When you are studying at university or a college, it’s easy to get distracted with the business of every day college life and meals are often not that important. But if you eat well, you can concentrate better and all the learning will be much easier. If you think, that you are too busy to cook for yourself, the following meal tips will inspire you to eat well. You can find plenty of inspiration online and websites like B2MCity.com invites you to know what food eat students who live in shared houses.
If you can crack an egg, you can make an omelette! The basic recipe includes just eggs, a bit of milk, salt and pepper. To make your omelette into a more substantial meal, you can add a handful of grated courgette (zucchini), cheese or shredded pre-cooked meat (fish, chicken, beef). Serve it with a side salad, and you have lunch!
Traditionally jacket potatoes are baked in the oven for over an hour to give them that crisp potato skin ‘jacket’. Good news is that you can make jacket potatoes easily in a microwave and you only need about 8 minutes for a very large potato. My favourite toppings include Cheese & Butter, Beans & Cheese or you can use any sandwich fillers as a topping (such as Coronation Chicken)
Salads are super easy to make and nutritious to eat. Just chop up few lettuce leaves, cucumber, tomatoes and if you want to add more protein, ad a piece of cut-up pre-cooked chicken.
Porridge is easy to make, and it’s a great filling meal, not just for breakfast. There are plenty of ways you can make porridge, choosing different milk or yoghurt and toppings every time means that you are getting different nutrition every time. To save money, buy basic porridge oats and then add your toppings and flavours. My favourite porridge flavour combinations include Peanut Butter, Banana & Milk Chocolate or Raspberry & Dark Chocolate.
Pasta & Spaghetti
The easiest way to serve spaghetti is just with a bit of butter, grated cheese and ketchup.
Pasta is a great base for many recipes, and you can also make pasta bakes (simply buy a jar of ready-made sauce and follow the instructions).
Pizza is a staple student food, but takeaways can quickly eat into your food budget. To save money, why not make your own? Use a simple recipe for white bread, roll out the dough and add your toppings. You can also make the dough in advance, roll it out and freeze separately. This way you will have your pizza base ready in the freezer and all you need to do is to prepare your toppings and switch the oven on!
To keep your energy up whilst you are studying, you will need some snacks. Fruit, nuts, breakfast bars, dark chocolate or even a spoonful of peanut butter will keep you going until the small hours.
Tips on safe & hygienic cooking in shared student accommodation
- Have a designated area for your own food supplies – in the fridge and dry cupboard
- Label all your food, so that it doesn’t get mixed with others
- Don’t use other student’s food. This is obviously a basic rule of living together, but it’s also making sure that you stay healthy (e.g. you don’t know how long the food has been open for or whether it’s been contaminated with other food etc.)
- Keep your own cutlery, mugs and bowls in one place and for your own use.
- If using a shared cooking and baking utensils and equipment, make sure you wash them before you use them (and afterwards too!)