People often ask me where I find the time to cook and they then proceed with telling me that they simply cannot fit cooking into their schedules. However, it is completely achievable to be a full time student and still be able to cook yourself three nutritious meals a day. It is all about knowing a few tricks on budgeting & time management.
One big incentive for starting this blog besides sharing my love for food was to also be able to provide students such as my self with recipes which are both time&budget friendly. One of my go-to recipes if I know that I am going to be having a busy day is my Prawn & Edamame Stir-fry. It is so so satisfying and the ginger hoisin sauce is finger licking good.
Lets get started. You will first need to make the marinate for the shrimp and let the shrimp absorb the flavors (at least 15 minutes)
You will need a handful or two of Prawns ( I use frozen, more budget friendly), two cloves of garlic, 1 tsp fresh ginger, 2 tsp of Hoisin Sauce, and 3 Tbsp of Sodium Reduced Soy Sauce (much healthier option)
While your prawns are marinating get started on the stirfry. For this recipe I used a frozen pack of mixed vegetables that I bought for $1.99 at No Frills Supermarket on West4th and Alma. I love using fresh vegetable and I do greatly incoperate them in my diet -but when it comes to stirfrys- buying an already packaged mix is much more efficient and budget cautious for students.
Defrost your vegetables ( I used half the package) and set your Wok or frying pan on high heat with 1 Tbsp of oil. Once hot, add your vegetables in. Cook until the largest vegetable is tender and then add the prawns with all the marinate.
It is critical that you only cook the prawns for 1-2 minutes (depending on how big they are). It is very easy to overcook prawns so be careful! When they are cooked they take on a light pink color as in the picture below.
When ready, you can have it on its own or serve it with rice…or quinoa! Quinoa is a much healthier option and higher in both fiber and protein!
This recipe should take you less than 20 minutes and will serve you at least twice. See- that was easy!