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When I'm going to university in a few months, I'll be living in self-catered accommodation, and I want to devise a meal planner for what meals I'll cook every day of the week. I'll probably do a 5-day plan and leave two days to have leftovers from a previous day, eat out, or similar.

What I'm looking for are suggestions for meals that I can cook that are:

  • Cheap (if "I'm going to university" didn't make that clear enough.)
  • Variable (e.g. with pasta meals you can change the dish a lot.)
  • Fairly simple (i.e. not something that will take 3 hours to make.)
  • Reasonably healthy (i.e. not KFC or deep-fried mars bars.)

My current cooking ability is quite limited, but I'm willing to learn; I can make spaghetti bolognese, chilli con carne (basically mince,) pasta dishes, and anything you throw in the oven or a pan (pizza, bacon, eggs, etc.)

I'm also looking for suggestions of some nice vegetarian dishes - I do eat meat, but I don't want to eat it every day, and don't really know good veggie dishes.

You don't have to design a specific itinerary, single dish recommendations are useful enough; although if you want to then that's also great.

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closed as off-topic by Jefromi Jul 15 at 23:04

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I realise this could be too subjective for SE format, but I also think the question could be relevant to other students starting university and unsure how to go about self-catering. –  Leo King Jul 15 at 23:03
Unfortunately, this is indeed a good example of something that we've long declared off topic here, however wide the interest might be. Feel free to pop into Seasoned Advice Chat to talk with whoever's there, and you might be able to get some pretty good suggestions. But I'll have to close it as off topic. –  Jefromi Jul 15 at 23:04
Okay. Well thank you for the friendly close :). –  Leo King Jul 15 at 23:05
I'll vote to re-open ... but you can also see other related (most still open!) questions that might help you : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/12218/67 ; cooking.stackexchange.com/q/6084/67 ; cooking.stackexchange.com/q/11075/67 ; cooking.stackexchange.com/a/2710/67 ; there were some others that gone and deleted: cooking.stackexchange.com/q/1580/67 (42 upvotes); cooking.stackexchange.com/q/2799/67 (18 stars) (as notes to myself so should I ever be moderator again, I can undelete 'em) –  Joe Jul 16 at 12:59
"I'm also looking for suggestions of some nice vegetarian dishes - I do eat meat, but I don't want to eat it every day, and don't really know good veggie dishes." -> stir fries. Easiest ways to get lots of veggies quickly. The only problem is that rice takes a while to cook, so instead, steam a brick of ramen for about 3-5 minutes, then mix w/ the stir-fry to turn into a lo mein-like dish. –  Joe Jul 16 at 13:01