By now, you will be nearing the end of your first term at university, nicely settling into your Lancaster student accommodation. You may even be getting ever so slightly better at living alone and looking after yourself. In a recent blog post we discussed the positives of cooking as a household, such as saving money, saving gas and electricity, and all your housemates loving you! So, we thought there was no better time to share some amazing, easy and cheap recipes that you can cook in bulk for yourself and your housemates.

You can cook on a budget as a student living in Lancaster easily, for example, if you shop at Aldi, you can buy ‘wonky veg’ slightly cheaper. Or if you get your big shop at Lidl (both shops in the town centre), you can get a huge fruit and vegetable box for only £1.50, and these boxes are easily big enough to feed the whole household.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a complete novice when it comes to cooking, BBC food have the most amazing selection of student recipes that will suit everyone’s needs (even the incredibly fussy eaters), plus they won’t break the bank to make. Here is one of our favourites:  

Satay Sweet Potato Curry

  • 1 tbsp rapeseed or vegetable oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tsp grated fresh root ginger
  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 x 400ml/14fl oz tin light coconut milk
  • 400g/14oz sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 75–100g/2¾–3½oz kale, thick stalks discarded, leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

‘Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onion, with the lid on, until softened. Stir in the garlic and ginger and leave uncovered to fry for another 2 minutes. Stir in the spices.

Boil the kettle. Add the tomato purée, soy sauce, peanut butter, coconut milk and 200ml/7fl oz boiling water. Whisk while bringing to the boil and then add the sweet potato chunks. Turn down the heat and cook uncovered for 15–20 minutes until the potato is soft and the sauce has thickened. If the sauce has reduced enough but the potato is not tender yet, partly cover with the lid.

Stir in the kale and cook for 1 minute. Taste and season with lime juice, salt and pepper. Ladle the curry over rice or into bowls for dunking bread in’.

If you’re interested in any more of the student recipes on BBC good food (we would recommend it due to the sheer amount of cheap and easy recipes on there) you can find all of them here.

Here’s a list of a few different websites with some amazing recipes that are simple to cook for the household:

Jamie Oliver’s Money Saving Recipes – Some of these recipes are slightly more on the fancy side, but they look and taste delicious, they make large portions, enough for the entire house (or if there isn’t many of you, enough for lots of extra meals) and they’re called ‘Money Saving Recipes’ for a reason! Save those pennies to spend on something else much more important…. Like nights out!

Tesco Student Recipes – We had to include Tesco’s selection of student recipes on here because they just have so much choice! In this list, there are recipes that suit everyone: vegetarians, vegan’s, food on a budget, meals you can freeze, slow cooker recipes and more.

Student Eats – These guys have an impressive student recipe selection, plus there is also a section dedicated to making cheap and tasty desserts, who doesn’t love a pudding!

We hope this blog post helps you to cook a few meals as a household, as well as save some money. If you end up cooking any of these recipes for your Lancaster student housing, please send us over a picture to our Facebook, or tag us on Instagram!