Living in res, especially a self-catering res, comes with its perks such as, well, catering for yourself. Usually after a long day spent moving from lecture to lecture and maybe even a visit to the library, the last thing you feel like doing is slaving away in front of the stove. A better option here would be to grab takeaways, but these can be pricey for a student living on a tight budget and for those wanting to eat something nutritional. Which is why you will find cost-effective, simple, yet nutritious meals to prepare in just the snap of your finger included below. These are also perfect for a student wanting to polish their cooking skills. Spaghetti Bolognese Preparation time: 30 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil or cooking oil 400g beef mince 1 medium onion, chopped 1 large carrot, grated 2 400g tin chopped tomatoes 1 beef stock cube 500g spaghetti salt and pepper to taste Method
  1. Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add a tablespoon of oil and once hot add the beef mince and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the mince until well browned over a medium-high heat. Once browned, transfer the mince to a bowl and set aside.
  2. add another tablespoon of oil to the saucepan you browned the mince in and turn the heat to medium. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and fry gently for 5-6 minutes or until softened. Add Tue garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the grated carrot then pour the mince and juices in the bowl back into the saucepan.
  3. add the tomatoes to the pan and stir well to the mix. Pour in the beef stock, bring to simmer gently for 45 minutes, or until the sauce is thick and rich. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
Chicken Salad Ingredients 1 chicken breast 1 or 2 washers of bacon Lettuce cherry tomatoes cucumber 1 small onion half of a medium red cabbage salad dressing tbsp olive oil or cooking oil salt and pepper to taste Method
  1. Add a drizzle of olive oil in a frying pan and put on a medium heat.
  2. Chop up the chicken breasts into small bite-size chunks and add to frying pan. Cook for around 5-6 minutes or until golden Brown ensuring its cooked all the way.
  3. Remove your chicken from pan into a salad bowl.
  4. Chop your lettuce, tomatoes into chunks/slices in a salad bowl.
  5. Cut up your bacon into small slices and add to the frying pan. Cook for around 4 minute or until full cooked through. Remove from frying pan and add to bowl.
  6. Drizzle your favourite salad on top.