When you are an Asian student living in a foreign country, cooking can feel a bit overwhelming. Tasks, like shopping for ingredients and picking what you are going to have for dinner, can be a confusing experience. We have some very different types of food in the UK, and knowing what to do with them can be a challenge. Here are 10 easy student recipes, that will help you learn how to cook western food.
1. ENGLISH BREAKFAST
Start your day with this traditional English breakfast. If you have very little cooking experience this is the perfect student recipe to get you started. You can find all the ingredients readily available in any supermarket, and you only need to use one big frying pan for cooking, so there’s not much washing up to do.
2. EASY BREAKFAST FRITTATA
Frittatas are a great way to make use of any leftover food. So if you have any vegetables or meat that needs eating, add it to your breakfast frittata. One frittata makes 8 servings so you can share it with your roommates or have it cold as a snack throughout the week.
3. BAKED CHICKEN WINGS – 4 TYPES
Chicken Wings are the perfect food for sharing with other people. Try making these quick and easy chicken wings when you have friends coming over to study or socialise. You can try all 4 variations, or you can pick your favourite.
4. CHICKEN, MUSHROOM AND BACON PASTA BAKE
Pasta bakes are an essential recipe for students. They are student favourites in the west because they are so cheap and easy to make. This chicken Alfredo pasta bake is a good example. It is quick, easy and perfect for sharing.
5. SLOW COOKER BEEF STEW
Slow cookers are really helpful when you are studying. They are easy to get hold of, and they are not too expensive. If you have a busy day of lectures and you are studying until late in the evening this beef stew recipe is ideal. Just place all the ingredients into your slow cooker in the morning and leave your beef stew to cook all day. When you arrive home in the evening your dinner will be ready, and you won’t need to cook.
6. SLOW COOKER BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
Here’s another great slow cooker recipe, if you don’t have a slow cooker you can also make this in a pot on your cooker. Soup is the perfect meal when the weather starts to get a bit cooler. This vegetarian student recipe makes 6 servings, so if you are not sharing and you are cooking for yourself, you can freeze the soup and reheat it when you need it.
7. ONE-PAN AUTUMN CHICKEN ROAST
Take a break from studying and enjoy a nice meal with your friends. This easy one-pan student recipe is quick to make and doesn’t require too much preparation, so you can spend some time with your guests and leave the dinner to cook in the oven.
8. SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE
Originally this is a classic Italian dish, but the British love it as if it were their own. This recipe tells you how to make bolognese sauce yourself, however, you can buy pre-made sauces from the supermarket from brands such as Dolmio which makes it even quicker. Just fry the mince and chopped onion, and add the sauce and cook for just 10 minutes. Serve your bolognese with Pasta or Spaghetti.
9. CREAMY SPINACH-STUFFED MUSHROOMS
These quick and easy stuffed mushrooms are the perfect vegetarian student recipe. They can be eaten as a starter before your main meal, or at lunch-time with a salad. All the ingredients are cheap and easy to get hold of in any supermarket.
10. 3-MINUTE MUG CAKES 4 WAYS
Mug cakes are great student recipes for one. They make a great dessert for any meal and only take 3 minutes to make. Simply place the ingredients in a mug and cook in the microwave. You have 4 different types of mug cake to choose from. Try them all, or simply pick your favourite.
By learning about local food you can learn a lot about the country you are living in at a much deeper level than simply its iconic landmarks. Many students travel to experience different cultures, and food plays a crucial role in a country’s cultural identity.
Make the most of your time living in a different country as an international student, and try eating and making as many different recipes as you can. Cook for your friends, walk around food markets and maybe even take a local cooking class. Food is a wonderful thing that brings people together, no matter where you are In the world. Hopefully, these student recipes inspire you, and you will have a go at cooking them.