Cheap and fast food – at home

The end of May can be a tough period. You only get half the CSN, and you have no spare time due to hectic last minute “tentaplugg”. With that in mind, it may not seem like the perfect time to cook food. But beware: Lundtan is here to prove you wrong, with three fast and tasty recipes for the hungry stomach and empty wallet.

Chicken and oven roasted root vegetables

This recipe costs about 20 kr/portion, and is a so-called “one-tray-wonder”. It simply means that you put all ingredients on one tray, and let the oven do the rest of the job! You are free to preheat the chicken in a frying pan for some color, but there is no need. 

Ingredients (for one full tray):

  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 lemon
  • ca 900 g chicken breast

… feel free to add optional ingredients to your tray, such as garlic, tomatoes, or other goodies!

  1. Cut your potatoes, the sweet potato and the onion in handy bites. Cut the lemon in 4 parts and put it in different places on the tray together with your vegetables, allowing the juice to spread out (it will taste sweet after some  time in the oven).
  2. Put your tray in the oven for about 15 minutes at 225 °C. 
  3. Take the tray out, and add the chicken. Put it back in for at least 15 minutes, wait until the chicken is ready. I used a small cooking thermometer to be sure (72 °C is a common guideline)

Serve with optional sauce or eat the dish as it is with the “lemon juice”. Enjoy! 

Feta cheese vegetarian steaks

These vegetarian steaks with soy mince from Anamma and feta cheese chunks taste like heaven, are easy to make, and can be served with anything from rice to potatoes. Sometimes I make my own sauce and sometimes I buy garlic sauce. In the following recipe, I added a tzatziki recipe that goes well with the feta steaks. 

Ingredients:

  • 500 g “formbar färs” from Anamma
  • 1 package feta cheese
  • a splash of soy sauce
  • spices such as pepper, salt, garlic…

Tzatziki (optional sauce):

  • 2 dl Greek yogurt
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 0.5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated or very finely chopped
  • 0.5 cucumber

Prepare to get sticky hands! Make sure the soymince is “tinad” before using it. Since I’m very bad at planning when I will be cooking, I usually warm the mince up with a little help from the microwave…

  1. Mix the feta cheese with the soy mince in a bowl.
  2. Pour a splash of soy sauce, salt, pepper, and optional spices into the bowl. Mix again.
  3. Preheat a frying pan with oil.
  4. Form relatively flat balls and fry cirka 4 steaks at a time in the frying pan.
  5. Flip the steaks when they release easily and the bottom has a deep-brown-almost-a-little-bit-burned colour. They taste good when they are crispy!
  6. Finish all steaks using the same method

Sauce: 

  1. Mix yoghourt, salt, lemon juice and olive oil.
  2. Grate or finely chop the garlic.
  3. Peel the cucumber and grate. Mix well.

Serve your steaks with optional sides or a greek salad. Enjoy!

Tortellini with prosciutto in white-wine-cream-sauce

Eating tortellini is tasty, but the dish may feel a bit dry and boring without sauce. This recipe adds a sauce that tastes luxurious and may give you a new love for this stuffed pasta-dish. 

Ingredients (1 portion):

  • 0,5 package of tortellini in optional taste
  • 0,25-0,5 dl white wine
  • ca 1 dl cooking cream (matlagningsgrädde) 
  • a splash of soy sauce
  • optional: prosciutto
  • optional: a splash of broth
  • optional: parmigiano to top of.
  1. Cook pasta following the directions on your package. Rinse and set aside.
  2. Add wine into a pan and let it simmer for about 1 minute or until it doesn’t smell like alcohol anymore.
  3. Add cream and a splash of soy sauce. 
  4. Stir the pasta down into the pan together with the sauce. Add pepper, salt, and top with some parmigiano. 
  5. Rip smaller bits of prosciutto apart and stir into the dish. Enjoy!
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