Eat Like a King – Spend Like a Scrooge

Going Gourmet without the Price Tag

As a university student you may have been thrown in the deep end when it comes to budgeting your hectic lifestyle. You have to constantly think about your spending and make sure you can spend on bread after splurging on books. TeacherBoards Community have created a post especially for university students full of tips and recipes that will have you eating like a king without the hefty price tag.

In your first year at university, cooking for yourself can feel completely alien for many students. It is not uncommon for students to understand the complicated laws of physics or the works of Shakespeare, but to be at a loss when it comes to cooking without setting something alight. Even if you are a whizz in the kitchen, the stress of assignments and the strain university has on your bank account might also be forcing you to stick to the ramen. It’s not only your student budget that can be holding you back when it comes to eating properly; you also need to be motivated to eat healthy. A balanced lifestyle can help build your immune system for when you’re living in student accommodation that will more than likely be built up with mould or damp by the end of the semester. This post will include lots of student friendly recipes that you can create with your housemates or create on your own, read on for more.

Tip: Staying Fuller for Longer

A good trick for when you’re always on the go is to fill up on ‘fuel foods’ such as nuts, pasta, and blueberries. These foods, along with many others, can help you feel fuller for longer, helping you not spend unnecessary amounts of money on snacks and takeaways after tea. This article by Good to Know includes 30 different ways on being fuller for longer. Breakfast can be your best friend if you’re eating right. Many people argue that breakfasts need to be the biggest meal of the day to set you up for the tasks ahead. Healthy foods such as eggs and oats won’t break the budget but will have you prepped for the day. Why not try out this recipe by the Greatest – Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Burrito.

Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Burrito

green eggs and ham burrito
Source: Greatist


All you will need is:

1/4 cup pancetta, diced
4 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons pesto
2 whole wheat tortillas
Fresh ground pepper

Vegan Sweet Potato Curry with Chickpeas and Spinach

This vegan friendly recipe is perfect for all students when you want to warm your cockles in your winter, especially when you’re wrapped in 4 blankets because the heating arrangements are still long being disputed.

vegan curry university food
Source: Food


Tip: Freezable Meal Preps

You can even make bigger size portions to freeze and eat through the week. This can help with keeping food waste to a minimum. It can be hard to portion accordingly and to use up all your fresh foods before they go stale, you can counter this by making larger freezable portions.

Chicken Chow Mein

If you’re craving a takeaway but the frenzy of Christmas gorging is still hanging over your head, you can opt to make it yourself. This can also work out cheaper, especially when cooking in a group. This chicken chow mein looks super appetising and is so much healthier than your usual takeaway foods. This recipe is full of ingredients that will make your meal taste great. You can also make it simpler for yourself and buy a packet of chow mein sauce that would save you half the time and effort to create.

university food chicken chowmein
Source: FrugalFeeding


Something Sweet

This basic muffin recipe from BBC Good Food is a great starter recipe for students who are finding their feet in the kitchen. You can alter this recipe to create all different types of flavours.

All you will need for this recipe is:

2 Eggs

125ml Vegetable Oil

250ml Semi-Skimmed Milk

200g Golden Caster Sugar

400g Self-raising Flour (or same quality flour and 3tsp baking powder)

1 tsp Salt

100g of Chocolate Chip (or other alternative to spruce up the flavour)


basic muffin recipe for university students
Source: BBCGoodFood


Recipe Boards

One of the best ways to keep track on your spending and food diet is to organise a weekly food diary that you can easily stick to. This means you can buy foods that you can re-use. For example; fresh peppers – bake them in a lasagna on Monday and fry them in a stir-fry on Wednesday. TeacherBoards have created some recipe board whiteboards that you can use in your kitchens to lay out your food plan for the week ahead. If you’re interested in one of our exclusive recipe boards email us at [email protected] You can even have the board designed specifically for you with whatever print you’d like.

university recipe whiteboard meal planner
Source: TeacherBoards – email us for further details


University students can get a bad reputation for eating unhealthily after leaving home. With the stress of university or living on your own for the first time, it can be difficult to take the time to look after yourself when there is so many alien things going on around you. Leaving home for the first time can be a bit daunting, so testing out these home comforts can help you settle in no time. There are thousands of different meals out there for you to try, and with a bit of exploration and experience, you can be eating like a king but spending like a pauper in no time.

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