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5 Easy and Quick Recipes for Students to Enjoy

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Being a student is becoming more time consuming than ever, hence why efficiency is so important in students’ life. As a student can’t afford to spend too much time preparing meals, snacks or drinks. But at the same time, you don’t want to have cheap ramen and junk food all the time. Hence why you should consider the following 10 easy and quick recipes next time you are looking for a snack or a meal.

Curried Chickpeas with Spinach

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Chickpea Curry is not only simple to make, but it also has many time-efficient, healthy and tasty recipes. Thus making it the perfect meal for students. For this yummy dish you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 Diced Onion
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 400 g Chopped Tomatoes
  • 400 g Drained Tinned Chickpeas
  • 100 g Spinach
  • 10 g Coriander
  • 0.5 tsp each of ground coriander, paprika, cumin, turmeric and cayenne
  • 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper

After preparing the ingredients, heat a bit of oil in a large pan. Then add the onion and garlic and let it cook for 2 minutes.
Next, add the spices, chopped tomatoes, drained chickpeas and stir well. Let the dish simmer for 8 minutes.
Last but not least, add the spinach and coriander 2 minutes before it has finished cooking and stir well. You can enjoy this dish with some naan or rice.

Pita Pizza

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Craving some good ol’ pizza but don’t want to spend too much money or time for one? If you have any pita bread lying around then make yourself a quick pita pizza! It’s simple to make and it takes up to 10 minutes to make them. For this dish you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 pita bread
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce 0r ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella or Italian blend cheese

Start by preheating the oven 350°. Then place two pitas on a metal pan and spread half the marinara or ketchup mixture (about 2 tablespoons) on the bread. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over both pitas leaving about 1/2 inch for the crust.
Last but not least, place pitas in the oven for 2-3 minutes and check on them here and there to make sure they don’t burn. To make this even tastier you can add additional toppings such as pepperonis, veggies, etc.

Avocado Toast

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Avocado Toast is perfect for students that are constantly in a rush. Simply make this minimalistic and tasty recipes  in 5 minutes and enjoy it as a filling snack as you run to your next lecture! To make this snack you will need:

  • 1 Large Avocado
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 4 Slices of Wholewheat Bread

First, toast your 4 slices of wholewheat bread. While the bread is toasting slice up the avocado in half. Then remove the seed, and scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Mash or dice up the avocado, next, add sea salt and black pepper until you are satisfied with the taste. Once the toast is ready, spread the mashed or diced avocado onto each slice. And lastly, add more black pepper to give it flavour kick. This snack is best to serve hot, but it’s still delicious when cold too.

Sausage Stroganoff Spaghetti

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If you are having friends over and want to impress them with an easy tasty dish that sounds and looks fancy, try making sausage stroganoff spaghetti. What’s more, this dish is awesome for students who are looking to have more carbs in their life. To prepare this dish, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 20g unsalted butter
  • Olive oil
  • 6 pork sausages
  • 350g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 300ml soured cream
  • ½ tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 150ml beef stock
  • 400g pasta
  • small bunch parsley

For the first step, heat the butter and oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat until you see foams forming. Following up, squeeze the pork sausages out of the skins and chop them into smaller chunks. Then add the chunks into the pan and let them cook for 5-8 mins until they are golden brown. Now add the mushrooms and cook for another 5 mins until they start to turn brown. Add the paprika and stir for 1 min before adding in the soured cream, mustard and stock; continue stirring once those ingredients are added. Finally, bring this sauce to a simmer and season it to your standards. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a pan according to the pack instructions, then add to the sauce with half the parsley. You now have yourself a carb-filled pasta meal! This dish is best served in deep bowls with the remaining parsley sprinkled on top.

Simple Omelette Recipe

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Omelettes are simply students’ best friend when it comes down to food. If you don’t know how to make an omelette you are missing out on one of the simplest yet tastiest breakfast recipes of your life. What’s more, once you know how to make a simple omelette you will be able to get creative and add more ingredients such as sausages and veggies later on. To prepare a basic omelette you need these ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Filling of your choice (options are below)

Start by cracking the eggs in a bowl and mixing them till the colour resembles a pale yellow. Next, heat up your pan, add the butter and wait till the butter melts. On the side, add the milk to the eggs and season them to your taste. Now for the fun part! Grab yourself a whisk and go ham on the mixture. Whisk as much as you can till the mixture looks consistent. Last but not least add the mixture to the hot pan and let it cook till the bottom is set. Then flip the omelette and let the other side cook till set as well. If you are feeling adventurous, saute mushrooms on the side and add them to the omelette at the end!

As a student, you are always busy with school work, club activities, a part-time job, etc. Hence why so many students often pay no attention to what they eat on a daily basis. This lack of time to prepare proper food causes students to rely on unhealthy fast food products and other comfort junk food. But worry not as there are many easy recipes online on websites such as NewIdeaFood for students like you and me to cook on a daily basis. So what are you waiting for, grab yourself a pan and get working on these recipes!

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