As a student, you’re likely to be short on two things. Money (because college is expensive y’know) and time, because there are far more important things to be doing – like partying – than cooking. But you’re still human, which means you still need to eat to survive. And takeouts are expensive, which means you’re going to have to learn how to cook. Groan all you like, but it’s true! Luckily, we have five easy (and quick) meals you can rustle up in no time.
This is literally one of the easiest meals you can make – along with being one of the quickest, and cheapest. All you’ll need are some eggs and a frying pan. However, to make things a bit exciting, consider adding cheese, ham, bacon, peppers, onions… Basically, whatever you have left at the back of the fridge, that hasn’t yet gone out of date. Whisk your eggs and toppings together, before pouring them into a warm frying pan. Keep testing the edges with a spatula, to make sure it’s not sticking. Then either flip or fold your omelet, to crisp the other side up. Delicious and nutritious!
Soup has got to be one of the best student meal ideas because it’s so versatile. Plus, you can make a big batch of it when you’ve got a bit of time spare and then freeze it for the rest of the week, month or semester (depending on how much you made). There are dozens of soup recipes out there, but minestrone has got to be one of the best and most filling. Add some oil to a pan, before heating through some onion, garlic, celery, and carrot. Add two cans of crushed or chopped tomatoes, then bring to the boil. Finally, add in some elbow pasta and leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes. The best thing about minestrone is you don’t need a blender, just eat it as is.
We’re not expecting you to learn how to make pizza dough here, so don’t panic. Plus, pizza dough can get expensive! Instead, make your own homemade pizza using a ciabatta. First, cut the ciabatta in half and warm slightly in the oven. Now add some tomato paste for your base, along with some mozzarella. Now, the world is your oyster when it comes to toppings. Go wild! Personally, I like olives, pepperoni, double cheese, and some fresh tomatoes. Now, put it back in your oven to heat up and enjoy pizza heaven.
Got some friends coming round for dinner and want to impress? You have got to do sizzling fajitas! It’s so simple to make them, plus it looks really cool if you bring them out in the pan, still sizzling. Just remember to put the hot pan on a heatproof mat, so as not to burn your table! You can use chicken or beef as your filling, cooked up with bell peppers and onions. You can buy fajita seasoning if you like, but you’ll find raiding the spice cupboard works just as well. Paprika and cayenne pepper tends to be the base for any fajita seasoning.
Another meal idea that’s perfect for using up leftovers in the back of your fridge. A stir fry is basically just a mixture of vegetables, sometimes meat, and occasionally a nice sauce. Served with noodles or rice, depending on what your preference is. A good stir fry tends to have bean sprouts, peppers, onions, sweetcorn, carrot and mange tout. With some chicken or prawns thrown in for good measure! Just fry it all up in a wok or large saucepan, until it’s cooked through.
These easy meal ideas are perfect for students who are short on time and money. The next time you come close to succumbing to another mac and cheese in a box, consider rustling up one of these instead.