For many students, the most daunting part about university is having to cook for yourself. Cooking for one can be tricky but it’s also a great learning experience and can be fun too.
IT’S ALL IN THE PLANNING
We’ve all been there; you get home from uni, hungry and tired, you realised you only have pasta in the cupboards and then it begins… the five days in a row of having plain pasta for dinner. When you plan your meals, it helps you save money, stops you throwing food out and means you can eat tasty, nutritious meals every night. Try giving yourself 30minutes every Sunday before you go to the supermarket where you plan breakfast, lunch and dinner for the week ahead.
A PROBLEM SHARED IS A PROBLEM HALVED
Cooking for one can be expensive so why not get together with your housemates and cook meals together. You can all put some money in a kitty and then take it in turns to be responsible for cooking a different dish. This is a great opportunity to bond with your flatmates, whilst trying food that you might not have ever had before, think of it as a Student Come Dine With Me. But don’t forget the golden rule - whoever cooks doesn’t have to do the washing up.
GET CHILLY IN THE FROZEN AISLE
People often associate the frozen section in the supermarket as unhealthy, but that isn't the case. Items like fruit, vegetables and meat can be bought frozen, it’s often cheaper and you don’t have to worry about it going out of date. Top tip - frozen fruit is also great to use in smoothies.
Don’t be fooled by the draw of the big supermarket names, you can get a cheaper shop of similar quality from stores like Aldi and Lidl. Don’t forget your local suppliers as well, google local food markets or find out where your nearest greengrocer and butcher is. This is where you will often find the best quality food at reasonable prices.
So there you have it, iQ’s top tips for saving on your food shopping… happy cooking!