Five cheap hostel recipes you can cook on holiday

Hostels have amazing cooking facilities nowadays. Some designer hostels provide better kitchens than most people have at home. Catering to young travellers who love good food and want to save money on holiday, hostels are perfect if you want to buy, prepare and cook your own meals.

Self-catering is a superb way to save money and it spares you from eating out in restaurants, which can make a huge dent on your budget.

If you want to know how to make healthy and delicious meals on holiday, then check out our five hostel recipes we’ve prepared just for you!

Pasta with Caprese Salad


Pasta salads are perfect for lunches, picnics and light dinners. They are easy-to-make, healthy and will provide favour and nutrients to your meal.


Supermarket pasta (campanelle, penne or fusilli – there could be some leftover in the hostel kitchen)
Pasta sauce
Mozzarella cheese
One fresh tomato
Balsamic dressing

1. Boil some water on the cooking hob and cook pasta with some salt for 8-10 minutes
2. While pasta is cooking, clean and slice the tomato. Slice the mozzarella cheese into tiny pieces too.
3. Arrange the basil between the tomato and mozzarella. Gently drizzle with some balsamic dressing. 
4. Add pasta sauce to your cooked pasta and bon appetit!

Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables


Stir fry dishes are easy-to-make, full of goodness and exceptionally tasty. They are the perfect quick fix meal for the health conscious traveller.


120g sachet stir-fry oyster sauce
400g mixed green vegetables
1 table spoon of sunflower oil
4 skinless chicken breast – sliced
1 red chilli – desseded and sliced
Sliced spring onions
25g toasted cashew nuts

1. Boil a pan of salted water, cook the green vegetables for 2 mins, then drain pan.
2. Heat the oil in a frying pan or wok if one’s available, then stir fry the chicken slices for 4 minutes until ready.
3. Add the drained green veg, chilli, stir-fry sauce and soy sauce.
4. Stir-fry briefly to heat everything and finish cooking the chicken.
5. Throw in the cashews and spring onions, then enjoy your meal.

Cheese, Ham, and Tomato Sandwich


If you’re running low on funds, then some cheap comfort food is a life saver. Even better you can have a toasted sandwich for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s a versatile treat and perfect for life on the go.


2 slices of bread
Ham and cheese slices
1/3 or 1/2 of a sliced tomato

1) Toast your bread
2) Slice up your tomato
3) Fill your sandwich with ham, cheese and newly sliced tomatoes

Baked potato with tuna and spring onion


A popular source of carbohydrates, potatoes are rich in Vitamin C as well as a source of Vitamin B, potassium, magnesium, and iron. If you’re running low on cash, then this is a gorgeous comfort meal.


1 washed baked potato
Sunflower or olive oil
Tin of tuna
Sliced spring onion
Mayonnaise (optional)

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180-200°C (400°Fan) or Gas Mark 6. Put the washed potato in a roasting tin, prick several times with a fork, cover it with oil and turn it over so the skin is covered.
2. Sprinkle the baked potato with a pinch of salt, this helps the potato become crispy, and bake in the oven for 60-70 minutes
3. Mix the tuna with slice spring onion with some mayonnaise too
4. Once the potato is ready, then slice it in half and mash the inside of the potato with some butter
5. Pour the tuna and onion into the potato

Black Beans and Rice


Easy-to-make, cheap and delicious, this versatile recipe can be eaten hot, warm, or cold. Like chilli, it tastes better with time and if you’re staying in a hostel for a week, then you can make a huge batch and have enough food for a couple of meals.


1 can of Black beans
1 cup of cooked rice
1 sliced red pepper
2 cloves of garlic, diced
2 tablespoons oil or butter

1) Heat up oil in pan on a medium heat
2) Add sliced red pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring gently
3) Turn heat down to medium and add some garlic, cook for one minute
4) Add rice and beans to the pan and cook on medium for another five minutes.
5) While the rice and beans are heating up, wash and cut the cilantro.
6) Add cilantro, stir firmly and enjoy your meal!