Here are three quick and easy recipes for when you need to eat something delicious with minimum effort. Even if you’ve never touched a pan before, we guarantee you’ll be able to cook up some yummy meals to keep you going through first term!
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1. Pasta Aglio e Olio
What you’ll need (per portion):
- 75g of long pasta like spaghetti, linguine or tagliatelle
- 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, depending how garlic-y you like your pasta
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Chilli flakes
- Parmesan cheese
Step 1: Bring some water to a boil and add a pinch of salt. Once boiling, add the long pasta and cook for around 12 minutes.
Step 2: While the pasta is cooking, finely chop your garlic and add it to a pan with your oil. Turn the heat on medium-low and slowly toast your garlic for about 7 minutes (be careful not to burn it!).
Step 3: Once the pasta is ready, drain it and add it to your garlic oil, and stir to combine.
Step 4: At this stage you can just eat your wonderful creation, but you can also optionally add some garnish to give it that extra pazzaz. I recommend some chilli flakes, a light sprinkling of parsley and some grated parmesan cheese – but go wild! You could even add some cooked shrimp or spinach to this dish to make it more nutritious!
2. Pesto Grilled Cheese Toastie
What you’ll need (per toastie):
- 2 slices of any bread of your choice
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 2 slices of cheese (we’re not skimpy here!)
- 2 tablespoons of pesto
Optional: Tomato slices.
N.B. You can of course swap the butter/cheese/pesto out for plant-based alternatives!
Step 1: Begin to assemble your toastie by adding butter to one side of each of your slices of bread.
Step 2: Heat your butter on low heat in a pan. Once it bubbles, add one slice of bread butter side down. While it cooks assemble the rest of the toastie on top: one slice of cheese, pesto, optional tomato slices, second slice of cheese, second slice of bread, butter side up.
Step 3: Let the bread toast for two minutes on each side, once golden, take off the heat and enjoy!
Tip: For extra protein, soak your toast in egg batter before cooking, turning your cheese toastie into a French cheese toastie. Voila!
3. Bean Wraps
What you’ll need (for 2-3 wraps):
- 1 can of baked beans
- Approx. 120g of salad of choice (e.g. lettuce or spinach)
- 2-3 tortilla wraps
- 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning (or make your own by mixing: chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, paprika, ground cumin, sea salt and black pepper)
Optional: Grated cheese.
Step 1: Heat your baked beans in a pan with your taco seasoning until hot and bubbling.
Step 2: While waiting for your beans to heat up, assemble your wrap by laying a tortilla on a flat surface, adding a handful of salad and a sprinkle of grated cheese. Once your beans are ready, spoon them onto your wrap (roughly 3 tablespoons).
Step 3: Wrap up like a burrito, and enjoy!
We hope you enjoy making these recipies and that they keep you fueled during those first, busy weeks at uni!