Tell me something, why don’t students (in general,) cook?
I know we’ve just moved away form home, and living on a diet of super noodles, take away and all forms of alcohol we can get our hands on seems like a good idea, but after the freshers 15 (as in, the roughly 15 pounds one puts on in the first semester of university,) and the lethargy associated with bad diet and no exercise, surely we should start to maybe-kind-of-almost consider learning to actually cook for ourselves?
Now, I’m no expert, and I’m not one to preach. I’ve gained roughly two stone since starting university which completely boils down to laziness and being broke. I couldn’t be bothered to learn to cook, and frankly veg is expensive. It’s cheaper and easier to eat crap. The downside being, you feel like crap. It’s generally just, well, crap.
So, what’s the solution?
Well, we at Edge Hill Students’ Union may have found one.
There’s a company called Student Grub, who locally source fruit and veg, supply you with a simple recipe to follow, and deliver it to your doorstep.
Their grub boxes make six meals, so either you can feed yourself and five friends, or feed yourself for six days, (and on the 7th treat yourself to a takeaway, a meal out, or go back to the old faithful: super noodles.) Easy. And all for roughly the same price as a dominos pizza. They also offer deals, for example you can order a terms worth of boxes for £110, and be assured that you’re getting good, local food for 10 weeks.
But I wouldn’t be praising this company if I hadn’t tried the food myself.
I got the ‘Yee Haaaaa’ Veggie Chili box.
Here’s what was inside, as well as the veg required to make the chili Student Grub included a packet of pre-mixed spices, so you don’t have to worry about measuring or anything.
The instructions were easy to follow, there’s nothing too complicated about chopping vegetables and throwing them in a pan. That being said, make sure you have a good, big pot and/or pan, and the only thing not included in the box is cooking oil, so make sure you get some of that in prior to starting.
Yes, I figured out how to make a GIF of frying vegetables. #winning
I toasted some ciabatta bread to go along with this, (which sounds fancy but I bought in Aldi, so, not really.) And it was super tasty. And I got a real sense of accomplishment, knowing that I’d cooked it myself.
I stuck the rest in the fridge, and then that’s what I had for dinner for the next five nights, pairing it with bread, rice, or just on its own was good too. It took about 3 minutes to heat up in the microwave.
So, in summary, just because you’re a student doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your health! If you eat crap, you’ll feel crap, if you eat well, you’ll feel well! And there’s a way to do that without breaking the bank, (and without having to be a master-chef, although you may feel like one after whipping up your first self-cooked meal.)
For more information you can visit the Student Grub website, or look out for them during Freshers fair!