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Nine Convenient meal ideas for University students:

Updated on May 31, 2015

Introduction:

Going from home-cooked meals of spaghetti, roast chicken, and casserole, to having to scrounge up a meal using whatever you have in your fridge is hard. Whether you're at university, or are flatting, you're going to need to have a couple of convenient, easy, and tasty recipes under your belt. That's why I have compiled this list of nine delicious-- yet doable, meal ideas. Interested in how students in general eat while at university? I have also included an informative table detailing the dietary habits that university students do right-- and wrong.

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1. Lasagna:

Lasagna is without a doubt one of the best comfort foods there is; made up of layers of pasta, meat, cheese, and tomato sauce, it just doesn't get much better than this. Now, you don't have to miss out on this delicious treat no more, just make some hot, melty lasagna yourself, with this easy, homemade recipe:


http://www.food.com/recipe/absolute-best-ever-lasagna-28768

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2. Chicken Enchiladas:

A spicy mix of chicken, green onions and chilies, and cheese, all encased in a flour tortilla? Yes please! Relatively nutritious, and completely satisfying, these Mexican creations will be your go-to dish in no time.


http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chicken-Enchiladas-II/Detail.aspx?evt19=1&referringHubId=83

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3. Vegetable Stirfry with rice:

Looking for a quick, nutritious, and on-the-go meal option? Look no further than the humble stirfry. This one features vegetables and rice, making it ideal for vegetarians, or when you need your vegie fix.

http://www.seventeen.com/life/school/advice/g2113/recipes-for-college-students/?slide=6

Observances of the diet of university students (in general)

Positive
Negative
Male students generally met their recommended dietary intake, for foods such as poultry, fish, dry beans and nuts.
University students tend to skip meals more frequently.
University students that had been educated in nutrition and proper eating habits, would generally make healthier decisions, and eat healthier.
Male students generally consumed more fat.
 
Female students generally had a lower fiber intake, compare to male students.
 
Anorexia and Bulimia are more prevalent in university campus than in the general population.
 
Estimated 10 percent of students drink more than 15 alcoholic beverages per week.
 
Large majority of university students struggle to eat more than one piece of fruit or vegetable per day. Much lower than the recommended intake.
Information compiled from: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2011/aug/study-college-students-not-eating-enough-fruits-and-veggies, http://www.diet.com/g/college-students-diets-of
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4. Basic Margherita Pizza:

Everybody loves pizza, and now you can make this crowd-pleaser for yourself. Perfect for entertaining when you have a bunch of friends around, or when you're looking to treat yourself, this scrumptious pizza base, loaded with tomato sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, and basil, will hit the spot. You can choose to either make your own pizza base, or you can pick up a pre-made one at the supermarket.


http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2037645/very-simple-margherita-pizza

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5. Chorizo and Fried Egg Wraps:

These chorizo and fried egg wraps are a brilliant choice as either a convenient, on-the-go lunch, or as a light and easy dinner. They are filling, easy, healthy, and are made up of basic ingredients that you will probably have lying around anyway.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1506641/chorizo-and-fried-egg-wraps

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6. Easy French Toast:

A plate of French Toast is the perfect way to start off your Saturday or Sunday morning with! Although there are no rules that say you can't have this irresistible treat on any morning of the week. Made using basic ingredients such as bread, milk, eggs, and cinnamon, there's no reason why you can't make yourself some of this French Toast. Top with your favorite choice of toppings!

http://collegerecipes.com/recipes/easy-french-toast/

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7. Nutella Mug Cake:

Made using nothing more than Nutella, self-rising flour, sugar, an egg, milk, some oil, and cocoa powder, all thrown together in a mug, this decadent dessert is the definition of convenience! Enjoy it with some whipped cream and caramel sauce, for when you want to unwind, or need a hit of sugar.


http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/nutella-mug-cake/

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8. Easy Breakfast Frittata:

Hearty, satisfying, and easy, this Breakfast Frittata ticks all the boxes for the ideal Uni-student breakfast. With a total cooking time of 15 minutes, you won't be needing to wake up early in order to munch on this appetizing Frittata.


http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-breakfast-frittata-275751

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9. Fruit Smoothies:

Perfect for when you have slept in, and need a quick, on-the-go breakfast, or when you want to get all your vitamins and fruits in one delicious hit. This creamy, sweet, and easy smoothie is incredibly easy to make-- think: dropping a handful of berries, with milk/yogurt, and a banana, into a blender, blitz, and go!


http://fullthymestudent.com/fruit-smoothies/

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