Does your dinner need a kick in the butt?

The typical student dinner often varies between (let’s be honest) delicious dishes, such as pasta-pesto, take-away and frozen pizza. It’s also quite common that student refrigerators contain nothing more than ketchup, milk and marmalade. Do you recognize yourself?
In a few simple steps it’s actually quite easy to do an upgrade on the food front. It’s really all about adding a little oomph to your typical (homemade) dinner. It’s time to let Mr. Tomato and Miss Garlic kick your dinner’s butt.

“The Take-away”
Let’s face it Mr. Takeaway. Your eating habits are not the best for either body or wallet… Did you know that it can be super easy to cook something healthy and tasty at home? Instead of take-away, do it your way! It can take less than 5 minutes, and I’m sure you can do it. Here’s a simple suggestion for you: dice tomato, cucumber and onion, then prepare a cup of couscous and mix it together with the veggies after cooled down. Dress the salad with olive oil, chopped garlic and some black pepper. => BOOM! You just made a tasty salad in no time.

“The Pasta-pesto”
You know there’s a variety of pesto on the market, and that some of them are pretty good, right? It would just be a nice with a change from time to time. A great way of adding some taste and a sauce to your otherwise boring pasta meal could be: to boil a little less pasta than usual and replace it with fresh vegetables and spices such as diced tomatoes, onion and garlic. Then take a table spoon of pesto and you’re up for a taste explosion!

“The Sandwich”
You own one or several of the following kitchen utensils: a toaster, a sandwich maker, a toaster oven. This means you’re probably a typical “sandwich”. It can be incredibly easy to create a better version of any sandwich. What about topping the bread with fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil? And preparing it in the oven on the grill function? The sandwich will get crispy crusts and a delicious taste. Another suggestion is to top the bread with tuna, garlic and sundried tomatoes for a change. Yummy for the tummy!

“The Frozen Pizza”
Since you are already familiar with how to turn on the oven, this will be fairly straightforward. You can actually apply all your existing knowledge to this recipe. Simply exchange the pizza with a potato! The only additional step would be to make a shallow cut in the potato (side up) before baking… You can also top the baked potato after baking it. What about string cheese, diced tomato, garlic and sour cream? Just watch out, because this is addictive!

Hopefully this inspired you and your kitchen utensils to cooperate better in the future. It’s not hard; it just requires a visit to the market and some planning. These are all very simple steps, so remember, there’s still improvement potential after applying the mentioned ones. Maybe you have some more tricks on how to add oomph to other classic student meals? What about soup-in-a-mug, peanut butter-bread or cornflakes? We would love to know your tips 😉

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