Now that Spring is officially here, the days should be getting longer and sunnier – and for many of us, that means we switch up our eating habits a bit. Steaming stews and hearty bowls of soup are all well and good in the depths of winter, but with the sun shining they’re generally not the first thing on our mind. So on that note, we’ve found some delicious and easy Spring recipes for your student kitchen! They’re pretty budget friendly, too…
Pasta & Peas
You’re probably thinking ‘huh?’ but trust us, this super simple Spring recipe will become a firm favourite for you and your flatmates – cheap, easy, and actually really tasty. All you need to do is sauté some onions in a bit of olive oil, then add boiling vegetable broth (aka, boiling water with a veggie stock cube in it) before chucking in both dried pasta and frozen peas. Let it all cook, then drain and pop it in a bowl before covering it in cheese. That’s all there is to it, and if you’re not a fan of peas you can switch them out for a different vegetable. This one couldn’t be more easy!
Eggs are a lifesaver for your student kitchen, and an omelette is a super easy meal to throw together – and it’s one that works any time of day. Have it alone for breakfast, with a salad for lunch, or with some oven chips for a filling dinner. A spring omelette contains asparagus, goat’s cheese, chive and plenty of salt and pepper. Of course you can put whatever you want in an omelette, but we think this one sounds pretty good…
Pesto Pasta Bake
Another pasta dish, because it’s an actual staple of life and student cooking. This is another simple but delicious one to make, and you can easily cook it for all your flatmates or save the leftovers for another few meals (very economical of you…) because it makes plenty. Boil your pasta, cook off some chicken however you like it, then add both with veggies of your choice to a large ovenproof dish. Mix in a jar of pesto, sprinkle some grated cheese over the top, and pop it in the oven until everything is nice and crispy. This is one of our favourite easy Spring recipes for your student kitchen.
Lemon drizzle flapjacks
We promise this is another easy one! Baking is a great way to wind down during study breaks, too, so you’re killing two birds with one stone here – and your flatmates will love you for it. Melt 250g each of butter and brown sugar in a pan with 175g of golden syrup. Mix in 425g of porridge oats, then transfer three quarters of the mixture to a lined baking tray. Spread some lemon curd over the top, then cover with the remaining mixture and bake for 30 minutes at 180C. Let it cool then mix the juice of half a lemon with some icing sugar and drizzle over the top; cut into slices and enjoy!
There’s 4 easy Spring recipes for your student kitchen – pasta, eggs, and tangy flapjacks – which won’t break the bank but will leave you feeling satisfied on warm Spring days.