As most people in my position know, a student is on a very limited budget. Once my accommodation (providing I get my first choice – the cheapest) out of my loan I’m left with about £20. A year. To live on. So I’m currently trying to cook on a limited budget. I’m pretty okay at cooking, for myself. Everytime I have cooked for my boyfriend I have failed miserably (see here). The first time I did so, the cooker decided to break, and fused all the electrics in the house. I say, defensively, the oven breaking wasn’t my fault (and it wasn’t!) but he has cooked ever since…not that I’m complaining, the three-course meal I had for Valentines was gorgeous.. Anyway, I digress so I shall just put it bluntly – here is my quest to find student meals, suitable to impress, suitable for a budget, and which will keep me healthy! And yes, mum, including my 5-a-day…
For inspiration, look at this post. It details everything I ate in the first few weeks of university, and shows that you can eat a variety of (healthy) food on a budget.
Food Shopping – where to go, what to get, and other tips
Battle of the Own Brands – where you can save your money, and where should you splurge.
Recipes – main meals, snacks, lunches, and anything else in between!
Beef & Carrot Stew – my favourite meal, with optional black pudding
Chicken Massaman Curry – a creamy Thai curry that’s comforting and spicy
Chicken & Sausage Pie – perfect for cooking for friends and stretching out chicken breasts
Garlic Herb Roast Chicken – the perfect easy recipe to start your roast repertoire!
One Pan Mac’n’Cheese – probably my favourite recipe of 2013
Potato Curry – homecooked and tomato-free bombay potatoes
Potato Dauphinoise – an easy and impressive side dish
Toad in the Hole – an easy batter recipe
Tomato-Free Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce – the best tomato-free bolognese recipe I’ve tried, almost as good as the original!
Love Your Leftovers – how to use up all those odds and ends
Bubble’n’Squeak – my favourite way of using leftover mash and vegetables, so good I sometimes deliberately make extra!
Gnocchi – another way of using up leftover mashed potato
Mac’n’Cheeseboard – using up odds and ends of cheese!
Pizza Pinwheels – a delicious lunchtime snack using leftover pastry
Baking – a bit of yummy fun, and a distraction from studying!
Banana Nutella Oaty Muffins – the perfect revision snack!
Chocolate Overload Torte – a perfectly yummy guest post
Mayonnaise Brownies – a lighter version of my favourite treat
17/170 Cupcakes – one of the easiest baking recipes ever!
Battle of the Healthy Brownie Recipes – which are nicest?
Restaurant Reviews – for a little treat
Abode, Canterbury – wined and dined for my nineteenth birthday!
Wahaca – a Mexican night out
Zizzi, Market Harborough – a casual birthday dinner