Aubergine, tomato and spinach curry with rice on a plate

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66 Recipes

Ace the start of university with these cheap and cheerful, simple-to-make student recipes, allowing you to branch out beyond classic beans on toast!

Roasted aubergine & tomato curry

4.666665

(33 ratings)

Slightly sweet with added richness from the coconut milk, this simple vegan curry is a winner. It's also freezable if you need a quick midweek fix...
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Cauli-kale sausage bake

4.416665

(12 ratings)

This cheap, crowd-pleasing meal is easy, hearty fare. This needs hardly any prep and it's pure comfort food, with a good helping of veg and hot bubbling cheese...
  • 50 mins
  • Easy

Halloumi flatbreads

4.6

(5 ratings)

Try these simple veggie halloumi wraps with a crunchy slaw and a generous helping of hummus. A great cheesy budget option for a midweek meal
  • 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Double bean & roasted pepper chilli

4.814815

(27 ratings)

This warming vegetarian chilli is a low-fat, healthy option that packs in the veggies and flavour. Serve with Tabasco sauce, soured cream or yogurt
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Melt-in-the-middle mug cake

4.09091

(11 ratings)

This chocolate cake is made entirely in a mug. It requires no weighing, takes 45 seconds to cook and has a melty chocolate centre, perfect for a quick treat
  • 4 mins
  • Easy

Quick & spicy nasi goreng

4.363635

(11 ratings)

Save on the washing up with this speedy supper for one, with wholesome ingredients like Chinese cabbage and brown rice, finished with a fried egg
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Mexican pulled chicken & beans

4.4

(5 ratings)

This budget-busting sharing platter of slow-cooked chipotle chicken is perfect for feeding a crowd - and won't break a student budget, either
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Cheesy ham & broccoli pasta

4.52941

(34 ratings)

Satisfy your comfort food cravings with this cheap and simple creamy pasta dish with chunks of ham and crunchy veg
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Microwave shakshuka

4.5

(2 ratings)

Whip up shakshuka, a Middle Eastern favourite, in just 10 minutes. Perfect for brunch, lunch or supper, it's healthy and a great option for a budget meal...
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Chorizo hummus bowl

5

(3 ratings)

Add chorizo and kale to hummus for a dish that's packed with protein and flavour. Drizzle over olive oil and serve with flatbread to make lunch for one...
  • 15 mins
  • Easy

Refried bean quesadillas

4.634145

(41 ratings)

This casual meat-free main is a cheap and cheerful way to fill up your friends
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Proper chicken curry

4.473685

(19 ratings)

Impress with this tandoori masala-spiced Indian dish with peppers, coconut and fresh coriander
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy

Paneer-stuffed pancakes

4.8

(5 ratings)

These cheap and cheerful paneer pancakes take just 20 minutes to plate up and make an iron-rich veggie meal for two. Spoon on mango chutney and enjoy
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Super-quick sesame ramen

0

(0 ratings)

Rustle up this warming veggie ramen in just 15 minutes. Think of it as healthy fast food – it's low-fat, low-calorie and low-cost as well...
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Cheap-as-chips veggie pizza

4.666665

(6 ratings)

This quick, budget take on classic spinach and egg 'florentine' pizza uses flatbreads instead of traditional dough...
  • 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Sicilian-style tuna lasagne

3.57143

(7 ratings)

Swap mince for canned tuna in this budget lasagne recipe, made even easier with cream cheese instead of béchamel sauce
  • 50 mins
  • Easy

5-a-day couscous

4.4375

(16 ratings)

Rebecca Roberts serves roasted courgette, carrots, red onion, tomatoes and mushrooms with couscous and chicken in this recipe for one
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Kidney bean curry

4.52239

(67 ratings)

A rescue recipe for when there's nothing in the fridge, or when you fancy something cheap, delicious and filling...
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Turkey chilli jacket potatoes

3.875

(8 ratings)

Turkey mince is cheap and lean - flavour Mexican-style with cumin and paprika and serve in crisp baked potatoes
  • 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Piri-piri chicken with spicy rice

3.76923

(13 ratings)

Use a lime-spiked spicy marinade to coat thighs and drumsticks then roast and serve with paprika rice for a cheap and healthy supper
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Jumbo sausage roll with salsa beans

4.6

(5 ratings)

This giant sausage roll and spicy homemade baked beans are easy to make and perfect for sharing - great for students on a budget
  • 50 mins
  • Easy

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