Cheap and healthy student recipes

The cost of housing, tuition, and food are the three main contributors to food insecurity among students, according to Hungry for Knowledge. A study completed across five Canadian campuses to review the lack of nutritious foods within students because of limited funds.

So, what can students do to get a jump start on some healthier choices that are more affordable?

Here’s an idea to start:

A cheap and delicious snack starts with $15 and a five-minute drive to the grocery store. If you are really crunching for money, Flip is an app that allows you to see where the best deals are. Make sure to check over what items are at home before buying more. Your grocery store list includes:

  • Pasta
  • mushrooms
  • cream cheese
  • spinach
  • chicken, if desired.

Even though eating healthy consist of fruits and vegetables, a daily intake of carbohydrates and fats are also needed. Linguine with mushroom sauce is a perfect combination of each of the food groups.

Using whole wheat noodles is a healthier choice because of the grain. Grain is very high in fibre which is good for maintaining a healthy weight and lowering your risk of diabetes.

Cheese is an excellent source of calcium, which strengthens your hair and teeth. Mushrooms are a great source of Vitamin D, as well as they help to boost your immune system. They increase the number of antiviral cells in your body allowing your immune system to fight back stronger. Spinach is rich in Vitamin A which is good for your hair. Spinach is also full of potassium which helps lower blood pressure.

Recipe

Linguine with Mushroom Sauce

Prep time: 20 minutes

½ lb of linguine, uncooked

½ lb sliced fresh mushrooms

¼ cup of milk

½ cup of Cream Cheese

2 cups of baby spinach leaves

2 tbsp. of grated parmesan cheese

  1. Cook pasta as directed on package.
  2. Heat skillet with butter on medium heat, add mushrooms and stir until cooked. Add milk and cream cheese, cook until the cheese is melted. Add spinach, cook until spinach is soft.
  3. Drain pasta, toss with the sauce.
  4. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese

For those meat lovers out there, you can also add in chicken. It is a little costly but if you have a hankering for meat, it can be added. If you want to add chicken, cook in a frying pan until you can no longer see pink, then add to the cream cheese sauce and allow to marinate in the sauce before serving.

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