EUR)

3 cups water (–)

3 cups frozen peas (1.00 EUR)

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METHOD:

Start off by preparing the meat by cutting it into small cubes. Whisk together mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper and massage the mixture into the pork cubes. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight.

Remove the meat from the refrigerator 30 minutes before starting to cook, so it has plenty of time to come to room temperature. Meanwhile wash, peel and finely dice all the vegetables. Keep chopped parsley leaves separated from the roots.

Place large pot on high heat and allow it to thoroughly warm up. Add two tablespoons of oil, then add in half of the pork and cook for a few minutes, until browned on all sides. Remove the browned meat and repeat with the rest, adding in more oil if necessary. Set all cooked meat aside and deglaze the pot with a bit of water. Reserve those delicious juices for later.

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Return the pot to heat and saute onion on remaining oil, until slightly caramelized. Add in coriander, dried hot pepper flakes and bay leaf and stir for about 30 seconds, just so all the flavors from spices can infuse the oil. Throw in diced carrots, parsley roots, bell pepper and garlic, give a good stir and cook for about 10 minutes, until veggies slightly caramelize, while stirring once or twice. Return the meat to the pot with all its juices, throw in diced tomatoes, salt and paprika, then pour water over everything. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook with a lid cracked open for about 2 hours. The sauces will thicken and meat will get super tender. At that point add in frozen peas and chopped parsley leaves, stir and simmer for another 10 minutes, until peas are thoroughly cooked though.

Serve hot goulash over cooked rice, mashed potatoes, pasta or gnocchi.

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Da li samo ja imam osjećaj kao da je ljeto završilo u tri i pol sekunde? Jedan tren smo se znojili i hodali okolo u japankama, a sada smo odjednom u trapericama, džemperima i mašemo kišobranima. Definitivno nisam očekivala da će sve završiti tako naglo. Doma se isto zamatam u deke i pijem čaj. Naravno, sve što mi se jede su vruće juhe i variva. I tu na scenu stupa ovaj gulaš koji je baš fini i topli. Radi toga je jesen iznimno dobra.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija / 6,73kn po porciji / 40,38 kn za sve)

Za meso:

500 g svinjskog buta ili lopatice (15,00 kn)

1 žlica senfa (0,50 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,50 kn)

Za gulaš:

5-6 žlica suncokretovog ulja, podijeljenih (0,60 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

1 žličica mljevenog korijandera (0,50 kn)

1 žličica sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,50 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,10 kn)

5 mrkvi (2,50 kn)

2 peršinova korijena sa lišćem (3,00 kn)

1 mala paprika babura (1,50 kn)

5 češnjeva češnjaka (1,25 kn)

1 konzerva sjeckanih pelata (5,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica dimljene slatke paprike (0,50 kn)

3 šalice vode (–)

3 šalice smrznutog graška (7,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Prvo pripremite meso tako da ga narežete na kockice. Umutite skupa senf, maslinovo ulje, sol i papar, te umasirajte smjesu u narezanu svinjetinu. Spremite u hermetički zatvorenu posudu i ostavite preko noći u hladnjaku.

Izvadite meso iz hladnjaka pola sata prije nego krenete kuhati, kako bi imalo vremena ugrijati se na sobnu temperaturu. U međuvremenu operite, očistite i fino nasjeckajte svo povrće. Držite nasjeckano peršinovo lišće odvojeno od korjena.

Stavite veći lonac na jaku vatru i pustite da se dobro ugrije. Dodajte dvije žlice ulja pa na njemu kratko popecite polovicu mesa, tako da kockice budu hrskave sa svih strana. Izvadite meso iz lonca, i ponovite sa ostatkom, po potrebi dodajući još malo ulja. Kada je meso gotovo, stavite ga na stranu i sa malo vode otopite sve što je ostalo u loncu i obavezno sve te fine sokove sačuvajte za kasnije.

Vratite lonac na jaku vatru i na ostatku ulja izdinstajte luk dok se lagano ne karamelizira. Ubacite korijander, pahuljice čilija i lovorov list, pa promiješajte tridesetak sekundi, samo da se arome iz začina otpuste u ulje. Dodajte u lonac narezane mrkve, peršinov korjen, papriku i češnjak. Dobro promiješajte i kuhajte desetak minuta da se povrće malo karamelizira. Jednom ili dva puta sve promiješajte. Vratite u lonac meso i sve sokove, ubacite pelate, sol i dimljenu papriku, te zalijte sve vodom. Pustite da zavrije, smanjite vatru i kuhajte sa odškrinutim poklopcem oko dva sata. Umak će se za to vrijeme fino zgusnuti, a meso postati sasvim mekano. Za kraj dodajte smrznuti grašak i nasjeckan peršinov list, promiješajte i krčkajte još desetak minuta, dok se grašak do kraja ne skuha.

Poslužite topli gulaš preko kuhane riže, pire krumpira, tjestenine ili njoka.

Pork and Pea Goulash / Gulaš sa svinjetinom i graškom

Lentil and Yellow Bean Spicy Stew (vegan) / Pikantno varivo od leće i žutih mahuna (vegan)

I’m in a super lazy phase when it comes to cooking these days so I’m looking into easy and no-fuss recipes that can be whipped up quickly. Dishes which I can make in big batches and reheat later as needed are currently my BFFs. I don’t know if it’s the weather, very busy period at work, or just life, but man, I am so ready for a vacation (which isn’t happening for another month D:). Anyhow, here’s a super easy and tasty recipe for you guys, so enjoy.IMGP6548

INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.88 EUR per serving / 3.53 EUR for all)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

1 large onion, diced (0.10 EUR)

1 can of tomatoes (0.80 EUR)

4 garlic cloves, minced (0.13 EUR)

500 grams frozen yellow beans (1.00 EUR)

1 cup red lentils (1.00 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tbsp Gochujang – Korean chili paste (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

2 cups water (–)

Small bunch of fresh parsley, chopped (0.20 EUR)

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Saute onion on olive oil until slightly translucent. Add in canned tomatoes and garlic, then smash down the tomatoes into smaller chunks with your spatula. This is also very therapeutic if you had to deal with annoying people at work for half a day. Allow to simmer for about 5-10 minutes, then dump in yellow beans, lentils, paprika, Gochujang, salt and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook with a lid cracked open for about 20 minutes, while stirring occasionally. If needed, add a splash more of water. Remove from heat, stir in chopped parsley and serve warm.IMGP6553


Ovih sam dana u nekoj jako lijenoj fazi kada je u pitanju kuhanje, pa tražim lagane recepte bez puno komplikacija, koji se brzo mogu smutiti. Jela koja mogu napraviti u velikim porcijama i kasnije podgrijati po potrebi su mi trenutno najbolji frendovi. Nemam pojma da li je to zbog vremena, užasno ubzranog tempa na poslu, ili jednostavno života, ali ljudi moji, spremna sam za godišnji (koji se neće desiti još mjesec dana, grrr D:). Uglavnom, evo vam jedan jako jednostavan i ukusan recept, pa uživajte.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 6,61 kn po porciji / 26,42 kn za sve)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

1 veliki luk, narezan na kockice (0,75 kn)

1 konzerva pelata (6,00 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka, sitno nasjeckana (1,00 kn)

500 grama smrznutih žutih mahuna (7,50 kn)

1 šalica crvene leće (7,50 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žlica Gochujanga – korejske chili paste (1,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

2 šalice vode (–)

Mali pregršt peršina, sitno nasjeckanog (1,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Prodinstajte luk na maslinovom ulju dok ne bude staklast. Dodajte pelate i češnjak, pa pelate špatulom izgnječite u manje komade. Ovo je jako terapeutski ako ste se cijeloga dana na poslu bavili sa napornim ljudima. Pustite da se krčka 5-10 minuta, pa ubacite unutra mahune, leću, papriku, Gochujang, sol i vodu. Pustite da zavrije, smanjite vatru i krčkajte sa odškrinutim poklopcem oko 20 minuta, uz povremeno miješanje. Po potrebi dodajte još mrvicu vode. Maknite sa vatre, umiješajte nasjeckani peršin i poslužite toplo.

Lentil and Yellow Bean Spicy Stew (vegan) / Pikantno varivo od leće i žutih mahuna (vegan)

Yellow Bean Stew (vegan) / Varivo od žutih mahuna (vegansko)

I love eating green and yellow beans, but they usually somehow pass below my radar and I simply forget to cook with them. This stew is super tasty and the smoky aroma from paprika rounds it all up beautifully. It’s also one of those things you can refrigerate and reheat, so naturally you wanna keep it around for quick weeknight meals.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / EUR per serving / 2.92 EUR for all)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

3 carrots (0.20 EUR)

1 can of peeled tomatoes (0.80 EUR)

500 grams of frozen yellow beans (1.00 EUR)

4-5 small potatoes (0.27 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.07 EUR)

Pinch of dried red pepper flakes (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp smoky red paprika (0.07 EUR)

3 bay leaves (0.04 EUR)

2-3 cups water (–)

Handful of fresh parsley (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

Wash and peel all the veggies and finely chop up. In a large pot, saute onion on olive oil until translucent. Add in chopped garlic and carrot, then stir and cook for a few minutes. Dump in canned tomatoes and crush them with your spatula into smaller chunks, then throw in yellow beans, potatoes, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika and bay leaves. Cover with water until all the veggies are submerged and stir to combine. Simmer for about 30 minutes, while stirring occasionally, until everything is cooked through and most of the water evaporates. Stir in fresh parsley and serve warm.

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Obožavam jesti i zelene i žute mahune, ali nekako mi uvijek prođu ispod radara i jednostavno zaboravim s njima kuhati. Ovo varivo je jako ukusno, a aroma dima iz paprike sve to lijepo zaokružuje. Također, ovo je jedna od onih stvari koja se dobro drži u frižideru i podgrijava, tako da naravno želite imati dio pri ruci za brzi obrok tijekom tjedna.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 5,46 kn po porciji / 21,82 kn za sve)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (1,00 kn)

3 mrkve (1,50 kn)

1 konzerva pelata (6,00 kn)

500 grama smrznutih žutih mahuna (7,50 kn)

4-5 malih krumpira (2,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,50 kn)

Prstohvat sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,10 kn)

1 žličica dimljene crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

3 lovorova lista (0,30 kn)

2-3 šalice vode (–)

Pregršt svježeg peršina (1,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i nasjeckajte svo povrće. U velikom loncu prodinstajte luk na žlici ulja dok ne postane staklast. Dodajte nasjeckani češnjak i mrkvu, pa kuhajte nekoliko minuta. Ubacite pelate i izgnječite ih špatulom u manje komade, pa onda dodajte mahune, krumpire, sol, papar, čili, papriku i lovorov list. Podlijte sa onoliko vode koliko treba da svo povrće bude potopljeno i dobro promiješajte. Pustijte da zavrije i krčkajte uz povremeno miješanje oko 30 minuta, dok se sve ne skuha, a većina vode ne ispari. Umiješajte svježi peršin i poslužite toplo.

Yellow Bean Stew (vegan) / Varivo od žutih mahuna (vegansko)

Pork Goulash / Svinjski gulaš

I’ve been in a mood for a nice thick goulash for a while now and when I finally stumbled onto pork leg on sale, I was all set. I suggest using meat with a bit of fat in this recipe, as the fatty bits are going to cook off and in return leave the meat juicy and tender. I decided to cook store-bought gnocchi on the side, but you can totally make this with rice, mashed potatoes or pasta. Of course, whipping up your own gnocchi would be even better, but alas, I was a bit lazy for that venture.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings / 0.82 EUR per serving / 4.94 EUR for all)

To prep the meat:

500 grams of pork leg or shoulder (2.00 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

2 tbsp all-purpose flour (0.01 EUR)

3 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.04 EUR)

For the goulash:

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

2 large onions (0.20 EUR)

1 garlic bulb (0.27 EUR)

2 large carrots (0.20 EUR)

1 tin of peeled tomatoes (0.80 EUR)

2 small potatoes (0.07 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp dried red pepper flakes (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp smoked red paprika (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp dried parsley (0.13 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.01 EUR)

2 cups water (–)

For gnocchi:

Water (–)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

500 grams of gnocchi (1.00 EUR)

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METHOD:

First prepare the meat by cutting it into cubes and tossing with salt and pepper. Set aside and let it rest for half an hour. While the meat rests wash, peel and dice all the vegetables. After 30 minutes, toss the meat with flour to coat evenly. Place a large heavy pot on high heat and add a tablespoon of oil to it, then quickly sear the cubed meat on all sides. Work in small batches, adding more oil as necessary. Remove all meat from the pot and set aside.

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Add remaining two tablespoons of oil to the same pot and saute onion for a few minutes until translucent. Toss in garlic and carrot and stir to cook briefly until softened. Dump in peeled tomatoes and crush them with a spatula. Return in the meat, add potatoes, salt, red pepper flakes, smoked and Hungarian paprika, parsley and bay leaf, cover everything with water and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer with a lid cracked open for about an hour, until nicely thickened. The flour from searing the meat should be enough to thicken the goulash, but you can also simmer it with a lid off for a while if it appears too soupy. Taste and adjust seasoning.

While the goulash is coming along, cook the gnocchi in salted water as per packaging instructions. Drain and serve with goulash ladled on top and sprinkled with some finely grated hard cheese, if you are so inclined. This dish freezes and reheats great, so be sure to cook enough to have a bit reserved for later.

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Već sam dulje vrijeme raspoložena za fini gusti gulaš, a kada sam naletila i na svinjski but na sniženju, bacila sam se na kuhanje. Moj je prijedlog da ovdje upotrijebite mrvicu masnije meso. Masnoća će se s vremeno iskuhati, a samo meso ostati će sočno i mekano. Ja sam se kao prilog odlučila uzeti kupovne njoke, ali ovo možete svakako složiti sa rižom, pire krumpirom ili tjesteninom. Naravno, bilo bi još bolje da sam sama išla raditi njoke, ali sam za tu avanturu bila malo prelijena.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija / 6,14 kn po porciji / 36,86 kn za sve)

Za prirediti meso:

500 g svinjskog buta ili plećke (15,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,13 kn)

2 žlice glatkog brašna (0,10 kn)

3 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,30 kn)

Za gulaš:

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

2 velika luka (1,50 kn)

1 glavica češnjaka (2,00 kn)

2 velike mrkve (1,50 kn)

1 konzerva pelata (6,00 kn)

2 mala krumpira (0,50 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,25 kn)

½ žličice dimljene slatke paprike (0,25 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

2 žlice sušenog peršina (1,00 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,10 kn)

2 šalice vode (–)

Za njoke:

Voda (–)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

500 grama njoka (7,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Prvo priredite meso tako da ga narežete na kockice i pomiješate sa solju i paprom. Ostavite da miruje oko pola sata. U međuvremenu operite, ogulite i narežite svo povrće. Nakon pola sata posipajte meso brašnom i promiješajte da se ravnomjerno obloži. Stavite veliki lonac na jaku vatru i na žlici ulja brzo popecite meso sa svih strana, samo da se ulovi korica. Napravite to u nekoliko manjih tura, a po potrebi dodajte još malo po malo ulja. Maknite svo meso iz lonca i stavite na stranu.

U isti lonac dodajte preostale dvije žlice ulja i prodinstajte luk par minuta dok ne postane staklast. Ubacite češnjak i mrkvu, promiješajte i kratko kuhajte da omekšaju. Dodajte pelate i izgnječite ih sa špatulom. Sada vratite u lonac meso, pa dodajte krumpire, sol, čili pahuljice, dimljenu i slatku papriku, peršin i lovorov list, te prekrijte sve sa vodom i pustite da zavrije. Smanjite vatru na srednje-nisku i krčkajte sa odškrinutim poklopcem oko jedan sat, dok se gulaš lijepo ne zgusne. Brašno od prženja mesa trebalo bi biti dovoljno da zgusne gulaš, no po potrebi završiti kuhanje i otklopljeno ako vam se čini da je prejušno. Kušajte i prilagodite začine.

Kad gulaš bude pri kraju skuhajte njoke u slanoj vodi prema uputama na pakiranju. Ocijedite i poslužite njoke prelivene sa gulašom i po želji posipane sa malo parmezana. Ovo se jelo super smrzava i podgrijava, pa skuhajte više da si možete malo spremiti i za kasnije.

Pork Goulash / Svinjski gulaš

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)

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