As a student with little to no income, my budget for food is extremely tight. I generally like to spend under 40$ on groceries for the week, which includes all my meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I rarely purchase food on campus just because it is always hard to tell whether foods are completely vegan. With that in mind, I try and be conscious of the foods I prepare to make sure that they are cheaper and easier on my pocket.
Furthermore, if you live on residence/in dorms, you either have a meal plan that may not cater well to your vegan diet or have limited cooking utensils.
With all this in mind, I am working with Taavi from @healthienut to create two recipes that are easy and simple for students to make. They are budget friendly and absolutely delicious. You can find Taavi’s recipe for Spinach-Basil Lasagna here
If you have been following me for a while, you will know that I absolutely love eating beans and potatoes. They are honestly so cheap, have a ton of nutrients and are quite filling. All these qualities make them such affordable ingredients essential for college cooks, and inspired today’s recipe.
This chilli stuffed sweet potato is super simple and the only utensil you will be needing is a can opener and a small knife and chopping board (you can find all of these at Ikea). Plus one serving of this is exactly 3$, and you can make up to three servings of chilli with all the ingredients.
- 1/3 cup canned whole kernel
- 1/4 Veggie Stock Cube
- 1/2 cup of canned mixed beans
- 1/2 cup flavoured chopped tomatoes (There are diced tomatoes you can buy that are pre-flavoured with garlic, or onions or veggies and they make adding flavour to the chilli easy)
- 1/4 onion chopped
- 1 medium sweet potato
- Starting with the potato, wash the potato and use a fork or a knife to poke holes all over the potato.
- To cook the potato in the microwave, you can either purchase a microwave potato pouch on Amazon for under 15$ to cook the potato or wrap the potato with a wet paper towel and microwave in a microwave safe bowl.
- Cook the potato in the microwave till it is soft to touch. The cooking time varies depending on the size of the potato and the strength of the microwave. It will generally take between 9-15 minutes.
- While the potato is cooling down, you can prep your chilli
- In a microwave safe bowl, add your chopped onion and microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds
- Then add the chopped tomatoes and veggie cube and microwave for another 1 minute and 30 seconds
- After, add the beans and corn and microwave for another 1 minute
- Now you can assemble the complete dish. Cut the potato in half and stuff it with the chilli. I topped my chilli with some shredded carrot I bought on sale to add some crunch, but this is completely optional
- The sweet and savoury combo is so tasty and this will definitely keep you full for a long day of classes and work.