3 Cheap and Easy Uni Meals

A little while ago over on my Twitter, I mentioned that I wanted to do a post about the quick, easy and relatively healthy meals I’ve been cooking on a Uni budget. So, that’s what I have for you today!

It can be pretty hard to gather up the motivation to cook in the evening after a day of Uni – I’ve had many nights of beans on toast or a jacket potato! These are both fine meals, and great lunches, too, but perhaps not the healthiest in the long-run!

The meals I’m writing about today don’t take that long, don’t break the bank account and give you some nutritional goodness, too!

Veggie Rice

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This one is so, so simple but so tasty!

For this, you’ll need:

  • veg of your choice – I went for sweetcorn, red pepper, mushrooms and spring onion.
  • rice – of course!
  • a sauce – I like to buy sachets and my favourite is actually the sweet chilli and garlic one from Asda! You could buy a bottle of soy sauce instead as this will do you multiple meals whereas as a sachet only does one so it’s better value for money.

Method (although it’s pretty easy!)

  • Boil the rice and make sure it’s fully cooked. When done, drain and put to the side.
  • Cut up and prepare your veg. Heat a tiny bit of oil in a frying pan and add all of the veg, mixing it for a few minutes until it’s cooked.
  • Add the rice and the sauce to the veg and mix it all together in the frying pan.

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And that’s it! You could also substitute the rice for pasta which could be made in batches and frozen for future meals! I apologise – I don’t have the best picture of this meal but I was so hungry and couldn’t wait to eat it!

Chickpea and Potato Curry

This is one of my absolute favourites! One of my housemates has chickpeas in pretty much everything and one night, I saw her making a chickpea curry and thought I would have a go and put my own twist on it. Again, this one really doesn’t cost that much and I made enough for four meals. It can be frozen, too!

For this, you’ll need:

  • Two tins of chickpeas
  • A bag of new potatoes
  • One onion
  • Spinach – this is optional – it tastes great without it but I really like to add it in as a way to get some veg without realising I’m eating it!
  • A jar of curry sauce – I find that any level of spice or flavour goes with this so choose whatever you prefer!
  • Rice
  • Naan bread, poppadoms, whatever else you like – I like to have some garlic naan bread but this does add a little extra cost to the meal.

Method:

  • Peel the potatoes and boil them until soft.
  • When done, drain them and leave them to the side.
  • At this point, boil the rice so it will be ready at the same time as the curry.
  • Into a wok or saucepan, add the drained chickpeas, onion and potato.
  • After about two minutes, add the curry sauce and stir until heated.
  • Now add the spinach if using it and cook until wilted.
  • Keep the curry on a low heat until the rice is cooked and then serve!

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My mouth is watering at the thought of this – I’ll be having this for dinner tomorrow!

Cheesy Broccoli and Cauliflower Pasta Bake

I decided to make this after I had a craving for cauliflower cheese! I thought I would add a few extra bits to bulk it up and include some extra veg, too! I hope it still counts when it’s covered in cheese… This typically does me four meals so is such good value for money! I cook this in a pyrex dish but something similar will work just fine.

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For this, you’ll need:

  • Pasta – I like to fill the dish I’m using with the uncooked pasta so I can get an idea of how much I’ll need. It should fill less than half of the dish to leave room for everything else.
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms – these are optional but I really like them and think they look nice on the top!
  • One onion
  • A cheese sauce – one from a jar or packet can be quite cheap!
  • Cheese – grated.

Method:

  • Cut the broccoli and cauliflower however you like and boil until cooked.
  • At the same time, cook the pasta.
  • Cut the mushrooms and onion.
  • When the pasta and veg are cooked, add them, along with the onion, into the pyrex dish.
  • Mix in the cheese sauce until everything is covered.
  • Grate the cheese and place the mushrooms on top of the pasta bake.
  • Cook until the cheese has melted and serve!

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This is a pretty simple pasta bake and one of my favourites! Also, covering the veg in cheese makes me forget I’m even eating it! Can you tell it’s a bit of an effort for me to eat vegetables!? Another way of cooking this would be to add a tomato sauce with chorizo and meatballs instead of cheese and veg – another favourite of mine!

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you liked it, please let me know and I’ll do another post of 3 more cheap and easy uni meals! I’m actually really enjoying cooking at uni this year so I hope it will feature here more!

If you have any meals you love to cook at uni, I would love to hear about them in the comments!

Alex x

3 thoughts on “3 Cheap and Easy Uni Meals

  1. budgetcuttingmommy says:

    All of these meals look great! I have a jar of curry sauce and no idea how to Use it. I’m going to follow your suggestion. Trying to get better at saving money in the kitchen and loving all the recipes I’ve been finding.

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