Cooking does not come easy when you are busy hitting the books. Yet, you need to keep yourself nourished and full of energy to make it through those classes, study sessions and extra-curricular activities throughout the day.
The easy option is to grab some fast food but taking a few minutes to prepare a homemade meal can be both nutritious and therapeutic. Here are 10 easy meals (with just a few ingredients) that you can prepare in minutes.
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1. Chia Pudding
Chia pudding can be made the night before so there is no prep in the morning. Simple let the chia seeds do all the work and enjoy it the next morning. Full of fibre, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids!
Fills 2 small mason jars
• 1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk*
• 1/4 cup chia seeds
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
*You may use almond milk instead, then mix in a little plain yogurt to thicken.
• Mix chia seeds with some coconut milk
• Stir to distribute the chia seeds
• Cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least a couple of hours.
To amp up the flavour, try adding a little sweetener (i.e. honey) or flavouring of your choice (i.e. vanilla).
You can eat your pudding right away or transfer into a nice carry-along container and take it anywhere to savour slowly.
2. Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Sausage and Tomato
Here is the cheapest and yummiest grilled cheese sandwich EVER, and you will get a bit of protein and veggies in too.
Makes 1x serving
• 2 slices of bread
• Cheese slices
• Tomatoes, sliced
You Will Also Need:
• Frying pan and oil
• Sharp knife
• Make a regular sandwich with all the ingredients
• Now comes the fun part – grill one side of the sandwich on the frying pan with a bit of oil over medium to low heat.
• When one side begins to brown, turn it over and grill the other side until brown. Be careful not to burn either side.
• Transfer to a plate or clean flat surface, slice into triangles and watch that cheese ooze.
Click here for a container with easy-locking clips plus flexible seal to keep your sandwiches the way you want it.
3. Overnight Oats with Blueberries
Overnight, cold oatmeal is not only deeply satisfying but also refreshingly cool and light. It keeps you going throughout the day with its combination of fibre and protein without weighing you down
Makes 1x serving
• 1/2 cup of your preferred oats
• 1/4 cup of blueberries
• Vanilla Greek yogurt
• A pinch of cinnamon
• Warm caramel (or melted brown sugar)
For extra crunch, you can add almonds, and bits of shredded coconut strips.
• Mix the Greek yoghurt, cinnamon and caramel in a medium bowl.
• Then, stir in your oats (and almonds and coconut).
• Once thoroughly combined, gently stir in your blueberries, being very careful not to smash them.
• Cover the bowl, or transfer into a container with a lid.
• Store it in the fridge until the next morning.
• Enjoy creamy, blueberry goodness!
You may double or triple the batch and divide into separate containers. This will make for a tasty, grab-and-go breakfast throughout the week.
4. Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches
Makes 2x servings
• 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
• 1/4 cup chocolate chips
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 4 slices whole wheat bread
• 1 medium-sized banana, thinly sliced
• Mix peanut butter, honey and cinnamon together.
• Spread the mixture over 2 slices of bread
• Add banana slices and chocolate chips.
• Top with remaining bread slices.
Click here for a container with easy-locking clips plus flexible seal that ensures your sandwich stays fresh and in place until ready to eat.
5. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Stay focused with a snack. When it is time to tackle homework, you do not want after-school munchies distracting you. These healthy bites will keep you on task!
Makes 1x serving
• 2 slices whole-wheat bread
• 1 oz. mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
• 1/2 cup marinara sauce
• Toast bread, then place the cheese between the two slices
• Microwave for 10 seconds, or until cheese melts slightly
• Place marinara sauce in a small microwavable bowl
• Microwave for 20 seconds or until warm
• Cut the sandwich into four strips, then dip strips in the sauce
Being a student, you need a container that is safe and sturdy. Click here for a container that has got all it takes to place your sandwich.
6. Pesto Pasta
This filling, student-friendly pasta recipe is so easy, you can quickly throw it together fast.
• 500g spaghetti, fresh or dried
• 2-3 tablespoon pesto (store-bought is fine)
• 50g parmesan (or vegan alternative), shaved or grated
• Boil spaghetti in a large pan according to instructions on the pack
• Drain well, then return to the pan with the pesto and half the Parmesan
• Toss well, then tip into a serving bowl and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan
Pack your lunch in this handy container with easy-locking clips plus flexible seal that ensures your food stays fresher longer.
7. Tomato Soup
This simple tomato soup is quick, easy, and insanely delicious.
• 1/2 an onion, cut into large wedges
• 1 can of Tomatoes
• Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat.
• Add onion and tomatoes
• Add water or broth and simmer
• Bring everything to a low simmer, add some salt and leave it alone for about 40 minutes
• Blend (An immersion blender is useful, but a blender works, too)
• Add salt or pepper to taste
Click here for a container that you can pour your soup in and enjoy the health benefits of tomatoes the whole day. This soup is also amazing topped with homemade croutons or dipped with buttery, garlic bread.
8. Vegetarian Tortilla Wraps
Great-tasting food can be affordable too, such as vegetarian tortilla wraps. Choosing to forego meat makes this recipe even more affordable, which is always great if you want to keep your food budget low.
You may replace with other ingredients such as peppers, purple cabbage.
• Place your fillings down the centre of the tortilla.
• Don't put too much filling, or your tortilla may break or fall apart when you wrap it later.
• To make a closed tortilla (a.k.a. a burrito), fold the bottom and top edge towards the centre of the tortilla.
• Turn your tortilla sideways, making sure the folded edges don't come loose.
• Gently but firmly roll the bottom edge upwards until you achieve a burrito shape.
If you have extra, or want to share with your buddies, you can pack the wraps up into these stackable containers and have a great time together.
9. No-Stove Pasta
Want pasta for dinner in your dorm but without the hassle? All you need is a microwave – no stove required.
• 1 cup pasta (more if desired)
• 1/2 cup of desired pasta sauce
• Pinch of red pepper flakes
• Pour pasta into a microwave-safe bowl
• Fill the bowl with water until a few inches above the pasta. Find the suggested time for cooking on the pasta box and add about 3 - 4 minutes to get your microwave cooking time.
• Once the pasta is done, sample a piece to make sure it is cooked enough.
• Drain the pasta water, and set the cooked pasta aside.
• Heat the pasta sauce for about 35 seconds in a separate microwave-safe bowl.
• Add a pinch of red pepper flakes if you like.
If you have leftovers, pack it for lunch in a container with easy-locking clips plus flexible seal that ensures your food stays fresher longer.
10. Apples and ‘Caramel’ Sauce
Melting sugar in water to make traditional caramel sounds easy but it isn't. Thankfully, there's an easier alternative made with maple syrup and peanut butter, that's easy and also a tasty treat when paired with apples.
• 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup (or Agave)
• 1 tablespoon peanut butter
• 1 apple, or a fruit of choice
• Mix maple syrup and peanut butter until well combined.
• Slice an apple into wedges and dip away!
Want to snack on these during class break? Click here for a container that conveniently separates the sauce, so you don't end up with soggy fruit.