No matter who you are, when you think about a stereotypical image of a student a similar image probably comes to mind. Forget the studying and exams, universities are a place to get party, drink and go crazy non-stop. Right? Though this may be one of the major attractions for many would be students who are eager to join in, there are an equally large number who find it just a little bit stressful.
Whether you are someone who really doesn’t enjoy the party lifestyle or someone who is anxious about the pressures to drink and match the antics of your peers do not fret, we are here to help you…
This is a great easy meal to make in big quantities to last you days, maybe even longer if you freeze some of it too. It’s also a sure fire hit with flatmates if trying to get a quick fix group meal done.
This recipe should cover 4 servings, so feel free to do more or less depending on what you’re down for.
You will need:
- A drop of oil
- 500g beef mince (Quorn mince works well for a meat free option)
- 1 onion, chopped (you can buy this chopped up already if you’re not yet confident with a knife)
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and cut up
- 1 red pepper, middle taken out and the rest cut up
- 4 big mushrooms sliced (again, you can find these pre-sliced in supermarkets)
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- Grated cheese to serve
- 100g of spaghetti per portion, but it’s best to do this on the day you’re eating it for best results.
- Get a little splash of oil in a big frying pan or a wok.
- Add your mince and cook until brown. For Quorn, about 5 minutes should do. If you get a lot of fat in the pan then tip it away carefully.
- Add the onion and the garlic and stir it all together.
- Throw in the pepper and mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes
- Pour the tomatoes in and leave on a low heat to come together.
- Get some boiling water in a decent sized saucepan and add a pinch of salt.
- Put your spaghetti in the boiling water and cook for about 10 minutes.
- Drain the spaghetti and plate up with a serving of the bolognese sauce. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
If you feel like taking it up a notch, throw in some paprika, worcestershire sauce, maybe some mixed herbs to make it that little bit more fancy. If you’re making this to freeze, leave it to cool COMPLETELY before freezing it and it should last in a freezer proof container for a couple of months.
Words by Simon Whitlock
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An absolute must for any hungry carnivore, this is the all-round classic bacon sandwich done properly. Be warned – once the smell of bacon gets around there’s nowhere to hide and you’re going to be everyone’s best mate for a quick fix…
You will need:
- 2 rashers of smoked or unsmoked bacon (3 if you’re feeling hungry)
- 2 slices of thick white bread
- Sauce of your choice (or not, it’s your call)
Top tip: grill the bacon rather than fry it. It’s quicker, healthier (no oil) and no big frying pan to clean after! You will need to be able to turn on the grill on your oven though.
- Turn the grill on to full, leaving the oven door open at all times.
- Place some tin foil on the bottom of the grill pan, then put your bacon on the tray.
- Pop the bacon under the grill for a couple of minutes, and turn it over once the top gets dark pink and the fat starts getting crispy.
- Get your bread buttered while the bacon is cooking (don’t forget to check the bacon regularly unless you want to smoke your housemates out)
- Once the bacon is done, get it in between your buttered bread and slather it in whatever sauce you prefer.
Words by Simon Whitlock
This is it, the big day is finally here and it’s time to say goodbye to your parents for a few months and to say hello to the people you’ll be living with for at least a year. It’s okay to be nervous, but luckily we’re on hand to help…
Are you completely, hopelessly and utterly unorganised? Are you always having to ask your course mates when your deadlines are? Well, no longer my friend. We at Help! I’m A Student have designed a free downloadable study planner just for you. Print it out, stick it on your wall and bid a warm welcome to the new organised version of yourself. Your friends will wonder whats happened…
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You’ve had the offer formally accepted and now it’s only a matter of weeks until you’re off pursuing the student life, ready or not. Here are a few essentials that will prove invaluable for getting started, Fresher’s week and beyond…