3 fakeaway recipes that will save you money on takeaways

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Without a doubt, most first-years spend Freshers’ Week making friends and enjoying their new independence, so making a good nutritious meal is pretty low down on their priority list. This is where takeaways step in and offer you something quick and filling between finishing a day of university and going on a night out. But buying dinner from Maccy D’s can quickly get expensive, so why not swap your takeaways for something more sustainable? Step in the ‘fakeaway’. These three fakeaway recipes will not only save you money, they’ll show you how easy it is to ditch the Domino’s and get savvy in the kitchen.

1. Calabrese pizza wrap

Pizza

One style that’s becoming more popular in the world of dough is Calabrese-style pizzas. Popular in places like Pizza Express, these pizzas may be thin, crispy and less cheesy but they are also a healthier and cheaper alternative to takeaways - perfect for students! This first recipe is from Instagram star leanstudentchef, who is notorious for creating easy student meals for less than £2.

Ingredients:

  • 1 wholemeal wrap
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tbsp chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 20g chorizo
  • 25g rocket
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 fresh chilli
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano

Method:

  • First pre-heat your grill to 250˚C
  • Dice your chorizo and chilli into strips and spread the ketchup evenly onto the wrap
  • Add chorizo and chilli and slide your pizza wrap under the grill for four minutes
  • After three minutes, crack an egg into a frying pan
  • Once the time is up, place the egg in the centre and sprinkle rocket, chilli flakes and oregano

2. Thai green curry

Curry

If you’ve got a vice for spice, making a curry at home is cheaper than any takeaway you’ll find and is super easy. Just pick up a Thai green curry paste (we reckon Aldi is your cheapest option at just £1.39), grab a bag of jasmine rice, pick your protein (i.e. chicken, beef, prawns or tofu) and purchase any vegetables you fancy – we recommend green beans, green peppers, aubergine and baby corn. Whichever curry kit you pick, make sure it contains coconut milk and curry paste, or buy these separately.

Method:

  • Ensure all vegetables are chopped, washed and ready to go
  • Fry off the curry paste for 2-3 minutes to release its flavour
  • Slowly add the coconut milk to form a sauce
  • Once the sauce is simmering, add your meat and/or vegetables until cooked
  • Sprinkle in some fresh herbs for an extra explosion of flavour
  • While the curry is thickening, have a pan of jasmine rice boiling to complete your fakeaway fun!

3. Nandos-style chicken

Nandos

Everyone goes crazy for a cheeky Nando’s (especially now you can Deliveroo them), but like every takeaway treat, it can get pretty pricey if it happens too often. But luckily, you can now buy Nando’s (or similar) products in supermarkets, so you can replicate the cheekiness in your own kitchen. This piri-piri chicken recipe from BBC Good Food is perfect for the job.

Ingredients:

  • 4 skin-on chicken thighs
  • 6 tbsp piri-piri marinade
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 tbsp of paprika
  • 4 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 250g cooked rice
  • Spring onions

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 200˚C
  • Slash each chicken thigh, pour over the sauce
  • Arrange skin-side up in an oven tin and roast for 30 minutes
  • After 30 minutes, increase the heat to 220 ˚C for a further 15 minutes to crisp the skin
  • When the chicken is almost ready, fry the peppers and spring onions for 5 minutes
  • Next, pour in the puree, paprika and finally, the rice
  • Plate up the chicken and scatter over the peppers and onions
  • Serve with a side salad and a drizzle of sauce

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