5 Meal Prep Ideas For Busy Days at Uni

Deadlines coming up? Running low on lunch money? Here are 5 ways to prepare meals the night before ready for your busy day…

5 Minute Yoghurt and Fruit Parfaits 

Make this the night before for an easy breakfast for busy mornings. 

Ingredients:

3 cups of your favourite flavour yogurt 

1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries 

1 cup of your choice of blueberries, raspberries or blackberries 

1 cup of your favourite granola 

Method: 

Layer 1/3 cup of chosen yoghurt into the bottom of 4 glasses and combine strawberries with the other chosen berries. Layer with more yoghurt and granola. Keep in the fridge overnight and enjoy in the morning. 

Illustration by Kerys Collins

Freezer Friendly Breakfast Burritos 

Make these whenever you need a 2 minute meal straight from the freezer.

Ingredients: 

6 eggs 

Your choice of proteins like bacon or sausage 

Hash browns 

Cheddar cheese 

Tortilla wraps 

Method: 

Put your hash browns in the oven for around 20 minutes, while they’re in, cook your chosen meats in a frying pan followed by scrambling eggs in the pan.

Assemble your wrap by layering the meat, hash brown, eggs and cheese and folding into a burrito shape. Cover with cling film and place into the freezer, when it comes to reheating just pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes for a quick and easy breakfast. 

Illustration by Kerys Collins

Mason Jar Salads

Spice up your lunch time with these creative Mason Jar salads! 

Ingredients: 

A mason jar and lid 

Your favourite salad dressing 

Your choice of beans, cucumber, onions

Your favourite meat you like in salad like chicken or veggie option of tofu

Leafy greens like kale, spinach, lettuce, rocket 

Any nuts or seeds that you like 

Add some colour to your food with carrot or herbs or even edible flowers to make your taste buds pop! 

Method: 

Start layering your jar starting with the dressing of your choice.

Next add the ingredients that won’t wilt in the liquid, so cucumber and beans.

Then add your selected meats or veggie options.

The next layer is your leafy greens so add as much kale or lettuce as you want. 

Next add your nuts and seeds to add some crunch!

Finally add your colour with your chosen herbs or toppings! Enjoy!

Illustration by Kerys Collins

On the Go Taco Packet 

Make these no waste taco packets with your leftover taco or fajita mix! 

Ingredients: 

Leftover seasoned meat or veggies 

Snack bag of your choice of flavour Doritos or a couple small packets if your making it for friends

Your favourite toppings like lettuce, tomato, sour cream, cheese or salsa 

Method: 

First crush the crisps inside the bag until it’s made into crumbs and open it 

Add your leftover meat or veg

Followed by your salad mix or toppings 

Then add your dressings or salsa 

That’s it for your on the go tacos! Don’t forget a fork and use sellotape to seal the bag shut if needed!

Enjoy! 

Illustration by Kerys Collins

Homemade Energy Bars 

Snacks are easy wether it’s shop bought houmous and veggies or cereal bars, but if you want to make your own these energy bars are perfect!

Ingredients: 

1 cup of rice krispies or your choice of oats 

1/2 a cup of peanut butter 

1/2 a cup of chocolate chips 

1/2 a cup of peanuts or almonds

1/3 a cup of honey   

1/3 a cup of raisins (optional)

1 tablespoon of chia seeds (optional)

Method: 

Stir all the ingredients together in a large bowl until everything it evenly covered.

Next cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1-2 hours (this makes the mixture easier to shape).

Remove the mix and press down into a grease proof paper lined baking tray to make into bars or roll into 1 inch balls to make it more fun! 

You can refrigerate these for up to 2 weeks in a sealed container to keep their shape. 

Happy snacking!

Illustration by Kerys Collins