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17 Recipes To Cook On A Student Budget

Say no to beans on toast and yes to flexible online study with OUA.

1. Tuna Pesto Pasta

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With only four ingredients, you can whip up this simple pasta in a matter of minutes. Recipe here.

2. White Bean Soup With Sausage

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This hearty soup is packed with protein, so it'll actually fill you up. Recipe here.

3. Spicy Chicken Fried Rice

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Frozen veggies are much cheaper than buying fresh produce, and they're still full of nutrients too. Recipe here.

4. Pea and Chickpea Pasta Salad

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Chickpeas are a wonderfully cheap way to add protein to your meal. This pasta salad uses a light dressing of olive oil and lemon. Recipe here.

5. Cheesy Veggie Home Fries

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The best part about this recipe (aside from the cheese) is that you can essentially just use up any vegetables you have lying around in the fridge. Recipe here.

6. Mushroom Rice Pilaf

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There are only a handful of ingredients in this brown rice pilaf, and the whole thing takes under 30 minutes to make. Recipe here.

7. One-pot Spicy Eggs and Potatoes

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No, eggs aren't just for breakfast. Cooked with potatoes, this flavourful one-pot dish is not only easy to make, it's easy to wash up too. If it's too exxy, leave out the cheese. Recipe here.

8. Chicken Noodle Soup

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This recipe calls for a lot of basic ingredients you'll already have in the pantry. It makes six to eight servings too, so you can enjoy leftovers for lunch all week. Recipe here.

9. Carrot and Chickpea Salad

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Dried apricots add a hint of sweetness to this cheap and cheerful salad. Recipe here.

10. Three-onion Fried Rice

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A healthier, cheaper version of takeaway fried rice. Recipe here.

11. Loaded Sweet Potatoes

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You can add as much or as little filling as you want to these wallet-friendly baked potatoes. Recipe here.

12. Cauliflower Soup

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The parmesan topping is optional, so you can leave it out if it'll break your budget. Recipe here.

13. Lasagna With Spicy Sausage

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Using pork sausages instead of mince makes for a simple, flavourful sauce with a shorter shopping list. Recipe here.

14. Supermarket Roast Chicken Hoisin Noodles

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Who said instant noodles had to be unhealthy? Add pre-cooked chicken (you could even use leftovers) and veg for a cheap and delicious meal. Recipe here.

15. Beans, Chorizo, and Brown Rice

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Super filling and nutritious, you'll want to eat this tasty bowl even when you're not pinching pennies. Recipe here.

16. Spring Frittata

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It might look fancy, but this vegetable frittata is surprisingly basic. If asparagus is out of season, skip the expensive imported stuff and sub it out for broccoli or spinach. Recipe here.

17. Curried Lentils

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It's amazing how delicious a dish can be using only humble ingredients, like carrots and lentils. Recipe here.

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