8 Tips For Cooking At University

Cooking for yourself at university may often seem like a chore, especially after a long day of lectures, when spending your time preparing a meal is the last thing that’s on your mind. With just a few small changes, you can make meal times a lot more enjoyable and taste a lot better!

  1. Buy lots of herbs and spices. The addition of a few dried mixed herbs and some chilli powder can transform your bland ingredients to something which is really tasty.

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    2. Use garlic! I add garlic to pretty much every savoury dish I make. It’s cheap, convenient and adds so much flavour in seconds.

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   3. Stock up on cupboard essentials. Everyone needs a bag of pasta, rice and potatoes which are staple foods for pretty much any student. Pasta is a must when you don’t know what else to make.

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   4. Batch cook. Making a big portion of a meal such as bolognaise makes it is so much easy to pre-portion it into freezer bags and simply take it out when you need to use it.

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   5. Try new things. Cooking for yourself is the best way to be able to make what you actually want to eat. Have a look for something different next time you do your food shopping and try something that you normally wouldn’t.

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   6. Cook with your flatmates. There’s nothing better than having a meal with all your friends and it’s a nice way of socialising, especially when they can help with the washing up! One of my flatmates made a Toad in the Hole last year when we were in the middle of lots of deadlines and it was the ultimate comfort food.

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   7. Buy frozen ingredients. If you’re cooking for yourself you may find that you’re having to throw a lot of fresh food away as it has gone off, but buying items like frozen vegetables will help to stop this from happening.

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   8. Look online for new recipes. There are so many cooking websites which can provide you with food inspiration. My go-to has to be BBC Good Food.

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