Quick Meals For The Busy Guy: Pulled Chicken Fried Rice

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With homemade chicken stock comes pulled (shredded) chicken. There isn’t an easier protein to incorporate into meals. I love adding it in pasta dishes and wraps. But nowhere else does it shine like in fried rice. The chicken would already be full of flavour (from the stock)—you add it to the rice, almost as an afterthought, but it elevates the meal to great heights. And, to boot, the meal is a breeze to cook, won’t take you more than 30 minutes to prepare, and it’s packed full of healthy veggies.

How to make the fried rice

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Homemade Meals For The Busy Guy: Easy Chicken Stock

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I always have chicken stock in my freezer. It has the ability to turn that otherwise dreary, vegetarian sauce or soup into something spectacular. Who wouldn’t want genuine chicken flavour but without the cost of a chicken (not to mention the inconvenience of cooking one)? As a bonus, you also get precooked, shredded chicken to use in wraps, fried rice, pasta dishes, pizza, stir fries, sandwiches . . . and so on.

Once frozen, the chicken stock and pulled chicken will guarantee you loads of effortless meals. Chicken stock is known to be great for your immune system, intestinal health and skin, amongst other things. It’s a worthy investment.

How to make the chicken stock

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Homemade Meals For The Busy Guy: Super Cheap And Tasty Vegan Pies

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What to do when you’re ingredient-strapped but you still want a tasty snack?

I was taunted by this enigma. It was that time of the month when I couldn’t just rush to the grocery store to fill up my pantry. I had very basic ingredients but a complex appetite.

But little did I know that the simplest solution was staring me in the face.

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Homemade Meals For The Busy Guy: Vegan Fried Rice

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Sometimes there is mushroom in the fridge and you literally don’t feel like touching meat—the story of my life. On such occasions, my goto is usually vegan fried rice. A guest once said of this rice, “you won’t even crave meat!” Read on for the insanely simple recipe.

How to make the rice

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Homemade Meals For The Busy Guy: Vegetarian Mini Pies

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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.

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