7 Quick and Cheap Hostel Meals

That Are Also Delicious

November 17, 2016

We often run short on time and money when travelling, but that’s no reason to get out of habit and lose taste for good things. Especially at a time when we tend to sleep less and party more. Preparing your own meals is a great place to start. Not only do you save money, but you also fill your body with the proper fuel. Here are a few ideas for days when you’re feeling completely out of sorts, without a clue of what to eat. 

All of the necessary ingredients are low-cost, rich in nutrients, and easy to find. And there’s nothing better than a communal kitchen for meeting fellow travellers, sharing recipes, and unleashing your inner chef.

Two Breakfasts of Champions  

The North American classic

10.11.16 🌿 hostel eats: breakfast of gf buckwheat chia bread I picked up from a health food store down the road, with peanut butter and banana, and a cup of tea. There's free tea here and I'm so thankful because it's cold. So cold. I was not prepared for cold, but it's like a little taste of the fall I'd be having back home so it's ok. I've been trying to figure out what I'm doing and how it all works and haven't really come to conclusions but everyday has been full of something new ✨
Une publication partagée par Mia☀️ (@bee_here_now) le 11 Oct. 2016 à 0h16 PDT

What can be easier than making than two pieces of bread with peanut butter, topped with banana slices? Not a whole lot! This breakfast is guaranteed to keep you in top shape for several hours. High in carbs, iron, and magnesium, bananas are one of the most affordable fruits all over the world. And that tasty peanut butter is packed with protein and super fats (which are super healthy!). Wash it all down with a big cup of coffee. Now you’re ready to face the day.

The healthy classic

Loved finding this in Canguu @hungrybirdcoffee ;oatmeal bowl with banana, strawberries and papaya 😍 missed oats out here, was a nice reminder of home food🍴💕
Une publication partagée par Maïté 💪🏻 (@maitedoesfitness) le 23 Juin 2016 à 18h27 PDT

The magic of a communal kitchen is found in the cupboard dedicated to free food items left behind by other travellers. You can usually score all the basics: rice, pasta, jam…and for the lucky ones…oatmeal. Cook it, add some peanut butter, fruit, sugar, milk…the possibilities are endless. A feel-good classic for both your body and your wallet.

Lunches and Yummies 

A dose of goodness

My supper last night that I made at the Hostel! A bed of arugula with 1 asian sweet potato, avocado, and tomato! Simple and delicious :) #sweetpotatoes #purplesweetpotato #avocado #arugula #rucula #tomato #hostelcooking #hostelfood #lisbon #portugal #portugalvegano #portugalvegan #healthytravel #vegantraveller #vegantravel #healthytraveller #hclf #carbup #vegan #vegansofig #veganfoodshare #healthyfoodshare #healthyvegan #plantbased #starch #potatoesarelife
Une publication partagée par Vegan Lifestyle ♡ (@stephaniedion) le 31 Août 2016 à 21h46 PDT

For lunch, revamp your vegetables and go for vegan options. Pair your sweet potato with avocado, tomatoes, arugula, and a little love. Dressing is mandatory for this one. Once again, dig into the magic cupboards for some oil and a treasure trove of condiments. 

Simple and comforting

I've been cooking at the hostel and lunch and dinner has been a variation of this recently. Lentil and veggie soup. Basically cut up vegetables with red and brown lentils thrown in a pot and cooked for 25 minutes. Super easy! #hosteldinner #healthytravels #hostelfood #easydinner #lentils #veggies          
Une publication partagée par Yuki Davidoff (@yukifantastic) le 11 Févr. 2015 à 1h24 PST

Not convinced? Finally give life to that can of lentils (also works with red beans, black beans and chick-peas) making a yummy yummy soup of the day along with your left over vegetables.

The gourmet option

#thenewme #healthy #food #avocado #cooking #hostelfood #kindofabigdeal
Une publication partagée par alex addison (@1alex_addison) le 17 Juin 2016 à 18h48 PDT

For hard-to-please palates, the eggs en cocotte (shirred eggs) and avocado combo paired with a gourmet salad is perfect for brightening your mood and impressing your bunkmates.

Well-deserved Calories

The protein load-up

One of my favourite easy to create yummy breakfasts - they anything goes frittata! Perfect for eating up vegetables and left overs in a delicious eggy goodness! For full details check out the blog www.thelitebackpacker.com or link in profile 😃🍴🐣 #wanderlust #healthygram #instahealthy #wandergram #healthy #ttot #travel #travelbug #travellife #backpackerlife #backpacker #eathealthy #healthyfood #healthygram #healthylife #hostelfood
Une publication partagée par Helen Warner(@thelitebackpacker) le 26 Mars 2016 à 15h40 PDT

The great thing about a frittata is that it uses almost all the ingredients you have on hand. A few eggs, some milk and butter, sprinkled with your leftover veggies, 20 minutes in the oven, and BOOM—you’ve just concocted a heavenly dish. All that for only a few dollars.

The unifier

Prep for fajita's with red chilli, green chilli and red onion 👌🏼 #Australia #backpackers #travelling #mildura #farmwork #workingholiday #workingholidayvisa #hostellife #hostelfood #chicken #chickenfajitas #redchilli #greenchilli #chillis @gastronogram
Une publication partagée par John Cunningham(@johncunningham1988) le 4 Août 2016 à 21h30 PDT

Another everything-but-the-kitchen-sink go-to to satisfy the whole gang. What we love about fajitas is that they bring people together and let you use up whatever’s in your fridge.

Don’t feel like cooking and want to treat yourself on the cheap? Many of  our hostels  have bars/restaurants with amazing dishes on the menu! If you have tips for simple, low-cost meals, too, share them with us using #hostelfood and #bobcanada! Now, no more excuses and let’s get cooking!

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