Back to School Eats

If you’re anything like me, cooking meals or finding healthy snacks was sometimes difficult during university. It can be hard to balance a busy school schedule with finding time to make yourself meals that aren’t bland and that are good for you.

So, for all the students starting up their academic year, I compiled this list of some of my favourite snacks and meals so you don’t feel like you’ve hit a wall when it comes to cooking.


  1. Roasted veggies and meatballs/chicken. This meal is great for students since after you do all the prep work, you can go study while everything cooks. Plus, if you make big batches, you’ll have supper ready to go for a few nights.
  2. Refried bean quesadillas. Quesadillas are quick to cook and you can adapt them with whatever ingredients you like. Personally, I like adding tomatoes, peppers, onion, and black olives to mine. You can substitute the beans for the meat of your choice, but beans are a bit nicer on student bank accounts.
  3. Bagel breakfast sandwiches. All you need to do is make some eggs, toast a bagel, and throw them together with some cheese. These are easy to take with you to class or early morning study sessions too, if you throw them in a container or Ziploc bag.
  4. Pasta with extras. While very stereotypical, pasta or ramen is easy to make while you’re in university. However, if you want to make it a healthier and more filling meal, throw in extras like veggies, some form of protein, and some spices. It’s also one of those meals you can make in bulk and eat for a few days.
  5. Perogies and sausage. This is one of my favourite meals that’s quick but also satisfying. Make sure you have vegetables on the side, and fry up some onions for the perogies. It’s also nice on the wallet, since frozen perogies are fairly cheap in bulk. 


  1. Banana bread. Banana bread is great for using up your forgotten bananas while giving you a delicious snack. You can use it for snacks, or as a dessert when heated up and paired with fruit or ice cream.
  2. Cottage cheese and fresh fruit. This snack is great for warmer months, especially if the fruit you’re using is some sort of melon. I also add pepper and some chives to the cottage cheese to make it less bland.
  3. Muffins. Muffins are great for breakfast on the go or an afternoon snack between classes. If you buy a muffin mix, you can personalize it with dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, or whatever you wish.
  4. Banana pancakes. While these are also great for breakfast, they’re good if you’re looking for a more substantial snack. You won’t need much beyond basic baking ingredients, ripe bananas, some cinnamon, and eggs for these.


What are or were your favourite meals or snacks to make during university? Let me know in the comments!



I'm a recent graduate currently living in Calgary, Alberta. You can usually find me with a cup of coffee in one hand while reading a pile of books or planning my next big project. I'm curious about many things - including history, photography, and travelling. You can find me writing away at

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