Students? Cook?! Yeah right…

Students and cooking are not 2 words most people associate with each other. But believe it or not, cooking is more simple than you think.

Here we have some great tips for what you need in your kitchen, how to make simple sandwiches, and even how to cook up some real good nosh.

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Student kitchen essentials - A guide for those new to the kitchen
Student sandwiches on the go - Some tasty snack ideas for on the go


Here is a list of the ideal student kitchen and all the essentials a student needs to have in order to cook healthy and tasty meals.

Although preferences vary from student to student, this following list should give you a good and useful overview and suggestions for a great and well prepared student kitchen.

Firstly, the almighty essential and the cure to every problem…..BREAD!

Cupboard long term essentials include rice and pasta. This is the fundamental source of a student’s nutrition as you are able to cook a variety of other meals with pasta and rice.

Chinese food is cheap and cheerful.

Furthermore cereals provide a highly energetic breakfast which should give you a good start to the day.

Other important food essentials include tinned tomatoes, tinned tuna and tinned beans. These can be used for a variety of dishes and can be kept unopened for months. Noodles, olive oil and random herbs such as oregano and basil come in handy when trying to spice up your dishes.

Student ‘must haves’ also include mayonnaise and ketchup, coffee for those long nights, tea, sugar and salt.

On the unhealthy side… frozen pizza is great!

Pizza comes in handy!

On the other hand, fresh short term essentials consist of fruit such as oranges, apples and bananas. These three fruits are typically the cheapest and give you the best balance of fruit nutrition. Other fruits of choice are also suggested, although depending on the season certain fruit products may be more expensive than others.

Onions are also a great food for using in any pasta or rice sauces.

Eggs, bacon and cheddar cheese are also great for any possible meal combination.



Some exciting sandwich ideas which have been voted as the nicest and cheapest lunch meals!

1.  BBQ chicken sandwich

This is a very simple and highly popular student sandwich combination.


  • Lettuce
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Buns x 6 Chicken

Sandwiches are tasty and healthy.

2.  Mediterranean roasted vegetable sandwich

Ideal for a healthy vegetarian meal.


  • 1 aubergine, sliced into strips
  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 loaf focaccia bread

Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 40 minutes

  • Heat oven at 200 C
  • Slightly brush some olive oil on the red peppers and aubergine and then place it on a baking tray and roast in pre-heated oven. Wait for approximately 20 minutes until the roasted peppers are blackened.
  • Crush the garlic and mix with mayonnaise.
  • Peel the peppers and slice the aubergines. Put them in the focaccia bread loaf and place a heavy object on top for two hours. Serve and enjoy.

Always tailor your sandwich to suit you.

3.  Spicy chicken sandwich

If you’re looking for a great sandwich with a bunch of flavours and a great texture, try the spicy chicken sandwich!


  • Breaded chicken grills
  • Crème fraîche paprika & chilli
  • Buns x 6