The Best Cooking Tips For Students

Are you unsure of what to cook for dinner? Tired of making the same meals week after week? Looking for the best cooking tips for students? We’ll review a few simple, yet crucial, tips for cooking as a student. 

Leaving the roost and learning to cook for yourself can be a challenge for pretty much anyone. After all, you’ve likely spent most of your life living at home. And if you were as lucky as I was, you had your awesome mother there to prepare your meals for you most of the time.

But now, you’re in college, possibly living on your own, and it’s time to learn how to cook for yourself. And yes, I know that learning how to cook can seem daunting.

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But I assure you that once you’ve learned a few basic recipes and have taken the time to get a bit more comfortable in the kitchen, you’ll quickly start to see how enjoyable (and tasty) home-cooked meals can truly be.

So with that said, in today’s blog post, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the most important tips for cooking as a student.

 

Stock Up On Basic Supplies

It’s obvious to say, but when you’re in a pinch and aren’t quite sure what to cook, cooking can be a headache. But on the other hand, when you have a cupboard or pantry filled with basic cooking supplies, throwing together a quick meal becomes about as easy as can be.

That’s why it’s crucial to stock up on a range of basic cooking supplies. For this, think of shelf-stable foods like dried beans, lentils, rice, or quinoa. Basically, just try to stock up on anything that’s going to last a long time and that can be used in a bunch of different ways.

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However, going out and buying a whole bunch of cupboard supplies might cost you a bit more upfront. But the fact that you can easily buy these items in bulk, and they’re not going to go bad means that you’ll be saving money in the long run. Plus, you’ll always have something on-hand to cook.

 

Variety Is The Spice Of Life

It’s truly amazing how only a few different herbs and spices can truly liven up your meals. And when it comes to spices, there’s virtually no limit to how creative you can be.

That’s why it’s important to always have a good variety of spices on hand, not just salt and pepper. Some of my personal favorites are garlic powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, and thyme.

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But there are literally hundreds of herbs and spices to choose from. Which means that there are hundreds of thousands of spice combinations you can create by using them.

So don’t be afraid to experiment. Try new and different spices. Taste different cultures. And you’ll quickly see just how true it is that having a variety of spices on-hand can spice up your cooking life.

Bonus tip: many herbs and spices are super resilient and easy to grow at home. So you can even try growing them yourself!

 

Learn From Others

Some people are born with it, while others need to learn. But I assure you, there’s no shame in needing to learn how to cook. And today, with the internet, blogs, and platforms like YouTube, it’s easier than ever to learn how to make new meals and expand your culinary repertoire.

In fact, there are literally thousands of cooking blogs and YouTube channels available that you can learn from. Or, you can always visit your local library or find an online book store to look for a good cookbook. And even if you don’t like following the recipes, having a cookbook on-hand can be a lifesaver when you’re trying to decide what to cook yourself for dinner.

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Lastly, you can always ask friends or family members to help teach you a recipe or two.

Regardless, the important thing is to learn new recipes and meal ideas. Then, once you’ve made them a few times and have them memorized, you’ll start to see just how easy it can be to whip up a quick meal.

 

Prepare Your Meals In Advance

I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times before, but doing meal prep can be a lifesaver, both in terms of saving you money, as well as making it significantly easier to cook dinner on a whim.

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There’s pretty much no limits as to what you can prepare in advance, but a few of my favorites are homemade soups, chilis or pasta. These can all be made in larger quantities, then portioned out, and frozen for later use.

Then, when dinner time rolls around, all you’ll need to do is thaw out your pre-portioned meal, heat it up, and enjoy the delicious bliss of your awesome home-cooked meal.

 

Saving Money And Eating Well

As a student, I’m sure you already know that it’s all too easy to spend a fortune on fast-food and eating out. Not only is this a complete waste of money, but when you eat out, you’re more likely to eat junky foods that simply aren’t nutritious, like greasy french fries, burgers, etc.

But by following the tips we’ve discussed today, stocking up on cupboard supplies, learning new meal ideas, and doing meal prep, you’ll easily be able to save yourself some money, and learn how to feed your mind, body, and soul in the best way possible.

5 Books To Read During Self-Quarantine

If you’re having trouble getting your mind off the decade’s biggest news story, then you’re sure to love the following list of the absolute best books to read during self-quarantine.  

No matter where you are in the world, I’m sure you’ve felt the same stress and anxiety as we all have. We’ve all been wide-eyed surrounding the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And while there’s still so much uncertainty in the air, there’s always a silver lining to be found. For instance, there are fewer cars on the road. Fewer crowds in shopping malls and stores. And less pollution is being generated than we’ve seen in decades.

Plus, many of us are finding that we have more time on our hands than ever before. So, what better way is there to spend some of this time than reading?

Today, we’re going over 5 of the best books to read during self-quarantine.

How To Do Nothing By Jenny Odell

There’s no doubt that many of us have trouble sitting still and doing nothing. Especially when we’re being told to stay at home and not going anywhere. So for those of you who are having trouble sitting still, check out Jenny Odell’s How To Do Nothing.

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According to Odell, our attention is one of the most important resources we have as human beings.

And by learning how to focus this attention properly, we’re able to take one of the boldest forms of action. How To Do Nothing helps redefine our role in the environment. And leads to a better understanding of progress and happiness.

The Splendid And The Vile: A Saga Of Churchill, Family, And Defiance During The Blitz By Erik Larson

Looking for a bit of inspiration during these hard times? Then look no further than this exciting novel, based on real events, written by award-winning indie author, Erik Larson.

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The book follows Winston Churchill through his early years as British prime minister, taking you into his personal family life. All while he’s dealing with the London Blitz at the onset of the Second World War.

The Splendid And The Vile is an epic saga, filled with fascinating facts and details of a different time than today. But still, it was a time when people were looking for a tinge of hope in some of the darkest days.

The Fifth Season By N.K. Jemisin

As the first installment of a Hugo award-winning trilogy, The Fifth Season is an insightful look at a doomsday, apocalyptical situation.

The novel starts with a “great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun”. Then, the story follows three women trying to survive during the end of the world.

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It is both a tragic and thrilling story of people being at odds with the limitations of the natural world. Not to mention the sometimes daring ways that we’re willing to escape it by.

Anagrams By Lorrie Moore

Praised as being “a revelatory tale of love gained and lost, from a master of contemporary American fiction”. Anagrams is a must-read for anyone finding themselves confined to their home in recent times.

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The story starts out with Gerard, sitting fully-clothed in his bathtub, as he listens attentively for his neighbor, Benna, to flush the toilet. He’s in love with Benna, and as the story progresses, Benna starts to love him back, at least, until she doesn’t.

In the novel Anagrams, Moore takes you into the real and imaginative lives of Gerard and Benna as their relationship gradually intertwines. According to McNally Jackson Booksellers, it’s a “captivating, innovative portrait of men and women in love and not in love.

Station Eleven By Emily St. John Mandel

I should warn you that this next read isn’t for the faint of heart. And it’s eerily similar to what’s currently happening in the world. But, I’m sure that some of you are horror lovers, so I felt this would be the perfect book to top off this month’s list.

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In the award-winning Station Eleven, Mandel takes us into a world devastated by the “Georgia Flu”, a fictional pandemic, which has killed most of the world’s population.

Although the book might be a bit too realistic for some people, upon publication in 2014, it was well-received by critics everywhere and has since won the Arthur C. Clarke award. It’s also been featured on many end-of-year reading lists.

Best Books To Read During Self-Isolation

Being alone during self-isolation can be challenging to deal with for anyone. However, there are important lessons we can learn. For example, during these trying times, even though we may be isolated, we’re all isolated together.

And when times get tough, it’s important to always find the positives in life.

So if you’ve found yourself confined to your home in the past couple of months, it’s crucial to find beneficial ways to spend your time. Instead of staring at a TV screen or wasting your time on social media.

And with that said, these 5 books by the millennium’s brightest up-and-coming authors are sure to keep you entertained during all the extra time you might be finding yourself with lately.