Easy and Cheap Student Recipes

Becky Cuddihy

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As a college student, we generally hate having to cook for ourselves. We live on 99 cent noodles and chicken fillet rolls throughout the week, and head home for proper cooked dinners at the weekend. I’ve listed a couple of recipes below that are easy to do, cheap, and can be made out of most of the stuff you have just sitting in the cupboard. So drop the kettle, put back the noodles and have a look at these.

1. Easy Pizza on Toast

Ingredients:

  • Essentials:
  • Sliced bread (any at all, but works nicely with crusty bread)
  • Your favourite pasta sauce (i like tomato and mushroom)
  • Optional (pick ‘n’ mix):
  • Cheese grated or sliced thinly (i like old school cheddar)
  • Ham cut/torn into thin strips (or chicken, bacon, pepperoni etc. make sure any meat you use is cooked first!)
  • Mushrooms sliced (garlic mushrooms are nice, again cook them first)
  • Any other pizza toppings or sandwich toppings you enjoy, experiment!

Method: Toast your bread lightly so that it has some rigidity to it but is not toasted completely. Pour a small amount of your chosen sauce onto each slice of toast and use a knife or back of a spoon to cover the toast evenly, edge to edge. Evenly add your cheese(s) of choice (keep some to put on top afterwards) place your strips of ham or other meats on top, try to spread them out evenly. Add any other extras such as mushrooms, anchovies etc that you might want (paprika gives it a nice kick) put your pizza toast onto a baking tray and place under the grill until the cheese starts to melt and bubble. Be careful when removing the baking tray from the grill. Serve and, most importantly, enjoy!

Credit: Josh Long

2. Yummy Potato Patties Ingredients:

  • – potatoes (how many is up to you)
  • – one or two garlic cloves
  • – one egg
  • – bread crumbs (or flour)
  • – salt an pepper
  • – frying oil
  • – optional: onions, grated cheese (the kind you want), herbs, etc…

Method: Wash and peel the potatoes, slice them into rough dices and boil them. Add salt and the garlic clove(s) to the water. When cooked, take the potato dices out, drain them and puree them with a fork. Add seasoning if necessary. Optional: you can add the grated cheese, finely chopped onions, chopped herbs, anything you feel like adding. Form potato patties with your hands and dispose them on a plate. Crack the egg in a small plate and stir it, put some bread crumbs in another plate. Heat the frying oil in a frying pan. When hot enough, one by one, roll the patties in the egg then in the bread crumbs, and fry them until golden. Put in a plate, let cool a little, and enjoy!

Credit: Inaisse

3. Stuffed Cheesy Bell Peppers Ingredients:

  • Cous cous (i used 3/4 of a cup)
  • Cheeeeese (use your judgement here)
  • Tinned plum tomatoes (400g)
  • One bell pepper (any colour)
  • A handful of mushrooms, optional
  • Half an onion, optional
  • Any herbs or spices.

Method:  First bring a pan of water to the boil and begin cooking you cous cous. As the cous cous is cooking fry your tomatoes (onions and mushrooms) and add whatever herbs and spices to taste. Take off the heat and drain your cous cous, then add to the tomato mixture and fry for another 4 minutes or so. Slice your bell pepper (or peppers in half) and carve out the inside, then fill with your tomato/cous cous mixture. Grate cheese and cover then put into a pre heated oven at 200 degrees. Cook until soft on the outside and cheese has browned.

Credit: Rowan 

All of the above recipes can be found at http://studentrecipes.com/, and they have hundreds more. There is even an option of showing recipes with chicken or other meat, and options to show recipes for parties, for busy people, or even healthy recipes.

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Becky Cuddihy