January has come back around, and New Year’s resolutions are still fresh on everyone’s minds! Eat healthier, spend less, do more cooking… If this sounds like you, then luckily enough, we’ve put together a blog that ticks all those boxes! We thought that the New Year is the perfect time to share some student recipes that are affordable, healthy and most importantly will keep you nice and warm in the winter cold.
Cooking in your Lancaster student home, either for yourself or all your housemates, is a great habit to get into, as it saves money and is usually much healthier for you! BBC Good Food has a range of amazing different winter recipes that are both filling and warming. Whether you’re skilled in the kitchen and have all the tools or a complete novice who can just about manage the hob, this recipe list has got something for you! Catering to a different range of skills, abilities and dietary requirements, you should be able to find something to cook for you, and, if you’re feeling generous, maybe your housemates too!
What better way to chill out after a long day at university/work than with a nice hearty meal, here are some of the easiest and cheapest we’ve found for you to give a go:
Smokey Spiced Veggie Rice – This recipe is one of the easiest ones, plus it’s easy to bulk up either to make leftovers or to make extra for your housemates. It’s perfect for a few different dietary requirements, and because it’s mostly vegetables you can just use what you have in the cupboard or fridge and swap out certain ingredients for others.
Mac and Cheese – Macaroni and Cheese is such a perfect recipe for students as it’s easy, cheap and most importantly you can bulk it out with loads of different ingredients to make it suit your needs. Plus, one of the best things about this recipe is that it’s a one-pan recipe. So less washing up when you’re done!
Minestrone Soup – This is the perfect winter warmer recipe! Serve with hot bread and butter or just on its own, a soup is a great way to warm up after being outside in the cold. This recipe is not only inexpensive to make but it’s also really healthy, which is a great way to start the New Year!
If you wish to make this meal slightly fancier, you can always visit the food market on Market Square on Saturdays and Wednesdays to buy some fresh ingredients for the soup. For some of you living right in the town centre in our off-campus student accommodation, it may be quicker for you to visit Market Square for your ingredients than to walk to the nearest supermarket!
Student Beans has some of the most brilliant student recipes, full of classic student meals such as toasties, wraps, jacket potatoes and pasta dishes as well as some overall cooking tips that you may find helpful!
For most of you living in off-campus student accommodation in Lancaster town centre, you should be close to a supermarket where you can get all your ingredients and shops such as Lidl and Aldi are usually slightly cheaper so you may be able to save yourself a bit of money by doing some canny shopping. We hope you, and everyone else in your student accommodation, get to enjoy some warm food this Winter. And good luck with your New Year’s resolutions!