15 wholesome and easy-on-the-wallet meals that are perfect for students

You don't have to be Nigella Lawson or Jamie Oliver to impress in the kitchen.

27 Jul 2015
 

Gone are the days when eating like a student involved consuming cereal for dinner, munching (about-to-go-stale) chip rolls or slurping up MSG-loaded 2 Minute Noodles.

Nowadays – with such a large focus on health and nutrition, young adults are more well-informed about the food choices they make. Thanks to the internet and all the great food apps that are available, resources for cooking healthy, nutrient, energy-dense food are plentiful.

We know it’s not easy cooking a balanced meal when lectures and social activities take up the bulk of your time but we’ve created a list of warming dishes that are perfect for busy students on a budget. Not only do they pack a flavour punch, but they’ll keep you full for ages! You can even double the recipes and save leftovers for the next day.

1. Beef cottage pie - this one comes with cauli-mash.

2. One pan wonder - the name says it all.

3. 30 minute vegetable chilli dish - chilli con carne - but without the meat.

4. Chicken vegetable and noodle soup - this will fix you right up!

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5. Ultimate sweet potato spuds - you can substitute the sour cream with Greek yoghurt.

6. Zesty fish fingers - add a bit of chilli powder for some kick!

7. Easy beef stew - it's the perfect Winter warmer.

8. Chickpea fritters - this could take a bit of practice to perfect.

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9. Chicken and sausage hotpot - ready to eat in half an hour!

10. Spiced sausage and mushroom gnocchi - this one will impress any guest you have popping in for dinner.

11. Creamy chicken and veg bake - perfect for a rainy night in.

12. Sweet potato, mushroom and onion breakfast hash - would make a perfect easy supper too!

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13. Angelfish pie - who can resist a fish pie?

14. Spaghetti with chicken, mushrooms and zucchini - you should have a go-to pasta favourite in your arsenal.

15. Easy beef enchiladas - when that Mexican food craving hits.

And for a snack in-between meals try these yummy homemade veggie crisps.

Also - WATCH: how to make a toasted cheese and ham panini with an iron because you know... student life!

Bon appetit!

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- Cathrine Shone

 

 

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