As a student, living away from home is something we zealously look forward to without having a clue how hard it might all get. Away from all the nagging, early curfews and embarrassing busts sounds thrilling, almost incredible, therefore one tends to neglect the mountain of personal responsibilities we took for granted while at home, waiting to surprise us any minute now.
A healthy diet is one among many vital aspects affecting directly our mood, energy and the ability to stay focused the very most important challenge in a student’s life. The lack of time covers for the lack of cooking skills, concurrently we end-up with expensive take away or greasy junk food bombs that make us sick to our stomach.
Sleep deprived in front of piles of essays and heavy loads of thick books is more than you can handle so have to think about what you eat in no priority, one might say which is true in many ways however we are what we eat allegedly our mind and body are the reflection of what we put in so might as well have a change of heart in this one.
Cooking is meant to be more of a relaxing technique, an inspiring and creative medium overall, easy and entertaining once you get into it. Inviting your friends over for dinner for a change is a different kind of fun, more intimate and intellectually daring. The whole process of cooking is so very noble and benevolent in many ways, it helps with your concentration, motivation and a kick of goodwill to save the day.
It’s also cheaper and you get to save loads of money for personal treats. Yet, the true importance of cooking is eating delicious meals, rich in all the necessary ingredients for e healthy body and mind in a few minutes time. Try it, peeps I’m sure you will find it as rewarding as I did.
Once you decide to start eating inside, the first thing you should be careful about is shopping for groceries. Hopefully your loft has a corner store somewhere close like just in the corner, so you can go out and buy fresh ingredients every day. This way, you won’t have to buy everything at once weekly to avoid the chance of rotten vegetables ending up in the garbage.
If you are cooking for yourself you have to adjust the quantity and this is hardly easy. When you choose a recipe online for example and calculate the grams of ingredients for a one person meal, you end up with literally bits and quarters that give the impression of cooking for a rat. That’s a hideous illusion I tell you, I have tried to make the quarters a half and halves a whole and more than I imagined was given to the neighbors. So stick to the recipe and let the journey begin. I choose some quick and easy recipes that will spice up your student life.
1. Whip-round-the-fridge rice
This recipe is great for using up leftovers. Feel free to bung anything in – it’s always delicious.
- 300g basmati rice
- 1 tbsp oil
- 3-4 rashers bacon, chopped
- 1 onion, finely chopped, and 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 25g butter
- 140g frozen peas
- 175g leftover cooked chicken, shredded
- 3-4 tomatoes, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
You will find the method how to prepare the recipe in this link: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/12759/whiproundthefridge-rice
2. Whole Wheat French Toast for Breakfast
A delicious morning treat ready in 5 min for a kick in the butt, served with fresh a glass of fresh orange juice and blueberry yoghurt.
- 1 egg
- ½ cup skim milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon, to your taste
- Nonstick cooking spray
- ¼ tablespoon butter (optional), plus extra for serving
- 2 slices whole wheat bread
- Syrup (optional)
In case you are wondering how to prepare it visit the website: http://www.seventeen.com/college/freshman/recipes-for-college-students#slide-1
3. French Onion Soup
This classic French dish is so cheap to make and packed full of flavor. It’s perfect for impressing guests.
- 2 Medium Onions
- 25g Butter
- 4 Slices French Stick (or other bread)
- 1 Vegetable Stock Cube in 500ml water
- 100g Gruyere Cheese, grated
- 1 Clove of Garlic
See more at: http://thestu.co.uk/recipe/french-onion-soup
4. Flour-free banana and coconut pancakes
These pancakes use very few ingredients and are completely flour free but still thick, fruity and rich. Ideal for a quick snack any time of a day, and a perfect post-workout meal.
- 3 ripe bananas
- 6 eggs, lightly beaten
- 50 g desiccated coconut, plus extra for sprinkling
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 150 g fresh blueberries
- 2 tsp coconut oil, for frying
- 2 tbsp maple syrup, or plain syrup
- Yogurt, for topping (optional)
For more visit: http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/657705
5. A-B-C Frittata
A perfect plate for brunch, lunch or a light dinner.
- 2 egg whites
- 8 whole eggs
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- Salt, to taste
- 3 slices bacon
- Ground Pepper, to taste
- 2 apples, Fuji or Gala
- 1 Tablespoon butter
All you need to know on how to prepare this delicious meal is shown in this link: http://www.simplebites.net/whole-family-cookbook-review-giveaway-recipe-a-b-c-frittata/
6. Beef Stew
A typical student recipe when hungry like a lion.
- 1lb beef chunks/strips
- 6 medium carrots
- 5 medium potatoes
- 6 mushrooms
- 1 and a half stock cubes (i find chicken is nicest)
- 2 tins mushroom soup
- 4oz gravy granules
- 100ml single or double cream
There are more where this came from on : http://studentrecipes.com/recipes/beef/beef-stew-1/
7. Cake in a MUG
This chocolate cake in a mug is a chocoholic’s dream and you can make it in less than 5 minutes – and yes, that does include mixing and cooking time! This cake is dangerous and delicious. Find a scoop of ice-cream to eat with it or just wait in front of your microwave with your spoon ready!
- 4 tbsp self-raising flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp milk
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 tbsp chocolate chips
Treat yourself with other similar sweets: http://www.kidspot.com.au/best-recipes/Chocolate+34/Cake-in-a-mug-recipe+2746.htm?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=widget&utm_campaign=obclick%20=obinsite