There are loads of simple student meals you can make which don’t involve following any complex recipes. Whether you’ve gone to uni with absolutely no cooking experience at all, or you’ve been cooking for your family ever since you can remember, you’ll soon learn the hard lesson that you have to fend for yourself at uni. Your parents won’t be there to cook for you, so here are some easy student meals you can cook up in no time!
1. Spaghetti Bolognese
Spag bol has got to be top of the list for student meals, because it’s a meal where you really cannot go wrong. A lifelong favourite of mine, all you have to do is fry some mince in a pan and throw in a tin of chopped tomatoes when the meat turns brown. Make sure to have your spaghetti cooking in boiling water at the same time, and then if you want some extra flavour you might want to chop up some onions and mushrooms to add to the mix. Once all this is done, put it all together and bon appetit!
I love fajitas when I want a really quick meal – it literally takes me about ten minutes to make them. All you have to do is buy some wraps and warm them up in the microwave (assuming they’re microwaveable), then cut up your chicken breast and pan fry it. Meanwhile, chop up some peppers or whatever vegetables you want to have in your wrap. Sprinkle in some cheese and you’re good to go! These are perfect for either lunch or dinner, and a great thing to make if you’re having friends over.
3. Chicken Stir Fry
If you’re looking for something quick and with low calories, a stir fry is a great choice for you! It’s pretty basic and doesn’t require many steps – just fry the garlic and chicken together until they are browned, then add in your peppers. When you’re ready, stir in the soy sauce, mange tout and chicken stock, and continue to fry until the chicken is ready. Add in the cooked noodles and stir, stir, stir! If you send a picture of your final result to your parents, they’re sure to be impressed – just don’t make it look too nice, or they’ll ask you to cook for them all the time when you go home!
4. Chicken Curry
If you’re looking for something really healthy, you might want to try a simple chicken curry. Prepare all of your vegetables (onions, garlic and tomatoes) and cook them for three to four minutes. Add the chicken, cook for around five minutes then add water and bring to the boil. Cook for ten to fifteen minutes until the chicken is ready, then prepare your rice on the side. Voila!
5. Beans On Toast
Now, this is your typical student meal – you’ve got to have it at some point over the course of your degree. There’s not really much to say other than to heat your baked beans and pour them over your toast… yeah, it’s really self-explanatory. Be ready: your parents will complain that you’re not developing any cooking skills being away from home, and your housemates to mock you for not being a younger version of Gordon Ramsay. Who cares about what others think, anyway?
You might not fancy being a chef when you’re older, but unfortunately, we can’t live off of takeaways for our whole lives. What’s your favourite student meal to make? Are there any recipes you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments below!
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