As a student I eat lots of the same things for example spaghetti bolognase three times in a row because I have to use the ingredients up before they go off, but I've noticed even when I'm at home we always eat the same old meals. Such as; pasta, spaghetti bolognase, stew, sausage and mash, fish, soup, curry, casserole, cottage pie, lasagne, meat and veg. It's so boring. But after everyone's got in from work/college nobody feels like cooking a lot, I'm just getting seriously bored of casseroles etc! All my mum ever cooks is chicken/sausage/beef casserole because she can prep it and leave it and my dad usually cooks some quick pasta or something. I cook but usually the same sort of thing because I'm just not creative but need to try new meals, also ones that I can cook for myself in uni. Any ideas?
Beef stroganoff can be very quick and easy to make
Pasta with bacon lardons, chilli and mushrooms tastes awesome
Risotto is lovely if you've got the time to keep stirring it while it's cooking
Nachos/burritos/tacos/etc with chilli beans
Spaghetti with different things (e.g. ham and mushroom, tuna and lemon, courgette etc rather than just tomato or bolognese type sauces)
A goulash can be really good if you're in the house for an afternoon. It only needs stirring now and then, but should really be cooking for a few hours. So I tend to do it when I'm writing an essay or something.
Stewing steak of beef, cut into small cubes. Brown it off in a saucepan with some onion and garlic. Stick it in a casserole dish, cover with a tin/2 tins of chopped tomatos. Paprika - lots of it. Just shake it in.
Stick in the oven on a low temperature for a few hours, stirring every 30-40mins. Keep sprinkling in a bit more paprika every time you stir. After 2 hours, put in sliced red pepper. Cook for another 30 minutes. Serve with rice/pasta/baked potato and some soured cream if you fancy.
SO TASTY - plus one casserole made with a pack of beef and a tin and a half of toms will serve me 3/4 meals.
Really depends what you're into. I've been cooking since I was a young kid, I can cook a parsnip souffle that'd leave you in awe, a deconstructed seafood soup which has been complimented by a chef friend from a michelin star gastro pub or a chicken mole fit for Mexican royalty.
But I tell you want I eat a lot of at uni, basic, rustic mediterranean food.
Roasted vegetables just with a little seasoning, fresh green salad, some mozarella or feta, a little toasted bread with ev olive oil and maybe some chicken or fish just steamed in the oven with a little stock, some bayleaves and lemon juice. Serve that with a crisp, ice cold glass of white wine. Infinitely satisfying and it's so quick and easy!
Lets see what am I doing tonight for tea, simple grilled turbot, pumpkin brown rice, asparagus grilled and drizzled lightly with corriander infused olive oil and a little lemon juice and some lightly sauteed mushrooms. It's all cheap and quick, simple but ultimately satisfying.
A meal I like to do sometimes that's simple but feels a bit different to the spag bol/shepards pie scenario is stuffed chicken breast, wrapped in bacon or parma ham. Boil some fresh carrots, asparagus and tenderstem broccoli with it..then maybe some mash (I like sweet potato mash)
I'm not a fan of casseroles at all, I'll eat anything but I'd never opt to eat casserole. I don't mind a good stew provided it's made properly with meat on the bone and with plenty of dumplings, and obviously slow cooked in the crock pot.
But casserole is kind of a "I've given up on cooking" kind of dish.
Don't mind tagines and currys though which I suppose are also essentially stews.