Classic Beef Stew

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With the weather changing and my schedule getting full, I’ve been craving warm comfort foods, and needing meals that can be stretched across a few days. Oh leftovers, here you are again, like a faithful friend. Beef Stew is a perfectly delicious and budget friendly meal that can be enjoyed with a group, or over the course of a few days (personally, I think it gets even tastier 1-2 days later, after all the herb flavors have bloomed). Altogether I got four large meals out of this one pot of soup. Woohoo! I truly hope you try this recipe and enjoy it as much as I did. I will definitely be making this again!

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{Dinner for One} Coconut Curry!

Coconut Curry © Emeliabird 2016

Curry is one of my most favorite meals ever and so easy to make! Somehow this year I found myself stuck in multiple heated discussions over curry superiority (between thai and indian). Sorry thai lovers, but I do love indian curry. When I go to thai restaurants, I always have yellow curry, which most resembles indian curry.

I’m writing this as Dinner for One recipe, but I’m certain that unless you are very very very hungry, this should serve two people, or make wonderful leftovers. So, get yourself a date or freeze half for another time! All the vegetables in this can be swapped out for the veggies of your choice. Some other favorites of mine are bell peppers (red, green orange or yellow), eggplant or broccoli. Most of the time I use spinach instead of kale, but I had it on hand and actually preferred the flavor over spinach! And I’ll just leave this here …

Over the last few years it has indeed become a comfort food in my family. It’s a wonderful meal in the heat of summer, with a glass of iced tea, or in the winter. There’s nothing quite like snuggling up in a blanket with a hot bowl of curry, Mmm!

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{Dinner for One} Tomato Basil Pasta

The biggest challenge of living on my own has been cooking for one. Ah, the single life! This year has been a journey of trial and error in the kitchen, with developing staple recipes for just one person without having an abundance of leftovers (somehow leftovers are so much better when you’re not the only one eating them). I can’t tell you how many times I came home and defaulted to scrambled eggs for dinner! After doing some research, and not finding much by way of “cooking for one” recipes online, I developed a few staples that make the perfect single serving dinner! First up, Tomato Basil Pasta! I love to use brown rice pasta as an alternative to wheat pasta. This recipe is super simple, quick and tasty! If you want to make this dish for multiple people, simply multiply the ingredients by the number of people you plan to serve and follow the directions as listed!

Tomato Basil Pasta ©Emeliabird 2016

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