Meal Ideas for Uni

Hi guys and gals as we get closer to the start of another year, It got me thinking about what new stuff I want to try/cook while away from home, which also made me think about some of the main things I cook at the moment. I decided to make this blog just in case it gives anyone unsure of what to cook while on their own some inspiration.

Chicken and Noodles

At uni sometimes meals just need to be cheap and nutritious without being overly elaborate and this is one of my go to favourites. Cook off some chicken breast, I usually buy large frozen bags since they are more cost friendly, when the chicken is nearly done, boil and simmer some egg fried noodles, dice the cooked chicken and add back into the saucepan used to boil the now drained noodles. Then finally you want to add a stir fry sauce sachet, you can get these in most food shops, recommended flavours include: Hoisin and Garlic and Sweet Chilli. The sachets usually say serves 2 but I find one sachet per person is more generous and your done. Simple and full of nutritional value.

All Day Breakfast Wrap

This one has been my go two plenty of times, more comfort food than healthy meal but sometimes you need that come mid January, fry or grill off your breakfast items of choice. I usually go with bacon sausage and fried eggs (I eat a lot) Then add it all into a wrap, you can also add some grated cheese for extra taste.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Sometimes looks complicated but is actually pretty simple. Add mince to a saucepan and cook till browned, then I would usually just add a jar of bolognese sauce, Dolmio is always a good bet to add to the mince and simmer for however long the jar says. While it’s simmering boil some pasta of your choice, drain and add to the mince and sauce, simple. If your a bit more adventurous I usually fry off onions and mushrooms and mix them in to the bolognese at the end. You can also make extra extra bolognese and chuck it in the fridge, then next day just microwave it off and all you have to cook is pasta.

So there’s a few of the things I would make when i’m at uni. You’ve probably heard the whole ‘living off pot noodles’ thing but honestly if you want proper meals there easy to make, trust me. Thanks for reading!

Jordan

Healthy Eating at University

I’d like to start this blog by congratulating you all on passing your A-levels and getting into Edge Hill University. You will honestly love it at Edge Hill and it will get to the point where it’s like a home to you (I know I consider it a very special to place to me, even now I’ve graduated).

Anyway onto the topic of this week’s blog: healthy eating. I’ve started dieting recently to help me trim my figure down a bit and reduce the risk that I’ll get weight related issues in the future. It’s always important to have a balanced diet but that can become a challenge when you’re spending most of your time studying (as well as having some fun of course!). By far the best way to ensure you have a balanced diet whilst at university is to cook for yourself, and the majority of student accommodation (on and off campus) is self catered. Which means you can rustle up some healthy, and tasty dishes fairly cheaply (Aldi and Netto in Ormskirk are both reasonably priced for food). However, if you’re a bit of a beginner when it comes to cooking for yourself there’s still time to learn and there’s plenty of student cook books out there with recipes in to try (I’ve also addressed the topic of being a self catered student here)

Some halls on campus though are on a catered package which means the excellent catering staff at EHU will make your meals for you and all you have to do is decide on what you want, where from and pay for it with your uni card (this will be issued to you on welcome sunday when you enrol). The good thing about eating on campus is the on campus eateries like Sages (in the hub) display nutritional information on the dishes they serve and there’s always a veggie option for those vegetarians amongst you.

I hope you’ve found this entry helpful when it comes to having a balanced diet whilst at university and if you have anything you wish to ask me then please do not hesitate to drop me a comment.

Cooking as a Student

Students have this bad reputation of being terrible cooks and living off tins of beans. Whilst I love beans and ready meals as much as the next person, I’d also consider myself as a student who loves to cook. The stereotype of students living off beans comes from two places: Firstly, beans are quick/easy and students are busy/lazy and secondly because beans are cheap and students have to learn to live economically. I always try to find time to cook and also consider myself a bit of a bargain hunter. I also often cook with other people to keep costs down. Below are my meals over the past few days:

Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese 

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Pretty quick to cook once you’ve got the hang of it. I also always cook a few portions, so that I don’t have to cook for the next few days!

Veggie Korma and Homemade Naan Bread

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My first attempt at making naan! This took quite a while, but was really nice and there was leftovers for the next night.

Pizza

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I really enjoy making pizza and it’s a quick (although not particularly healthy) option.

Kale Chips

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Kale chips are my new favourite healthy snack! I simply cut up kale, put it on a tray, brush it with oil and then season with salt, paprika and chili. Then I stick it in the oven for seven minutes and it’s perfect and crispy!

Oreo Cheesecake 

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After deciding that the amount that I spend on cheesecake was just too high I thought that I better take matters into my own hands. Cue lots of oreo-eating. I did eventually make this though, and it couldn’t have turned out better.

So, who said that students don’t cook?