Student Food

Teach them to Cook -
At several University Open Days talks, staff implored us to teach our children to cook. 
If you have student-friendly recipe suggestions, please send them to 

Charlotte’s Simple Summer Pasta

(parmesan) cheese
black pepper
small bag of cashew or other nuts (for protein - if you haven't had any yet that day)

1 small bag of ready washed salad

cook pasta and drain
put in bowl and mix in a couple of teaspoons of pesto and nuts if using
sprinkle with (parmesan) cheese and black pepper
eat with salad

Dan’s Gourmet Survival Tips for Undergraduates

I'm not proud of these first two, but Tesco tinned Rice Pudding is 12p and Morrissons noodles 11p. The noodles aren't really a full meal, but the rice pudding is good with a little drizzle of honey. Better warmed in a pan (and it's easy to wash out) but can be tipped in to a bowl if time or state of washing up requires.

A small bit of gammon (~650g) can be had in some places for under £2, and will do a hot serving, or 2 or 3 if you don't need leftovers, with some veg and potatoes, and then a couple of days worth of sandwiches and/or hot dinners. Dice it into a frying pan with some soft cheese (Philadelphia works well) which you warm through very gently and add spaghetti. That can also be made in the pasta saucepan after you drain the pasta. The leftovers can also be used for Carbonara or in a pasta bake.

Most obviously a baked potato, which is dirt cheap, although butter and cheese or Tuna drives the cost right up. They take 10 minutes in the microwave at the cost of losing some crispness of the skin. A little bit of vegetable oil, a little bit of salt to help crisp it up, rub it on the skin and in the microwave.

Take sandwich bags, the student mini-supermarket where you will inevitably do most of your shopping may not sell them. Cheese sandwiches, egg mayo, all the stuff you can buy on campus is much cheaper made at home, and much better for you than the crisps, chocolate etc. you'll buy.

Requires a ramekin or straight sided dish really, can be done in a bowl in the microwave if necessary. Layer of grated cheese, one or two eggs cracked over the cheese (Delia says one is a starter, two a main), another layer of grated cheese. Bake in oven until eggs are solid, or microwave intermittently. Officially known as Alpine Eggs, more commonly 'the egg and cheese thing'.

A flatmate of mine has a little plastic device that holds one egg broken in to it, so you can 'boil' them in the microwave.

Pitta bread with anything at all.

Marsha’s Pancakes
1 pot of Greek Yogurt (individual size)
1 egg
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Mix ingredients in order in a bowl (add some milk for thinner batter). Allow to rest for a minute while nonstick frying pan heats up. Drop onto skillet and flip when bubbles appear. Voila! Thick, hearty pancakes that are packed with protein! Enjoy with fruit, or my fave, butter and maple syrup.
Dali’s Quick & Easy Cheese Sauce
It can go with anything like pasta or vegetables and it is fool-proof.
1 cup of Milk
1 tablespoon of Flour
a bit of butter
some grated cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Put the milk (cold) and flour in a saucepan and whisk to avoid lumps. Add butter and put your pan over a medium heat, whisking constantly, until the sauce thickens. Add grated cheese and mix well.
This sauce goes well with pasta (add some pieces of fried bacon and you have your - nearly - own carbonara). Also, chop a few veggies such as mushrooms, carrots, onions, baby corn, put in an ovenproof dish, cover with white sauce, sprinkle with grated cheese and bake for about 30 min. VoilĂ , impress your housemates with your vegetable gratin.

Can I just say – it was their idea to keep using the word “Voila”.

Simple One-Pot Student Meals (non-lacto) by Clare
Rice and Sardines
75g rice
200ml water
1 can sardines in sauce
Place rice and water in pan with lid on.
Bring to boil.
Turn down v. low and leave to simmer for 15 mins.  Do not stir or remove lid.
When rice is cooked stir in the sardines over a low heat until it is all warmed through.
Pasta and Tuna
150g quick cook pasta
small can tuna
small can sweetcorn
2 dessert spoons mayo
black pepper to taste
Put plenty of water in pan and bring it to boiling point with lid on.
Add the pasta and bring it back to the boil with the lid on.
Once boiling, remove lid and boil on high heat for approx 5 mins, until pasta is tender. (10 mins for ordinary pasta).
Drain off water and stir in tuna, sweetcorn, mayo, black pepper over low heat until warmed through

Lentils and Spam .
0.5 cups red lentils
1.5 cups water
0.5 cup frozen peas
small can spam
half a tube tomato puree
oxo cube
tablespoon olive oil
Put lentils and water in pan with lid on and bring to boil.
Turn down low and simmer for 15 mins until lentils are transparent.
Add peas, chopped spam, oil, oxo cube and tomato puree and stir in over a low heat.
Should Students Take Multi-vitamins?
 I'm no doctor (or rather, I am a doctor, but of computer science, not medicine), but I regard vitamin tablets as a bit of a safety net.  Very few students will be eating the amount of greens and fruit that they should.  In addition, they'll be cutting down on sleep and having work crises.  They could end up with a cold that grabs them at the start of term and doesn't let go until the end.  If you can supply them with vitamin tablets and maybe develop the routine of taking them before they leave home, it might help.