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)
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!
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees/ gas mark 6
- Cut the sweet potato into wedge shapes like the ones in the picture above. The size is up to you.
- Spray your tray with fry light and put the sweet potato fries on the tray. Spray them again with fry light.
- 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!
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)
- Wrap the rasher of bacon around the chicken breast
- Cook the chicken and bacon in the oven. Check your chicken breast packet for times and temperatures, as it may vary.
- Once the chicken breast is done, cut a slit into the middle of the breast.
- Grate or cut some cheese and put into the slit and also on top of the chicken.
- Add some Barbecue sauce to the chicken breast
- 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)
- Cut the chicken breast into small chunks.
- Spray a frying pan with fry light and add the chicken chunks. Cook on a medium temperature.
- Cut up some mushrooms and add to chicken when chicken is cooked through.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once the stir fry mix is cooked turn it down to a low heat and add the sauce ( I go for sweet and sour).
- After 4 minutes drain the noodles and add to the bowl
- 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.