Vegetables

Broccoli

Equipment

  • Colander, chopping board, knife, hob and saucepan

How to cook

  1. Fill a saucepan with water to about halfway and put it on the hob.
  2. Turn the hob on to a high heat and bring the water to the point where it is boiling.
  3. Get a chopping board and a knife.
  4. Using a knife cut the broccoli heads from the stalk.
  5. Once the water is boiling carefully place the broccoli heads into the saucepan.
  6. Leave them to boil for 10 minutes.
  7. Drain the broccoli into a colander over the sink.
  8. It is now ready to use however you want.

Carrots

Equipment

  • Colander, chopping board, peeler, knife, hob and saucepan

You can cook carrots or have them raw. If you would like them raw do this:

  1. Get a chopping board and a knife.
  2. Using a knife cut the top and bottom of the carrot.
  3. Using a peeler, peel the carrot.
  4. Cut the rest of the carrot into your preferred size(s).

If you want to cook them instead:

  1. Fill a saucepan with water to about halfway and put it on the hob.
  2. Turn the hob on to a high heat and bring the water to the point where it is boiling.
  3. Get a chopping board and a knife.
  4. Using a knife cut the top and bottom of the carrot.
  5. Using a peeler, peel the carrot.
  6. Cut the rest of the carrot into your preferred sizes.
  7. Once the water is boiling carefully place the carrot into the saucepan.
  8. Leave them to boil for 10 minutes.
  9. Drain the carrot into a colander over the sink.
  10. It is now ready to use however you want.

Sweetcorn

Equipment

  • Colander, hob and saucepan

How to cook

  1. Fill a saucepan with water to about halfway and put it on the hob.
  2. Turn the hob on to a high heat and bring the water to the point where it is boiling.
  3. Take 1-2 handfuls of sweetcorn from the package and carefully put them into the saucepan.
  4. Leave them to boil for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Drain the sweetcorn into a colander over the sink.
  6. It is now ready to use however you want.

Boiled potatoes

(1 large potato = 1 portion)

Equipment

  • Saucepan, peeler, colander, knife and hob.

How to cook

  1. Fill a saucepan to about halfway with water.
  2. Put the saucepan onto the hob and turn the hob onto a high heat.
  3. Let the water reach boiling point.
  4. Use a peeler to peel the potato.
  5. Cut the potato into 4 pieces (quarters).
  6. Carefully put the potato into the water.
  7. Turn the hob down to a medium heat to boil the potato.
  8. Boil for 15-20 minutes.
  9. Drain the potato using a colander over the sink.
  10. It is now ready for you to use however you need to.

Jacket potato

Equipment

  • Fork, knife, grater, microwave, microwavable plate, oven, oven gloves and oven tray

How to cook

  1. Turn the oven on to a high heat.
  2. Let it warm up for 15 minutes. If it is already on and in use move onto the next step.
  3. Get a fork and the potato and stab the potato with the fork all over.
  4. Put on a microwavable plate.
  5. Use a knife to cut a cross into the potato.
  6. Cook in the microwave on full power for 3 minutes.
  7. Then turn the potato over.
  8. Cook for another 3 minutes.
  9. After the 6 minutes in the microwave, put the potato onto an oven tray.
  10. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes.
  11. When it is cooked remove the tray from the oven with oven gloves.
  12. Place on your plate to eat.
  13. Grate some cheese with a grater and sprinkle on top of the potato.

Oven chips

Equipment

  • Oven, oven tray and oven gloves

How to cook

  1. Turn on the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Let the oven heat up for 15 minutes. If the oven is already on and in use then move onto the next step.
  3. Put the amount of chips that you want onto a oven tray.
  4. Put the baking tray into the oven and cook the chips for 20-25 minutes.

Pasta

Equipment

  • Colander, saucepan and hob.

How to cook

  1. Fill the saucepan to about halfway with water and put it on the hob.
  2. Turn the hob on and bring the water to the point where it is boiling.
  3. Take 3-4 handfuls of pasta and drop them into the saucepan
  4. Let them cook for 10-15 minutes. Stir them every 5 minutes to make sure that they don’t stick to the bottom of the saucepan.
  5. When the pasta is cooked drain it using a colander over the sink.
  6. Now it is ready to use however you want.
  7. Take chicken pasta back out of the oven with oven gloves and serve.

Rice

Boiled in the bag rice

Equipment

  • Colander, hob and saucepan

How to cook

  1. Fill a saucepan up to about halfway and put it on the hob.
  2. Turn on the hob to a high heat to bring the water to boiling point.
  3. When the water is boiling carefully put the bag of rice into the saucepan.
  4. Let the rice boil for 15-20 minutes.
  5. When the rice is cooked, turn off the hob.
  6. Take the bag of rice out of the saucepan and put it in a colander over the sink.
  7. Leave it for 1 minute to drain.
  8. Open the bag and put the rice onto the plate or into the bowl that you will be using.

Microwavable rice

Equipment

  • Microwave

How to cook

  1. Squash the rice in the packet to make sure that it is separated.
  2. Open the packet halfway.
  3. Put in microwave and cook on full power for 2 minutes.
  4. Leave to stand for 1 minute before serving.

Packet rice

Equipment

  • Sieve, hob and saucepan

How to cook

  1. Fill a saucepan up to about halfway and put it on the hob.
  2. Turn on the hob to a high heat to bring the water to boiling point.
  3. When the water is boiling carefully put a handful of rice into the saucepan.
  4. Let the rice boil for 15-20 minutes.
  5. When the rice is cooked, turn off the hob.
  6. Drain the rice into a sieve over the sink.
  7. It is now ready for you to use however you want.

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This toolkit is an adaptation of the Autism&Uni project led by Marc Fabri from Leeds Beckett University, under license CC BY 4.0. The original Autism&Uni project was funded with support from the European Commission with partners in the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. For more information about this project please visit the Autism&Uni website.

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