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5 Quick & Easy Student Meals

On a budget!


Being a teenager truly is the sweet life. No job. No responsibilities. You live with your parents, and your dinner is handed to you on a plate every evening.

When college comes around it definitely can be a scary thought that you have to start taking up these responsibilities, you have to begin to look after yourself, and this involves making dinner every evening. You may ask, “but how, I’ve never cooked a meal in my life?”

Luckily for you, the team at Trendster is here to help with 5 quick and easy recipes to help make dinner time stress free, and cheap.

We hope this helps (if not, there is always Nandos) …

1 Easy Pizza on Toast

Easy Pizza on Toast


  • Sliced bread
  • Pasta sauce
  • A block of cheese (grated)
  • Toppings of your choice such as mushrooms, pepperoni, ham, pineapple, or any other topping you enjoy (feel free to experiment!)


  1. Toast the bread lightly so it has some rigidity but not toasted completely.
  2. Pour the sauce evenly over the toast, using a bread knife to cover it evenly edge to edge.
  3. Add your cheese of choice, along with your toppings.
  4. Place your pizza toast on a baking tray and put it under the grill until the cheese begins to melt and bubble. When this is done, take it out of the grill and EAT UP!

2 Pasta Bolognese

Pasta Bolognese


  • Pasta of your choice (you can’t go wrong with spaghetti)
  • Bolognese sauce
  • Mince beef
  • Olive oil


  1. Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat hob. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and once hot, add the beef mince. Cook the mince until well browned over a medium-high heat hob (be careful not to burn the mince. It just needs to be a dark brown colour).
  2. Add your bolognese sauce and cook on a medium heat hob for 15 minutes.
  3. When ready to cook the spaghetti, heat a large saucepan of water on the hob and add a pinch of salt. Cook according to the packet instructions.
  4. Once the spaghetti is cooked through, drain and add to the pan with the bolognese sauce. Mix well and serve.

3 Beans on Toast

Beans on Toast

The classic ‘Beans on Toast’ can’t be beaten, and is the master of easy and cheap meals.


  • Sliced bread
  • Baked beans


  1. Place a pan or a pot on a medium heat, cook the beans for about 5 minutes and stir occasionally to ensure the beans don’t boil.
  2. Place 1 or 2 slices of bread in a toaster and toast to your liking.
  3. Pour the beans or you toast and ENJOY!

4 Hot Dogs

Hot Dogs

Another absolute classic.


  • Sausages or Hot Dogs
  • Sliced Bread / buns / bread rolls 
  • Oil
  • Sauce of your choice
  • Toppings of your choice


  1. Heat a pan over a medium heat hob. Add a tablespoon of oil and once hot add the sausages or hot dogs.
  2. Cook until the sausages/hot dogs are brown on both sides, using a spatula or knife to spin the sausages.
  3. When done turn off the stove and remove the sausages/hot dogs and put them on the bread of your choice along with the sauce of your choice, also add your toppings at this point.
  4. Close them up and they are ready to eat!

5 Pot Noodle

Pot Noodle

The famous and mighty pot of noodles, the GodFather of cheap and foolproof meals. If you mess up the Pot Noodles, you may want to consider moving home.

Sometimes, the simplest meals are the best, and this is one meal you can’t go wrong with. With the easy buy and go attitude no student can go wrong with this quick meal. All you need is to add boiling to the pot noodle, leave for 2 minutes and Voila! Not the most glamorous meal, but on a budget, you cannot go wrong.




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