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13 Easy
Hostel Meals

Taking advantage of a (somewhat) fully equipped hostel kitchen is one of the ways to eat cheap while traveling.

Here are 13 easy hostel meals that use cheap, easy to find ingredients…

Deluxe grilled cheese sandwich

Yes, a grilled cheese is great on its’ own but it can get boring after awhile.  Spruce it up with ham and tomatoes or with pickles or peppers or anything else your mind can come up with.


Why not start a pizza party at your hostel?  Ask around and you’re sure to get people who want pizza as much as you do.

Start by using flatbreads, pita bread or even regular old fashioned bread slices and then top them with a tomato base, cheese and anything under the sun that you and your new pizza crew can think of.  Blast them under the grill for a few minutes and, boom, instant pizza party!

Eggs in a basket

Also known as “egg in a hole”, “eggy bread” or “hole in the wall”.

This can be made in 4 easy steps:
1.  Take a slice of bread and cut a round hole in the middle of it.
2.  Melt butter in frying pan, place bread in the pan.
3.  Crack an egg into the hole.
4.  Fry the bread until it’s nice and firm.

Ramen with a twist

Ramen noodles are always a good, cheap quick fix but, let’s face it, you’re not really getting any nutrients or protein.

Twist them up by cooking them along with fresh vegetables you find at the local market.  Add broccoli, peppers, onions, carrots and anything else your heart desires.  Instead of just using the included flavor packet, add some rice vinegar, soy sauce or chili sauce into the broth to give it some more zip.

For a little protein, you could crack an egg into your broth or just simply add some shrimp or chicken.


Like pizza, tacos are also one of those meals that others will join in with you.  Form a group and head out to the market to pickup all the ingredients you need.

You’ll need tortillas, ground meat, cheese, tomato, lettuce, canned black beans, salsa and taco seasoning.  If you want to go a little healthier, pick up chicken or shrimp instead of ground meat.

Grill the beef (or healthy alternative) in a frying pan with the beans and taco seasoning.  Once it’s cooked, set up an assembly line with the meat, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, cheese and salsa.

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Peanut butter and banana sandwich

Peanut butter and banana are a marriage made in heaven.  If there’s no peanut butter in the fridge, then you can always use Nutella instead because you know you’ll find that in every hostel kitchen.

Tuna casserole

To make the casserole, pick up some pasta, a can of tuna, peppers, onions, celery, black olives, some gooey cheese and a small bottle of tomato, pesto or cream sauce.

Cook up the pasta separately and put all the ingredients together in a baking dish and bake in the oven until nice and crispy.  If there’s no oven available just use a pot on the stove top instead.

Baked potato

You usually only think of baked potatoes when you want a side with your steak dinner.  Well, you know what, potatoes on their own can be a good hearty meal as well.

You can cut the cook time from an hour to just 5 minutes by cooking the potatoes in a microwave instead of baking them in an oven.  Just use a fork to poke a few holes in the potato and pop it in the microwave.

Add your favorite toppings like cheese, bacon, sour cream or be creative and top it with some local vegetable medley instead.  In fact, there is no wrong answer when it comes to topping a baked potato.


At its’ most basic, spaghetti is just noodles and tomato sauce but why not jazz it up?  While the noodles are cooking, sauté up some ground beef and veggies with the tomato sauce in another pan.  Top it with some cheese and you’ve got a hearty meal that will fill you up.

Vegetable stirfry

You really only need three things to make a stirfry – veggies, rice and either a teriyaki or a soy sauce.  While peppers, mushrooms and onions are commonly found in stirfries, try using some unique local veggies instead.

Simply cook up the rice and, in a separate pan, sauté the veggies.  When the rice is ready, mix it all together and top it with your sauce.

Pasta salad

If you’re looking for something lighter, you can put together a pasta salad.  Start by cooking up some pasta and then draining it in cold water.  While the pasta is cooking, cut up some tomatoes, cucumbers and onions.

Put it all together in a bowl with your favorite salad dressing and top it with Parmesan cheese and you have a nice light meal that’s perfect for those hot summer days.

Mac and cheese

You’ll find your favorite childhood meal in many hostel kitchens on your travels.  Look on the “free” shelf for a package or you can always just find a cheap box in the local supermarket.

You can jazz it up by adding some other ingredients like diced tomatoes, onions, and of course, bacon.

One pot wonder

One pot wonders are simple meals to put together.  Just follow this simple formula: one starch, one protein, lots of veggies and, of course, don’t forget the seasonings.

Starches can be pasta, potato or rice and the protein can be your choice of meat or seafood.  If you prefer a vegetarian meal, use tofu or beans instead.  Veggies can be anything so go to the local market and just pick up a bunch.  For seasonings, try fresh garlic, pepper and hot chili flakes.

As the name of the dish suggests, put everything into one pot and watch as the flavors marry to create an amazing stew like dish.

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