10 Meals Easy to Cook in a Hostel

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Don’t be that guy who lives off noodles and toast…

Cooking in a hostel is quite far from the comforts of your kitchen at home. You don’t have all your special knives, pots and pans: how is a top chef meant to work in these conditions?! Plus, you might have other people cooking around you pressuring you to hurry up with the colander so they can drain their pasta! Don’t fret, you can still have decent hearty meals, which are quick and easy to make.For this guide, we stayed clear from the standard “boil pasta and add canned sauce” approach. (However, we do have some pretty cool pasta recipes here). The following recipes are limited to four ingredients. By all means, add more ingredients to get more creative! Warning: this article is not for serious foodies. It’s for budgeting backpackers cooking in hostels.

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Breakfast: Eggs on toast

Heat up some oil (or butter if you have no oil) in a frying pan

Fry a couple of eggs

Toast some bread

Spread butter on the bread

Put eggs on top of the toast (duh!)

Ingredients: Oil and/or butter, eggs and sliced bread.For more stuff with eggs, head to 7 Ways To Cook Eggs In A Hostel.

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Lunch: Salad

Chuck yourfavourite canned and fresh veggies in a bowl.

Add spices from the free food shelf, salt and pepper.

Mix all together with mayonnaise and a dash of oil.

Ingredients:Fresh and canned veggies, mayonnaise and oil.

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Dinner: Mushroom Pasta

Heat oil in a frying pan

Fry mushrooms

When mushrooms are soft, stir in sour cream and instant onion soup powder

Cook pasta (we hope you don’t need telling how to do that, but if you do see here)

Add mushroom sauce to the pasta

Add spinach if you can afford it

Ingredients: Pasta, sour cream, mushroom, instant onion soup powder, and spinach is an optional extra.

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Breakfast: Chocolate spreadsandwich

– Smear chocolate spread on one slice of bread or, if you are feeling wild, sandwich it! – Wanna make it healthier (which, of course, it is not to start with)? Add sliced banana on top of the spread. Yum!

Ingredients:Chocolate spread and sliced bread.We say chocolate spread because it tends to travel well. Here are other foods that travel well.

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Lunch: Wraps

You can wrap anything, really, go crazy! But to keep things simple…

Stir fry meat and veggies

Warm-up a tortilla

Stick meat and veggies in the tortilla

Ok, go ahead and stick some cheese in there as well

Roll it up!

Ingredients:Tortilla wraps, chicken or beef, cheese, and seasonal veggies.

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Dinner: Croque Monsieur

Spread butter on the toast

Cook a couple of rashers of bacon

Pile ingredients in this order: toast #1, cheese, bacon, cheese, toast #2.

Add a tomato, if you want to feel slightly healthier.

Toast it all together until the bread is golden brown

Ingredients: sliced bread, cheese, bacon, butter, and an optional tomato.

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Breakfast: Pancakes

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Use the instant pancake mix and follow instructions on the package

Add milk or water

Smother in jam, syrup or chocolate spread or whatever you have!

Ingredients:Pancake mix, milk/water and something yummy to spread on the pancakes.

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Lunch: Chicken Curry

Boil rice in water with a teaspoon of curry powder

Fry chicken in a frying pan

To the chicken, add sour cream andadd a teaspoon of curry powder

Let them heat for a further 2 minutes andserve together however you desire.

Ingredients:Rice, curry powder, sour cream and chicken.

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Dinner: Stir Fry Veggies

Heat oil in a frying pan

Grab a bunch of seasonal veggies

Toss them into the frying pan

Add soy sauce in the pan 2 minutes before serving.

Ingredients:seasonal veggies, oil, soy sauce (or another sauce you are into).

 Martin Cathrae on Flickr© Martin Cathrae on Flickr

Dinner: Ham fried rice

Boil rice in water

Once the rice is cooked, fry veggies, spices and ham in a pan

Then add the rice 2 minutes before serving

Ok, we will let you exchange the Spam for bacon, chicken or eggs if you like.

Ingredients:frozen or fresh veggies, ham, oil and spices.

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