Quick and Easy Student Meals

By Illayda
University can be a busy time. In between balancing social life, making friends, exploring a new city and trying to ensure you keep up with your university life; you can often forget the delights of healthy, home-cooked meals.

Believe it or not, but cooking doesn't only need to include expensive takeaways and chicken shop meals! So here is a list of 3 cheap and easy meals that even the laziest of us students can throw together; 

Classic Stir Fry 
A cheap, quick and healthy meal, which can be prepped and made in a matter of minutes. It is suitable for both vegetarians and meat-eaters. 

• One spring onion, diced 
• Olive oil 
• Baby sweetcorn 
• Broccoli florets 
• String beans, diced in halves 
• Clove of garlic, crushed
• 4 chicken breasts, sliced into strips 
• Mushrooms 
• (Any veg of your choice) 


1. Begin by heating the olive oil in a wok pan, on a high temperature. Then add the chicken, (unless you’re preparing a vegetarian version), and stir fry until the exterior just begins to whiten. Once it does add in the onions and garlic.

2. Once the onion has turned golden, add your mushrooms and broccoli florets. (Make sure you keep stirring as you go along). Let this fry for around 4 minutes.

3. Then add in the remaining vegetables and keep stirring as you do so.

4. Stir-fry for another 5-10 minutes and then serve and enjoy!

Pasta with/without meatballs 
An easy and very filling meal which can be made with/without meatballs. 


• A cup of pasta (whichever your preference, wholemeal pasta for a healthier alternative) 
• Half a spring onion, diced 
• Olive oil
• Ready to fry beef mince meatballs 
• Chopped tomatoes 
• 3 garlic cloves crushed
• Parmesan, grated
• Parsley (optional)


• Begin by cooking the chopped onions and crushed garlic in the olive oil, in a frying pan. When the onions are golden add in the meatballs.

• At the same time boil the cup of pasta in water, use just enough water to cover the pasta completely. Add in a tea spoon of salt for flavour.

• When the meatballs are no longer pink add in the chopped tomatoes and any other herbs or spices. Leave on a low heat for 5-10 minutes.

• By this time the pasta should be completely cooked and soft.

• Serve the meal with parmesan and chopped parsley, and enjoy!

Sweet Potato and Pea Curry 

A cheap, convenient and fun vegetarian dish, which is great for sharing and leftovers! 


• Curry paste 
• One spring onion, chopped 
• 2 large sweet potatoes, sliced into chunks 
• Vegetable stock 
• Coconut milk 
• A cup of frozen peas 
• A drizzle of olive oil 
• Rice (brown, white or basmati)


• Heat the onion, olive oil and curry paste in a large pan and cook till the onions have softened.

• Add in the potatoes in and cover for 3-5 minutes.

• Then add in the coconut milk and bring the curry to the boil on a high heat.

• On a low heat, leave the curry to simmer for 20 minutes, the add in the peas and bring the curry to the boil for 3 minutes.

• When the curry is simmering for 20 minutes, add water to a cup of rice and cook until soft.

• Once everything is ready, serve up and enjoy!


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