Living in a dorm is one of the most challenging parts of student life; whether it’s budgeting your rent and allowance, fixing your bed, or preparing your own meal. With all your academic demands and extra-curricular activities, making your own food seems to be an elusive dream and fast food chains are your only saviors. What’s worse, you find yourself stressed about being broke and gaining several pounds at the end of every semester. If you have experienced one of these scenarios, don’t worry —you are not alone.
Food preparation will require quite some level of skills most especially if you’re on a tight budget. How you wish you always have Mom and Dad with you or perhaps inherited some of Jamie Oliver’s cooking talent, right? Young as you are, you can still prepare delicious, budget-friendly dishes on your own! Here are some quick and easy dorm recipes you can try with less than 500 pesos budget:
No time to spare but want a healthy food for your 7:30 am class? Here’s an upgrade to your fried sunny side ups!
Estimated budget: Php. 40.00
1 ripe tomato
fresh basil leaves
1 spring onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp cooking oil
How to cook:
- Finely chop spring onion, tomato, and basil leaves. Mix together, and season with salt and pepper.
- Heat the frying pan and add oil. Once heated, swirl the eggs and cook to your preference. Add the mixed veggies on the half part of the omelette. Fold the omelette and leave for about half a minute.
- Transfer to plate and enjoy! This meal is best served with bread.
It’s a Friday night and just a few hours remaining, it’s officially weekend! If you’re up for some K-drama party with your friends, this Pinoy style, homemade bibimbap will definitely give your barkada the ultimate k-experience!
Estimated budget: Php. 427.00
2 cup rice
2 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 cup white onion, sliced into thin sticks
1/2 cup red bell pepper, red, sliced into thin sticks
1 cup togue
4 cup water
200ml Hot Korean red pepper paste
1/2 cup carrot, sliced into thin sticks
extra love for cooking
How to cook:
- In a pot, mix the raw rice and Korean red pepper paste. Boil rice and stir occasionally until cooked.
- Put the veggies on top of the rice and let it cook for about 5 minutes
- Finish with oil before serving. Bonus tip: You can add egg on top of the dish for a perfect bibimbap experience!
Creamy Tuna Sandwich
Tired of the usual lunch fare at the school cafeteria or from your trusty carinderia? Fret not! Here’s a quick and yummy tuna recipe that you and your wallet will surely love!
Estimated budget: Php. 186.00
1 can corned tuna (Php. 25 / 100g)
1/4 cup sliced white onions (Php. 5)
1/4 cup grated melting cheese (Php. 83 / 165g)
1 tbsp chopped parsley (Php. 17 / 80g)
Wheat bread slices (Php. 56 / 400g loaf)
How to prepare:
- Mix corned tuna, onions, cheese, and parsley in a bowl.
- Spread the mixture in the bread slices.
- Brush a small amount of butter on the bread then pan grill until cheese is melted. Serve hot.