My loyal student helpers are the play hard work hard type and it’s no surprise that cooking and eating often falls by the wayside. They tell me the main issue is knowing what to cook for ONE person and making sure it’s ready to eat in minutes.
Balancing food shopping. cooking, study and finances is also a worry. Students find themselves frustrated by the increasing cost of eating well in a city like London. If this is a familiar predicament, think ‘less is more!’. Invest time getting the basics right and you’ll find there’s no need to break the bank for a good meal or spend time slaving over complicated meals in the kitchen.
Here’s some practical steps you can take:
- Set up a pantry at the start of term. This can be done on your own or with a friend. Use my essential pantry guide as a starting point. Get this right and you won’t keep popping out for the basics.
- Research up to seven balanced meals to eat during the week. Doing this guarantees you get some essential nutrients (at least once a day). Create a shopping list for your chosen meals and only shop for fresh items you need. Check out our student cook and eat recipes for inspiration.
- Find a friend! Cooking is a great way to breakdown social barriers. Look for a friend that you can share cooking tasks with. Find what works for both of you.
- Have you ever thought of throwing a dinner party once a month? If you don’t have the tenacity for such things, join a cook and eat club in your area or set one up!
Greenwich Pantry runs cook and eat sessions in local student accommodation. If you would like us to run sessions in your student digs, get in touch; we’d love to hear from you.