Students: How to Cook on a Budget

Posted by Phil Hills | 11/01/2013 | Category: Retail Food


On Tuesday 15th January, Midlands Co-operative Society will be hosting a stand at Leicester’s De Montford University at their student fair. If you’re there, pop by and say hello!

We’ll be showcasing easy to cook ranges of food and even cooking them for you to taste on the day along with some snacks! You’ll see the wide range of products we have at budget friendly prices. 

Here are some ideas for cheap and cheerful meals:

• Baked potato with beans – pop them in the oven or the microwave, add beans and cheese. Cost approx: £2.48 including whole block of cheddar cheese
• Spaghetti Bolognese – fry lean mince, add Bolognese sauce and pour over boiled spaghetti. Cost approx: £2.50 including Co-op Bolognese Chop in an onion for some extra vitamins.
• Chilli Con Carne – fry mince, add in kidney beans, pour over sauce, serve over rice. Cost approx: £2.47 including Co-op cook-in sauce.
• Chicken Korma – Fry some chicken in a bit of oil, pour over Korma sauce and simmer until chicken is tender. Serve over boiled rice, with Naan bread. Cost approx: £3.82 including Sharwoods Korma Sauce.
• Tuna Pasta Bake – Boil pasta until al dente, drain and add to oven proof dish, stir in tuna and pour Homepride sauce over the top. Cost approx: £2.18. Add in sweetcorn or sprinkle cheese on top for extra.

Each meal is filling and the ingredients are easy to find, plus you’ll have leftovers or be able to cook for two. Extra veg or a salad can be added to each of these to make sure you’re getting your five a day too!

Do you have any more suggestions for cooking on a budget? Add them in to our comment section below!