This Is How We Stew It – Lindsay Seccombe

There I stand staring into my cupboards, dreaming of having some money so that could eat out tonight when I think to myself, you’re a nutrition student, you’re supposed to cook tasty, healthy meals.

Now what can I make!? I look to my right and there I see my trusty companion, my slow cooker.

If you don’t have a slow cooker already, then I advise you to buy one. As a university student cooking for yourself, you will only need a small 1.5 litre one for as little as £7! – Absolutely Stewpendous (I seriously love puns…)

I enjoy cooking many meals in my slow cooker, as I can throw all my ingredients into the pot and carry on with my day rather than standing over a hot stove. Because to be honest… I don’t have time for that!

This recipe can be altered in spiciness depending on how daring your taste buds are, personally I prefer mine fairly mild. I suppose this recipe is a mix between a curry and a stew, due to the spice involved.

So here we go…

Ingredients (Serves 2 – Costs £0.44p per serving) – wow!

  • 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Tin Mixed Beans in Chilli Sauce
  • 1 tsp Medium Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Mixed Herbs
  • 50g Lentils

(Optional extras include – peppers, onions, chickpeas or whatever else needs using up in your cupboards) – which would change the cost slightly.

So, as I said earlier, there isn’t much method involved as all ingredients can be added straight to the slow cooker except for the lentils.

The lentils need to be added to 250ml water and cooked in a pan on the hob for 25 minutes before being added to the slow cooker. Leave the slow cooker to do its job on a ‘high’ heat setting for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

The stew can be served on its own or with a hefty scoop of rice or potatoes!

Serve and ENJOY!

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Go Bananas! Make a cake – Rachel Davies

Go Bananas!

I don’t know about you, but I only like bananas that are completely yellow – any black or brown and there’s no way I will eat them. BUT! I never ever throw them away!

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My go to bake for left over bananas is obviously banana cake!

Here’s the recipe:

130g butter or margarine. (if you don’t line the tin with a loaf case or greaseproof paper, you’ll need a little extra to line the tin)

140g caster sugar

2 large eggs

140g Self Raising Flour

5g baking powder

2 Bananas

  1. Mix the butter and the sugar
  2. Beat the eggs and mix in
  3. Mix in the flour and baking powder
  4. Mash the bananas and mix in (you can also blend the bananas for a smoother texture)
  5. Line the loaf tin with either a greaseproof case or butter
  6. Pour the mixture into the tin
  7. Bake for 30 minutes at 180C, check that a knife or skewer comes out clean, if not give it a little longer in the oven.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Here is where you can get creative!

  • Add 50g chopped nuts such as walnuts to the cake mixture
  • Decorate with a toffee icing or add toffee chunks to the mixture for a Banoffee twist
  • Serve with custard for a bananas and custard flavour
  • Add 40g cocoa powder or 60g dark chocolate chips to the mixture for a banana and chocolate cake!
  • Take out of the oven about 10 minutes early and sprinkle banana chips over the top, put back in the oven until cooked.

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