Waving off your child to university is a major parenting milestone, one that comes with a whole raft of new concerns for anxious mums and dads. Freshers have so much to contend with for the first time, from budgeting to figuring out laundry, making new friends, and perhaps most vitally how to cook their own meals.
The stereotypical student diet — consisting mainly of cheap starchy carbs, junk foods and beer from the Student Union bar (we might be speaking from experience here at BritMums) — is hardly a comforting thought for those sending precious not-so-little-ones out into the big wide world.
We’re pleased to be working with in a paid relationship with Co-op, focusing on the role of food bringing families together and appreciating the value of a home-cooked meal.
We asked three BritMums influencers to host a family leaving dinner for their university-bound children. It’s a great way of teaching their children some simple, student-friendly recipes to stand them in good stead for university life. Thankfully these days young people are far better educated about food and nutrition than most of us were back when we were their age.
“We added lots of extras to our Easy Veggie Tacos, but the basic recipe costs around £1.50 per person per main meal and TOTUM (NUS Extra) card holders get 10% off on top of regular Co-op member rewards!” said Jenny.[Discount available at certain Co-op stores. Use the store finder and click on “More about this store” to see if your nearest one accepts the card.]
Holly freely admits she probably won’t be eating all that sensibly while she’s at uni but we’re sure this versatile and tasty dish will one of her go-to meals – especially since the leftovers can be used up to make a lasagna or served with rice.
Continuing with the Tex-Mex theme, Emma (@Emmaand3.com) and her daughter Chloe made Chicken Fajitas and Nachos for the family. “We enjoy sharing meals where everything is put on a table and you can serve yourself. I find that this promotes conversation but also that everyone mucks in preparing dinner and at the table,” says Emma. Chloe, though a reluctant cook, agreed that this meal would be a regular student staple as you can see in their vlog below.
Zena (@zenas_suitcase) has a son who has been at uni for a year already so has pretty much mastered the art of pasta. For their farewell family supper she decided to expand his culinary repertoire and make Chicken, Mozzarella and Pesto Burgers, which went down a treat. Her son was pleased to pick up some top tips from his mum about the many uses of pesto sauce and how butterflying the chicken breasts makes them cook faster. Mum tips really are the best. You can see how they got on below. Judging by the clean plates the meal was a huge success!
In November all three families will be paying a visit to their offspring at university to cook them a meal and find out how they’re getting on.
Stay tuned for more delicious family meals!
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