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

super cheap and tasty vegan pies

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

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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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