Eating on a budget: student meal ideas

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Eating on a budget: student meal ideas

Believe it or not, you don’t have to live on instant noodles and cheese on toast when you are a university student. But you don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive ingredients or eating out every night either. We’ve pulled together 10 tasty recipes which are quick, easy to cook and perfect for your student budget and busy lifestyle!

1. Fajitas

Have some friends coming round for dinner? Make it fajita night with this super easy recipe! If you’re a vegetarian, try substituting the chicken for mushrooms and extra peppers. All your friends will need to bring are the sombreros!

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2. Chilli con carne

This recipe couldn’t be any easier and all it takes is 30 minutes, a handful of ingredients and one saucepan. Serve with rice or a jacket potato, and cook in bulk to freeze extras for a rainy day.

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3. Chicken and vegetable stir fry

A stir fry is one of the easiest ways to make sure you get in your daily veggies (and look impressive in front of your new flatmates). All you need is some mixed vegetables, chicken (if you want it), some soy sauce and noodles. And the best thing is you will only have to wash up one pan!

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4. Overnight oats

If you’re not a morning person, overnight oats are going to be revolutionary for you. There are lots of variations and options and they are perfect if you’re on the go (or running a bit late to a lecture) – so you’ll have no excuse to make sure you fit your breakfast in.

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5. Mac ‘n’ cheese

This recipe is perfect for those macaroni cheese lovers who have some time to spare and fancy trying to make it from scratch. The serving size is for four, so why not cook for your new friends or have leftovers for lunch and dinner the next day!

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6. Super easy curry

Curry is a student favourite, and a dish you should definitely have in your repertoire. With so many different variations, there really is a curry for everyone – and it’s a great way to use up vegetables and meat that you have at the back of the fridge!

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7. French toast

Who says brunch needs to be boring or expensive, or that you even need to leave your room? This super quick and easy French toast recipe can be done and dusted in 10 minutes and is great for lazy Sunday mornings with friends.

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8. Spaghetti bolognese

This recipe is almost impossible to mess up, so if you lack some of those culinary skills this is definitely one to try! If you’ve still got some minced beef left over from your chilli con carne, than you can enjoy this one served with lots of parmesan cheese on top.

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9. Fluffy pancakes

Pancake Day is a big one in the student calendar, and a great opportunity to test out your cooking skills. This recipe is fool-proof, you can add any toppings you like and it only takes 15 minutes.

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10. Tuna salad

After a few too many nights out and takeaways, you may just be ready for a healthy lunch or dinner. Tuna salad is a great, easy option and it is full of vitamins and good stuff. And let’s face it – everyone has a can of tuna hiding in the back of the cupboard!

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