Student Cooking - Snacks - Quick and Easy
Student days can be long, busy and draining (mentally and physically) with very few hours of sleep in between, so keeping energy levels up is important.
You could always go the chocolate bar route, however this is more of a quick fix solution, for a better and longer lasting solution you want to be looking for slow release energy foods, such as fruit, vegetables, wholemeal bread...
If you have a little time you could prepare your own snacks, not going to say they're all necessarily 'healthier' than ready made snacks but the benefits being that they're probably more substantial and more effective at maintaining consistent energy levels. And some are just great for snacking on whilst you enjoy some down time, watching a film or something with mates.
- 85g butter/margarine
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons golden syrup
- 35g plain flour
- 150g porridge oats
- Preheat oven - 190°C/gas mark 5 or 170°C for a fan oven
- Grease a small baking tray
- Add the butter, syrup and sugar into a saucepan to melt
- Now throw in the rest and mix
- Pour mixture into baking tray
- Put tray with mixture into the oven - leave for 12 - 15 minutes
- Remove tray and allow to cool for a few minutes
- You'll probably want to divide it into smaller portions at this point
- Before removing from the tray allow it to cool completely
- You could even include some extra ingredients such as crushed banana, sultanas, or some other dried fruit for fruity flapjacks
- Or maybe toffee or chocolate instead
- Or everything if you're feeling adventurous... though I'm not sure how well that would work but you never know 'till you've tried!
- Baking Potatoes (quantity depends on how many wedges you want to make, 200g worth would be sufficient for one person)
- 1 tablespoon oil (per person)
- 1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce (per person)
- Pre-heat oven to 220°C/gas mark 7
- Scrub potatoes
- Cut potatoes into 8 wedges
- Put wedges in a bowl or roasting tin
- Pour oil and chilli sauce on top
- Move the potatoes around a bit so they are completely coated
- Roast potatoes for 35 minutes
Beer Batter Onion Rings
WARNING: Hot oil can cause serious burns, take care when adding and removing the onion rings especially
- 2 large onions
- Salt and pepper
- 15ml vegetable oil (1 tablespoon)
- 2 eggs
- 150ml light beer
- 130g all-purpose flour
- Crack the eggs (keep the yolks obviously, and most food tends to taste better without egg shell...)
- Mix the flour, eggs, oil, egg yolks and salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Gradually add beer and whisk
- Put mixture in a freezer for 3 hours
- Slice onions - thick rings are best, about half a centimetre
- (You'll want a deep saucepan to make this easier) Add roughly 3 - 4cm oil to a deep saucepan
- Heat oil until very hot
- Dip onion rings into batter mixture
- Fry rings in oil in the deep saucepan for a couple of minutes
- Remove and drain on kitchen paper/paper towel
Yoghurt and Fruit
- Natural or fruit flavoured yoghurt (amount depends on how many servings, but for one person think about the same amount of a large glass full)
- Most fruits you can think of will probably go well with this simple recipe, some examples may be: Raspberries, pineapple, banana, strawberries (depends on what fruit you prefer)
- You could also include muesli or similar cereal
- Pour in a couple of centimetres of yoghurt into a glass
- Add fruit on top of yoghurt in the glass
- Repeat steps 1 - 2 (per glass) until glass is full
Simple, sweet and tasty!
Well if you didn't find anything you like there, don't worry just yet, there are plenty of other snack foods to enjoy:
- Nachos (great for a night in)
- Samosa (one of my personal favourites)
- A Sandwich... (Wholemeal bread is among the best to use)
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