Perfect Recipes for the Low Budget Student

Being in school is a time consuming endeavor. Between classes, assignments, and studying for tests, the hours in the day seem very short. Those taking the online business degree often have even more on their plate as they may work a day job or have a family to take care of, or both! But just because time is short, eating good and healthy food should not be neglected!

Try some of these delicious and often nutritious low budget meal ideas:

Chicken – Cook a whole chicken, often just $10! After cooking a chicken, strip the meat and put it in the refrigerator. Now there’s chicken at hand for a quick meal. Later throw this back in the pan with any seasoning to heat it up and make it delicious. Tacos, BBQ, Cajun, etc.

Pasta – Since food quick is what you’re often craving, make your own microwaveable meals. Cook lots of penne pasta and then place it on a baking sheet to freeze. Pull it out of the freezer, break apart the noodles, and then return them to the freezer in a zip-lock bag. You can also freeze portions of sauce. Place some noodles in a bowl, sauce on top, and microwave till delicious.


Pizza – There are those lazy days where throwing something in the oven seems much easier that standing over the stove for dinner, so voilà Pizza! But your easy meal can be even more delicious and healthy than a frozen pizza. Grab a pre-made pizza crust. Skip the tomato sauce for olive oil, oregano, basil, and garlic. Top it off with a little cheese, some chicken, and some hastily chopped vegetables. (Pizza is beautiful no matter how the vegetables look so you needn’t take your time. This is about speed!) Then put it in the oven and finish your homework!

Ramen Noodles Take Ramen to a new level with this Asian Peanut sauce you have the ingredients for! In a microwave safe bowl, dump in the ramen and fill the bowl with water. Microwave for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, find soy sauce and peanut butter. You may be apprehensive about this but think about what Asian peanut sauce tastes like: peanut butter and soy sauce. As you consider this, stir the noodles. If the water didn’t completely cover them, stirring will get them all cooked. If you have some cucumber, chopped pieces will add a nice crunch to your meal. When the noodles finish, a dollop of peanut butter and a tablespoon or so of soy sauce will do the trick. The peanut butter will melt nicely on the hot noodles. Stir it together and see how it tastes. Add more peanut butter or soy sauce to taste. This meal will fill you up!


Whether you’re a traditional student in class or an online business degree student working on your computer, having delicious food to fill your stomach and replenish your energy should be quick and inexpensive.


Contributor: Joe Whyte
Image Credits: DocteurCosmos – Wikimedia Commons

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6 thoughts on “Perfect Recipes for the Low Budget Student

  • August 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm
    I never thought about freezing cooked pasta! That would save quite a bit of time weeknights too! Reply
  • September 10, 2013 at 11:41 am
    I passed along the great idea of freezing pasta meals to my daughter-in-law who has a 3 month old and 6 year old and is always looking for ways to save time and fix something quick. Reply
    • September 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm
      Thanks Lynn... quick tip I've learned. Make sure to allow your pasta to thaw in the fridge before trying to reheat in oven. :-) Took us a very long time to bake something once as we learned the hard way, lol. Reply
  • September 25, 2013 at 7:07 pm
    My niece needs this guide she is a college student and always worried about what is for dinner because of money. She would love to get some ideas that will ease her hunger. Reply
  • October 8, 2013 at 7:23 am
    These are some great ideas, I'll have to send this to my little brother!! I was thinking of putting together a care package for him of different kinds of food he can make quick, this would be a good list to start with! Reply
  • October 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm
    Great ideas! My family loves pasta Reply

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