Guys, my first week of university has started again, so I am mostly spending my time in overly crowded lecture halls or already despairing over math (juuuust a little bit). It’s really a challenge for me to do all of these things again after finishing my first degree, but that’s something I have got to get through. So apart from dozing off on the sofa once in a while after a day of work and studying (especially when watching football/soccer, ask my boyfriend) I seem to have less and less time to cook something more substantial than a sandwich and some quick pasta.
And eating healthy? A candy bar here and there won’t do it for me, I’m basically living off trail mix, smoothies and carrots until I know better. So I’m researching for some good uni/work meals which can be prepared ahead and are rather healthy. Do you have any suggestions? This one here is a recipe I can always draw on, and it’s really really easy to make!
- 50g of couscous
- 100ml of vegetable broth
- 1 Tomato
- 2 Green onions
- Frozen or fresh herbs
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 tbsp. of white vinegar
- 4 tbsp. of olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Start by preparing the base (you can easily make this the night before). Cook up the couscous with the vegetable boil, then let it simmer for about 7 minutes while stirring once in a while. When you’re happy with the texture, let the couscous cool, otherwise add some more water. If you prepare this the evening before: Let it cool and fill it into an airtight container to store.
Finely dice tomato and cucumber, cut the onions in half and cut these halves into fine rings. Then dice the feta so it has roughly the same size as tomato and cucumber.
Mix the ingredients into the couscous. If you have fresh herbs (like parsley), chop them and mix them in as well. I used a mixture of already chopped and frozen herbs.
For the vinaigrette mix the juice of half a lemon, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and spread the vinaigrette over the salad. Add salt/pepper/lemon juice/vinegar/olive oil until you like the taste.
This is a perfect meal for when you’re on the road/at work and don’t have enough time or money to eat out every day (which is way too expensive for students anyway) and don’t want to eat too much fat/sugar/flavour enhancers. Hope you are inspired!