For Students on a Budget

This post speaks directly to me as I’m a student on a budget and while I absolutely love eating out, once in a while I have to respect my bank account and cook (using this word sparingly). Cooking is something I have a love-hate, sometimes like-hate, relationship with but when that inspiration hits, good things have happened.

I recently posted a picture of tofu and tomatoes on my Instagram page and got some mixed reactions. I like meat but halal meat is more expensive than tofu and like I said, I’m respecting my bank account. When properly spiced, tofu will taste just like chicken (or is that just in my head? Hehe.).

I read an article, probably about a month ago, that basically gave advice on how to go grocery shopping as a young adult. The one that stood out to me the most was not to buy too much stuff; as a young adult, you’re probably not home much and you’re usually cooking for one. You also don’t need to go big on variety, a few things a week will work. So unless you plan to cook enough food to freeze for a month and you are confident that the food won’t go bad in the freezer, keep it simple.

One way I keep it simple and cheap is to buy wraps, vegetables and cheese to make myself a very easy ‘meal’. This wrap can be had with only the aforementioned ingredients, or tweaked, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Steps for the easy wrap:

  • Lay wrap on a plate, add spinach, add cheese and add tomatoes (other veggies include mushrooms, prepared however you like, if you’re so inclined.).
  • If you’re a meat lover like me, add chicken, beef or tofu for vegetarians. Cook/grill these to your liking.
  • You can also add sauces such as mustard and/or hummus.
  • Fold it all up and enjoy.

See how easy that was? For the breakfast version, you can add the veggies to eggs and fry. I usually have my wrap without any sauce and protein and it tastes great because my cheese has a bit of a strong taste. I’ve used Nando’s sauce too which wasn’t bad.

Open wrapThis could be your base or you could just have it like this!

Now, for a snack. Instead of buying snacks all the time, how about you just make your own  trail mix? Trail mix is very handy and I take it with me to Uni so I’m not tempted to buy something to eat, especially when I know there’s food at home. I use roasted, unsalted nuts, sultanas and pretzels for my trail mix. However, there are many ways to make it.

trail mix

I’m looking to make mine healthier too; maybe swap out the pretzels for dark chocolate…

There you have it! These are very easy food ideas that a busy student or young adult can include into their food routine. It’s always cheaper to cook/make your own food. In the case of the wrap, if you decide to use the meat, chicken or tofu, it won’t take you a long time to prep a week’s worth. The wrap is also a very good fall back plan for those nights when you’re tired or lazy.


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