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Vegetarian Recipes for Students

Whether you’re a new college or university student, or just looking for nutritious, quick and filling food on a budget, these student-inspired recipes are the perfect place to start.

Even when trying to keep food on the cheap, there’s no reason to starve yourself or miss out on any essential nutrients or vitamins. Gotta keep it healthy. Your brain will thank you for it too.

Easy Tomato Omelette

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4.71 from 37 votes
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Student bonus: quick to make, cheap ingredients, high protein meal

There is a trick to making the perfect omelette – and it’s weirdly easy. We’ll show you how. You’re gonna love this one!

Scrambled Eggs with Cheese

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4.63 from 96 votes
Ready in:5 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Student bonus: quick to make, cheap ingredients, just needs a frying pan, perfect for lunch, your mate will enjoy it

Make the best scrambled eggs you’ve ever had with our quick & easy but simple to follow recipe – so good you’ll never look elsewhere again!

15 Minute Soy Peanut Noodles

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Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: TheCookReport

Student bonus: quick to make, cheap ingredients, easy to make for breakfast

These soy peanut noodles are ridiculously easy to make and are on the table in 15 minutes! Even better, you’ll probably already have most of the ingredients on hand.

Crispy Tortilla Pizza

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4.72 from 38 votes
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Student bonus: quick to make, cheap ingredients, perfect appetizer, free to change the toppings according to your tastes and budget

Crispy Tortilla Pizza. A healthier way to eat pizza with the same great taste that you love. Ready in just 25 minutes, you won’t look back! One of our absolute fave vegetarian recipes for students.

Vegan Broccoli Salad

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4.79 from 32 votes
Ready in:13 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Student bonus: cheap ingredients, just needs a frying pan, can be stored for a while in the fridge, protein and vitamin bomb

Quick and delicious veggie side dish. High Protein, low carb, vegan and done within 10 -12 minutes. In my opinion a must-have recipe. Broccoli is an underrated ‘superfood’ and we think it’s important to include some in our vegetarian recipes for students compilation!

Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: PinchAndSwirl

Student bonus: quick to make, cheap ingredients, easy to make for snack, excellent appetizer for a party 😀

A grown up version of a classic comfort food! Lightly adapted from The Taste of the Season by Diane Rossen Worthington.

Vegan Breakfast Potatoes

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4.83 from 34 votes
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Student bonus: quick to make, cheap ingredients, perfect student’s breakfast, high protein meal, can be stored for a while in the fridge Vegan

Breakfast Potatoes – the best way to start the day. Animal-friendly, high in protein and even higher in taste. Yes please! We absolutely love this vegetarian recipe for students.

5-Minute Tomato Basil Pantry Soup

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Ready in: 5 minutes
Recipe by: MomsDinner

Student bonus: super-quick to make, perfect for a big friendly dinner, needs only one pot

This is the recipe that you need on a busy weeknight when your fridge is empty and everyone is starving! Pull this soup together in 5 minutes, make a couple grilled cheese sandwiches or a salad and you are the dinner winner!

Crispy Tortillas with Tangy Guacamole

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4.88 from 8 votes
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Student bonus: quick to make, cheap ingredients, just needs a frying pan, highly nutritious meal, can be stored for a while in the fridge

Tangy and tasty guacamole with crispy nachos that are healthy, vegan and very easy to make. High in good fats, fiber, vitamin C, and iron.

Great British Eggy Bread

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4.3 from 10 votes
Ready in:10 minutes

Student bonus: quick to make, cheap ingredients, just needs a frying pan, highly nutritious meal

Simple but satisfying, and so very tasty. Ready in just a few minutes – why wait longer for a delicious and healthy breakfast?

Creamy Broccoli Pasta

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4.65 from 73 votes
Ready in:25 minutes

Student bonus: quick to make, a nutrition bomb, versatile recipe for any time

Creamy Broccoli Pasta. This vegetarian combo is a real nutrition powerhouse. Ready in 25 minutes, super versatile, and sooooo tasty! Enjoy!

Crazy Quick White Bean Salad

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4.67 from 27 votes
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Student bonus: quick to make, cheap ingredients, needs only one pot and no additional appliances, excellent after a hangover

High Protein White Bean Salad that’s healthy and vegan. High in fiber, vitamins A, C, E, B2 and B6 as well as iron and calcium. Takes less than 10 minutes. A very tasty vegan recipe for students.

Delicious Mocha Oatmeal

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4.77 from 21 votes
Ready in:7 minutes

Student bonus: quick to make, cheap ingredients, needs only one pot, perfect start to a student’s day 😉

A hearty way to start the day. Simple coffee and oatmeal breakfast to fill you full of fuel ready to take on the day. Tastes great too.

Fresh Mango Coconut Chia Seed Parfai

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Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: VegetarianGastronomy

Student bonus: quick to make, doesn’t require cooking, perfect hangover food, easy to make for breakfast or snack

This fresh fruit coconut chia seed parfait can be enjoyed for dessert, breakfast, or snack! It’s creamy, easy to make, and requires no baking!

The 2 Ingredient Banana Egg Pancakes

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4.58 from 461 votes
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Student bonus: minimum ingredients, quick to make, perfect for a student’s budget, amazingly healthy

This world’s simplest pancakes recipe contains just two ingredients (egg and banana) and is super quick – just minutes from bowl to plate! Simple and tasty.

Sweetcorn Fritters

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4.75 from 31 votes
Ready in:20 minutes

Student bonus: quick preparation, cheap ingredients, needs just a frying pan, perfect for lunch and dinner, can be stored for a while in the fridge

Make these sweetcorn fritters your new go-to recipe with ingredients you’ll always find in your kitchen. They’re vegan-friendly, too, and rightfully earn their place in any vegetarian recipes for students collection!

Tomato Mozzarella Bread

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4.43 from 7 votes
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Student bonus: quick to make, perfect for lunch box, excellent appetizer for any event

Easy to make Italian tomato and mozzarella bread. High in calcium and Mediterranean flair. Delicious.

Sexy Vegan Lentil Stew

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4.8 from 44 votes
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: Cristina Parés & HurryTheFoodUp

Student bonus: quick preparation, cheap ingredients, a nutrient-rich powerhouse, helps your body to stay sexy 😉

The sexiest lentil stew you have ever eaten. A nutritional powerhouse, this recipe is here to kickstart your year – and your health.

The Runner’s Sandwich

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4.73 from 37 votes
Ready in:10 minutes

Student bonus: quick to make, perfect for lunch box, highly nutritious meal, excellent for sports lovers

A tasty AF sandwich that hits all your nutritional post run needs – carbs, protein, healthy fats and electrolyte replenishment. An excellent vegetarian recipe for sporty students.

One Pot Pasta with Tomato & Mascarpone Sauce

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Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: HappyVeggieKitchen

Student bonus: quick to make, needs only one pot, best eaten on a busy students’ weeknight, easy to impress your mate – rich, sweet and creamy pasta 🙂

A quick and easy one pot pasta packed with nutritious greens and a thick, luxurious tomato & mascarpone sauce. Excellent midweek dinner!

Pasta Salad With Peanut Butter Dressing

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4.78 from 48 votes
Ready in:15 minutes

Student bonus: quick to make, cheap ingredients, a nutritional bomb, high protein meal, easy to impress your mate 😉

Pasta Salad with an unbelievable Peanut Butter Dressing. Did we mention it’s actually healthy too? Ready in 15 minutes, and packed with fiber and protein.

This salad brings us to the end of our vegetarian recipes for students collection and it might as well by my favourite in the entire post. So, I thought why not try it out now? Here is the recipe 🙂

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes
Servings:2 people
Calories:660kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 oz pasta
  • 1 small salad mix (lettuce, red cabbage, purple kale, carrot all go great)
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or honey if that’s fine with you)
  • 2 tbsp vinegar (malt or white are fine)
  • ½ thumb ginger, fresh (chopped or grated, dried is fine too)
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped, dried is fine too)
  • 1 small dash water
  • 1 small handful peanuts (roasted)

Optional

  • a few sprigs cilantro/coriander, fresh (for garnish)
  • 1 lime (for garnish)

Instructions

  • Get the pasta cooking away.
  • Rinse, then chop or rip the salad, peel and grate the carrots and chuck in large bowl.
  • Mix the peanut butter, soy sauce, honey and vinegar together well in a small bowl.
  • Add the ginger and garlic.
  • Add a spot of water to thin the sauce (just a little!) and stir well.
  • Roughly chop the peanuts. Then roast them on medium heat until lightly brown. No oil necessary!
  • Drain the pasta and throw in with salad.
  • Add the sauce, mix up and voilà! Serve with lime and coriander/cilantro.

NOTES

Try out different salad combos – and remove the pasta for a lower calorie version!
Recipe adapted from Cookie and Kate. Thanks Kate 🙂

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
21 Vegetarian Recipes for Students – cheap, healthy and easy!
Serving Size
 
359 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
660
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
17
g
26
%
Saturated Fat
 
2.8
g
18
%
Sodium
 
686
mg
30
%
Potassium
 
485
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
104
g
35
%
Fiber
 
15.4
g
64
%
Sugar
 
25
g
28
%
Protein
 
26
g
52
%
Vitamin A
 
4500
IU
90
%
Vitamin C
 
29.7
mg
36
%
Calcium
 
90
mg
9
%
Iron
 
7.7
mg
43
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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So, dear veggie student, I really hope you find something you like in our compilation. Let me know which recipe you liked the best! Or do you feel there’s still something missing?

I’m all ears!

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26 comments
  1. Thanks a lot for the amazing recipes. I am a vegan and these recipes will help me a lot.

    1. You’re very welcome, Mary! I’m sure you’ll find some great ones on this compilation 🙂

  2. These recipes look so yummy. Can’t wait to try it. Love all the tips and recommendations listed above it. I copied them also. Thanks so much!!

  3. In what universe is an egg or omelette considered vegetarian?

    1. That topic again! Show me on what definition of vegetarianism you refer to and I’m happy to talk. Greetings

    2. That would be an vegan – you obviously do not know the difference.

    3. Um….In this universe I guess? Rather than showing everyone how completely ignorant you are, why not do the ABSOLUTE LEAST AMOUNT OF RESEARCH required answer that question for yourself. Oh wait, that doesn’t feel as good as making a snarky comment online, does it Nimit? DOES IT NIMIT???

    4. The Indian version of vegetarian is called lacto vegetarian dear. In the west, vegetarians eat eggs, milk, cheese

    5. An egg is not meat. Meat is the flesh of an animal, whereas an egg is a byproduct of a bird’s bodily functions. Vegans still will not eat eggs because they come from an animal, but often they will also not eat honey for the same reason, and we couldn’t say that honey is meat because of that. vegetarians will indeed still eat eggs because vegetarians also eat milk and etc, vegetarians are willing to eat what comes from an animal but not the animal itself. This is truly something that has been a question for me because I’m very new to being a vegetarian but “‘m here to inform you that eggs aren’t meats. Vegetarians do not eat fish, meat or poultry, but do eat eggs and dairy. Vegans also follow the no-meat rule, but also exclude animal products or by-products such as eggs, dairy and honey. In the past, eggs have had a bad reputation, as their yolks contain a lot of dietary cholesterol.

      some of this information came from many websites including http://www.quora.com and numerous others.

  4. 2 of my children are vegetarians. I am so glad that I stumbled across your site. I have printed several of these recipes, and have purchased the few ingredients that I didn’t already have. This site is now my daughters go-to site when planning out her meals for her family, also! Thank you so much!!

    1. Hi Chevy, thanks for the warm comment!! And cool to hear you’re supporting your children, I have the feeling they’re very lucky to have you!! 🙂

  5. Ovo-lacto vegetarians

  6. The official definition of vegetarianism is ‘The practice of not eating meat or fish’.

    eggs are not meat or fish, yes, it comes from an animal, but it is nor actually the animal itself, therefore eggs are not vegan, but they are vegetarian.

    unless you are an ovo-lacto vegetarian, most vegetarians eat eggs
    vegans on the other hand do not eat eggs s they come from animals

    1. Yep, this is the definition we follow as well. There are various arguments for and against, but for simplicity’s sake this one works well 🙂

  7. they sexy lentil stew realllllyyy did it for me 😉

    1. Haha awesome, glad to hear it, Nidhi!

    2. For us too, Nidhi 😉

  8. 5 stars
    Just spend ages crawling through vegetarian diet plans with so many ridiculously fancy ingredients that in these times would be impossible to get (ie lockdown!)…thank you for giving recipes that can be made without having to rush to the shops. My daughter and I have now got to the point where we make our own quick meals ie something on toast as we can’t find things we like together but with this list I think I have a chance of cooking for her again…so thank you

    1. Happy to help, Ann! Really glad you found something. We also have this compilation of quarantine recipes that may help you in lockdown – the recipes are based around easy items you’re liking to find in the cupboard 🙂 https://hurrythefoodup.com/50-vegetarian-quarantine-recipes/ – good luck, stay healthy!

  9. 5 stars
    So many great and easy recipes. Thank you so much! I am going grocery shopping and will try these.

    1. Really good to hear you’ve found some good one for you!! Enjoy 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    I’m a baby vegetarian (it’s only been 5 months) and about to enter college next fall, so having a list of recipes to help save money and also be healthy and easy is a blessing. Thanks guys!!!

    1. You’re very welcome, always happy to help. Enjoy college!

  11. 5 stars
    I am a student and you have no idea how helpful these all recipes are for me. Thanks, man!

  12. 5 stars
    I’m new to the whole vegetarian thing and I’m going to college soon and these recipes look really great! I can’t wait to try them! I’m also excited because most of these look gluten-free as well.

    1. Although I am no longer a student, honestly I still love these recipes! Enjoy!! 🙂

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