Uni Food Volume #1
Chicken and roasted veg salad.
So there seems to be a consensus amongst students in the UK that eating beans on toast, with the occasional pop-tart or ramen, constitutes an acceptable diet. One of my own housemates has managed to produce dinner from a can for the past four nights straight. Whilst both impressed and horrified by his ability to maintain a functional existence being fueled by products that are the nutritional equivalent to sawdust, I feel taking some degree of control over what you put into your body is pretty important. From what I can gather, having quizzed a number of packaged meal pros, the main hindrance to students eating healthily is cost, closely followed by effort, and their own inadequacies in the culinary arts. I’m going to try and help whoever has the misfortune of stumbling across this blog to overcome these hurdles by posting some simple, easy and super healthy meals that can be made on a student budget.
So here’s the first recipe. It makes a great lunch or post-workout meal, packing in a bunch of filling protein and veg based awesomeness without loading up on slump inducing carbs. It couldn’t be easier to prepare and requires almost no washing up so if you can’t be fucked to do the dishes then it won’t leave the kitchen looking like the Gaza Strip —-
Throw some sliced beet, red onion and mushrooms on one side of a baking tray, and a chicken breast on the other. Add some salt, pepper and some thyme if you have any around. Drizzle over olive oil and some lemon juice. Put it in an oven on mid-high for about 30mins. Take it out, throw it all in a bowl, stir through some mixed greens and eat. If you’ve done it right then it should taste pretty damn excellent.