You don’t have to cook all week. Recipes that save you time and…

07.09.2022
| Reading time 7 minutes

Do you want to make everyday cooking easier? Cook wisely and, above all, economically! We have some tips for quick and cheap recipes that are healthy and very tasty at the same time.

The basis of everything is choosing a practical cooking method. So, if I’m already cooking something, it can also be used to prepare other dishes during the week. As a result, you will save not only money, but also a lot of time that you will be able to use in a more interesting way. Try, for example, with the recipes below.

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Simple and quick veggie burgers

This dish is not only practical, because it fits perfectly as a main dish, but also as a snack in the bag. At the same time, it is ready relatively quickly, and above all, it is tasty and with a minimum of calories.

Wash the red lentils and cover them with cold water about 2 cm above them in a saucepan. Add 2 to 3 bay leaves, 1 teaspoon of salt and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. No more, the lentils would be overcooked and could turn into an unsightly mess.





Meatless burgers can be decorated to your liking.
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Meanwhile, finely chop 1 large onion and grate 2 large carrots. In a frying pan, briefly fry the onion together with the carrot. Then place the vegetables in a clean bowl.

Drain and rinse the cooked lentils with cold water, this will prevent them from softening further. Allow to drain sufficiently or squeeze out excess water with a wooden spoon. Add it to the stewed vegetables together with the tofu that you previously mashed with a fork and mix everything well. Add 2 teaspoons of baker’s yeast, salt to taste, sprinkle with 1 cup of breadcrumbs, 1 teaspoon of smoked ground red pepper, the same amount of dried oregano, fresh or dried garlic and 1 whole raw egg.

Again, make everything properly, preferably with your hands, so that all the ingredients are combined to taste. Then form burgers, wrap them in breadcrumbs and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Then bake them for about 15 minutes in a heated oven. After this time, coat the burgers on both sides with oil and let them bake for another 20 minutes.

Dressing and filling the burger

In a bowl, put 1 portion of tahini paste, the same amount of your favorite mustard, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of water, salt to taste and mix everything well. Alternatively, you can also use fresh herbs for seasoning, which will add flavor to the sauce. Then you can start filling the burgers. You can use buns from the store, but homemade buns are better, so if you have time, bake them yourself. Spread the sliced ​​bun with the dressing, cover with a leaf of green salad, a slice of fresh tomato and some delicious cheese. And finally, use the marinated vegetables that you make according to the instructions below. Finally, put the bun halves together and you have a healthy and quick meal for the family that also looks great.

Vegetable stock is the base

Cut the fresh carrot, onion and parsley into larger pieces and put them in a pan with a little oil to fry them a little. Meanwhile, cut the leek, celery and mushrooms into rings. Add a whole head of garlic, cut in half, to the pan first, then the leeks and celery. When the garlic is caramelized, add the mushrooms. Simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes, then put the contents into the previously prepared pan. Pour water over the vegetables, add salt and boil. Then cook on low heat for another hour. You can keep part of the broth in jars in the refrigerator, and the rest you can use for other soups according to your taste and the ingredients you currently have at home and need to process.

Quick pickles go well with everything

This is not a classic fermentation, but a quick marination. Cut red onion and salad cucumber into rings. Place them in clean, resealable jars, then prepare a steam of 2 ladlefuls of hot water, 1 ladleful of vinegar, and sugar and salt to taste. Cover the jars with vegetables with varnish. Let it cool, then close it and you can best store this delicacy in the refrigerator. It really is “junk food” that tastes great.

And something quick for breakfast?

In a bowl, put 3 batches of whole grain flakes, 1 batch of peeled almonds and grated coconut, 1 teaspoon of sesame, sunflower and flax seeds and mix everything well. In fact, you can add anything you want, such as walnuts or other nuts. You can add a pinch of salt to taste.

Then melt 2 teaspoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 5 tablespoons of cranberry syrup in a pot and heat everything so that the individual ingredients combine better. Then pour the mass into the prepared mixture for flakes and mix well again. Finally, pour everything into a tray covered with baking paper and bake in the oven three times for 5 minutes at a temperature of 200°C. Always stir the entire contents of the pan carefully to ensure even baking and golden browning. At this point you can add any dried fruit and maybe even pumpkin seeds to the mixture. Store in a dry place in a sealable jar. They are excellent with yogurt or seasonal fruit and in all kinds of porridge.



Homemade tomato sauce

Homemade tomato sauce is suitable as a base for tomato soup, but also for spaghetti. Baked lasagna and even pizza also taste great.
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Tomato sauce is popular and versatile

Saute 1 chopped onion in heated oil in a pan, after a while add chopped garlic and 1 teaspoon of dried oregano. Given that there are currently plenty of tomatoes everywhere, it is better to use fresh tomatoes, and only over the winter, the ones you have picked yourself. It’s up to you whether you eat them peeled or unpeeled, chopped and put in a pot with onions. Add a pinch of salt and sugar to your taste and let it cook for 3 to 5 minutes. If you don’t use it all, or make a larger batch, it can easily be stored in the fridge. It is suitable as a base for tomato soup, but also for spaghetti. Baked lasagna and even pizza also taste great.

Resources: www.spektrumzdravi.cz, www.fresh.iprima.cz, www.jimezdrave.cz

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