quick healthy meals on a budget

Quick Healthy Meals on a Budget – Cheap, Delicious Student Food Options

One of the biggest concerns for students is making quick healthy meals on a budget. But with a few tips and recipe ideas, eating well is easy.

There are loads of quick and easy meal options available, however they aren’t always the healthiest. Despite how quick and easy they are to make, we cannot live off on 2 minute noodles. It’s important to remember, staying healthy is an essential part of
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Unfortunately, not all of us can afford Woolies’ heat and eat meals. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t eat meals that are both healthy and tasty. Here are a few cheap, easy meals for students.

5 Quick and Easy Budget Meals

Healthy budget meals don’t sound very glamorous. With these affordable options, you’ll not only look forward to meal times, but also improve your cooking skills.

Toasted Sandwiches

Make friends with the toasted sandwich machine. A toasted sandwich is quick and easy to make, plus there are so many variations that you won’t get bored too quickly. They make great lunch options too if you’re in a rush.

A few toasted sandwich combinations to try are:

  • Cheese and Tomato
  • Chicken Mayo
  • Egg and Bacon
  • BLT
  • Ham
  • Cheese and Ham
  • Ham, Cheese and Tomato


Buy yourself some wraps and experiment with different internal combinations. You can opt for a chicken wrap, salad wrap, or anything you can think of. One of our favourites is an avocado, bacon, cheese and tomato combination.

For a super healthy option, you can try a veggie and hummus wrap.


Pasta is another great food to experiment with. There are so many weird and wonderful combinations that can be used with pasta. You won’t need to worry too much about preparation with the amount of pre-prepared sauces that you can buy.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can try making your own tomato sauce for your pasta. This will take a bit longer and be slightly more pricey, but it will be healthier than the ready made options.


There’s nothing better than a nice warm bowl of soup in winter. Plus, they can be super healthy. You can buy instant soups from most supermarkets, but you can also buy pre prepared soups that are usually healthier. If you buy a large packet, you can ration the contents over three different meals. Prep is super easy, all you need to do is heat it in the microwave.

You can also make your own soup by buying ready made soup bags from the shop. However, this will take longer and you’ll need to make sure you have the right appliances.


One of the best things about this meal option is you can adjust your omlette to suit your budget. If you’ve got a little more money, you can add some broccoli, ham, tomato and cheese. If you’re low on money, you simply make a tomato and ham omlette.

You can get as creative as you want with an omlette, trying out different flavours and ingredients. One of our favourite ways to start a busy day is with a broccoli and cheese omlette.

Tips for Saving Money on Food

When it comes to food, there are some tips and tricks you can use to keep your meals within a budget.

Store Catalogues

Embrace your inner mom and check out the store catalogues. You’ll find some great deals here and might even find your new favourite dinner. Stores like Woolworths have ‘eat in for under R100’ options that can be great for you and a few of your friends.

Make Friends

Don’t be afraid to make friends and share food. Designate a weeknight for each of your friends to cook and split the cost between you.

Eat Your Leftovers

Being on a budget means not throwing any food away. Store the previous night’s leftovers and heat it the next day. If you’re really not keen on eating them, trade leftovers with a friend.

Final Thoughts on Affordable and Easy Healthy Meals

One of the most essential factors of student wellbeing is eating right, but this can seem daunting. However, healthy meal planning doesn’t have to be expensive or take hours. As you can see, there are plenty of quick ways to make quick healthy meals on a budget.

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