As hundreds of thousands of young adults gear up to return to university, it might be time to ditch high-street takeaways and a quick Pot Noodle in favour of a few wholesome meals made from scratch. Nailing some easy, nutritious recipes will not only provide better brain food for coursework, but it’s also a great way to earn brownie points with your housemates or mix with new groups – think sociable dinner parties and the resulting hangover-easing brunches.
Three to four homemade meals a week may help with the bank balance too, leaving a couple of extra pounds spare for a textbook here, or a night out there…
Start simple with a curry, noodle dish, roast dinner or kebab, all certified student favourites.
The best cookbooks for students
Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson (Chatto and Windus, £26)
Save Nigella’s How to Eat for a 21st-birthday present; Express is far more user-friendly, with speedy suppers and genius desserts. Cooking from it is the best way to ensure harmony among flatmates.
The Art of the Larder by Claire Thomson (Quadrille, £25)
This book is a saviour for those with limited fridge space; its pages focus on meals made from store-cupboard stalwarts such as chickpeas, rice, polenta and spices.
One Pound Meals by Miguel Barclay (Headline, £16.99)
Barclay’s debut book does exactly what it says on the tin; quick, easy dishes at £1 per portion. Indispensable for budget-friendly dinner parties as well as everyday meals.
Solo by Signe Johansen (Bluebird, £8.49)
Inspired toast-toppers, single-serve pasta dishes and a few sweet treats make this the perfect little book for those opting for studio flats.
Slater is renowned for his ability to create beautiful plates of food from a handful of ingredients; Eat is packed with more than 600 of them, and will inspire cooks for life.
Easy student recipes
Stuffing, roast potatoes, perfect chicken, delicious gravy… what more could you want?
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This notice was published: 2022-08-26 08:31:16