Are you a university student in need of some delicious meals? Look no further as I have created 10 easy and tasty recipes for all meal times. No need to splash the cash on takeaways. Try out these mouthwatering meals today!
Recipe 1: Macaroni Cheese (lunch/dinner)
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter melted
- 350g of macaroni pasta
- 1 garlic clove finely minced
- 1 teaspoon of english mustard
- 3 tablespoons of plain flour
- 500ml of whole milk
- 250g of grated cheddar cheese
- 100g breadcrumbs
Step 1: Heat the oven
Step 2: Boil the pasta for 2 minutes less than stated on the packet, and drain once boiled. Next, melt the butter in a saucepan and add the minced garlic and mustard. Cook for 1 minute before stirring in the plain flour.
Step 3: Cook for 1 minute and gradually pour in the milk until you get a smooth sauce without any lumps. Whisk for 5 minutes until the sauce becomes thick and creamy, then take the heat off and mix in your cheese until it melts.
Step 4: Add in the cooked pasta to the sauce and mix until pasta is well coated. Pour the macaroni cheese mixture into a baking dish and smooth the mixture out Sprinkle the bread crumbs on macaroni and put in the oven. Cook in the oven for 10 -15 minutes and then ENJOY!
Recipe 2: Smoothie Bowl (breakfast)
- 1 cup of frozen fruit
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon of golden syrup/ honey
- ¼ cup of milk
- ¼ cup of chopped fruits
Step 1:Grab a blender and add in the frozen fruit, peanut butter, golden syrup and milk together and blend until a smooth consistency
Step 2: Once the mixture is blended nicely transfer the mixture into a bowl and top with fruit Then enjoy!
Recipe 3: Vegetable Stir Fry (lunch/dinner)
- 1 packet of egg noodles
- 1 broccoli
- 2 bell peppers
- 2 red onions
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 minced piece ginger
- 2 chopped chilli
- 2 tablespoon of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of sesame seed oil
- Juice of 1 lime
- Can of sweetcorn
Step 1: Add together the juice of a lime, soy sauce, sesame seed oil, minced ginger and garlic, and chilli. Mix together in a small bowl and set aside to marinate
Step 2: Chop onions, bell peppers and broccoli
Step 3: In a wok add in some sesame seed oil and heat until sizzling, then add in your vegetables. Cook for 5-7 minutes until vegetables have softened.
Step 4: Once your vegetables have softened add in your packet of egg noodles. Cook noodles for 1 minute and then add in your sauce. Coat the noodles and vegetables in your sauce and cook for a further 5 minutes then turn the heat off and enjoy!
Recipe 4: Bacon and Spinach Scrambled Eggs (breakfast)
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon of mustard
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon of oil or butter
- 2 thick cut slices of bacon
- A bunch of spinach leaves
- Handful cheddar cheese
Step 1: In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon water and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
Step 2:Heat oil or butter in a nonstick skillet on medium. Add eggs and cook, stirring with spatula every few seconds, to desired doneness, 2 to 3 minutes for medium-soft eggs. Fold in bacon, spinach, and cheese.
Recipe 5: Feta Cheese Pasta (lunch/dinner)
- 1 block of feta cheese
- 1 packet of penne pasta
- 1 packet of cherry tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon of oil
- 1 teaspoon of chilli flakes
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- Salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: In a casserole dish put in your block of cheese, tomatoes, garlic, chilli flakes, oil and salt and pepper, then put it in the oven and cook for 20 minutes
Step 2: Boil pasta in a saucepan according to packet instructions. Once the pasta is cooked drain and leave to the side.
Step 3: After 20 minutes take out the cheese and tomatoes from the oven and start mixing the cheese and crushing the tomatoes together. Once it is combined add in your pasta and coat the pasta
Recipe 6: Chicken Bites (lunch/dinner)
- 2 cuts of chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
- Minced garlic
- 2 cups vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 100g plain flour
- 100g breadcrumbs
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon chilli powder /Chilli flakes
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
Step 1: Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and set aside. In a small bowl add minced garlic, paprika, chilli powder and onion powder. Mix together until well combined. Add the chicken breast and mix well until the chicken is completely coated.
Step 2: Turn on the stove to medium heat and add the oil in a saucepan and wait until the oil is heated Whilst the oil is heating in a small bowl crack and whisk the eggs. In separate plates pour the flour and breadcrumbs. Check if the oil is heated through by sprinkling a small bit of flour. When the flour has risen the oil is ready. Next get a chicken piece and coat in the egg mixture, then coat in the flour mix before coating it in the breadcrumb mix. Once fully coated add chicken into the oil. Repeat this step with all the chicken pieces.
Step 3: Wait 5-7 minutes or until the chicken has fully cooked. Once all the chicken is cooked get your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!
You can pair this with a side salad, or chips.
Recipe 7: Lemon and Sugar Pancakes (breakfast)
- 100g plain flour
- 2 large eggs
- 300ml milk
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 lemon
- 50g caster sugar
Step 1: Put in flour, eggs, milk and oil into a large bowl and mix until the mixture is combined well and forms a smooth batter
Step 2: Set a medium frying pan over medium heat and carefully wipe it with some kitchen oil paper
Step 3: When the oil is hot, spoon out your batter and carefully pour into the pan. Cook for a minute on each side or until golden brown and then carefully flip them over to cook on the other side. Once cooked take them out and put onto a plate. Add your lemon and sugar and enjoy!
Recipe 8: French Toast (breakfast)
- 2 large eggs
- 80ml milk
- 40ml double cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 thick slices of brioche bread
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoon of butter
- Icing sugar
- Fresh berries to serve
Step 1: Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Lay the brioche slices in a single layer in a shallow dish and pour the egg mixture over them. Allow to soak for 2-3 mins, then carefully turn over and soak for 2 mins more.
Step 2: Heat the vegetable oil and butter in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat until foaming. Carefully lift 2 slices of the soaked brioche out of the dish and add to the frying pan. Fry for 3 minutes on each side, until golden and crisp, then place on a wire rack over a baking tray in a warm oven while you repeat with the remaining slices.
Step 3: Serve dusted in icing sugar and scattered with fresh berries
Recipe 9: Beef Chilli (lunch/ dinner)
- 1 large red onion
- 1 large bell pepper
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon of chilli powder/ chilli flakes
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 500g lean minced beef
- 1 stock cube
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 2 tablespoon of tomato puree
- 410g can red kidney beans
- Optional – rice or bread to serve
Step 1: Dice onion and pepper, and mince the garlic
Step 2: Put your pan on the hob over a medium heat. Add 1 tbsp oil and leave it for 1-2 minutes until hot. Once the oil is hot add the onion and cook until soft and a slight brown colour. When the onion is cooked, add in the pepper, garlic, paprika, chilli powder and ground cumin and stir until spices are cooked.
Step 3: Add in the beef and cook until it is brown. Once the beef has turned a brown colour add in your chopped tomatoes and tomato puree. Mush down the tomatoes and cook until beef is nice and brown. At this point you can add ½ pint of water and cook with the lid on. Wait 5 minutes and then take off the lid and add in your kidney beans and stock cube.
Step 4: Once all of your ingredients are cooking away slowly, gradually keep adding water until it becomes a stew consistency. Remember to keep putting the lid on once you add water! Cook for a further 10 minutes and take it off the heat off, then serve with rice and enjoy!
Recipe 10: Chocolate Porridge (breakfast)
- 125g porridge oats
- 4 dates
- 500ml milk
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- Maple syrup to serve
Step 1: Blend half the oats in a food processor along with the dates until you have a thick paste consistency.
Step 2: Add the mixture into a saucepan along with the rest of the oats, milk, cocoa powder and stir well on a medium heat until the porridge is a thick and creamy consistency. Add more milk if you prefer a thinner consistency. Serve with yogurt or maple syrup then enjoy!