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More about the 21 Days of Student Meals challenge Week One recipes, as well as some recipe by recipe hints and tips. If you haven’t received your email or downloaded the cookbook, head over the Week One challenge page to get started. It includes a shopping list if you’re going to buy one of everything you need for the challenge.
BUT this post isn’t about that, this post is to give you the inside tip on how to master these recipes from someone who cooked them all! And sucked at more than one of them the first time. Haha. So if you’re ready to roll, let’s get into it. And if you have any questions at the end, let me know!
Day One: Black Bean Burrito Bowl by Simply Recipes
Burrito Bowls are great for an easy dinner or lunch. The hot tip for this is that is if you’re not into beans just replace them with mince, or roasted chicken, anything really. Add or subtract anything you would find on a burrito, in a taco or in the general vicinity of either. Anything will work. Oh, and put your rice on the bottom of the bowl every time, on top it’s messy and doesn’t absorb any goodness that falls through from the top.
Day Two: Coconut Roasted Chicken, Pumpkin & Cauliflower
A one pot wonder, this meal will feed at least two. If you wanted to cook for more people or have more to keep for lunch or to freeze, then add a little more chicken. I call this a one pot wonder because if you wanted to, you could serve it to a table of people in the very container you baked it in. It’s super fast and there’s really nothing you need to worry about making this one.
Day Three: Minestrone Soup
The hot tip with Minestrone Soup is that it’s better the next day! Seriously. But the other thing I wanted to note was not to stir it too much or you’ll break up all the delicious looking piece into a red mush. Red mush is fine, but you want all those textures when you’re eating, so be gentle.
Day Four: Simple Tomato Spaghetti
Another simple one from our archive. Not into tomatoes? Replace the with anything really. A simple classic pasta is only limited by your imagination. Frozen peas are a great alternative, so is sticking with garlic, olive oil and onion fried off. Yum. Have an experiment, you’ll be happy you did.
Day Five: Vegetable Stir-fry by Jamie Oliver
In the cookbook there is a link to a step by step on the Jamie Oliver website. This is amazing if you’ve never cooked a stirfry before. All questions direct to there. BUT my personal hit tip is make sure your pan is hot, your noodles are prepared and drained and add as many vegetables as you have. Anything is good in a stir-fry.
Day Six: Wrapped Chicken Parmigiana by Suger Coat It
There are only a couple of things that can go wrong with this one, your bacon will either unpeel or the whole thing will stick to the pan and fling everywhere when you try to remove it. So counteract this by using baking paper in the oven proof dish before placing the chicken in. And as far as the bacon unwrapping, stick a toothpick in it to hold it in place. Make sure it stays visible so you remember it’s there and don’t eat it! Other than that the excess liquid thing is a pain, but easily managed with a slotted spoon because it allows the liquid to drain away before you serve.
Day Seven: Stuffed Baked Potato
Only limited by your imagination, the baked potato is good normally but great when you fluff the insides with butter and other deliciousness. the biggest hot tip is to allow PLENTY of time for the potato to bake. A large potato kept whole can take ages to bake. To speed up the process with boil it (risky because the skin comes off) or microwave it for 3-5 minutes before roasting. You’re welcome.
Melissa is the Leave Home Blog Boss. She is living the high life in her hometown, didn’t finish her marketing degree & drinks too much on a Thursday night. Blogging since 2009, Melissa decided to put everything she knows into making The Leave Home Blog a light & easy how-to guide for being a grown up.