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5 Student Friendly Vegetarian Meals Your Vegetarian Friend Should Definitely Try

As a vegetarian student, I thought I could shed some light on quick and easy vegetarian dinner recipes. We shall start with an absolute staple for my first year at Durham…

Quorn Stir-Fry à la Tesco

As a child I hated Quorn but as an adult I absolutely love it and use it at least once a week. Being vegetarian, it is important to make sure you consume enough protein or you may start to feel lethargic! As Mo Farah says, it’s a delicious and nutritious protein source.

Preparation time: 20 mins

1 tbsp vegetable oil

75g Quorn chicken pieces

½ packet of Blue Dragon stir fry sauce… we’re all students here, so packet sauce is allowed

50g egg noodles or 75g white rice

½ small onion, diced (Tesco sell frozen diced onion, I can honestly say it has changed my life for the better)

25g sugar snap peas, cut in half lengthways

25g baby corn

1 spring onion, sliced

  • Boil the rice/noodles… or should I say nudels? (check Kim Kardashian’s Instagram if you don’t get the ref)
  • Oil the pan and fry the onions until soft
  • Throw in the Quorn, sugar snap peas, baby corn, and spring onion, and fry until the Quorn is fully cooked
  • Pour the sauce into the pan and simmer according to the packet instructions

Lemon Spag Bol

Traditional spaghetti Bolognese is great, but let’s try expanding our horizons, shall we? My flatmate ran out of tomato products one evening and came up with this easy and satisfying dish. I highly recommend.

Preparation time: 15 mins

1 lemon, juiced

1 tbsp olive oil

1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed

1 tsp dried oregano, or mixed herbs

20g mushrooms, sliced

75g Quorn mince (I’m not being sponsored by Quorn, promise)

100g durum wheat spaghetti

  • Fry the onions, garlic, mushrooms and Quorn mince in the pan
  • Boil the spaghetti at the same time
  • Squeeze the lemon juice over your pasta and serve

Vegan Guac & Lettuce Wraps

Cut out the carbs with this really easy, filling and VEGAN recipe. The guacamole in this recipe is very basic but you could spice it up with some diced red onion and one minced clove of garlic.

Preparation time: 5 mins

½ head iceberg lettuce

1 medium-large avocado

1 lime, juiced

1 ripe tomato, sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

  • Mash the avocado up in a bowl along with the tomato and lime juice
  • Layer up a few lettuce leaves, spread half the mixture on top and sandwich with some more leaves. Repeat this to make a second lettuce wrap

Mac and Cheese in a Mug

Save yourself some dollar by making an extra batch and putting it into an airtight container to take to the Billy B. This also means you’ll avoid the crazily long lunch time queues for Yum café.

Preparation time: 10 mins

28g macaroni pasta

¾ cup cold water

4 tbsp milk

¼ tsp flour

4 tbsp cheddar cheese

Salt and Pepper

  • Add the macaroni and water to a large microwavable mug or a large bowl. You need a large mug as the water will boil up
  • Microwave for 3½ minutes, or until the pasta is fully cooked (timing based on a 1200W microwave)
  • Pour off the remaining cooking water
  • Stir in the milk, flour and shredded cheese and microwave for a final 60 seconds
  • Season with salt and pepper

Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta

Whatever mood you’re in, pasta will always be there for you. This recipe is a bit more complex but pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

55g penne pasta

1 small onion

1 clove of garlic, crushed

1 tbsp olive oil

100g chopped tomatoes

½ teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon died basil

Pinch of chilli flakes (optional)

Cracked black pepper to taste

½ tbsp tomato puree

15g cream cheese

2 tbsp water

Sprinkle of grated parmesan

60g spinach

  • Boil the pasta for 10 mins
  • While the pasta is cooking, fry the onion and garlic in olive oil until soft
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, water, and tomato puree, then simmer
  • Mix in the cream cheese and parmesan until melted and creamy
  • Add the spinach and gently stir into the sauce until wilted (3-5 minutes)
  • Add the pasta to coat it in sauce, then add salt and pepper to taste
Graduate of Durham University studying Natural Sciences in Biology, Geology and Geography.
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