Cooking on a Student Budget

With the easy accessibility of getting a student meal plan and eating on campus, it can effect your student budget.  How can you make your own food when you’re sticking to a budget, and you lack time to make healthy meals?

As a student, you don’t have to rely on eating Mac and Cheese and Ramen Noodles every night just to save some money and time.  Below is a list of delicious, healthy and fast recipes you can make with inexpensive ingredients you can find at any grocery store!

Naan Pizzas
Total Time: 5 – 10 minutes
I am an avid believer in Pizza Fridays, so just because you’re a student doesn’t mean you can’t have pizza. For naan pizzas, you’ll need 1 pack of naan ($2.99), which you can usually find in the international section of your grocery store.  If you can’t find naan, use Pita Bread ($3.99).  Add pizza sauce to your liking, ($0.99) and Cheese ($3.99).  You can add whatever toppings you like. Place in your oven or toaster oven on 350 degrees for 10 min.  If you don’t have either, you can easily make these naan pizzas on your stove top in a fry pan! Call all your friends and roommates together to enjoy #PIZZAFRIDAY!

Bean Burrito
Total Time: 10 – 15 minutes
For a delicious, healthy and inexpensive bean burrito, all you need is 1 can of pinto beans ($0.99), a taco seasoning packet ($0.99), cheese ($3.99) and tortillas ($3.50).  Mash the beans in a fry pan with a spoon – or your hands if you have a lot of stress on your mind – and add the taco seasoning to taste.  Add a bit of water to make the mixture less thick and add some cheese.  Once you’re done, spread in your tortilla, roll it up and you’re done! Try to shop the no-name brands as they will be a lot less cheaper than the popular name brand items.

Healthier Ramen Noodles and Macaroni and Cheese
Total Time: 10 minutes
Now we know as students, you must have a ton of ramen noodles packets and Mac and Cheese stocked in your pantry.  This is a go-to meal because it’s so easy to prepare, but it’s not necessarily the healthiest. There many different ways you can make ramen noodles and Mac and Cheese healthier.  For example, add things like broccoli, spinach, kale and sweet potato to your ramen noodles so that your meal can be more filling, and a chance to get in your vegetables.  In your Mac and Cheese, you can add vegetables such as sweet potato and broccoli as well.

What do you cook on a student budget? Tweet us @studynorth and let us know!