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5 Easy Meals For Students

Mac and cheese

Student life is stressful and fast-paced, which means cooking is probably the last thing on your mind. You’re always pressed for time, and preparing your meals can feel like a chore.

Luckily, there are ways around that.

You can quickly cook healthy foods for yourself and satisfy your cravings without surpassing your budget. This holds true even if you have limited fridge space or don’t have access to a full kitchen.

The good news is that most of the Waterloo off-campus housing facilities have fully-equipped kitchens. Living in one of these apartments means cooking will be less of a hassle.

Here are five easy meals for students that are quick to prepare and delicious.

Veggie-Loaded Omelet

Eggs make for a perfect, filling breakfast as they’re packed with protein. So if you have a fridge in your room or apartment, keep some eggs and ready-to-cook veggies handy, and give yourself an energy boost before leaving for college or university.

Here’re the steps to prepare veggies-loaded omelet:

  • Turn on the stove/oven
  • Break two eggs in a pan
  • Add spices and veggies of your choice and get cooking.

You can have a fulfilling egg breakfast even when there’s no stove to cook, thanks to the ovens available in the kitchens of most Waterloo off-campus housing properties. Top up your eggs with some shredded cheese to make it even better!

Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is the easiest and most fulfilling meal for students. All you need for this recipe is a packet of macaroni, your favorite cheese, and seasonings. You can then cook mac and cheese within minutes. It is a good idea to bake this recipe in an au gratin dish or cook it on the stove…your choice! And, if you’re craving a little something extra, baked mac and cheese topped with bacon tastes way better.

Chicken Wrap

Protein is an essential component for virtually every meal. It helps keep your muscles, bones, blood, and skin in good health. As such, you must make protein a part of your nutrition. If you’re short on time, consider preparing chicken wrap.

The protein-packed shredded chicken mixed with yummy sauces is not only easy to prepare but also tastes great. The best part about wraps? You can add vegetables and meat of your choice and prepare the wrap within minutes.

  • Spread the half-cooked wrap, add chicken, cheese chunks, spices, veggies, and sauces
  • Close the wrap, heat it for a crispier finish, and delve into the tastes


Noodles are the staple food for most college and university students. They’re quick-to-cook and taste yummy, besides being affordable. The good news is, you can add several healthy ingredients to ramen/udon noodles and improve their taste and nutritional value.

Simply boil the noodles, sprinkle the spice, and add anything you prefer to the bowl; sausages, eggs, vegetables, or shredded chicken. Any of these will improve the wholesomeness and flavor profile of the dish.

Here’s an alternative noodle recipe: boil noodles and drain the excess water. Next, prepare some tomato sauce, mix the noodles with the sauce, and enjoy Indian-style Masala noodles. Or, you could sprinkle cheese over the mix and bake the noodles for some extra flavor.


Making sandwiches is yet another time-saving recipe for students.

It is as simple as this:

  • Cook a meat fillet
  • Sprinkle some spices over the meat
  • Make a yummy sandwich to munch on your way to college or university

Assembling a sandwich takes only two minutes, so it’ll be your best snack between study hours.


Whether you live on-campus or commute to college from a private student facility, having several food options will save you time and money. Dining out is fine once or twice a week, but try not to make it a habit. Instead, prepare your own meals to save money and stay healthy.

Do a weekly or bi-weekly grocery visit to restock your food essentials, and you’ll never run out of delicious and easy food options.

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