FOOD PREP: FOR BUSY BEE’S LIKE ME

VEGETABLE LASAGNA

(and yes… it’s gluten free… surprise surprise!)


We all know how crappy student living can be. Do you ever get trapped in what seems to be a never ending routine of the same meals over and over and over again. It’s fair to say I’ve been stuck in a rut recently when it comes to my eating habits; tea time especially… or dinner for you southerners. Sorry! I will forever be a supporter of the old age northern argument, it’s most definitely BREAKFAST, DINNER & TEA – and supper if you’re lucky.

Here’s an example: 

  • Monday: Quorn Chicken and vegetables
  • Tuesday: Cod fillets and vegetables
  • Wednesday: Omelette with vegetables
  • Thursday: Quorn chicken with vegetables
  • Friday: Cod fillets with vegetables (or maybe chips with curry sauce if I happen to be out at 2am…..)  – but you get the gist.

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This dish has provided me with 6 meals to mix and match over the next couple of weeks. Just make sure you have enough freezer space…… you can annoy housemates if you have to use theirs….. oops.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 red peppers
  • 2 aubergines
  • 2 Carrots cut into sticks
  • 1 onion
  • I cal cooking spray
  • tomato sauce – I used Loyd Grossman
  • white sauce – Loyd Grossman
  • 125g ball mozzarella
  • handful cherry tomatoes, halved
  • gluten free lasagna sheets (I used Asda’s own)

*be careful of what sauces you choose, some may contain wheat flour – if you’re not lazy like me then make your own!

Instructions:

  • Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
  • Deseed the peppers, halve, then cut into large chunks. Chop the ends off aubergines, then cut into slices around ½cm thick . Chop carrots into sticks and onions into small chunks (up to you really!) and half the cherry tomatoes.
  • Line 2 large baking trays with foil or grease, then place vegetables on top. Cover with the spray and season well for added flavour! Roast for 25 mins until lightly browned. I used paprika, mixed herbs, salt & pepper.
  • Reduce oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Lightly oil an ovenproof serving dish. Layer some of the roasted vegetables on the bottom, then pour over a third of the tomato sauce. Top with a layer of lasagne, then drizzle over a quarter of the white sauce. Repeat until you have 3 layers of pasta!
  • Pour the remaining white sauce over the top layer, making sure the whole surface is covered. Scatter mozzarella over the top. Bake for 45 mins until bubbling and golden.

and……

  • …… if you have an unhealthy desire for cheese like myself, go ahead and grate some extra cheese on top. It’s naughty, but sooooo good!
  • feel free to use literally whatever vegetables you want next time! because who doesn’t love experimenting!

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The Importance of Education in Health & Well-Being

The Importance of EDUCATION in Health and Well-being


“improving your life doesn’t have to be about changing everything – its about making the changes that count” – Oprah Winfrey

Before I start writing about this topic in particular, I feel like I should explain WHY this is becoming so important to me. Not only is it becoming so apparent in my everyday life but I am beginning to fall in love with the process too. Can I ever reach my potential? How do I get there?

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“BE YOUR OWN WONDERWOMAN”

 

My health over the past couple of years has been a rollercoaster. Now I can’t imagine any skint, club loving, traffic cone stealing, drunken kebab eating student in their 20’s will be at the peak of physical fitness, unless of course they have the determination and motivation to strive for said physical composition; but I, alongside many others have not had that. I do believe that in this day and age, technological and other influences have made us lazy, not only in body but in mind too. I see so many young adults like me spend at least 80% of their day sitting at desks (which there is nothing wrong with of course career wise) but tie that in with arriving home, sitting down with a greasy takeaway and watching Judge Rinder on catch up, it’s not a great mix.

I cannot deny, I am also victim to this. It’s hard not to be. But I also fell into the category of being sucked into media’s representation of what makes girls attractive and how a body should look. Without fully knowing what I was doing, I went down the route of living off tins of soup, pizza of course!… but only one slice. Low calorie microwave meals, forgetting to eat, eating too much, Haribo/ Percy Pig stashes beneath my bed, living off of numerous cups of coffee, half an apple with diet coke…. and downhill it went, you get the gist. Now Imagine the nutritional value in my diet, imagine how my body must have been SCREAMING.

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