18 Cooking Hacks for Lazy Student Chefs

Up your student cooking game with these shortcuts to tasty food for lazy days when you just can't.

Make baked beans on toast actually interesting

Beans on toast is a student staple, here are 9 ways to spruce it up on the cheap.

Stick almost everything in a toastie

You can put most things between two pieces of toasted bread from fruit and nutella (always a winner) to nachos and even cheeseburgers. > 14 yummy toastie ideas

Nutella hot chocolate

Turn the ends of your Nutella into a decadent hot chocolate by adding warm milk directly to the jar and mixing.

Easy homemade cereal bars

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Heat cereal with marshmallows in a microwave for 20 seconds, mix, form into bars and let cool. That's simple.

3 ingredient, 3 minute pizza bagels

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Slice and toast your bagel, top with sauce and cheese, microwave for 1-2 minutes. DONE. Get the full pizza bagel recipe here, if you really need it.

Cook baked potatoes in the microwave

Prick them all over with a fork and cook on high for 10 minutes. Turn over half way through. Slice open and ENJOY!

Get healthy with salads

Salads are dead simple to prepare and are good for you, so don't avoid them! It doesn't all need to be lettuce and tomato, try the above bean pasta salad, southern fried chicken and apple or tuna, yoghurt and grape!

3 ingredient Nutella cupcakes

Become a mug cake pro

Mug cakes are amazing. Bung a few ingredients in a mug, give it a stir, place it in the microwave and voila!

No washing up recipes

All these recipes require NO washing up. A win for everyone.

Sweet n sour chicken dippers

Cut tomatoes like a boss

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Place them between two places and cut across, slice tomatoes like a ninja.

Use a tortilla as a plate

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Avoid washing up with edible places like tortillas.


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You need to be something rather odd to cook quesadillas wrong. Stuff ’em with all sorts.

One ingredient homemade ice cream

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Chop bananas, freeze and then blend for easy, one-ingredient healthier ice cream. Add a teaspoon of coca powder when blending for instant chocolate banana ice cream.

Mug pancakes

Cook bacon in the microwave

Make cooking everyone's favourite bacon in the microwave with no fuss or mess - here's how

Yoghurt ice lollies

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Stick lollipop sticks in yoghurts and shove 'em in the freezer. Enjoy from an hour or two later!

About the author: Thomas Brella

Thomas Brella is the founder of Student Hacks, starting the website in 2013 while studying at the University of Brighton to share tips and tricks on life as a cash-strapped student. He's now spent over 10 years scoping out the best ways to live on a budget

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