You're short of money and don't have any time to cook because of college assignments. But you have to eat, because no one can survive without food. In this situation, you need to whip up a quick, yet filling meal.
Cold cuts are one of the best inexpensive meal ideas, and are as easy as tuna fish sandwiches. These can last for a week and come in several varieties. These consist of salami, turkey ham, bologna, and cheese. All you have to do for a complete meal is add some lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mustard, and mayonnaise. The choice of cold cuts depends on individual preferences.
Stir-fry dishes are quick and easy to whip up. Add a few vegetables to a heated wok. Add some cooked chicken, sauces, cornstarch, and chicken stock. The stir-fry has to be cooked until the sauce thickens. Eat it alone or have it with rice or noodles.
Having a mixed vegetable, corn, or chicken soup is great for dinner. If only soup is not your idea of a complete meal, then you can have some grilled chicken or garlic bread on the side.
A bowl of cereal and milk with some fruits is a healthy and nutritious breakfast. It's so simple, you won't need a lot of time for this either. If you're the kind of person who likes something hot for breakfast, go for oatmeal. It cooks in less than three minutes, is cheap, and you can add anything you want to make it tastier.
Baked beans with brown or plain rice is filling and can be made quickly. You can prepare the dish with the beans while the rice is cooking. To make everything easier still, you can get a can of baked beans instead of cooking from scratch.
Leftovers are by far the cheapest meals for anyone. The best part is, everything is already cooked so all you have to do is heat it up. People hate the idea of leftovers, but the truth is leftovers can actually taste better than a freshly prepared dish. The ingredients have time to combine properly, and so the flavors taste better the day after. Make sure that the food is not too old or stale, it could be bad for your health.
Eggs are delicious, affordable, and quick. They're easy to make even if you can't cook. Fry them, make French toast, boil them, make an omelet, or poach them. There are so many simple things you can do with eggs, the list just goes on.
Don't forget the classics: sandwiches, burgers, pasta, and tortilla wraps. While buying grocery, go for generic brands of frozen vegetables. This will save money and they are as good as fresh vegetables.