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Posted on 15 Jan, 2019

Back to College Recipes

With most students back to college, it's very important that they start the semester off with their best foot forward. Now more than ever, it is important to try and fit in as much nutritious and vitamin-packed foods as possible to fuel you for the long college days ahead. Good food is important for improving your alertness and helping you to concentrate during study and exams. As a quick rule of thumb, try to eat fruit & vegetables that are rich in colour such as tomatoes, oranges, carrots and kiwis.

Here at Revive Active, we understand that it can be difficult to rustle up something wholesome in a college kitchen. You begin to think about all the times you took your Mammy’s hot dinners for granted when you’re left staring at a lonely tin of beans in the back of the cupboard.

 Don’t fear - I have compiled a list of simple & super easy dinner recipes for you to try out.

 1.Easy Pitta Bread Pizza

Everyone loves pizza! But it’s not advised to eat it every day. This is a simple recipe which uses healthier ingredients but still gives that great pizza-like taste.

 Photo source: bbc.com

What you will need:

  • Wholegrain pitta bread
  • Tomato passata (Tomato pasta sauce)
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Sweetcorn
  • Ham
  • Onion
  • Cheese

 

What to do:

  • Heat the oven to 250 degrees (or as high as it will go)
  • Spread the tomato passata on top of the pitta bread
  • Sprinkle some sweet corn, tomatoes and onions on top
  • Dice the ham and place evenly on the pitta
  • Finally, sprinkle some cheese
  • Put tinfoil on an oven tray
  • Place the pitta bread on the tray and put it into the oven until it turns golden brown

 2. ‘Anything goes’ stir fry

Basically, you can put anything on a pan and make a pretty mean stir-fry. This is one of the most popular meal options for people with limited culinary skills. I tend to try and add as many vegetables into my stir fry as possible. This is the recipe I follow but don’t be afraid to mix it up, as I said ‘anything goes’.

 Photo source: seasonsandsuppers.ca

 

What you will need:

  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sweetcorn
  • Black beans
  • 1 egg
  • A packet of ready-cooked brown rice
  • 1 breast of chicken
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of honey
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 tbsp. of soy sauce

 What to do:

  • Cut up the chicken breast into smaller pieces and fry on the pan for 8 - 12 minutes.
  • Add the chopped onion, sweet corn, black beans and frozen vegetables on to the pan and fry until soft.
  • Crack the egg onto the pan and stir with veg & chicken.
  • Add the packet of cooked rice onto the pan and stir into the vegetables, egg and chicken.
  • Stir in the cherry tomatoes, honey, soy sauce and paprika.
  • Bon appetite!

 3. Easy chicken fajitas

This is a real fail-safe option for any student with little skills or time on their hands. These chicken fajitas only take 15-20 minutes to make and can be easily made to share with friends and housemates. Add and swap ingredients to accommodate taste and budget.

 Photo source: pbnutrition.online

 What you will need:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Red & yellow peppers
  • Red onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Sweetcorn
  • 4 wheat tortilla wraps
  • Avocado
  • Sour cream
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp. Soy sauce
  • Grated cheddar cheese

 What to do:

  • Cut the chicken into strips and fry on a pan for 8 minutes.
  • Add the peppers, sweetcorn, garlic and red onion (chopped) onto the pan.
  • Add the paprika and soy sauce and stir until vegetables are soft.
  • Heat the wraps for 1 minute under the grill.
  • Put the chicken and vegetables on the wraps and add avocado, sour cream and grated cheese.
  • Roll up and enjoy.

If none of these recipes take your fancy you can always take one sachet of Revive Active or Mastermind (or both) each morning before college to make sure you're getting the best kick start to your day.