Big bowls of pasta, stuffed peppers, jacket potatoes and mug cakes: these are just some of the perfect recipes to get you through your term at university!

Being at university can be daunting: meeting new people, living away from home and cooking for yourself for the first time.
Unipad Student Housing Lancaster, have some easy recipes no student should be without.
Try this recipe for healthy, quick and tasty dinners that won’t cost you the earth – and are perfect for sharing with friends.

For the potato cakes:
• 5 potatoes/750g (I use maris piper potatoes)
• handful of fresh coriander (around 20g)
• 1 red chilli
• 1 tsp of cumin
• 1 tsp of paprika
• 1 tsp of turmeric
• 1 tsp of chili powder
• juice of 1 lemon
• 2 cloves of garlic
• salt and pepper
• 3 tbsp of olive oil
• flour (I use gram flour)
For the sauce:
• 750g cherry tomatoes
• 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
• 6 tbsp olive oil
• salt and pepper
For the sautéed greens:
• 1 large head of broccoli
• olive oil
• salt and pepper
• 400g spinach
• 1 lemon

Peel the potatoes and chop them in half, then place them in a saucepan of cold water.
Cook the potatoes for 30 to 40 minutes, until they’re really soft. At this point drain the water and place them in a mixing bowl.
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.
Finely chop the coriander and the chilli.
Once the potatoes have cooled add all the remaining ingredients (except the flour and oil) and mash together until the potatoes are smooth and you have a delicious mix.
Drizzle olive oil on to a baking tray and then dust it with flour.
Shape the potato mix into four cakes on the tray, then place in the oven to cook for about 20 minutes, until the tops start to go golden brown.
Take the cakes out the oven, place them on the bed of sautéed greens and pour the garlic tomato sauce on the top to serve.
Chop the tomatoes into quarters and place them into a saucepan with the crushed garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Let the mix simmer for about 20 minutes, to coincide with the completion of the cakes.
Chop the broccoli into small pieces and place it in a frying pan with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.
Sauté the broccoli for about five minutes, then slowly add the spinach until it has wilted.
Once all is cooked, drizzle the lemon juice on top.

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