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Tasty tips for students


21 September 2015


Started back at university? Then it’s time to get some tasty tips to help you rustle up delicious dinners for you and your friends.

Alex Connell, Principal Tutor of the Vegetarian Society Cookery School gives his top tips to try and get you into the cooking mood. Alex also suggests some favourite recipes that are great for sharing - perfect pasta, a vegetable and chickpea korma, chilli and pizza.

Alex’s top tips:

  • Break the ice - cooking can be a very sociable and rewarding activity, a great way to break the ice and make new friends.   
  • Buy a set of pans - three will cover most meals, a large frying, large saucepan and smaller saucepan.  
  • Favourite dishes - if you are a new cook learn to make a basic bolognaise, curry, soup, stir fry and pizza.  These few dishes will stand you in good stead and the ingredients can be swapped and changed around.    
  • Free app - download the Vegetarian Society’s free recipe app more info at
  • Keep tip top - vegetarian dishes can be cheaper and healthier. Discover all things veggie at
  • Stock up - for your stock cupboard you should have; oil, spices, herbs, stock powder, salt and pepper.
  • Store food correctly - this will save you money and may also help prevent food poisoning.  
  • Remember to label - freezing leftovers? Pop a label onto them, it will save all the mystery later on.
  • Filler foods - such as bread, potatoes, rice and pasta can be cheap and filling but remember make sure you get a balanced diet.
  • Check out local markets - they generally sell fruit and vegetables cheaper than most supermarkets.   
  • Get some skills - come on a Vegetarian Society Cookery Course. A day at the school will provide a whole load of skills valuable for a lifetime!
  • Free recipes - sign up for our free Veggie Bites newsletter to get delicious recipes, info and competitions direct to your inbox.   

The Vegetarian Society is a charity that aims to influence, inspire and support people to embrace and maintain a vegetarian lifestyle. Being a vegetarian is a choice that is kinder to animals, to people and to our living planet. Established in 1847 we are the oldest vegetarian organisation in the world. Visit for more information.


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