Day 18: Quick, Affordable Student Christmas Meals

December 18, 2018

If you follow me on Instagram or just know me in general, you’ll know I’ll absolute love food! As a student, I can’t often afford expensive ingredients or I don’t have much time to piece together big meals, so I like to create quick, tasty but wholesome dishes to keep me curled through busy days.

So today, I’d thought I’d share a few of my favourites from over on the gram!

Cinnamon, Banana and Raspberry Pancakes

They may look like a cute brunch hotspot delicacy (I know, I’m great at pancakes *hair swish*, but they’re homemade, so CHEAP and easy to make! Store cupboard ingredients for this – flour, milk and an egg. That’s it. Add cinnamon and frozen raspberries to the mix. Cook in Frylight and top with bananas, raspberry jam and sugar free syrup – DELICIOUS! I buy frozen fruits at bargain prices from Iceland and Aldi and they keep for months – perfect for quick store cupboard ingredient recipes like this!

Carrot and Coriander Soup

Soup for the soul, it’s the perfect winter lunchtime staple. I love tubs from Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s if I’m on the go, but making your own is so simple! All you need is a small onion, potatoes, carrots, coriander, black pepper and a stock cube. Simmer. Whizz with a blender. Serve. Even freeze for a later date.

Vegan Burger and Chips

Okay, so this is a little bit of a cheat as it’s not totalllllly homemade, but it is quick and tasty and is suitable for all! No Bull Burgers from Iceland are honestly the BEST vegan burgers I’ve ever tried and they’re just 2 for £2! I pair them with homemade chips – simply slice a potato finely (with skin on for extra fibre and ease of not peeling!), microwave for 5 minutes, place on a baking tray with paprika and a few squirts of Frylight spray and voila! Healthy, quick and delicious! Serve with salad and for a non vegan option, a slice of fresh mozzarella!

Iceland also offer 10% your shop with a valid student card – win win!

Vegan Cauliflower Korma

This is one of my faves and is always a hit with anyone who tries it! Swapping the meat in this dish is great for students – saving money from swapping the meat for a veg and increasing fibre and vitamins too! Protein comes from some of the coconut milk and adding tofu or chickpeas to this dish would boost it even more!

I use from frozen rice (perfect for individual portions), reduced fat coconut milk, cauliflower florets (from frozen), red pepper, red onion, spinach, coriander, turmeric, mild chilli powder and garlic. SO GOOD, both taste and health wise!

Cinnamon and Banana Porridge

I looooooove porridge!! It’s filling, tasty and so warming on a cold winters morning. Gets you set up for a day of lectures or a day out in town! All you really need as your base is oats and a milk of your choice. Then customise as you wish! Add spices, nut butters, fresh fruit, fresh VEG! (carrot cake porridge is the bomb), sugar, seeds… even chocolate! The world is your oyster! But a simple staple, bananas and cinnamon – yum!

Hope these recipes inspired you for some simple student meals in these darker, colder days!

Emma x

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