Student Staples: Budget Friendly Recipe Ideas

Student Staples: Budget Friendly Recipe Ideas
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Student Staples: Budget Friendly Recipe Ideas

As the first term of uni gets underway, for most, the focus will be on making friends, sussing out the local nightlife and (hopefully) a little bit of studying. But with books to buy, societies to join and nights out with your new flatmates planned, keeping within your student budget can become a tricky and it’s often home-cooking that bites the dust in favour of cheap and easy take-away foods. Here at Tower though, we’re here to help with a few delicious, but budget friendly recipes that not only much healthier, but will also avoid that dreaded mid-term phone call to the Bank of Mum and Dad! Sausage Pasta

Speedy Sausage Pasta

Quick, tasty and easy to make, this simple sausage pasta is the perfect mid-week meal, plus, it’s under £2 per portion. Pop any leftovers into a plastic container and lunch is sorted for the next day too! Time to Table: 20 mins Serves: 4 Cost per Serving:  £1.60 Ingredients 6 good-quality sausages (skins removed) 250g mushrooms, sliced 660g jar tomato pasta sauce 300g penne pasta Grated cheese, to serve Method
  • In a large frying pan like the Tower 28cm Colour Change Ceramic Coated Frying Pan, crumble in the sausage meat then fry until golden brown, stirring well.
  • Add the sliced mushrooms and fry until softened, then, add the tomato sauce and heat through.
  • While the sauce cooks, add the penne pasta to a large saucepan of salted water and cook according to the packet instructions, then drain and add into the frying pan with the sauce. Stir until fully coated.
  • Serve on plates with a sprinkling of cheese.
Cheese on Toast

The Ultimate Cheese on Toast

Perfect when you need a bit of comfort food, this ultimate version of cheese on toast is the best way to relax after a long hard day of lectures. It’s also a great way to use up that solitary can of beer left over from your last house party! Time to Table: 30 mins Serves: 4 Cost per Serving:  £0.20 Ingredients 4 large slices crusty bread 250g strong cheddar (grated) 50g flour 50g butter 250ml beer 2tsp English mustard 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce Black pepper Method
  • In a small saucepan (the smallest pan from the Tower 3 Piece Stainless Steel Saucepan Set would be perfect) melt the butter on a low heat, then add the flour, stirring constantly until you have a smooth paste.
  • Add in the beer a little at a time, stirring constantly until you have a thick sauce.
  • Add the cheese and continue to stir until melted and the mixture starts to form a thick paste.
  • Add the mustard and the Worcestershire sauce and season to taste.
  • Toast the bread slices, then pile the cheese mixture on top before placing under the grill until golden brown and bubbling.
Pitta Pizzas

Pizza Pittas

When the end of term rolls around and your budget just won’t stretch to that take-away pizza, these fast, easy and cheap pitta bread pizzas are a great way to satisfy those cravings. Get your mates round, get them all to bring a few toppings, grab some garlic bread and have a cheap and easy DIY pizza night! Time to Table: 30 mins Serves: 8 Cost per Serving:  £0.48 Ingredients 8 large pitta breads 8 tbsp tomato purée 4 tsp mixed herbs 100g cheddar (grated) Your choice of toppings Method
  • Preheat your oven to 180°C then spread a tablespoon of tomato puree on each pitta bread. Generously sprinkle over the mixed herbs.
  • Top with grated cheese and your choice of toppings (we’re a big fan of pepperoni and salami but you really can go for anything you fancy!)
  • Place pittas onto a baking tray and cook for 10 minutes or until the edges are crisp and the cheese has turned golden brown.

Breakfast Burrito Breakfast Burrito

Whether you’ve pulled an all-nighter in the library or want to banish that hangover, this quick and easy breakfast burrito is the perfect, hearty breakfast. This recipe makes up to 6 servings so it’s a great option when the whole house has had a heavy night and because it’s all wrapped up in a tortilla, it’s the ultimate grab and go breakfast! Time to Table: 25 mins Serves: 6 Cost per Serving:  £0.90 Ingredients 6 free-range eggs 6 tbsp milk Salt and black pepper 1 tbsp butter 3 red peppers (chopped) Handful of cherry tomatoes (chopped) 6 tortilla wraps (heated according to packet instructions) 100g mature cheddar cheese (grated) Method
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together until combined. Add seasoning.
  • In a large frying pan like the Tower 28cm Colour Change Ceramic Coated Frying Pan, melt the butter, then add the egg mixture.
  • Leave the eggs to cook until they just begin to set, then vigorously stir to break up the mixture and create scrambled eggs.
  • Add the chopped peppers and cherry tomatoes into the mixture and stir to combine.
  • Warm the tortilla wraps, then sprinkle grated cheese onto each, spoon the egg mixture on top, then fold the bottom edge of the wrap up to prevent the filling falling out of the bottom then roll the remaining sides in to create the burrito shape.

Chicken Noodles Super Chicken Noodles

When you’ve had enough of eating instant noodles out of a cup, give this homemade version a try. Ready in just 15 minutes and packed with enough vegetables to keep your mum from worrying, this recipe is ideal when you want something healthy in a hurry. It can also be adapted as a meat-free option, just swap the chicken for a handful of mushrooms. Time to Table: 15 mins Serves: 2 Cost per Serving:  £2.00 Ingredients 1 tbsp vegetable oil 2 chicken breasts (cut into thin strips) 1 garlic clove (crushed) 1 red pepper (thinly sliced) Small bunch spring onions (sliced) 100g beansprouts 2 x 150g packs straight-to-wok noodles 3 tbsp oyster sauce Method
  • In a large frying pan (or wok like the Tower Essentials 24cm Angled Wok) heat the oil, then stir- fry the chicken for about 3 mins, until cooked through and golden brown.
  • Add the garlic and pepper and cook for 2 minutes then add the spring onions, beansprouts, noodles, sauce and a splash of water.
  • Stir to coat thoroughly and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • Serve in bowls.
So those are our essential budget friendly meal ideas perfect for university! If you have any favourite meals to make when you're watching the pennies or have given any of these ago, share them with us on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages!
23 September 2016