7-day autumn meal planner for busy students


After a busy day at university, come home to some hearty and warming food that’s quick and easy to make this autumn. And to make things even easier for you, we’ve pulled together a suggestion of meals you can make for the week…


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Fuel your busy week with one of the healthiest vegetables about; broccoli. This superfood is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, fibre and iron and it tastes great in a soup. And this broccoli soup recipe is quick and easy to make so, after a long day, you haven’t got to spend hours in the kitchen.


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Pasta; a student’s best friend. It’s not only cheap and quick and easy to cook, but there’s so much you can do with it. A firm favourite during the colder months is a pasta bake; it’s filling and warming, and requires little effort. Sit back, relax and wait for the oven to ping when it’s ready.


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If you thought salads were only to be enjoyed during the spring and summer months, you’re wrong. Try adding different seasonal fruits and vegetables to your salad and warm the salad ingredients through for an autumnal twist. Take a look at this delicious roasted beets, plum & pecan salad recipe for some salad inspiration.


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Nothing says winter is on its way more than a hearty stew. And this one-pot sausage stew recipe is no different. Throw all the ingredients together and in no time at all you’ll be mopping up the rich tomato sauce with some crusty bread.


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If you like eggs, then you’ll love omelettes. They’re so quick to make and you can pretty much have them with whatever you like. Take a basic omelette recipe, throw in any leftover ingredients from the fridge – cheese, mushrooms, ham, spinach, etc. and make it your own.


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As the days get shorter and the temperatures get cooler, cosy up on a Saturday evening and enjoy a homemade, warming vegetarian chilli. And one of the best things about a chilli, is you can serve it with whatever you like. From rice or couscous, to tortilla chips or salad, the choice is yours – you could even add some garlic bread or chips – it is Saturday after all!


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There’s nothing quite like a cooked dinner, especially on a Sunday. End the week feeling fulfilled with this beef in red wine one-pot casserole recipe. It’s a great meal to serve with potatoes and vegetables to reach your five a day, or try it with pasta or chips as an alternative.

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