Student Survival Menu

As most people in my position know, a student is on a very limited budget. Once my accommodation (providing I get my first choice – the cheapest) out of my loan I’m left with about £20. A year. To live on. So I’m currently trying to cook on a limited budget. I’m pretty okay at cooking, for myself. Everytime I have cooked for my boyfriend I have failed miserably (see here). The first time I did so, the cooker decided to break, and fused all the electrics in the house.  I say, defensively, the oven breaking wasn’t my fault (and it wasn’t!) but he has cooked ever since…not that I’m complaining, the three-course meal I had for Valentines was gorgeous.. Anyway, I digress so I shall just put it bluntly – here is my quest to find student meals, suitable to impress, suitable for a budget, and which will keep me healthy! And yes, mum, including my 5-a-day…

For inspiration, look at this post. It details everything I ate in the first few weeks of university, and shows that you can eat a variety of (healthy) food on a budget.


Food Shopping – where to go, what to get, and other tips

Battle of the Own Brands – where you can save your money, and where should you splurge.

Buying and Eating Meat on a Budget

Love for Slow Cookers


Recipes – main meals, snacks, lunches, and anything else in between!

Beef & Carrot Stew – my favourite meal, with optional black pudding

Chicken Massaman Curry – a creamy Thai curry that’s comforting and spicy

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken & Sausage Pie – perfect for cooking for friends and stretching out chicken breasts

Garlic Herb Roast Chicken – the perfect easy recipe to start your roast repertoire!

One Pan Mac’n’Cheese – probably my favourite recipe of 2013

Potato Curry – homecooked and tomato-free bombay potatoes

Potato Dauphinoise – an easy and impressive side dish

Spicy Sausage Stew

Toad in the Hole – an easy batter recipe

Tomato-Free Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce – the best tomato-free bolognese recipe I’ve tried, almost as good as the original!


Love Your Leftovers – how to use up all those odds and ends

Bubble’n’Squeak – my favourite way of using leftover mash and vegetables, so good I sometimes deliberately make extra!

Gnocchi – another way of using up leftover mashed potato

Mac’n’Cheeseboard – using up odds and ends of cheese!

Pizza Pinwheels – a delicious lunchtime snack using leftover pastry


Baking – a bit of yummy fun, and a distraction from studying!

Banana Nutella Oaty Muffins – the perfect revision snack!

Chocolate Overload Torte – a perfectly yummy guest post

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Muffins

Citrus Drizzle Cupcakes

Mayonnaise Brownies – a lighter version of my favourite treat

Peanut Butter Snickers Brownies

17/170 Cupcakes – one of the easiest baking recipes ever!

Battle of the  Healthy Brownie Recipes – which are nicest?



Restaurant Reviews – for a little treat

Abode, Canterbury – wined and dined for my nineteenth birthday!

Wahaca – a Mexican night out

Zizzi, Market Harborough – a casual birthday dinner

Favourite “Standard” Restaurant