Quick, Cheap Meal Ideas for Students

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No time to eat? Think again, these meals are quick, cheap, and healthy.
Today’s guest post comes to us from Louise Baker. Louise is a freelance writer and blogger who usually does car insurance comparisons over at CarinsuranceComparison.Org. She recently wrote about finding cheap car insurance quotes. Enjoy this tasty post! The egg muffin pizza is a personal favorite for me! 🙂

Quick, Cheap Meal Ideas for Students
What is for supper? This age-old question is on everyone’s mind every day. When there is no time to cook and even less money to spend on food, quick, cheap meals are essential for students. The following meal ideas are quick, cheap, and easy to make.

Ham and Cheese Pasta

  • 2 cups uncooked pasta
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli
  • 2 cups ham (cut in cubes)
  • 1 jar cheesy pasta sauce

Cook pasta according to package directions, adding in the broccoli for the last five minutes. Drain the pasta and broccoli; add ham, and pasta sauce. Heat over medium heat until sauce is warmed to your liking.


  • Substitute lunch meat ham
  • Cooks in one pot
  • Makes 2 servings

Chicken Salad Sandwich


  • 1 can of chicken
  • 2 stalks celery (cut up)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • Whole wheat bread
  • 2 tbsp. butter (optional)

Mix chicken, celery, and mayonnaise in a bowl and spread on bread. This quick and easy meal has protein, a vegetable, and a whole grain. Store in refrigerator.


  • May substitute canned tuna or salmon for the chicken.
  • Make it a hot meal by spreading butter on the outside of the bread, put sandwich spread in the middle and heat each side for two to three minutes.

Ravioli and Peas


  • 4 cups frozen ravioli
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese

Cook ravioli according to package directions, drain, add frozen peas, and olive oil. Cook over medium heat until peas are warm. Sprinkle with cheese to taste.


  • May use cheese or beef ravioli
  • Add some tomato sauce for extra flavor
  • May use any type of frozen vegetables that are available

Easy Omelet


  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Whole wheat bread
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Mix eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Dip bread into the egg mixture and cook over medium heat for three to four minutes on each side.


  • Add cut up onion to egg mixture
  • Experiment with different spices and seasonings

English Muffin Pizza


  • 1 English muffin
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce or salsa
  • 2 tbsp shredded cheese

Slice English muffin in two and top each half with tomato sauce or salsa. Sprinkle cheese on top and heat in the toaster oven or microwave until cheese is melted.


  • Add meat or other vegetables, whatever is available
  • Can substitute bagels for English muffins
These quick, cheap meal ideas are perfect for students, families, or anyone on a tight budget without much time to spend in the kitchen.

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  1. Quick, Cheap Meal Ideas for Students http://www.mypersonalfinancejourney.com/2010/10/q
    Had a lot of great ideas that I passed along to my son


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