Tasty Tips for Students from the Vegetarian Society


It's that time of year again - back to college or university for many students.  Whether you're already a vegetarian or thinking of becoming one or having more vegetarian food in your life, the Vegetarian Society has some great tips from the Principal Tutor of its Cookery School, Alex Connell. Alex also suggests some favourite recipes that are great for sharing - perfect pasta, a vegetable and chickpea kormachilli and pizza.   

Students can also register (for free) for the Student Forum for univeristy & college students. 

Remember, every vegetarian meal helps - it will make a difference to animals and the environment.

Tasty Tips for Students... 

  • Break the ice - cooking can be a very sociable and rewarding activity.  It's a great way to meet people, break the ice and make new friends.  (It can also be a great way to introduce fellow students to vegetarian food.)

  • Buy a set of pans - three will cover most meals:  a large frying, large saucepan and smaller saucepan. 

  • Favourite dishes - if you're new to cooking, there are a few dishes which will stand you in good stead.  Lean how to make a bolognaise, a curry, soup, stir fry and pizza.  The ingredients can be swapped and changed around.    

  • Make use of the free app - the Vegetarian Society has a free recipe app you can download and get foodie inspiration on the go - find out more here  

  • Keep yourself in tip top condition - With most students on a tight budget, if this sounds like you, you'll be pleased to hear that vegetarian dishes can be cheaper and healthier.

Here's a recipe for a Bolognese sauce for perfect pasta
Here's a recipe for a Bolognese sauce for perfect pasta
What about a Vegetable & Chickpea Korma with Spicy Rice
What about a Vegetable and Chickpea Korma with Spicy Rice? 
  • Stock up - for your stock cupboard, make sure you have oil, spices, herbs, stock powder, salt and pepper.

  • Store food correctly - For one thing, this will save you money.  And it could also help prevent food poisoning.  Check labels for info on storing. 

  • Remember to label - If you're freezing leftovers, stick a label on them and then you'll know what's in your freezer!

  • Filler foods - Fillers such as bread, potatoes, rice and pasta can be cheap and filling. But don't forget you need to get a balanced diet

  • Check out local markets - they generally sell fruit and vegetables cheaper than most supermarkets and the quality can be just amazing.

The Vegetarian Society is a charity that aims to influence, inspire and support people to embrace and maintain a vegetarian lifestyle.  You don't have to become a vegetarian overnight - you can do it gradually.  Get some ideas and tips about becoming a vegetarian here.

The Vegetarian Society explains that in the UK, over 2.5 million land animals are slaughtered daily.  600,000 tonnes of fish are killed each year.  Thousands more litres of water are needed to produce a kelo of beef than to grow the same quantity of grains, vegetables or pulses, so being a vegetarian is kinder to animals and the planet.

The Vegetarian Society was established in 1847 and as such it is the oldest vegetarian organisation in the world. Visit the Vegetarian Society for more information.

Give a Chilli a go! Give a chilli a go!