Affordable meals for students on a budget

I know how hard it is to budget properly when you’re first starting university (or even after uni!). Not only do you have to learn to spend your money in a responsible manner, but as of recently students all over the country have had to learn to manage their money even stricter because of the cost of living crisis.

Over my first year I found a way to save some money while cooking meals, and I thought this could really be helpful for people looking to eat well but not break the bank. I will try to include approximate pricing for each meal and the portions the meals make.

Baked potatoes and sliced beef with carrots and onion in tomato sauce, 3-4 portions, 2 hours prep and cooking, ~£6 for the whole meal, ~£2 per portion


5-6 medium-big potatoes, sliced in half or in thirds 

400gr sliced beef

1-2 onions, sliced

3-5 carrots, thickly sliced

Salt and pepper

Olive oil, a thin layer at the bottom of the pan

1/4 bottle of sriracha or 100-250ml of tomato sauce

Garlic flakes, optional

Lemon juice, optional 

Baby tomatoes, optional


  1. Fill your pan with the potatoes, onions and carrots and beef. Cover them in salt, pepper, your choice of sauce and garlic. Fill the rest of the pan with water (careful not to spill anything!). Place in a preheated oven, and “bake” for an hour and a half at 200°C. Turn potatoes and carrots upside down every half hour!  I promise you that this will become your favourite meal, I would make this for me and my flatmate at least once a week! It’s super easy, cheap and delicious.  2. Egg sandwiches, 6 portions, 50 minutes prep and cooking, ~£4 Ingredients: 6 medium eggs, boiled and sliced, 1-2 onions, sliced, 12 slices of bread, 1 pack of cream cheese , any sauce of preference  Instructions: After the water comes to a boil, boil your eggs for about 12-20 minutes. After that, remove them from the water and let them cool down. Slice the eggs and onions and make a sandwich! Easy peasy. 3. Rice with chicken or sausage, 1-2 portions, 35 mins cooking and prep, ~£1.75 per portion Ingredients: Microwave rice, any type , 1/3 of an onion, diced, Sauce of preference, Chicken fillets/nuggets/sausage. Instructions: This one is fairly simple, just follow the instructions on the rice bag and bake your chicken in the oven and voila! I hope these recipes inspire you to make something yummy for you (and maybe even your roommates 😊)! Have fun with it.

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