When I first arrived at university, I would be lying to you if I said I never had a cooking disaster or two in the kitchen. I was lucky that when I lived at home, my parents were big on their cooking and made some beautiful dishes, but they made sure to teach me a trick or two before I flew the nest. At my student halls in my first year, my flat and I bought our food shop together and took turns to cook. Soon it became clear that I enjoyed cooking more than I first thought, and cooking for six people became a regular part of my week.

Learning how to cook has been exciting, and I’ve taken it upon myself to experiment with spices and ingredients, especially since I became a vegan. Here I’m going to share with you some of my favourite dishes I’ve been cooking up that are simple, tasty, and that you can actually make in your student house…I want to start with breakfast, because it is definitely my favourite meal of the day!

Rice-Flake Porridge

Effort: Low
Serving: 1 portion

Rice porridge

A quick, tasty and healthy breakfast that will leave you with loads of energy for a hard day of studying. You’ll also be able to whip this up in a few minutes if you are short for time in the morning.

  • Rice flake porridge (which you can get in most supermarkets)
  • Dairy free milk of choice
  • A handful of strawberries and a banana
  • Chia seeds
  • Agave nectar, or any syrup of choice
  • Almond butter (you can get this in most supermarkets too)

Boil the rice flake porridge and milk according to the instructions, adding some syrup for a little sweetness. Once it is cooked, top with a handful of chopped strawberries and a chopped banana. To finish, drizzle over some almond butter and a sprinkle of chia seeds.

Sweet & Stacked Pancakes

Effort: High
Serving: 2-3 portions


This dish might take a bit more time (and a lot more washing up) but I guarantee it is worth it. There are a lot of ways to make pancakes, and this is only one of them, so if it isn’t for you or you don’t have these ingredients, a simple search online will probably give you loads of other combinations to work with!

  • Three cups of plain flour
  • Two cups of dairy free milk of choice
  • Two cups of dairy free yoghurt
  • Two teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda
  • Strawberries and blueberries
  • Maple syrup and dark chocolate sauce
  • Chia seeds

Before you mix your batter, heat a non-stick frying pan until hot. Mix the dry ingredients, then whisk with the dairy-free milk and yoghurt. Add this batter to the pan in small portions  – remember to flip at the right time! Once you have a desired amount of pancakes (you should have some spares for your flatmates, who might wonder what’s cooking) stack them up, drizzling over the syrup and chocolate sauce. Top with some fruit and a sprinkle of chia seeds to finish.

Smoothie, Two-Ways: Mango & Pineapple Blast

Effort: Low
Serving: 1-2 portions

Mango smoothie

The best thing about a smoothie is you can’t really go wrong with them. Store some frozen fruit in your freezer and it is always there for when you feel like a pick-me-up!

  • A handful of frozen pineapple
  • A handful of frozen or fresh mango
  • Coconut water

You can make this the night before, meaning you can have an extra 10 minutes snooze in bed…blend it up and serve in your favourite container. I also topped with some chopped kiwi and added a straw, for the purposes of the photo, of course.

Berry Heaven

Effort: Low
Serving: 1-2 portions

Berry heaven

I love a good berry smoothie, and this one is no exception. Anything goes with this combination, so whatever berries take your fancy. They can be frozen or fresh, or fresh that have been frozen! Just make sure you have at least one frozen element to you recipe to make it extra cold. You can even add some frozen straight from the bag to the top for decoration.

  • A handful of frozen berries (blackberries and raspberries work really well!)
  • One banana, chopped
  • Dairy free milk of choice
  • Desiccated coconut to serve

If you re-create any of these dishes, be sure to tag us in! Make sure to check out my other favourite dishes, including lunch and dinner.