A typical meal plan for a student on a budget

Hello! I am back with another post and this time its on how a day typically looks for me in terms of food.

As a final-year student, it can be quite hard sometimes to be able to eat healthily but also save some cash. I hope you can take some inspiration from these meal suggestions and remember you do not have to use the exact ingredients that I have. The great thing about food and cooking is that you can always make it your own and it will just taste just as delicious.

Breakfast: I am not a health expert, but I do notice when I eat well for breakfast that I have more energy throughout the day and that I am not completely starved until lunch time.  For me, a piece of fruit and some porridge is enough to fill me up and start the day on the right foot.

Porridge and Fruit

Snack: Usually around 11am I get in the mood for something sweet. For a quick snack, some fruit and a bit of dark chocolate satisfies my sweet cravings for the day.Blueberries and Raspberries

Lunch:  Most of the time, a quick salad is something that I go for, because  it takes a few minutes to prepare and I can just use any leftovers that I may have laying around the fridge to add to it. For a simple antipasti salad you will need:

  • salad leaves
  • 5-6 mini tomatoes
  • 1 red pepper
  • black olives (alternatives: roasted peppers, marinated artichokes)
  • feta cheese (mozarella or tofu also works)
  • crunch factor: 1 toasted slice of bread cut in cubes (or toasted pine nuts)
  • 2 prosciutto slices (alternatives: smoked salmon, any leftover grilled chicken, tofu etc. )
  • 1/4 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 can of rinsed kidney beans (chickpeas or any other beans also work)

Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and give them a quick mix. For a yummy dressing: 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1/2 lemon juice, salt and pepper all mixed together. Add the dressing on the salad and serve.Antipasti Salad

Snack: In the afternoon, sometimes I get a little bit hungry again, but I don’t feel like having an entire meal. My top suggestion is to have some toast with perhaps a smashed avocado on top, or a little bit of hummus and as many veggies as you like.

Avocado on Toast

Dinner: The following recipe that I am going to share with you is so delicious and yet so easy to make. What I like to do is make a big batch on Sunday for instance and then I do not have to worry about what to make for at least a couple of days, because I am sorted with either lunch or dinner.

Filled Pastry Boats

  • 1 pack of rolled pastry
  • 1 pack of mozzarella (or any other cheese that you like)
  • veggies (peppers, zucchini, red onions, some olives)
  • protein factor (leftover grilled chicken breast, smoked salmon slices etc)

For these filled pastry boats, at least that is what I like to call them, all you need to do is cut your pastry into squares. I found that cutting the pastry into 6 squares makes for the perfect pastry boat.

Next, you have to cut your vegetables into bite size pieces and start to cook your chicken/fish. The next step is to fill each one of the squares with all of the remaining ingredients and add the cheese on top (this acts like a binding agent to keep everything together).  I took a picture while I was preparing mine just so that it is easier to see the whole process:

Process of filling the Pastry BoatsAfter you have pinched the edges together for each square together, place them in the oven at 180 ° C for about 22-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remember that eating well during your studies is very important – it does not need to be overly complicated. You can prepare some things in advance like the filled pastry boats and that will help you save time and money.

Bon Appétit!

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