Hello! I am back with another post and this time its on how a day typically looks for me in terms of food.
As a final-year student, it can be quite hard sometimes to be able to eat healthily but also save some cash. I hope you can take some inspiration from these meal suggestions and remember you do not have to use the exact ingredients that I have. The great thing about food and cooking is that you can always make it your own and it will just taste just as delicious.
Breakfast: I am not a health expert, but I do notice when I eat well for breakfast that I have more energy throughout the day and that I am not completely starved until lunch time. For me, a piece of fruit and some porridge is enough to fill me up and start the day on the right foot.
Lunch: Most of the time, a quick salad is something that I go for, because it takes a few minutes to prepare and I can just use any leftovers that I may have laying around the fridge to add to it. For a simple antipasti salad you will need:
- salad leaves
- 5-6 mini tomatoes
- 1 red pepper
- black olives (alternatives: roasted peppers, marinated artichokes)
- feta cheese (mozarella or tofu also works)
- crunch factor: 1 toasted slice of bread cut in cubes (or toasted pine nuts)
- 2 prosciutto slices (alternatives: smoked salmon, any leftover grilled chicken, tofu etc. )
- 1/4 red onion thinly sliced
- 1/2 can of rinsed kidney beans (chickpeas or any other beans also work)
Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and give them a quick mix. For a yummy dressing: 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1/2 lemon juice, salt and pepper all mixed together. Add the dressing on the salad and serve.
Snack: In the afternoon, sometimes I get a little bit hungry again, but I don’t feel like having an entire meal. My top suggestion is to have some toast with perhaps a smashed avocado on top, or a little bit of hummus and as many veggies as you like.
Dinner: The following recipe that I am going to share with you is so delicious and yet so easy to make. What I like to do is make a big batch on Sunday for instance and then I do not have to worry about what to make for at least a couple of days, because I am sorted with either lunch or dinner.
- 1 pack of rolled pastry
- 1 pack of mozzarella (or any other cheese that you like)
- veggies (peppers, zucchini, red onions, some olives)
- protein factor (leftover grilled chicken breast, smoked salmon slices etc)
For these filled pastry boats, at least that is what I like to call them, all you need to do is cut your pastry into squares. I found that cutting the pastry into 6 squares makes for the perfect pastry boat.
Next, you have to cut your vegetables into bite size pieces and start to cook your chicken/fish. The next step is to fill each one of the squares with all of the remaining ingredients and add the cheese on top (this acts like a binding agent to keep everything together). I took a picture while I was preparing mine just so that it is easier to see the whole process:
Remember that eating well during your studies is very important – it does not need to be overly complicated. You can prepare some things in advance like the filled pastry boats and that will help you save time and money.