How to cook: Stir fry, Wraps, and Spaghetti Bolognese!

Cooking for yourself is a big part of coming to uni, which for some, might seem like hell. So today in this blog post I’m gonna suggest 3 easy meals, with links on how the professionals make it, then show you my student budget friendly version of that recipe. All the recipes will be super quick to cook and will taste great!  Disclaimer: all my recipes are vegetarian, however, you can swap the meat free stuff with real meat if you wish.


So let’s start with an easy one: stir fry!
Stir fry is a super easy meal to make as it’s all about throwing vegetables, noodles, and sauce into a wok. Anyone can make it! So you can either follow the BBC food recipe on how to make chicken stir fry or try my version!  

My version: Sweet and sour stir fry!
2 person portion – price calculated by how much you’re using in the recipe.
Ingredients:
A Packet of ASDA Sweet & Sour Stir-Fry Sauce (any flavor will do though!) – 44p
⅓ of a bag of Quorn meat free chicken pieces (optional) – 63p (£1.90 a bag)
⅕ of a bag of FarmFoods Stir fry mixed vegetables – 20p (£1 a bag)
Half a packet of ALDI Asia Specialities Medium Chinese Noodles – 28p (56p per bag)
Total cost: £1.55 or 77p each!

How to guide:
Step 1: Heat up your wok and add the stir vegetables, the quorn pieces and half of the sweet and sour sauce packet. Stir contents until the food is ready to serve, making sure not to burn any to the bottom of the wok.
Step 2: Boil the noodles in a saucepan for 5 minutes to soften them up. After they have cooked, drain and add to wok.
Step 3: Stir in the rest of the sauce packet and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Step 4: Enjoy!


Next up: Wraps!
Wraps are a great quick snack or meal, as you can put whatever you want in them! So you can either follow the BBC Good Food recipe on how to make Chilli chicken wraps or try my version!  

My version: Szechuan Sausage and Vegetables Wraps!
2 person portion – price calculated by how much you’re using in the recipe.
Ingredients:
A Packet of ASDA Szechuan Sauce (any flavor will do though!) – 44p
4 x ALDI ‘Both in One’ wraps – 39p (79p per pack)
⅕ of a bag of FarmFoods Stir fry mixed vegetables – 20p (£1 a bag)
⅙ of a bag of FarmFoods Bell peppers – 16p (£1 a bag)
4 x FarmFoods Meat free Sausages – 75p (1.50 for a box)
(Optional) ⅙ of a bag of ASDA Party Seasoned French Fries – 16p (£1 a bag)
Total cost: £2.10 or 1.05 each!

How to guide:
Step 1: Put the sausages and optional chips in the oven and calculate how long they are going to take in the oven. 10 minutes before they’re finished start the next step (leave time for prep).
Step 2: Heat up a wok and add your vegetables and a third of the sauce packet. Stir contents until the food is ready to serve, making sure not to burn any to the bottom of the wok.
Step 3: Once the sausages and optional chips have cooked, remove them from the oven. Cut the sausages into pieces, and add them to the wok with the remaining of the sauce packet. Stir for a few minutes, then add to a mixing bowl, as it makes scooping the contents onto your wrap easier.
Step 4: Put the chips and wraps onto a plate and enjoy!


Lastly is a super simple and easy recipe which consists of two main ingredients: mince and pasta. Yes, Spaghetti bolognese is a meal that everyone has at one point in their lives and is a staple for uni life. So you can either follow the BBC Food recipe on how to make spaghetti bolognese or try my version!  

My version: Spaghetti Bolognese!
2 person portion – price calculated by how much you’re using in the recipe.
Ingredients:
Half a pack of quorn mince (or any real meat mince) – 75p (£1.50 a bag)
2 cups of ALDI pasta – 12p (29p a bag)
A jar of ALDI pasta sauce – 65p
(Optional) Schwartz Italian Herb 10p (£1.61 a jar)
Total cost: £1.62 or 81p each!

How to guide:
Step 1: Put your two cups of pasta into a pan and cook for around 20 minutes, stirring regularly and checking to see if it is soft and ready to eat.  
Step 2: 10 minutes into the pasta cooking start to cook your mince. Grab a wok and heat. If you’re using real meat mince, you’ll want to add the mince to the wok, moving the mince around until it is brown, drain the fat, then add the sauce. However, if you’re using the recipes mince, just add the mince and sauce straight away and stir for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Sprinkle the herbs into your mince and stir to add some extra flavour.
Step 4: Drain your pasta, plate up and enjoy!


I hope you enjoyed this post, it was quite a fun one to make! I hope you found this post interesting or found it somewhat useful. I might make more of these in the future as cooking is a very useful skill to have after all. Anyway, thanks for reading.
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) 

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