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How To Cook During Assignment Stress

12, Jan 2018


University students are usually busy with assignments and have little time to cook and eat. This inspired my flatmate and I to try out meals that can be prepared and cooked in a short amount of time.

We usually try to cook everything in one pot or pan but knowing our Asian tummies, we paired our one-pot meals with rice.

1. Chicken and broccoli fried with oyster and soy sauce

chicken broccoli

This was one of the first recipes we tried. We cut up the chicken, broccoli and onions and fried everything in a pan while the rice was cooking in another pot. By the time the chicken and broccoli were done, the rice was cooked and ready to be eaten!

2. Oven baked honey chicken

honey chicken

When we got lazy, we covered the chicken with honey and baked it in the oven while we continued doing university assignments. Although ours were plain honey chicken and rice, you can try this savoury recipe by delish.

3. Baked salmon and cherry tomatoes with rice

baked salmon

This recipe takes around 20 minutes only. Place the salmon slices on a baking tray and drizzle olive oil on it. I usually pair my salmon with sliced cherry tomatoes. Next, I’ll cut up lemon slices and squeeze them on the salmon. I’ll finally top the salmon with herbs and wrap everything in foil before chucking it in the oven.

Keeping everything wrapped in the foil prevents the salmon from drying out. Sometimes when I feel like it, I’ll quickly fry an egg to go with it. This is the salmon recipe to follow if you want to give it a go.

4. Herbal chicken soup with rice and vegetables

herbal chicken soup

My rice cooker can steam vegetables while cooking rice so it saved me a lot of time. Boiling the herbal chicken soup takes about an hour, depending on the recipe. While it boils, you can use that time to rush your assignments.

To prepare the herbal soup, I usually buy ready herbal soup packs. All I need to add to a pot of water is the chicken, wolfberries, soy sauce, a pinch of salt and the herbal soup packs.

5. Eggs on croissants or toast

microwave egg on toast

Slather butter on a sliced croissant and crack an egg on it before microwaving for 2 to 3 minutes. Before microwaving, poke the egg yolk so it will not burst in the microwave oven. It makes a quick and filling breakfast. If I have time to spare, I will add cherry tomatoes as well. I got this recipe from Genius Kitchen.

6. Lasagna


To make lasagna, you just need beef, lasagna sheets, white lasagna sauce, any tomato-based pasta sauce and cheese. It’s very simple to make because all you need to do is layer the minced beef that’s already fried in a tomato-based sauce with the white lasagna sauce and the lasagna sheets.

Watch the very same video tutorial we followed on Youtube. We adapted and used white lasagna sauce instead of ricotta cheese. Remember to cover the top of the tray with foil to prevent the lasagna from drying out.

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