If you’re a student, chances are you’re on a budget and want to make food that’s quick and easy and not entirely unhealthy! Wouldn’t it be great if you could also make food that helped you recover from hangovers, improved your memory so that you don’t have to spend the night before an exam cramming information and delirious from too much caffeine, and which also helped you look great? We have compiled 5 easy, student-friendly recipes so that you don’t end up spending another wad of cash of your student loan on another greasy pizza for the third night running. Both your body and wallet deserve better! You don’t have to be Jamie Oliver or Ramsay Gordon to master these.
1. Jacket Potatoes
Jacket potatoes with some beans and cheese and a little bit of salad on the side is all you need sometimes to power through those note-filled evenings before an exam. Super quick and simple to make and pretty healthy too! The carbs in the potato are great for helping you to concentrate, the beans are great for fiber and the cheese, well everyone needs a little cheese!
Don’t get put off by the fancy name, all you need to make a bruschetta is a couple of slices of bread topped with pretty much anything you like! Chopped tomatoes with some olive oil and herbs is lovely, and if you’re feeling adventurous, why not add some mushrooms or cheese? This is delicious, very quick and cheap to make. An added bonus; tomatoes have been called the healthiest food in the world and are known for being antioxidants, meaning they have anti-cancer benefits.
Simply fry up a bunch of ingredients, say onions, mushrooms and ham, then pour over some beaten eggs mixed with milk. Season with salt and pepper. Voilà! The eggs give you protein which you need to build muscle and help you to speed up your metabolism, so good for weight loss.
Salads don’t have to be boring; get a baby gem lettuce, some tomato, maybe some grated carrot and thinly chopped mushrooms, and don’t forget the olive oil! If you’re feeling fancy you can quickly cook a salmon fillet (either in a microwave or in the oven) and slip it on top. If you’re feeling super fancy, sprinkle some nuts or seeds in there as well. The Omega 3 in the salmon is great for your brain and your skin. You can have it all!
5. Banana bread
Are you in the mood for something sweet for a change? Try out this great banana bread recipe. If you live with flatmates, they will love you forever if you shared this with them during crunch time. All you need is some key baking ingredients and a few ripe bananas lying around. For even more ideas, check out BBC’s Good Food for Students.