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What’s For Dinner? Boosting Your Cooking Skills as a Brock University Student

What's For Dinner? Boosting Your Cooking Skills as a Brock University Student

When you’re a Brock University student, the beginning of the year can be all about food freedom. You’re free to make your own meal plan – and at first it’s all pizza and PB & Js.

But eventually, you may come to realize that you ought to put a little more thought into your diet. Maybe you have to pack a lunch to make your schedule work, or maybe your budget just can’t handle another week of take out. Here’s how you can bump your cooking to the next level, for the benefit of your fellow Brock University students or just your own taste buds.

1. All about that base

Many dishes start from similar beginnings, and rely on spices and minor ingredient variations to create diversity. If you know the basics, it’s easy to change them up. If you know how to make pasta, rice, and stir-fry vegetables, you’re well on your way.

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2. Veggie variety

Adding veggies to a dish bumps up its impact. Making plain pasta with marinara? Sauté some onions, garlic, and mushrooms to add to the sauce, and at the last minute throw in some spinach to steam. Boxed mac and cheese? Same deal. Add a side of steamed broccoli to that reheated corn dog to maximize fanciness (and nutritional content).

Some handy links that can help:

3. Eggs make it a meal

Eggs on nearly any savory dish will help to convince others that you know what you’re doing in the kitchen. Add some scrambled eggs to your stir-fry, rice, or pasta base recipes. A hard-boiled egg in your ramen creates visual and taste impact. Eggs poached in marinara and served on toast makes a great fast, fancy-looking meal.

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4. Get spicy

Spices can make or break your dish. Start with the classic salt and pepper, and basics like garlic, soy sauce, basil, and paprika. If you don’t mind heat, you can always cover your dish in sriracha, red pepper, or a pinch of cayenne. Taste test as you go. Remember that you can always add more spice, but it’s nearly impossible to take it out. If you’re worried about the effect of a spice, you can always try it out in a smaller bowl before adding it to the main dish.

Some handy links that can help:

Take these tips and your hard-won Brock University ingenuity, and go be a cooking master! Contact us to find the perfect place to live and practice your new cooking skills.

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