STEP 1 How 2 equip your kitchen? 

A small investment in basic equipment and utensils will give you everything you need to prepare quick, simple and nutritious meals that will power your brain and your body. 
Basic Equipment 
Wok 
Frying Pan with Lid 
Set of 3 Saucepans 
Small and Medium Non-Stick Baking Trays 
Colander 
Wooden Spoon 
Wooden Spoon 
Slotted Spoon 
Tongs 
Tin Opener 
Spatula 
Grater 
Potato/Vegetable Peeler 
Basic Set of Sharp Preparation Knives (including Bread Knife) 
Whisk 
Ladle 
Scissors 
Small and Large Mixing Bowls 
Measuring Jug 
Toaster 
Kettle 
Basic set of Small Plates, Bowls and Dinner Plates, Mugs 
Glasses 
Bottle Opener 
Chopping Boards (Set of 3) 
Tea Towels 

STEP 2 How 2 Stock your kitchen 

It is important to start with a varied stock cupboard, which will save a lot of time and help to make your money go so much further. These will all be dried and tinned goods with a long ‘best before by’ date. 
Basic Stock Cupboard 
Tinned Tomatoes 
Tomato Puree 
Coconut Milk 
Variety of tinned beans. Butterbeans, Cannellini, Chick Peas 
Medium Curry Paste or Powder 
Stock Cubes (Chicken & Vegetable) 
Mixed Herbs 
Oregano 
Thyme 
Cumin 
Turmeric 
Ginger 
Cinnamon 
Chilli Powder 
Chinese 5 Spice 
Chinese 5 Spice 
Jar Whole Red Peppers 
Pasta 
Rice 
Noodles 
Plain Flour 
Salt and Pepper 
Tomato Sauce 
Mayonnaise 
Worcestershire Sauce 
Soy Sauce 
Olive Oil 
Balsamic Vinegar 
Sunflower Oil 

STEP 3 How 2 Budget 

Every Student has financial issues, it’s part of starting out on the independent adventure. There is always a temptation to spend too much at the beginning of term and then run out far too quickly! 
It will really help to start with a budget and plan your spending for both monthly and weekly outgoings. This doesn’t have to be complicated and won’t take long.  
 
Once a plan is in place, the security of this will make life so much easier and less stressful for you. There will always be unexpected expenses, but this is a real opportunity to learn and experience some really important life skills. These will carry you through your whole life and make a very real and positive difference. 

STEP 3 Budget Plan tips 

It’s not an easy task to make your funds last a whole year, but start by working out all your set expenses for the year, such as rent, bills, fees etc., leave a small surplus for unexpected costs and then allocate a Monthly Budget for Food and Shopping. 
 
We will ‘ring fence’ this as the Shopping Budget and include an amount for Basic Toiletries etc. It is easier to keep track of this by further dividing this into a weekly amount. Tips on how to make this work successfully will be highlighted when working through recipes and weekly meal planning. 
STEP 4 
How 2 Plan 
Just a quick simple plan, can make all the difference. This does not involve anything complicated, just a basic idea of how your week may look and taking into account any extra activities or commitments. 
 
All these can be designed to suit dietary requirements, preferences and health. 
 
 
 
BREAKFASTS FOR THE WEEK 
Fresh Fruit 
Yoghurts 
Bread for Toast 
Spreads, Jam etc. 
Cereal 
Milk 
Eggs 
QUICK LUNCHES 
Wraps 
Pittas 
Salad Boxes 
Fresh Fruit 
Snacks 
DINNERS 
Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry with Noodles 
Mediterranean Pasta 
Sausage Casserole 
Filled Jacket Potatoes 
Homemade Burgers and Salad 
Spicy Prawns with Rice 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
STEP 5 
How 2 Cook 
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Catalogue of recipes 

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