It’s almost near the end of the semester. And it’s time to crack down and get ready for examinations. At least for medics like me, we have only 7 more weeks before our exams. This means 2 things:
- Spending all your time in the library
- Trying to prepare food to feed yourself while at the library
Well, there will be another blog post soon to help you with studying for exams, but this blog is for the latter – how to prepare the food? I do not pride myself in being a great cook, but I have been told (by my friend Laura, who recommended I post this) that I am good at preparing food ahead of time to save time while you study for your exams. I hope the following recipes help you be healthy and energised during this important period. Some of these are my own recipes and some from my mum. Something to note, I prefer being vegetarian therefore most of my recipes will be vegetarian. I will try my best to quantify the ingredients ( I am one of those who just adds stuff based on my instincts)
Vegetarian Fried Rice: A great dish which has a considerably long shelf life and a fun way to include all types of fresh vegetable and carbo in your diet at the same time.
- Boiled Rice (add some vegetable stock when boiling the rice)
- Washed and Cut Vegetable – Celery, Cabbage, Button Mushroom, Broccoli, Carrot
- Oil (of your choice)
- Ginger, Garlic
- Vegetarian Soy Sauce
- Green Chilli (for the heat)
- Add oil to a pan /pot (whatever large pot you may have)
- Add the ginger, garlic, chilli and sauté it for a while – until you can smell the aroma
- Add the onions and cook till the onions turn translucent
- Then add the vegetables and sauté them until the vegetable is cooked (make sure to not overcook it, the vegetables need the crunch to make the fried rice taste good)
- At this point in time you can add eggs to the mixture, if you want
- Then add the rice, and give it a quick stir
- Then pour in a few tablespoons of soy sauce, and salt
- Stir the mixture together, and let it sit on the heat for some time
- The fried rice is now ready, portion it into boxes/ Tupperware and store them
- Heat the food when needed, and have yourself a nice, healthy meal!
Modifications: If you want to include any protein for the friend rice, stir fry the protein in oil and garlic before adding the rest of the ingredients. Let the protein rest and cool and then add it together with the vegetables.
Chinese Cold Noodles: Healthy and you don’t even have to heat this dish up!
- Vermicelli (cooked and cooled)
- Washed and Cut vegetables: Cucumber, Carrot, Bean Sprouts
- Chilli Oil (for the heat)
- Soy Sauce
- Sesame Oil
- Ginger, Garlic
- To make the sauce for the noodles, cut the ginger and garlic into fine pieces and put them in a small bowl with some water.
- After letting the ginger and garlic soak in the water for at least 5 min, add couple of tablespoons of chilli oil, sesame oil, soy sauce.
- With the sauce ready, in a mixing bowl, add the vegetable together with the noodles.
- Put the noodles in the fridge and let it cool down. The dish tastes better when cold.
Modifications: You cannot add any protein to this dish but you can add roasted and crushed peanuts at the end for a crunch and to include some protein into your diet.
Recommended YouTube channels:
For week long meal plans, one-pot recipes and holidays recipes; all which are easy to cook and with ingredients readily available in Dundee:
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For easy to cook Indian, Chinese Indian fusion dishes:
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For easy to cook recipes for main course and desserts:
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