8 Student Friendly Meals to Make in Minutes

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Keeping yourself well fed during term time is absolutely vital to stay healthy, happy, and to aid all that study you’ll be doing come exam season (or to help abate the hangovers in between). Many students however will have neither the time nor the skills needed to make nutritious meals from scratch – or, for that matter, the money. With that in mind, we’ve picked out 8 minimum fuss, minimum effort, and most importantly, low cost meals that can be prepared in minutes. Makes a nice change from instant noodles and microwave dinners!

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Pita Pizzasgreek-pizza-main

What You’ll Need: Pita bread, tomato puree, cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)

A much better option than takeaway pizzas laden with grease and salt, pita pizzas are super tasty and can be used for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast depending on the ingredients you pick. You can even make them in the microwave – how’s that for minimum fuss? Spread some tomato puree on the top of your pita, layer on some cheese and your toppings of choice (we like chicken, sweetcorn and peppers), and heat until the cheese is melted. Voila!

Full recipe here.

Quick and Easy Fried RiceFried-rice

What You’ll Need: Rice, meat (pork or chicken), vegetables, soy sauce

If you’ve managed to master the complicated art of boiling rice and using a frying pan, then you’ll have this dish down pat with one attempt. Boil up a handful or two of rice (boil-in-the-bag options are especially efficient) and while you’re waiting for it to cook, fry up your chosen variety of meat and veggies; for best results cut the meat into thin strips and chop the vegetables finely. Toss in the rice, add some soy sauce, let it all simmer away for a few minutes, and enjoy. For some extra heartiness, crack an egg over the top (before adding the soy sauce) and let it cook through.

Full recipe here.

Tuna Casseroletuna-noodle-casserole-large-24254

What You’ll Need: mushroom soup, canned tuna, noodles or pasta, breadcrumbs

Simple, filling and packed with protein, tuna casserole is a dish you can let simmer away in the oven while you get ready for the evening ahead. A standard casserole dish also makes enough for at least three people, so you can freeze it to eat later. Just add pasta, tuna, and any vegetables you like to a casserole dish and fill it up with a can or two of mushroom soup. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top and bake for 30 – 40 minutes at around 200 celsius.

Full recipe here.

Cheap and Cheerful Chilichili-con-carne

What You’ll Need: minced beef, chopped tomatoes, onion, pepper, chilli powder, cumin

Another one pot wonder, this dish is incredibly simple to make and can be eaten with rice, pasta, bread, or even nachos. At its most basic, just fry the onion, add the pepper, mix the minced beef and when completely brown, add the chopped tomatoes and spices. Keep it simmering on a medium to low heat until the sauce thickens. For extra authenticity and sustenance, add a can of kidney beans too.

Full recipe here.

Ravioli Lasagne ravioli-lasagne

What You’ll Need: Bolognese sauce, ravioli, spinach, mozzarella, parmesan

This quick version of ‘traditional’ lasagne can be prepped in 10 minutes and takes a maximum of 30 minutes to bake in the oven. Layer up your dish with Bolognese sauce, ravioli, spinach and cheese until it’s full. Sprinkle parmesan on top and bake it at 180 degrees. Again, a standard dish yields plenty of servings, so this one is great for a group or for multiple meals.

Full recipe here.

Chicken Pasta Bakepasta-bake

What You’ll Need: Chicken breast, penne pasta, pasta bake sauce, cheese

Comfort food at its finest, chicken pasta bake is another multiple batch dish that’s as filling as it is delicious. Chop your chicken breast into strips and add the strips and a handful or two of pasta to the bottom of the dish (plus some veggies if you’re so inclined). Mix in the pasta bake sauce – or make your own if you feel like a challenge – sprinkle the top with cheese, and bake it at around 200 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Full recipe here.

Home Made Burritoshomemade-burrito

What You’ll Need: Rice, tortilla wraps, sour cream, cooked meat and vegetables

An excellent way to use up leftover rice and other ingredients, homemade burritos are easier to make than you think. Spread some sour cream on a tortilla wrap, add your leftover rice, throw some freshly cooked (or re-heated) meat and vegetables on top, roll it all up and enjoy. If you fancy making them from scratch, we recommend using the chilli recipe above and adding cheese on top.

Full recipe here.

Shakshuka

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What You’ll Need: Eggs, chopped tomatoes, chilli powder, cumin, onion, herbs

This is a favourite weekend breakfast dish in the Middle East, and although it might look complicated, it’s one of the easiest recipes to master and can be customised however you like. Fry your chosen vegetables (onions and mushrooms work well), add in the chopped tomatoes and spices, and when the sauce has thickened, make holes in the mixture and crack in two or three eggs. Allow the eggs to cook through and serve. Traditionally fresh bread is used to dip in the mixture and eat, rather than a knife and fork.

Full recipe here.

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