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Italian Beef Stew

I needed something fast today, and as I am still dedicating this blog to healthy eating (or at least decent student-food recipes), I decided to go for the stew idea. It’s fast, warm, and easy to make if you’re in a rush. It’s great for those who want to bulk buy and have a meal last for a few nights! Also freezes really well!

I originally found this on BBC food – but decided to alter it as I think it needed tweaking.

I’ll certainly be making this more in the winter- I’m sure it will feature again next November when I’m complaining about my cold, student home! Unfortunately heating = money, and money = not available.

NOT THE MOST ATTRACTIVE MEAL. So apologies – but wow, it was quick, easy, cheap, and made enough for a few meals! Also delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • oil
  • 300g beef, chopped or sliced
  • 1 bell pepper (any colour)
  • 400 g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • parsley
  • olives (optional) – in original recipe
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • OPTIONAL: garlic powder (extra flavour)

Steps:

1) In a large pot, pour in the diced onions and garlic. After a few minutes, pour in carrots.

Onions and Garlic

2) Once onions are golden, pour in beef slices, tomatoes, parsley, bell pepper.

Raw in Pan

In Pan Close Up

3) Cook until beef is cooked through – careful not t overcook the beef. I left a lid on for a while to let the steam cook the carrots a bit more.

In Pan

4) Once ready, stir in a hand full of olives if desired. Season with salt, pepper, and option seasoning: garlic powder.

5) Serve with mash potatoes. I put sour cream and cheese with salt and pepper in my mash – but it’s up to you! For a quick mash, grab sainsburys or tescos ready mash – if not, boil halved potatoes for about 20 minutes, mash, and add desired contents (milk, soured cream, etc).

Potatoes

Cheesy Mash

FInal 4

ENJOY! 

 

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Stuffed Bell Peppers with Salad

I originally started this blog to make myself start eating healthy. I figured if I put interesting, student-abled food recipes on here, I would eat more healthy and interesting things!

Needless to say – I’ve not been successful on the health factor… (I just love frying things too much!)

My flat mate came up with this amazing recipe, so I wanted to share it on my blog! Easy, healthy meal after a day of labs or tutorials! Dedicated to my beautiful flat mate who inspires me every day to eat healthy!

 

Ingredients:

  • Bell Peppers
  • Cous Cous
  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Halloumi Cheese

 

  • Mixed Leaves
  • Salad Dressing
  • Bell Peppers
  • Chicken Breast

 

Steps:

1) Preheat the oven to 180 C. Halve the bell peppers and rub with olive oil. Place halved bell peppers in oven.

 

Peppers before oven

Peppers in Oven 1

2) Prepare cous cous by mixing hot water/broth, and mixture (Realistically…. follow your packets instructions.)

Cous Cous with Fork

3) Chop the halloumi into small pieces and place in cous cous.

Cheese Chopped

Mixture

Mixture in Bowl 2

4) Cook the mushrooms in garlic butter on the stove; when finished, place in the cous cous. Mix the ingredients around.

Mushrooms

5) Take the bell peppers out the oven and stuff them. Put back in the oven for about 10 minutes – or until desired warmth. Longer you wait the better the halloumi will cook.

Peppers Stuffed in Oven

Stuffed Pepper Done Single

6) Prepare the side salad (up to your own discretion!) I did mixed leaves, bell peppers, and a lite french dressing.

Leaf Salad

7) When done, take out the oven.

8) Serve with side salad.

 

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Final

Chicken and Cashew Nuts #asianpersuasion

I live with the most adorable asian flat mate. Not only is he an amazing cook, but he has the ability to whip up anything asian. After having asian with drawls from his fantastic cooking as he hibernated in honour of his dissertation, I took it upon myself to continue on with the asian cooking in our household and made my favourite meal – chicken and cashew nuts (the mild version). Now I am do spicy, and recommend throwing in a chili pepper for those who enjoy a hotter dish, but I needed something easy I could whip up for leftovers at lunch without blowing my mouth off! This recipe, if served with rice, makes enough for a few meals which is excellent.

 

Ingredients:

  • 500 g chicken
  • gruondnut oil
  • corn flour x1 tbls spoon
  • egg x1
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • bell pepper x1
  • onion x1
  • mange tout packet
  • chicken stock
  • soy sauce
  • cashew nuts
  • spring onions
  • jasmine rice

 

Steps:

1) Mix corn flour and egg to make a mix for the chicken. Dunk the chicken in the mix and put into the wok with groundnut oil. Sprinke salt.

2) Add in bell peppers and onions and mange tout and spring onions as desired once chicken is almost done cooking.

 

in pan 2

3) Mix in half a cup of chicken stock and cashews once chicken is thoroughly cooked.

In pan

 

4) Add soy suace to taste, usuall about 5 tbls.

5) Serve with jasmine rice.

 

Chicken and Cashew 2 bowls

Pizza Toppings Idea #1: Cajun Chicken

So… here I am, going on and on about this chicken I managed to defrost by using our fat oven setting and I realized- I have nothing to eat this chicken with! After a long heated debate of chicken fajitas vs chicken nachos, we came to a decision: chicken pizza.

I decided to start a blog series about pizza topping ideas, as I feel so many of us resort to the usual pepperoni (myself included!). I’m never the most adventurous when it comes to pizza.

Before I begin I thought I would go through a few dough options:

I’ve done a range a things before when making my pizza, from pre-being the thin base already made, to buying the dough, to making the dough myself. Tescos, Asda, Morrisons all have a wide range of pizza base ideas that are affordable for student and of little hassle – depending if you want to make your own base or just use an already booked thin “flat bread” sort of base.

For those interested in making their own, BBC good food have a great and easy recipe I often follow! Click here for a look!

 

Pizza Sauce: 

Again pizza bases can be store bought in a jar, made easily by throwing some pepper and tomato sauce together, or made with a bit more pizzaz. My favorite pizza base recipe is also from BBC good food  (I can barely resist any of their recipes!)

Click here for a quick and easy pizza sauce recipe.

 

Pizza Topping: 

I chose to do a cajun chicken pizza, as its very close to home for me – and I was missing some home-like food!

 

Ingredients:

  1. Pizza sauce (home made or store bought – see above)
  2. Pizza Base (home made or store bought – see above)
  3. Chicken Breast
  4. Red onion
  5. Cajun Seasoning
  6. Garlic
  7. Red Pepper
  8. Mozzarella Cheese
  9. Basic (for taste)
  10. Salt
  11. Pepper

 

Steps: 

1. Preheat oven to 200 C.

2. Heat oil in pan and put in diced bell peppers and red onions.

 

SUpplies Red Onions Bell Pepper

 

 

3. Slice chicken into small slices and put in pan to fry with onions and bell peppers. Add sliced garlic once almost cooked thru.

 

4. On pizza base add sauce, mozzarella cheese, and basil while toppings are cooking on stove.

Close up Toppings

5.  Sprinkle in salt, pepper, and cajun spices once almost fully cooked. Once cooked, repeat sprinkling of salt, pepper, and cajun spices. (Add as desired for strong flavor).

 

Toppings in Pan

Emerils

6. Placed in oven for about 5 minutes or until cheese is beginning to melt.

 

No Toppings in Over
7. Once cheese is beginning to melt, place cooked topping on top of pizza and place back in oven until cheese is bubbling and fully melted.

 

Pizza In Over
8. Take out oven, sprinkle some more basil and cajun spices if desired.

 

Pizza Topping Close UP
9. Let cool for a few minutes and slice!

 

 

Pizza Sliced

Phillycheese Steak Mac and Cheese

In searching the web for some new and creative food ideas, I came across a very interesting idea of turning basic meals into mac and cheese meals! The idea of adding anything to cheesey pasta is simply delightful, just ask any of my flat mates. Me and cheese – we go way back.

This recipe was super easy – changed a few things to make it my own. Took me about 10 minutes to prepare and 15 to cook! It also made enough to feed a small army which pleased my flat mates (as they eat as much as a small army!)

Ingredients: 

Pasta of Your Choosing (I always go with the classic mac and cheese shaped ones)

Vegetable Oil

Olive Oil

Salt

Bell Pepper (for taste)

Onion

Pepper

Roast Beef Sliced and Cooked

Edam Cheese

Cheddar Cheese

Evaporated Milk (100 ml) (more if creamier)

Water (100 ml) (more if lighter)

2 Eggs

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Steps: 

1. Chop onion and pepper (3-5 min)

2. Fry in pan with vegetable oil.

 

3. Boil water for pasta

4. Place Pasta in boiling water

5. Put roast beef in pan to warm.

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6. Put pan on low heat and keep peppers, onions, and roast beef warm.

7. When pasta is cooked, drain pasta.

8. In a big bowl or pan, stir in roast beef, peppers, and onion with the pasta.

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9. Add cheese mixture last (the amount of mixture is up to you!)

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Sauce:

1. In mix pan on low heat, stir in 2 eggs, evaporate milk, cheddar cheese, and edam cheese.

2. Leave to simmer, stirring frequently.

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 Finished Product: 

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BAM. That’s classy mac and cheese.