Simple, Quick & Easy Meal Ideas for University – OurWarwick
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Simple, Quick & Easy Meal Ideas for University

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Victoria Heath | English Literature and Creative Writing Contact Victoria

As term rolls around the corner, the thought of meal prepping and planning food shops can be both an exciting and challenging task. The experience of cooking for yourself is certainly a journey; you’ll encounter the occasional burned food, missed ingredient or two or a complete culinary disaster. But to help you along the way, I’ll list some of my favourite things to eat and break down some of my favourite meals which I eat at university that are quick, simple and easy to prepare.

Breakfast Ideas

  • Porridge – ingredients you’ll need to buy: oats, milk (can use both dairy or plant-based), any toppings of your choice (I like to use strawberries, honey, blueberries or jam)
  • Beans on toast – ingredients you’ll need to buy: loaf of bread (you can freeze this to make it last longer), a tin of beans, salt and pepper to add to taste)
  • Yogurt and granola – ingredients you’ll need to buy: any yogurt (I like to use Greek yogurt because of its thick, creamy texture), a bag of granola, any other toppings such as fruit or nuts
  • Toast
  • Cereal 
  • Croissants with toppings such as jam, butter or honey
  • Bagels with various fillings such as bacon or jam.
  • Egg on toast (scrambled, fried, boiled or French toast)

Lunch Ideas

  • Pasta salad – ingredients you’ll need to buy: fusilli pasta, salad dressing, cucumber, red onion, sweetcorn, mozzarella cut into cubes, mixed beans, any other toppings such as falafels, tuna or chicken for example.
  • Jacket potato with various toppings, such as baked beans, cheese or tuna.
  • Noodles – I like the Naked Noodle brand, but you can also look at other brands such as Pot Noodle or Super Noodle. I like to have these with some chopped up fruit or vegetables on the side.
  • Wraps or sandwiches with various fillings, such as chorizo, bacon, falafels or chicken.
  • Egg on toast (scrambled, fried, boiled or French toast)
  • Ravioli, or ravioli on toast
  • Pasta dishes – any shape pasta mixed in with a pre-made pasta sauce. You could even throw in some extras, such as meat or extra vegetables (onions, peppers etc) to bulk out the meal.

Dinner Ideas

  • Tacos – ingredients you’ll need to buy: packet of mince (you can use a plant-based or meat mince), taco seasoning, white onion, red peppers, mixed beans and taco shells)
  • Chili con carne – ingredients you’ll need to buy: packet of mince (you can use a plant-based or meat mince), white onion, chilli seasoning, tin of chopped tomatoes, tin of red kidney beans. You can serve this with rice, pasta or jacket potatoes, for example.
  • Stirfry – ingredients you’ll need to buy: stirfry mixed vegetables, meat such as chicken or beef, or a meat-substitute, noodles, prawn crackers, any additional spices for example five-spice.
  • Veggie fingers! I have to have a special mention for these – I love them so much, especially with sweet potato fries or rice. 
  • Pasta dishes – any shape pasta mixed in with a pre-made pasta sauce. You could even throw in some extras, such as meat or extra vegetables (onions, peppers etc) to bulk out the meal.
  • Curry – ingredients you’ll need: pre-made curry sauce, meat or fish such as chicken or prawns, or a meat substitute, any extra seasonings such as paprika, garlic and onion powder or chilli flakes, naan bread, rice.

These are just some ideas for you ready for cooking at university. They are all simple, quick and easy to prepare and are incredibly tasty.

As always, if you have any questions about university life – whether it’s cooking tips or general questions about societies, let me know.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Victoria Heath | English Literature and Creative Writing Contact Victoria

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