Homemade Meals For The Busy Guy: Vegetarian Mini Pies


I had potatoes, no ground beef, but I wanted to eat shepherd’s pie—it was a real conundrum. But then I remembered I had boiled beans in my freezer. The gears of my mind started spinning—why not throw the beans in the food processor to make easy ground protein?

Sure, I could have ground some beef instead, but that would have meant more time, effort and clean-up (chopping the beef into tiny enough pieces using a board and knife, grinding it in the food processor, then scrubbing the processor clean of the fat left behind).

The beans were simpler (either grind with the food processor, which would only require  rinsing with water afterwards, or mashing with a steady potato masher). Plus beans are cheap as dirt, and they don’t have any cholesterol. My mind was made up.

How to make the pies

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The infatuation was real

The love was not

I saw it for what it was

But still I imagined


A perfect dream

A long lost passion

Finally being content

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Down The Garden Path

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We said the words

We played the game

Hand in hand down the garden path

Though the truth pierced through our clasp


It was nothing more than a shadow

Not cast very far

Thriving only at the brightest hour

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Homemade Meals For The Busy Guy: Mini Shepherd’s Pie


Ever since a friend got me some ramekins, I’ve had fun with them, making mini cakes and baked eggs. Then one day, I thought, why not shepherd’s pie? I love using the ramekins to make individual portions. They are especially useful when entertaining guests. The result always looks amazing, and especially with shepherd’s pie, you won’t have to watch your work of art disintegrate when it comes time to serve.

Eating out of the ramekin is no fuss and delightful. Clean-up is also easy—the “casserole dish” also serves as the plate—who would say no to that?

How to make the pie

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