Eggplant, giant beans and chestnuts stew with rice
I still do not understand why the ideia that one not eating animal products can be expensive. This is a very twisted ideia, shared normally by omnivores. But I’ve heard the exact same thing from plant eaters. More expensive? Bro, what the hell have you been eating? Someone didn’t study the lesson very well before turning into veganism. Beans, chickpeas, lentils, rice, grains, potatoes and cabbage is expensive? Those are just some of the cheapest products all around the globe and, in fact, the solid base of any balanced diet (unless you have any special condition of course). Beans, grains and rice is something you can buy bulk, in huge amounts, and you can store and have tons of it at home, because this sh*t simply doesn’t go bad! I buy tons of beans, chickpeas, lentils, etc., soak, boil and then freeze the whole sh*t. It’s always ready to use and it’s way cheaper than buying canned stuff. Fruit, nuts, seeds and other vegetables can be more expensive, depending where you live, but the last time I checked, the price for a kg of bananas, oranges, tomatoes or broccoli was still much less than for fish or meat. And no, you don’t need to eat soy based products daily to replace the meat – whatever that means. Also, if you keep buying all those veggie burgers, soy ham and fake meats, at the end of the day you’ll be eating sh*t loads of processed food and your diet will be a mess. Just to make it clear, I’m not talking about tofu or tempeh for example! Those are normally just as processed as any cheese or fermented food. We also like tofu and tempeh, we just don’t eat it a lot. Sometimes once a week, sometimes not even that. And it’s not just because it’s relatively “expensive”. It’s more because we don’t even remember.
Now, just cut the bullsh*t and go get your beans and green stuff and you’ll see you’ll be saving some cash. Try just replacing some of your big meals or even try it for a week. You’ll see I’m right. If you lack on free time, or if you’re just a lazy motherf*cker, do it like me – cook one or two big pots of stew or something that last you for a week. There is nothing I like to cook better than big pots. At our place, we love stews, cury, casseroles and stuff like that. And rice. Lots of rice. Specially Joana.
For 3 people – or 2 hungry fellas
1 Red Onion
1 Garlic clove
1 Can of Chopped Tomato (400 gr)
1 Cup of Dried Chestnuts
2 Cups of Giant Beans – Black or white
1 Bunch of Coriander
1 Tablespoon of Turmeric
1 Tablespoon of Fennel seeds
1 Tablespoon of Grounded Cumin
1 Tablespoon of Paprika
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1+½ Cup of Basmati Rice
1 Tablespoon of Lemon juice
Before we start – did you soak your giant beans? No? So how the f*ck do you expect to do cook this? Jeez… I told you about this in this post! Just start shopping you beans dried, soak it, boil it and freeze it. BAM! Always ready to go. Fantastic. Well, if you have no cooked giant beans in the freezer, use the canned ones.
- Grab that onion and garlic clove and chop it roughly. Yes bro, just do what I’m saying. That’s for a stew, there is no need to be perfectly chopped;
- Take out that green thing from the eggplant with your teeth. Really? Did you really try it? You’re such a moron… cut the eggplant in cubes with 1,5 cm;
- Throw everything in a pot, cover with the lid and put it on medium heat. I don’t use any fat, you know. The lid helps to create some moisture. Let it cook for 5 minutes or so, always keeping an eye on it. Don’t let the motherf*cker burn;
- Add in the spices – turmeric, fennel seeds, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper – and½ cup of water. Mix it well, cover it and let it cook for 5 minutes more;
- Take out the paper around the can of chopped tomatoes and throw it in the recycle bin. So you don’t recycle? Because you don’t have a recycling station at your door? Ah, ok. I thought you were saying that you have no legs. Pffff. If you don’t have a recycling station at your door it’s totally understandable. Open the can and pour the tomato in the pot. Fill up the can with water and pour it also in there. Stir it well. Throw the can in the recycle bin;
- Add in the dried chestnuts and let it cook for 45 minutes/1 hour, always covered, on low heat heat. A good stew must cook for long time, very slowly;
- Drink a coffe, wash your face and give me some reps of burpees, push ups, pull ups, squats, rope skipping, or just read a book, watch YouTube, read my blog, I don’t know, do something while your stew is cooking;
- Now, take a look at your stew, check if the eggplant is tender and the chestnuts are soft. Yes? What about the seasoning? All good? Nice. So add in your cooked giant beans (if you’re working with the canned ones, drain it and wash it well before), cover the pot with the lid again and let it cook for another 10 minutes;
- In the meanwhile, wash your rice, like 3 or 4 times, drain it and boil it in 2+½ cups of water. Explaning this, for basmati rice, the ratio should be 1:1+½, that means – for 1 cup of rice, you will be using 1+½ of water. For regular long grain rice, the ratio is 1:2 – for 1 cup of rice, you will be using 2 cups of water;
- Put your rice and water in a pot, stir it, lid on and let it boil. When it’s boiling, add in the lemon juice and stir it again. Lid on one more time, and let it cook for about 8 minutes. After that time, take it out from the heat, and, still covered, let it rest for 5 extra minutes. Or just buy a rice cooker, throw everything in, turn the machine on and relax;
Rest of the scene:
- When the stew is ready, add in some chopped coriander;
- Serve your stuff in your favorite bowl and dig in;
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