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by Zarah (subscribe)
Write because you want to, not because you have to.
Published November 28th 2012
Who said good food is only to be enjoyed by the wealthy?
Cheap Student Meals

Students can eat healthy too - it's not all about the two-minute noodles. And it doesn't need to cost an arm or a leg.

Cooking Healthy (Source: Wikipedia)

Here are some great, quick recipes that one can use to make some of the most delicious meals in another $15 - and it can last you a whole week. So make a batch and keep the leftovers in the fridge/freezer for later consumption as the week progresses. Assignments and exam study has never felt more rewarding with these bites!

Pizza

Pizza made with Pita Bread

Ingredients

Pita Bread
Packets of pizza sauce
Mushrooms (canned or fresh)
Olives (canned or fresh)
Pineapples (canned or fresh)
Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
Chicken/beef/ham pieces
Herbs - cumin/oregano/basil/coriander
Mint Leaves (optional)

Method

Take one pita bread and spread a packet of the pizza sauce to cover the base.

Chop up the veggies of your choice and place them all over the base.

Sprinkle some mozzarella as a final touch and place in oven at 180 degrees centigrade.

Remove from oven once it's cooked.

Stir Fry

Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

Ingredients

1-3 tomatoes
4 mushrooms
1 capsicum
1 onion
Corn (1 can)
1 bottle of stir fry sauce of your choice
Herbs - coriander, basil, curry powder
3-4 peas (whole pods or 1 can)
2 packets of noodles or 100g rice
500g meat of your choice

Method

Heat up a pan with some olive oil and place the meat and the veggies of your choice into the pan. Cook till the meat turns brown and the veggies go a bit soft. Add the stir fry sauce into the mixture and stir well.

Boil some water at about 3/4 of a pot, and then add the noodles or rice. Leave it to cook for a while, and then check by stirring whether it's gone soft.

Drain the water and add the rice/noodles into the pan with the veggies and give it a good mix. Once the mixture goes thick, leave it aside to cool for a while for the sauce to thicken even more.

Mexican Tacos

Ingredients

Taco shells (3-6) or tortilla or pita bread
Minced meat - beef/chicken (shredded)
Salsa
Guacamole (optional)
Lettuce (1/2 - chopped finely)
Tomatoes (2 - chopped)
Parmesan /mozzarella cheese

Method

Place the taco shells in the oven (preheated at around 180 degrees) to get it golden brown.

In the mean time, chop up the ingredients - tomatoes, lettuce and cheese.

Cook up the minced meat that's been shredded till they turn musky brown.

Remove the taco shells from the oven and fill it up with the ingredients, starting with the lettuce, meat, tomatoes, cheese and top it off with salsa.

Alternatively, you can crush the taco shells and melt the cheese over it to make some delicious nachos - why not top it off with salsa and minced meat?

Nachos with melted cheese and salsa


Banana Bread

Banana Bread (source: Wikipedia)

Ingredients

125g unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
3 ripe bananas (mashed)
2 cups plain flour
1/2 tea spoon salt
1 table spoon baking powder
1/2 tea spoon grated nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade.

Line the bottom of a 20X10X8 cm loaf pan. Butter the lining and sides.

Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until fluffy and light. Add the eggs and continue beating for about a minute.

Add the bananas and mix well.

In another bowl, sift the flour, salt, baking powder and nutmeg. Gradually add this mixture to the banana mix and keep mixing well till you get a well-blended batter. Add the walnuts to this and give it a final whirl.

Pour this batter into the loaf pan and place in oven. Bake till the surface goes golden brown.

Spanish Omelette

Spanish Omelette (Source: Wikipedia)

Ingredients

1-2 eggs
2 slices of toast
1 spring onion (chopped finely)
1/2 tomato (diced)
1/4 capsicum (diced)
Cheese (either in spread form or shredded form)

Method

Beat the egg in a bowl and then pour into a heated pan. Cook on one side, add the chopped vegetables into the pan and then flip half of the egg on to the veggie mix. Add the cheese in a way that it spreads over the length of the omelette. Serve on a plate with the toast on the side.
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Your Comment
Great work Xarah, all very tasty recipes
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11001) 2125 days ago
I don't see how pizza and banana bread are healthy options.
by shuga (score: 0|5) 2121 days ago
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