“Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors - it's how you combine them that sets you apart.” - Wolfgang Puck

Students are often limited by what they can make in the kitchen. Be it due to a lack of time, means, small flats, whatever, students need to be inventive when they cook. As a student, you need to find simple, easy, and quick recipes.

Peppers, lasagne, spaghetti, spinach, omelette, or chickpeas are all good for students with the right recipes. Generally, students aren’t as bad at cooking as you might think.

The main problem is that students don’t have enough time to cook good dishes. They mightn’t have the time to prepare a good meal between two classes.

So which are the best quick recipes for students to make?

Avocado Toast, a Quick Classic for Students

Since there’s no real cooking involved, this is a dish that can be made in 10 minutes. Avocado toast is healthy and can be made in very little time. You can also add slices of radish, a poached egg, or even chives and feta. For 4 avocado toasts, you’ll need:

  • 2 avocados
  • 4 slices of bread
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
How do you make avocado toast?
Avocado toast is a great and easy recipe for students. (Source: multifacetedgirl)

Finely mash the avocado or cut it into slices (your choice) and spread it on a piece of toast. Add lemon juice and a dash of olive oil and season to taste. This is a balanced dish that’s good for your health and can be made in just a few minutes!

Cheese Toasty or Grilled Cheese, a Simple, Quick, and Effective Dish

“...nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should.” - Julia Child

Cheese toasties are quick and simple.

Do you know how to make them even more quickly?

You can make one and finish it in less than 30 minutes in a frying pan. This is much quicker than doing cheese on toast in the oven since you won’t have to wait for the oven to preheat.

To make two grilled cheeses (as Americans call it), you’ll need:

  • 4 slices of bread
  • 4 slices of cheese
  • 2 slices of ham (optional)
  • Grated cheese

Place a slice of cheese and half a slice of ham between two pieces of bread. Add grated cheese to the inside. Cook each side of the sandwich in a frying pan until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden. There you have it! In 5 minutes you’ve got a quick and tasty dish.

Marble Mug Cake

Do you know what mug cake is? Straight from the US, this cooking technique allows you to make a cake in less than 5 minutes thanks to a microwave. Almost any cake could be made like this, but here’s a chocolate-vanilla marble cake for one person:

  • 5 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of bitter cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons of nut powder
  • 30 grams of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

This recipe is a piece of cake. Melt the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Then add everything but the cocoa and mix it all together until you’ve got a paste. Separate the paste into two and add the cocoa to one of the mixes.

Put the two pastes into the mug, alternating as to make the marbled pattern. Cook it all in the microwave for 1 and a half minutes and you’re done!

The One-Pot Pasta, Quick Pasta for Students

This is an original recipe that was inspired by classic pasta dishes. To cook one-pot pasta, it’s very simple and you can make it in 15 minutes. You just need the same ingredients as you’d use for a pasta dish. Let’s have a look at some vegetable pasta. For two people, you’ll need:

  • 180 grams of linguine or spaghetti
  • 450ml of vegetable or chicken stock
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 75 grams of grated parmesan, to taste.
How do you make one pot pasta?
You can make this dish very quickly. (Source: Gourmandebusy)

The idea is simple: cook all the ingredients in a bit of water and when the water’s absorbed, you’re ready to go! In 15 minutes, you’ll have a traditional dish.

Not bad, is it?

Fennel Carpaccio, a Quick Way to Prepare Vegetables

This is a simple recipe that any student can make in very little time. You just need to get some fennel, parmesan, and olive oil. Firstly, finely chop the fennel making sure to remove either end.

What can you make with fennel?
With just a single ingredient you can make some very good dishes. (Source: congerdesign)

Then, place this onto a plate. Add the parmesan and a dash of olive oil and you’ve got a healthy, tasty, and, most importantly, quick meal.

Avocado Cream and Crab, Healthy Food in a Pinch

This recipe is a bit like guacamole with crab. You’ll only need ten minutes to make it. That’s why any student can do it on their break. For 4 people, you’ll need:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 100ml of coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of capers
  • 1 lemon
  • 10 coriander sprigs
  • 200 grams of crab meat
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 pinch of long grated chilli peppers
  • Salt

Once you’ve got all this, the rest is simple. Mix the crab meat with the lemon and its zest. Create guacamole with the crushed avocado, coconut milk, capers, and a bit of chilli pepper. Place the guacamole into a small bowl and place the crab meat on top.

You can eat this with some bread as a quick snack.

Roquefort Quinoa, Ready in 15 Minutes

Here’s a gourmet dish that you can make in just a few minutes thanks to the absorbent properties of quinoa. For two people, you’ll need:

  • 1 glass and a half of quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons of Roquefort cream
  • 250ml of crème fraîche
  • 10 walnut kernels

Cook the quinoa in 3 glasses of water. Cover for 5 minutes while it absorbs all the water. Once ready, simply add the rest of the ingredients. Mix and it’s ready to go! Cooking the quinoa will take the most time.

How do you make a quinoa salad?
A quinoa salad is a quick and easy recipe to make. (Source: Einladung_zum_Essen)

Tomato and Mozzarella Omelette, Student Cooking Revisited

What’s quicker and easier than an omelette?

If you cook these all the time, you’re probably asking yourself how you can make this dish a little more interesting. Variety is the spice of life, after all.

To make a tomato and mozzarella omelette for four people, you’ll need:

  • 4 eggs
  • 125 grams of mozzarella
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Basil leaves

You know what making an omelette is about. In less than ten minutes, it’ll be on your plate. Crack the eggs into a bowl, season, and beat them. Heat oil in a pan and then add the eggs. Add the slices of mozzarella and pieces of tomatoes.

After a few minutes when your omelette is cooked, add the basil and you’re done! This is an original take on a basic recipe that can be made in just a few minutes.

Matcha Tartlets, a Quick, Easy, and Original Dish

This recipe may seem complicated at first, but in reality, it’s quick and easy. You only need a few ingredients to make it. Far from flan, creme brulé, chocolate fondant, or French toast, this dish is rather healthy.

To make 20 tartlets, you’ll need:

  • 80 grams of almonds
  • 30 grams of pistachios
  • 30 grams of grated coconut
  • 15 pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoons of matcha tea powder
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 150 grams of 0% yoghurt
  • 20 raspberries

Now what?

The rest is simple; in just 10 minutes, your tartlets will be ready because there are only two steps! All you have to do is mix the dates, matcha, pistachios, coconut oil, and grated coconut together and make small moulds out of the resulting mixture.

Place them into the fridge for a few minutes and take them out of their moulds. Garnish the tarlets with a bit of yoghurt, raspberry, and serve. It’s simple, quick, healthy, and a whole lot easier than pancakes.

So there you have some simple, balanced, and easy-to-make dishes that you can quickly make in a few minutes.

Student cooking doesn't need to be boring!

If you need some help with your cooking, consider getting in touch with a tutor on Superprof. There are three types of tutorial on offer: face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials.

Face-to-face tutorials are the most costly but also the most cost-effective as you have a tutor preparing tailored lessons for you.

Online tutorials are cheaper since the tutor has fewer expenses and can pass their savings onto their student.

Group tutorials are more like your traditional cooking class London at school as there are multiple students. However, you can get a few friends together and share the cost of a tutorial.

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