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Students’ life is already hard as it is. Lots of homework, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, all of that take a lot of time and energy. In addition, it’s also the time to stay active and social. As a student, you are entering adult life with a strong desire to experience new things in life. This desire often includes new skills. You want to try, do, and taste new things. Though, what to do when your budget doesn’t allow visiting restaurants or cooking expensive meals at home? Well, many students have to face such challenges. Don’t you worry. There are many ways to cook great meals at home with little money. Here are 4 great budget-friendly recipes for students. Bon appetit!

Oats

Oats can be an extremely fun and diverse breakfast. You just need to know how to cook them right. First, be sure, there is no right or wrong. Any idea for your morning oat may work perfectly for you. It can be salty or sweet. You can use it as a side dish to a fresh veggie salad. You can make oat the star of the meal. Before everything else, your breakfast must be healthy, nutritious, and delicious. This is how you get to do all your assignments without the need to ask people, “can you do my statistics homework? I’m too tired already”. They don’t say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for nothing. It’s truly so crucial that you have a proper breakfast. Too sugary breakfast will give you a quick energy kick but leave you drained after a couple of hours. Oats are full of complex carbs and protein. To make it extra healthy, add season fruits and berries. Throw in there a handful of nuts and seeds as well. This will not cost you much, though will work great for your body and mind.

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Pasta

There are so many ways to cook good pasta dishes. Don’t you ever think perfect tomato pasta is easy? In fact, the more simple a dish is, the more difficult it is to cook. The same is with any tomato pasta. The key here is in a good tomato sauce. All you need is dry pasta to your liking (spaghetti will be great here), high-quality canned tomatoes, better to buy them whole, garlic, fresh basil, and olive oil. Just five ingredients! You may also add some hard cheese like parmesan if you desire. Most likely, you already have all the ingredients stocked in your kitchen.

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Now, to make a perfect sauce, you need to slice your garlic very thin and add it on a pan to cold olive oil and basil leaves. Let them come to a hot temperature altogether. This way you receive a more flavorful oil. Next, add grated tomatoes into the pan and let the sauce simmer at high fire. Don’t forget the salt. Put your pasta in boiling water at this point. In the end, once your pasta is almost ready, put it into the sauce to finish the cooking in the pan. Your tomato pasta is ready! Put some cheese on top, if you like, and enjoy your meal.

Macaroni cheese with salsa

The classic mac ‘n’ cheese. How could we leave it behind? You don’t need to pay someone to do homework on the history of macaroni cheese. This dish is the traditional student meal, known to everyone. It’s cheap, easy to make, and it can feed lots of people at once. Well, there are also ways to make it healthier than in its original recipe. You know the drill here. You need milk, some pasta (go for whole wheat pasta), some seasoning, and, of course, cheese. Lots of it. Boil the pasta till it is almost ready. Add grated cheese and some more milk if the pasta turns out to be too thick. The classic mac ‘n’ cheese is ready. To make it a bit healthier, add some fresh salsa. Use jalapenos, tomatoes, olive oil, lime juice, and some herbs for the topping. Your dish is ready. 

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Curried chickpeas

This is one of the easiest, cheapest, and tastiest dishes on our list. It looks expensive, it costs you almost nothing, and it’s very nutritious. Not to mention how fancy it looks. Chickpeas are also a great alternative to meat dishes. They are really good for your health and full of proteins. You can order a paper on papercoach.net to learn more about the benefits of including more chickpeas in your diet. So, for this recipe, you need canned chickpeas, tomato sauce, onion, garlic, and curry powder. Start with the sauce, add your garlic and onion into the pan drizzled with some olive oil. Once the veggies are ready, add a few spoons of tomato sauce. Add seasoning and curry powder. Next goes the drained chickpeas. Let it all simmer for a bit to soak in all those delicious flavors. Serve it with rice or pita.

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