3 student friendly healthy meal ideas

One of the biggest challenges you face at University is having to cook for yourself. Before Uni, I had barely even made pasta and I couldn’t even work the hob on my first day living in halls!  But slowly through the years I have learnt some great recipes. Here’s some ideas to fill your appetite!

Sweet potato fries

What you’ll need

  • 2 Large Sweet Potatoes- (1KG for 95p)
  • Fry Light spray- Fry light is a healthier way of frying food without using oil. (£2.50)


Source: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/oven-baked-sweet-potato-fries-method-2.jpg

The first time I ever tried sweet potato fries was at top bar and now if a restaurant ever does sweet potato fries instead of normal I’ll always swap! Not only are they delicious, they’re also really healthy and contain a lot of vitamin A and vitamin C!

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees/ gas mark 6
  2. Cut the sweet potato into wedge shapes like the ones in the picture above. The size is up to you.
  3. Spray your tray with fry light and put the sweet potato fries on the tray. Spray them again with fry light.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until they look crispy and golden brown

If you don’t like sweet potato fries then this can also be done for normal potatoes!

Barbecue Chicken

This is something I have come up myself. It is based on my favourite pub meal called a chicken New Yorker. This is actually really nice to have with some sweet potato fries!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 or 2 Chicken breasts (2 breasts £1.89)
  • 1 or 2 rashers of bacon (10 Rashers £2 )
  • Barbecue Sauce (Tesco’s own 480G 99P)
  • Cheese (Usually 350G packet on offer for £2-£2.50)


Source: https://www.bebuzee.com/users/blogs/images/img_2093_1.jpg

  1.  Wrap the rasher of bacon around the chicken breast
  2. Cook the chicken and bacon in the oven. Check your chicken breast packet for times and temperatures, as it may vary.
  3. Once the chicken breast is done, cut a slit into the middle of the breast.
  4. Grate or cut some cheese and put into the slit and also on top of the chicken.
  5. Add some Barbecue sauce to the chicken breast
  6. Put the chicken breast back into the oven for 5 minutes until cheese has melted.


Chicken Stir Fry

What you’ll need

  • 1 or 2 Chicken breast (2 breast £1.89)
  • Stir Fry mix e.g mushroom stir fry (£1)
  • Beansprouts (50P)
  • Mushrooms (90P)
  • Noodles (375G for £1.75)
  • Stir Fry sauce e.g sweet and sour, sweet chilli ect  (Tesco own 50P)
  • Fry Light (£2.50)


Source: http://www.foodzeennottingham.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Mango_Vegetarian_Stir_Fry.jpg

  1. Cut the chicken breast into small chunks.
  2. Spray a frying pan with fry light and add the chicken chunks. Cook on a medium temperature.
  3. Cut up some mushrooms and add to chicken when chicken is cooked through.
  4. Once the chicken and mushrooms are both cooked through add the stir fry mix ( I use mushroom stir fry mix) and beansprouts. The packet will tell you how long each need cooking for.
  5. Boil the kettle and add the boiled water to a saucepan. Once the water starts to bubble add the noodles. They usually take 4 minutes to cook.
  6. Once the stir fry mix  is cooked turn it down to a low heat and add the sauce ( I go for sweet and sour).
  7. After 4 minutes drain the noodles and add to the bowl
  8. Add the frying pan content to the bowl and mix together

This can be done with any kind of meat or a vegetarian option. This is just my stir fry preferences and you may like to add different kinds of vegetables to your stir fry.


*Prices next to food is pricing from Tesco taken at the time the blog was written.

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