Here are 3 student-friendly one-pot recipes to give you all the nutrition you need without the drag of endless washing up afterward!
1. Stir-fry chicken, rice and vegetable medley
A classic quick-cook dish packed with flavour, this is something any student can get to grips with and save on the washing up. Stir-frying is not only a healthy way to cook food, but you’ll be amazed at what you can rustle up in one wok in under 15 minutes just in time for Countdown.
What you’ll need: Diced chicken breast, peas, microwavable rice, sweetcorn, soy sauce, eggs x 2
How to prepare:
- Put your wok on medium heat, spray a little oil into it and then throw in your diced chicken breast. Toss it until it starts to brown, moving it with a spatula frequently to avoid sticking.
- Heat the packet rice in the microwave for 2 minutes whilst you’re browning the chicken.
- When your chicken is cooked, throw in your frozen peas. Drain the sweetcorn from the tin and add that to the mix too.
- When your rice pings, carefully tear off the top of the packet and add it into the wok along with the other ingredients. Your meal is almost ready.
- Keep stirring quickly to avoid anything sticking, then put a few glugs of soy sauce in – but don’t drown it!
- Empty onto a place and eat right away. A bag of prawn crackers or some microwave poppadoms goes nicely with this takeaway style meal.
2. Cheese and Spinach Frittatas
Light and airy, frittatas are an excellent way to make something substantial without having to buy so many ingredients. Like an omelette, frittatas have a delicate taste and don’t need any additional flavourings. Plus, you can swap out the ingredients for a wide variety of decent munch.
What you’ll need: Eggs x 6, milk (100ml), boiled potatoes, cheddar cheese (200g) and spinach leaves (100g)
How to prepare
- Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk along with the milk, adding a dash of salt and pepper.
- Heat your frying pan and add a splash of oil so that the surface is covered.
- Add your crushed or diced new potatoes into the mix, with the cheddar cheese and spinach too.
- Pour everything into the heated frying pan and leave it without stirring. You’re aiming to make a block of food that you can then cut up.
- After a few minutes, the food should have cooked on the underside, and the top should also be firm (though still uncooked) so take your spatula and flip it over for a further 3-4 minutes.
- Give it a final flip and serve. You can eat this on its own or with a quick salad, and it tastes great the day after too!
3. Macaroni Cheese
An American staple that made its way across the pond and into student digs across the UK, Mac ‘n’ Cheese is perhaps the simplest dish you can make but one of the tastiest.
What you’ll need: Macaroni pasta, milk (200mls), flour, (50g) butter (40g) and cheese (200g)
How to prepare
- Bring your macaroni to the boil.
- Melt your butter in a pan and add the flour to it.
- Slowly add the milk and keep stirring until it forms a smooth paste-like liquid.
- Add your cheese to the mixture and keep stirring it so it doesn’t stick.
- When you’re happy with the consistency of your sauce, pour it over the cooked macaroni. Add bits of bacon on top, or sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake for 10 minutes for a crusty topping.
So there you have it, three delicious recipes using the minimal amount of kitchenware that you’ll need to wash up afterwards. Whether you’ve just got past your university open day and freshers week, or are in your third or fourth year, keep an eye out on our Twitter feed for more simple and delicious recipes. Why not even post your above creations to Instagram?