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Two Dollar Student Meals, Brought to You by FoodScrapz


Written by Jennifer Susanto (she/her) @foodscrapz | Contributing Writer

About FoodScrapz

FoodScrapz is a cooking club for lazy students, providing you with cheap, simple and tasty recipes that anyone can enjoy. The club runs at the City Campus Te Āhuru Recreation Centre, and it’s 100% free, so anyone can come along to cook their own free meal (RSVP via @aut.recreation Instagram).

We know that being broke sucks - especially when you’re hungry for a feed at the end of a long day at uni, and you would much rather spend 30 bucks on an UberEats burger. Don’t waste your money - here are some simple, quick and somewhat nutritious recipes that are less than $2 per serving! In a world where $2 shops aren’t even $2 anymore, trust me - this is a real treat.

Avocado “Pesto” Pasta (without actual pesto)

Total cost: $0.99

Time: 12 mins

Servings: two medium plates (or one big ass plate)


  • A blender - or a fork, and a real passion to mash that damned avocado.


  • 1/2 avocado

  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • Your choice of fresh or packets herbs (eg. Basil, coriander, parsley, mixed herbs)

  • 70g pasta (add/reduce depending on hunger levels) salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings:

  • whatever leftover cheese you have in the fridge

  • whatever vegetables you have

  • chilli flakes, for a bit of spice


  1. Boil pasta in salted water - chuck in some olive oil if you’re fancy.

  2. Blend all other ingredients (or furiously mash them together with a fork).

  3. Mix sauce with pasta and enjoy!

Banana Oat Waffles

Total Cost: $1.88

Time: 20 mins

Servings: 3-4 waffles/pancakes Equipment

  • Waffle maker (or just use a pan and call ‘em pancakes ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

  • Blender (you can’t quite mash this one to completion unfortunately)

Dry Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups oats

  • 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Wet Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk

  • 1 egg

  • 2 bananas

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips or to taste Instructions


  1. Blend oats until powdery - if you don’t have a blender, skip this step.

  2. Mix oats with all dry ingredients.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix all wet ingredients.

  4. Fold in half of the dry mixture to the wet mixture before folding in the rest of the dry mixture.

  5. Heat up the waffle maker (or pan).

  6. Fold in the chocolate chips (optional).

  7. Add about a spoonful of batter to the waffle maker and cook according to taste.

  8. Add savoury or sweet toppings if desired.

For the full archive of FoodScrapz recipes, check out the @foodscrapz Instagram page which has 60 recipes which average about 15 minutes to prepare and cost around $2 per serving.


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