Uni cooking 101
Top survival tips for first-time students, from Niall Grieve, safefood placement student from Ulster University.
Summer is coming to an end and I always see this time of year as a transition period for young people. We all go back to school, starting a brand new year, with brand new teachers, sometimes in a brand new school.
My top tips for eating a balanced diet at university
- Buy store brand products such as oats and cereals
I can buy a 1-2kg bag of porridge oats for 99 cents while the bigger brands could be as expensive as €3.
- Buy in bulk
I know you may feel buying three cans of peas on offer for €3 is more expensive in the moment than one can for €1.50 but by the end of the year, these small savings really add up! But make sure these foods don’t expire anytime soon.
- Freeze your leftovers
When you have ingredients that are near expiration date, cook your meals in bulk and freeze the extra portions for another day. This will not only save you time in the future but it will also prevent any food going to waste.
- Buy frozen veg instead of fresh
It is just as nutritious and can last for way longer!
- Learn three or four basic recipes by heart
For me, this was a vegetable omelette, chicken curry as well as the fish fingers recipe from our website.
- Cook with friends!
Plan a recipe with your housemates or friends like a stew or hotpot. This way you can share the costs of the ingredients, divide the work load and cook a nutritious and filling meal.