Life on Campus: 6 Simple Vegan Alternatives of Your Favorite Recipes

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Maintaining a healthy diet when living on campus is a challenge in itself for many students. When you add vegan to the equation, it can get a lot trickier.

Thankfully, veganism is a lot more popular these days, and you can get access to products easily. What you need are delicious recipes that are easy and quick to make, use simple ingredients, and above all, are budget-friendly.

If you are looking for some delicious vegan alternatives to your favorite recipes, we have got you covered.

1. Vegan Mac’N’Cheese 

What You Need: 

  1. 2 yellow potatoes, peeled and cubed
  2. 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
  3. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for water
  5. 1 lb elbow macaroni (450 g), cooked, for serving


  • Peel and cut the potatoes. 
  • Chop the onions. 
  • Add vegetables to a large pot of boiling water. Cover and boil until the potatoes are tender. 
  • Add the vegetables, garlic powder, salt, and cooking water to a blender. Blend till homogenous.
  • Add the sauce to the macaroni. 
  • Sprinkle with some chili flakes if you want some spiciness.

Serve hot and enjoy! There is nothing better than a hot plate of Mac’N’Cheese when you are craving some carbs late at night when struggling with that paper writing due the next day. This recipe can be prepared in less than 30 minutes and can easily fit into your break time. 

2. Overnight Oats

Finding it difficult to come up with a quick vegan breakfast recipe? This will be perfect to kick start your day with a little meal prep the previous night. 

What You Need:

  1. Oats
  2. Coconut or almond milk
  3. Chia seeds 
  4. Fruits and nuts


  • Add oats to a jar with a lid, and add chia seeds and any plant-based milk to it. Alternatively, you can also add some water to reduce the amount of plant-based milk used. In the morning, you can add more milk to your preference. 
  • Keep it in your refrigerator overnight to soften the oats. 
  • Take the jar the next morning, add some fresh fruit and nuts, and you are good to go.

Breakfast does not get any easier than this. You can pair this with not only fruits but any garnish for oatmeal that suits your taste.

3. Spicy Noodles

Are you bored with the regular ramen? When you are feeling like a chef, add a twist to your recipe with some vegetables and spices. 

What You Need: 

  1. ¼ block of firm tofu 
  2. 1 serving of noodles of your preference
  3. 1 small onion
  4. 1 cup mushrooms
  5. 1 tsp sesame oil
  6. 1 tbsp gochujang
  7. 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari


  • Cook the noodles according to package instructions. 
  • To a pan, add a little bit of oil and fry the tofu pieces. 
  • Once the tofu is cooked, remove from the pan.
  • Add onion and mushrooms to the same pan.
  • When the vegetables begin to brown, prepare the sauce.
  • Mix the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl.
  • When noodles are cooked, drain them.
  • Add noodles and tofu to the pan.
  • Add the sauce to the pan and mix everything together.
  • Turn the heat off, and stir in sesame oil.

You can also garnish the dish with green onions, chives, and sesame seeds. 

4. Watermelon Poke Bowl

Are you looking for a quick refreshment without having to spend too much time? Then this watermelon poke bowl recipe is perfect for your needs.

What You Need:

  1. Soy sauce
  2. Sesame oil
  3. Rice vinegar
  4. Ginger
  5. Watermelon
  6. Avocados
  7. Cooked rice
  8. Edamame


  • Whisk the components of the dressing together in a large bowl.
  • Add watermelon cubes to it and let it marinate.
  • Steam some edamame in the microwave.
  • Cook the rice, or use any leftover rice you may have.
  • In a clean serving bowl, add rice, and top it with edamame, watermelon, and avocados.
  • Drizzle the sauce on top.

5. Couscous With Chickpeas

Couscous and chickpeas can make for one of the healthiest and tastiest dishes that you make in less than 30 minutes. It has a touch of Mediterranian to it and a hint of spice that can curb your cravings.

What You Need:

  1. Couscous 
  2. Vegetable broth (you can replace this with water)
  3. Canned Chickpeas 
  4. Coriander
  5. Garlic powder
  6. Basil and spinach
  7. Olive oil
  8. Lemon juice
  9. Za’tar (pre-mixed blend of herbs like oregano, thyme, and marjoram)
  10. Paprika


  • Add water or vegetable broth to couscous in a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, remove the lid, and simmer for 10 minutes until the couscous is tender.
  • Once couscous is completely cooked, drain the remaining liquid, if any.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add the rest of the ingredients.
  • If you do not have Za’tar, you can use the spices separately.
  • Chop the coriander and add it as garnish.

6. One-pot Soup 

When you need nourishment, there is nothing better than a bowl of yellow split pea soup that can uplift your spirits. Living on campus is no longer a problem to cook yummy soup if you have access to these easy ingredients. 

What You Need

  1. Yellow split peas
  2. Onions
  3. Carrot
  4. Garlic 
  5. Vegetable broth or water
  6. Spices such as turmeric and chili powder. 


  • Add some oil to a pan.
  • When the oil is hot, add onions, garlic, and ginger.
  • Once the onions are translucent, add mushrooms and carrots. 
  • Once the vegetables are sauteed, add in the water or vegetable broth. 
  • Next, add the yellow split peas, coriander, chili powder, and turmeric. 
  • Bring the soup to a boil and cook until the peas are tender. 

The soup should be cooked well in 30 minutes, but if you want it to be softer, you can cook for a longer period. If you do not want to eat it as soup, a thicker version will also go well with rice.

As you can see, being a vegan chef while being a student is not that difficult at all. In fact, all these ingredients here are easily accessible to you and can create delicious meals. 

Whenever you are feeling hungry, these quick-to-make recipes can be a lifesaver!


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