Leaving home for the first time as a student might be one of the most daunting things you ever do, but there’s no need to be scared!
The moving process will be exciting when you finally get away from your parents’ home and to your own, and it is always a good idea to plan this time with a movers like https://www.mybekins.com/location/norfolk-va-movers/ for a stress free time.
Now that you are alone, it is time to learn some key life skills and one of those is cooking. You might think that ready meals are your only hope for affordable eating, however we want to prove today that you can eat healthy and cheap food by making it yourself. Here are our top recipes you should try this year as a student.
To make a simple and healthy ratatouille you don’t need to work with an animated rat, it’s actually super easy to create and will provide you with your full 5 a day!
Makes 4-5 portions
- 1 medium butternut squash (or a bag of pre chopped)
- 1 aubergine
- 1 courgette
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 carrot
- 1 parsnip
- ½ onion
- 500g lean beef mince
- 2 cups tomato sauce (or chopped tomatoes)
- 2 tsp mixed herbs
- Houmous, Parmesan and fresh bread to serve
Start off by rinsing and chopping your vegetables and dice the onion finely. You can peel some of the vegetables if you prefer skin off. however everything apart from the butternut squash can have the skin left on. Once cut, add everything apart from onion to a baking dish with salt, pepper, and oil and roast for 40 minutes at 220˚C.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan add some oil and onion and sweat for 5-6 minutes until the onion starts to brown. Add the beef mince and herbs and fry until the beef is cooked. Add the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes. Once the vegetables are cooked, add to the pan and stir. Serve in a bowl topped with Parmesan, a dollop of houmous, and fresh bread and butter for dipping.
Chilli Con Carne
Chilli is a simple dish that is packed with protein, and it is a comforting dish you can serve with many different sides such as pasta, rice, chips, and even a jacket potato.
Makes 4-5 portions
- 500g beef mince
- 2 tins chopped tomatoes
- ½ onion
- 1 green chilli
- 6-8 slices of jalapeno
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tin red kidney beans
- 1 tin baked beans
Start by sweating the onion for 5-6 minutes in oil. Add the beef mince and cook fully.
Rinse and drain the kidney beans and add to the pan. Add the baked beans to the pan and stir.
Chop the green chilli finely and chop up the jalapeño slices. Add the rest of your ingredients to the pan and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with your favourite side dish.
Sausage Pasta Bake
This comforting dish is cheap and cheerful and the ideal choice for a Friday night after a long week of lectures.
- 6 Cumberland or Lincolnshire sausages
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- 1 tbsp mixed herbs
- 250g cooked penne pasta
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp flour
- ⅓ pint milk
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
To start off, cut the sausages into small pieces and place under the grill for 8-10 minutes until cooked. Set aside for later.
Place the chopped tomatoes, tomato purée and herbs into a blender until smooth.
In a pan, melt the butter and then add the flour. Stir the flour for 1 minute or so to cook it out. This should look like a dry paste in the pan. Add a splash of milk to the pan and stir. You’ll notice it thicken. Add the rest of the milk and store until smooth. Add the cheddar cheese and melt. You’ve just made a roux, a bechamel sauce, and added cheese.
Assemble your pasta bake with pasta, tomato sauce, sausage, cheese sauce, and mozzarella on top. Bake for 20 minutes and serve.
These three simple recipes will hopefully help you to cook some hearty, warming and healthy meals now that you are independent.