15 simple and inexpensive ideas for students – Demotivateur

It's not always easy to know what to cook in a kitchenette without sacrificing your credit card. To eat something other than frozen meals, plastic salads, or delivered meals, here is a selection of easy student meals, balanced and tasty suitable for simple equipment and small kitchens.

So, ready to find the rare pearl, the recipe that suits you? Let's go :

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1. One pot pasta with vegetables

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For 2 people
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Cost: for all budgets

Ingredients :

– 1 drizzle of olive oil
– 1 chopped red onion
– 120 g of dry pasta
– 50 g of small fresh button mushrooms
– 1 tomato
– 2 cloves garlic
– Salt pepper
– 30 cl of water
– a cube of chicken stock
– 2 C A S of fresh cream
– 2 Tbsp of fresh basil

Preparation:

1. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a pan and brown the peeled and chopped onion. Add the pasta, the cleaned and cut mushrooms, the diced tomato, and the peeled and chopped garlic cloves. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Pour over the water and the chicken stock cube, mix well and cook for ten minutes. Mix the pasta from time to time like a risotto so that it does not stick. Stop cooking by pouring in the cold liquid cream, sprinkle with fresh basil.

2. Toasted sandwiches in the pan

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For 4 people
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Cost: for all budgets

Ingredients:
– 50 g of butter
– 8 large slices of sandwich bread
– 8 thin slices of Emmental
– 2 large slices of ham
– Pepper

Preparation:

1. Bring the butter to room temperature to soften it and make it “ointment”.

2. Using a knife, spread a very thin layer of butter on each side of the sandwich bread. Then place a slice of ham and one of Emmental on 4 slices of bread, then add a pinch of pepper. Place the remaining slices of sandwich bread on top

3. Place the croque-monsieur in a cold pan and turn on the baking sheet or the heat. Leave to color over low heat for 5 minutes. Turn the croque-monsieur when they are crisp and brown the other side, over low heat for 5 minutes as well. Let stand for 3 minutes before serving.

3. Tuna croquettes

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For 4 people
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Cost: for all budgets

Ingredients :

– 400 g of canned tuna in brine
– 150 pieces of stale bread
– 1 C A S of mayonnaise
– 1 untreated lemon
– 1 egg
– A few sprigs of tarragon (or fresh herbs)
– 10 cl of neutral oil
– Salt pepper

Preparation:

1. Put the crumbled tuna to drain in a colander with the breadcrumbs. Finely mince the tarragon. Add the mayonnaise, breadcrumbs, lemon zest and tarragon to the tuna. Salt and pepper. Add the egg and mix again.

2. Form balls of this mixture with your fingers and flatten them slightly.

3. Heat the oil in a pan. Brown the tuna croquettes for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve hot with a little lemon, and possibly a white cheese sauce.

4. Scrambled egg toast

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For 4 people
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Cost: for all budgets

Ingredients :

– 4 slices of country bread
– 8 whole eggs
– Salt and pepper
– 40 g of butter
– 1 C A S of heavy cream
– 2 handfuls of baby spinach

Preparation :

1. Toast the slices of country bread.

2. Beat the eggs into an omelette, salt and pepper.

3. Melt 40 g of butter in a sauté pan then add the eggs. Stir constantly with a spatula. When the eggs are creamy, stop cooking by adding the cream and a handful of spinach.

4. Place the scrambled eggs with spinach on each slice of bread, and enjoy immediately.

5. Homemade tabbouleh

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For 4 people
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cost: for all budgets

Ingredients :

– 250 g of tomatoes
– 150 g cucumber
– ¼ onion
– A few sprigs of fresh mint
– A few branches of parsley
– 50 ml lemon juice
– 4 C A S olive oil
– 10 cl of water
– 2 C A C tomato paste
– 200 g medium dry semolina
– Salt pepper
– 40 g raisins

Preparation:

1. Cut the tomatoes, cucumber, and onion into very small cubes. Chop the herbs.

2. Combine lemon juice, olive oil and water.

3. In a salad bowl, pour the semolina, the vegetables and the liquid. Mix well and let swell for at least 1 hour in the fridge. Season and sprinkle with raisins to serve.

6. Dhal of lentils and chickpeas

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For 6 persons
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Cost: for all budgets

Ingredients :

– 1 drizzle of olive oil
– 1 onion
– 1 small piece of fresh ginger
– 2 cloves garlic
– 2 Tbsp of curry powder
– 1 C A C of turmeric powder
– 2 C A C of garam masala or cumin powder
– Pepper
– 1 can of 200 ml crushed tomatoes
– 1 can of 400 ml of coconut milk
– 1 can of 265 g of cooked chickpeas, drained
– 1 can of 265 g of drained cooked lentils
– 1 small bunch of fresh coriander
– The juice of half a lime

Preparation :

1. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a casserole dish. Sauté the chopped onion, ginger and garlic. Add the spices and roast for 10 seconds. Add the coconut milk and crushed tomatoes. Mix. Finally add the chickpeas and lentils,

2. Leave to cook over low heat.

3. Serve drizzled with lemon juice and chopped coriander.

7. Cantonese rice

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For 4 people
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Cost: for all budgets

Ingredients
– 1 carrot, peeled and cut into small cubes
– 1 drizzle of oil
– 2 new onions
– 150 g of diced ham
– 300 g of cooked rice
– 50 g of cooked peas
– 2 eggs
– 2 C A S of sesame oil
– 2 C A S soy sauce
– Salt and pepper

Preparation :

1. In a skillet, brown the cubed carrot for 5 minutes. Add the ham, and the chopped new onion (keep the green for decoration) and sauté for 2 minutes.

2. Add the already cooked rice, mix well, add the peas, salt and mix.

3. Then pour the beaten eggs directly over the rice and mix so that the egg is distributed evenly over all the rice. Continue cooking for 3 minutes.

4. Season with sesame oil and soy sauce. Add salt and pepper if necessary.

8. Mexican rice casserole

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For 4 people
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Cost: for all budgets

Ingredients :
– 1 chopped onion
– 2 garlic cloves, chopped
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– 340 g of ground beef
– 100 g of rice
– 1 can of 125 g red beans, rinsed and drained
– 1 can 250 g of crushed tomatoes
– 18 cl of chicken broth
– 2 C A C seeded and chopped pepper
– 1 C A C of ground cumin
– Salt and pepper
– 1 can of 125 g of corn, rinsed and drained
– 200 g grated orange cheddar
– 2 Tbsp of chopped fresh coriander

Preparation :

1. In an ovenproof skillet, brown the onion and garlic in the oil. Add the meat and cook, breaking it up with a spoon.

2. Stir in the rice, beans, tomatoes, broth, chili and cumin. Salt and pepper. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring constantly, until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed. At the end of cooking, add the corn.

3. Distribute the cheese over the entire surface. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Sprinkle the pot with cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips, cream and salad.

9. Chicken Burrito with Tequila and Avocado

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For 4 people
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Cost: for all budgets

Ingredients :

– 1 clove of garlic
– 2 organic limes
– 4 chicken breasts
– 1 drizzle of oil
– 4 tomatoes
– 1 avocado
– A few lettuce leaves
– 1 pinch of chili
– 4 C A S of tequila
– Salt pepper
– 4 special wraps (tortillas)
– 1 drizzle of oil

Preparation :

1. Peel and chop the garlic. Rinse and dry the lemons, grate their zest over a bowl and squeeze them. Cut the chicken into strips. Add the chicken, oil, garlic, chili and tequila. Mix and place for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

2. Meanwhile, dice the tomatoes. Peel the avocado, and remove the pit. Cut into strips and sprinkle with a few drops of lemon juice.

3. Drain the chicken and brown it in the pan for about 20 minutes.

4. Spread over the tortillas: tomatoes, avocado, chicken and roll everything up.

5. Place the burritos in a cold pan and turn on the baking sheet or heat. Leave to brown over low heat for 5 minutes. Turn the burritos over when they are crisp and brown the other side over low heat for 5 minutes as well. Let stand for 3 minutes before serving.

10. Risotto of scallops with chorizo

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For 4 people
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Cost: for all budgets

Ingredients :

– 1 cube of chicken stock diluted in 1 l of water
– 1 onion
– 20 g of butter
– 1 drizzle of olive oil
– 350 g of shellfish
– 10 cl of dry white wine
– 100 g of parmesan
– 150 g of chorizo
– Pepper

Preparation :

1. Heat 1 liter of water and dilute the chicken stock cube. Keep warm.

2. Peel and chop the onion. In a saucepan, melt the butter with a drizzle of olive oil and brown the onion. Add the shells and mix for 1 to 2 minutes. Pour in the white wine and stir until evaporated.

3. Wet the shells with the hot broth. Put the fire down. Cook until the pasta has absorbed all the broth and re-wet.

4. Grate 60 g of Parmesan and make shavings with the rest. Remove the skin from the chorizo ​​and cut it into cubes.

5. Add the chorizo ​​to the shells then the grated Parmesan. Mix well. Sprinkle with parmesan shavings, pepper and serve.

11. Spaghetti with homemade pesto

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For 6 persons
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Cost: for all budgets

Ingredients :
– 1 bunch of basil
– 1 clove of garlic
– 50 g of pine nuts
– 8 cl of olive oil
– 25 g of grated Parmesan
– 25 g of pecorino
– Salt pepper
– 1 bag of spaghetti
– Coarse salt

Preparation :

1. Place the basil leaves and garlic in a blender, along with the pine nuts, and half the oil.

2. Mix to obtain a puree, add the rest of the oil and the grated Parmesan with the pecorino (keep some for decoration). Mix again. Otherwise make the pesto with a mortar and pestle.

3. Cook the spaghetti in a saucepan filled with salted water, respecting the time indicated on the bag. Drain.

4. Toss the pesto with the spaghetti and sprinkle with the grated Parmesan that you have left over.

5. Serve: bon appétit!

12. Spicy rigatoni with TikTok vodka sauce

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For 4 people
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Cost: for all budgets

Ingredients :
– 1 drizzle of olive oil
– 1 onion
– Salt pepper
– 1 pinch of chilli
– 2 cloves garlic
– 200 g of tomato paste
– 3 C A S of vodka
– 24 cl of liquid cream
– 360 g of rigatoni
– 75 g of parmesan
– 1 Tbsp of chopped fresh parsley or basil

Preparation:

1. Peel and chop the onion. Peel the garlic. In a frying pan, pour a drizzle of olive oil and brown the onions with the salt, pepper and chilli. Add the garlic. Mix well.

2. Add the tomato paste, vodka and single cream. Leave to cook over low heat.

3. Meanwhile, prepare the pasta and cook it in a large volume of salted water. Then drain and add the pasta to the sauce, possibly with a little bit of the pasta cooking water.

4. Add Parmesan, and chopped fresh parsley or basil. Serve hot.

13. Pan pizza

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For 2 pizzas
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Cost: for all budgets

Ingredients:

– 250 g of pizza dough

For the filling (for each pizza):
– 5 C A S tomato sauce
– 5 thin slices of chorizo
– 1/2 C A C thyme
– 1 drizzle of olive oil
– 120 g of mozzarella balls (or classic mozzarella)

Preparation:

1. Cut the dough in half. Spread each dough with the palm of your hand (or a bottle) into a disc the size of your pan.

2. Heat a drizzle of oil on moderate heat and cook the first disc of dough for 5 minutes on one side, then 3 minutes on the other. Cook the second disc in the same way with the rest of the oil.

3. Top the pizza and enjoy.

14. Rice pudding with strawberries

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For 4 people
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Cost: for all budgets

Ingredients :
– 50 cl of whole milk
– 20 cl of whole liquid cream
– 200 g of round rice
– 1 vanilla bean
– 165 g of cane sugar
– 100 g of strawberries
– Strawberry sauce
– A few mint leaves

Preparation :

1. Split the vanilla pod in half and remove the seeds from the pod.

2. In a saucepan, add the milk, cream, sugar, vanilla beans and rice.

3. Cook for about 35 to 40 minutes over low heat, stirring constantly.

4. Remove the stems from the strawberries.

5. In bowls, arrange the rice pudding. Garnish with strawberries, strawberry coulis and fresh mint.

15. Banana bite

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For 1 person
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Cost: for all budgets

Ingredients :
– 2 slices of sandwich bread
– 1 C A C of peanut butter
– 1/2 banana
– Some chocolate chips

Preparation :

1. Spread the peanut butter on the bread. Cut the banana into strips and place them in the croque. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Close the toast.

2. Place the croque in a cold pan and turn on the baking sheet or heat. Leave to color over low heat for 5 minutes. Turn the croque-monsieur when they are crisp and brown the other side, over low heat for 5 minutes as well. Let stand for 3 minutes before serving.

Do you feel like a chef? For other budget-friendly recipe ideas, we also suggest our recipe videos: egg and cheese sandwich, sweet potato toast with raw ham and cherry tomatoes, or glazed bananas.

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