Teenagers have achieved a rise in top grades at A level this year – well done to them all.
A whopping 78.4% of students have achieved grades A* - C which is a fantastic achievement and I wish them all well in their future career /studies.
With the rest of their lives open to new opportunity this a very exciting time and I can’t imagine many of them are thinking too hard about their diet and nutrition right now. But for those going off to university this is quite an important consideration………
A 2013 study (by studentbeans.com) showed that 1 in 10 students never make their own food. This means they are buying in food, and with half of all students having a daily food budget of £2.50, this won’t buy much in the way of convenience food or take-aways. Somehow, though the same survey showed that 25% of students indulge in a takeaway at least once a week.
You can buy two delivered pizzas for £19.98 as part of a deal. Shopping smart can buy you several meals for this price but unfortunately many young people are lacking the skills and / or confidence to be able to create meals from scratch – pizza being a good simple place to start. Flour, yoghurt, passata and your favourite toppings will have you a tasty pizza in less than the time it takes to get your order delivered, with plenty of change from a £20 note to put towards the rest of your shopping (or a beverage or two!)
150ml natural yoghurt
150g flour (half wholemeal if you’re trying to increase fibre content)
Mix together to form a dough (adding a little extra flour to roll out if necessary)
Roll out to make one large or several small pizza bases
Dry fry on both sides in a large frying pan
Add passata and chosen toppings and heat through in a hot oven
A full recipe example is available here: https://letsgetcooking.org.uk/lets-get-cooking-at-home/recipes/mini-flatbread-pizzas/ if you would like to make your own sauce but passata is a quick, easy alternative
Look out for our “Surviving University” cooking workshops coming soon