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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Homemade Meals For The Busy Guy: Spaghetti In Mushroom, Veggies And Balsamic

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I love spaghetti. It’s easy to prepare, tasty and it cooks quickly. You rarely go wrong with a spaghetti dish, whether meat laden, vegetarian or vegan. When I’m feeling lazy, or I’m particularly busy, spaghetti is always my go-to starch. I recently discovered the awesome combination of mushroom and balsamic vinegar. I decided to try it out with a spaghetti dish.

This recipe is 100% vegan and super easy to make. You (and your dinner guest) won’t believe you’re already done.

How to make the spaghetti

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Homemade Meals For The Busy Guy: Leftover Grilled Meat Fried Rice

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If you haven’t figured it by now, I love one pot meals – this idea that you can throw everything in one pan, and it comes out tasting amazing. Why one pot meals, you may ask. Well, clean-up is easy (you have one pot to deal with), cooking time is short, and serving the food is a breeze (just one dishing spoon).

One of my favourite one pot meals is fried rice. It’s super-quick (if you’re a kitchen ninja, it will take you less than 30 minutes to prepare), easy to cook and tasty.

Here in Zim, no debate, we love our braais. We have them on weekends at home, at bars, at parties, and on any outing were at least three people come together. I’m guessing there’s a lot of leftover meat going around.

Whenever I have leftover grilled meat in my fridge and rice in my pantry, one thought jumps into my head – fried rice (Yeah, my mind works that way). But seriously, I usually don’t like reheating the meat in the oven because it tends to dry out. Mixing it in with the veggies and rice keeps it moist.

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Homemade Meals For The Busy Guy: Warm Pasta Salad With Pan Fried Chicken Breast

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Who doesn’t like pasta? It’s quick to prepare, tasty, and one of the best starches to incorporate in vegetarian meals. It’s always my go-to when I don’t feel like labouring in the kitchen. Plus, it’s only with pasta that I can cook truly good, but effortless vegan dishes.

This recipe may not be vegetarian, but it takes seven to ten minutes to cook the pasta, and around thirty minutes to cook the entire meal – who would say no to that?

How to make the meal

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Home Alone Nudist: To Be Or Not To Be?

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When you have lived alone for some time, you get comfortable; maybe too comfortable.  It hits you one day that you can walk from your bedroom to the shower in the buff. No need for that annoying towel you used to wrap around your body to be “decent” in front of your roommates or siblings.

Heck, why even bother to wear clothes at all, you ask yourself one day. And especially in the hot summer months when you wish you could peel off your skin, let alone your shirt and pants. How liberating would it be to move from the shower and straight to your work desk? Is this an epiphany? Something obvious? Or totally crazy? Continue reading “Home Alone Nudist: To Be Or Not To Be?”