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Student Recipes - Vegetarian Meals

Updated on February 21, 2013

Student Cooking

The student lifestyle can be a busy (and expensive) one, and so it's not unusual for many students to be eating baked beans on a regular basis. However, if you're determined to be eating some decent food as a student (and not just when you go home for the holidays) and don't mind doing some 'actual' cooking then there are plenty of options which are not too expensive and don't take too much time to prepare and cook. Although many of these recipes use meat, which means there are two major down sides:

1. Meat is often the most expensive ingredient

2. Obviously not suitable for the vegetarians among you

So the following are a few suggestions of relatively easy recipes which ARE suitable for vegetarians. But just because they are listed as suitable for vegetarians it does not mean that only a vegetarian should eat them. Vegetarian food is not sub-standard food, it can be great food and suitable for anyone as a part of balanced diet, plus having a few meat free nights a week will help save you a fair few extra pennies, which is never a bad thing, especially when you're a student!

Vegetable Risotto


  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red or green pepper
  • 30ml olive oil (2 tablespoons)
  • 115g risotto rice
  • 400g chopped tomatoes (buy chopped or chop them yourself)
  • Dried basil
  • 375ml vegetable stock
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Prep - 5 minutes

  • Chop the vegetables (onion, carrot, pepper[you may wish to dice the pepper instead])
  • Chop the tomatoes if you haven't already or if you didn't buy them chopped
  • Grate the cheese (about a handful)

Instructions - 35 minutes

  1. Pour olive oil into a large saucepan.
  2. Add vegetables (onion, carrot, pepper) and fry for about 5 minutes. Remember to stir!
  3. Add rice. Keep frying for another 2 minutes or so. Keep stirring!
  4. Add tomatoes and pinch of basil.
  5. Gradually add hot stock, a little bit at a time. Keep stirring the whole time and wait for the stock to be absorbed by the rice before adding more.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Continue to cook for about 15 minutes until the rice cooked, but don't over do it.
  8. Once sprinkle cheese on top (if you wish) and serve


Vegetable Curry


  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 30ml curry paste (2 tablespoons)
  • 200g chopped tomatoes
  • 1500g mixed vegetables
    (Use whatever you want, some examples: peppers, green beans, carrots, courgettes...)
  • 400g coconut milk

Prep - 5 minutes

  • Chop onion and mixed vegetables (if you didn't buy a bag of mixed chopped vegetables)
  • Crush garlic clove

Instructions - 20 minutes

  1. Pour oil into a large saucepan and heat
  2. Add garlic and onion - fry for 2 minutes
  3. Add curry paste and stir for 1 minute
  4. Add mixed vegetables - fry for approx. 3 minutes - stirring intermittently
  5. Add coconut and tomatoes and stir
  6. Bring to boil - then turn heat down and allow to simmer for approx. 15 minutes
  7. Serve - goes well with rice



  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 500ml water

Prep - 5 minutes

  • Chop onion
  • Boil water

Instructions - 35 minutes

  1. Throw it all in (all the ingredients - nothing else)
  2. Stir intermittently whilst bringing to boil
  3. When boiling, lower heat
  4. Simmer for 25 - 30 minutes and stir often
  5. You could add seasoning if you wished


There are loads more recipes out there, so there's no reason to resort to eating the same thing every day. If you're stuck for ideas find yourself a good student cookbook, there are even some specifically for vegetarians. You don't have to survive on beans and a bag of nuts every day when you're student, and if you're really concerned about saving money, not only will not buying meat all the time help out, but perhaps consider only going out 6 nights a week instead of 7...

A Few Suggestions

Highly Recommended

And if you're still struggling for ideas, then this one comes highly recommended from a vegetarian friend of mine.

The main comes in the form of an omelette with the following ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • Cheese
  • Potato
  • Onion
  • With baked beans
  • Season with ground pepper
  • And a mixed salad side

Thanks to Jan for this great suggestion.


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      Kari 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I have never missed meat. You can make anything into a vegetarian meal - chili, pizza...just remove the meat. To me, it tastes much better anywase - seriously, look at the pizza on this hub!

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      StarCreate 6 years ago from Spain

      Great recipe! It's far cheaper to eat healthily as a vegetarian than buying meat. For example, things like beans and lentils can be bought in huge bags from Asian grocers, as they last for ages, and cost per portion is tiny. Also you can make things like dahl up in large amounts and freeze ahead, economical in fuel and cooking time as well...

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      skisy 6 years ago from Hampshire, United Kingdom

      Glad people like them! Hope you get a chance to try them. I'm keeping my eye out for more recipes to try and adapt.

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      lmoynihan082 6 years ago from ireland

      beautiful recipes!!gotta try these for myself.

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      Sharilee Swaity 7 years ago from Canada

      Great recipes! I am bookmarking these! I used to be almost vegetarian but with three men in the house who are complete carnivores, it's harder. But I would still like to try some of these recipes ... great hub!

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      Lydia McCarter 7 years ago from The Murder Mitten

      Great compilation. These all look delicious!

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      annmackiemiller 7 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      what a great hubpage with lots of recipes I wouldn't mind trying myself and it is a long time since I was a student!