Easy hostel meals

So we have been on the road for about four months now, and when five or six o‘clock rolls around we inevitably look at one another and say, “What do you want for dinner?” I have come to hate that question. I have also come to hate the usual answer: “Uhh…pasta?”

Neither of us are much cooks anyway. Truth be told, even at home in our own kitchen every once and a while I would suggest, “Well…I don‘t mind going without food tonight if you don’t mind.” But man does not live on bread alone, particularly during long travel days and day trips, so we have been trying to stay fed in hostels.

Thankfully, most of the hostels we have stayed at have had an oven and stove (even though they are always old and a couple have looked like a fire waiting to happen). So, between the two of us, through trial and error and peeking over fellow backpackers‘ shoulders, here is a list of easy hostel meals for the tired, hungry traveler.

Breakfast:

  • oatmeal with fruit (raisins, apple, cinnamon, brown sugar, etc)
  • cereal and yogurt
  • eggs, omelets, and hot meat
  • french toast
    • 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 1/2 cup of milk, 1/3 cup of sugar mixed in a bowl. Cook soaked bread in skillet
  • pancakes
  • crepes (flour, egg, and milk)

Lunch

  • crepes (with ham, cheese, mushrooms, peppers, etc)
  • toasted ham-and-cheese sandwiches and fried bananas/platains
  • grilled cheese sandwiches in a skillet
  • guacamole/salsa & chips
    • add a taste of lemon, cilantro, and tomato in the guacamole for some zing
  • popcorn
  • paella
  • ramen with extra
    • If you do not have access to hot water, soaking noodles in cold water for 15 minutes works also (or so I am told)

Dinner

  • pasta & tomato sauce and meat
    • Basically, it is spaghetti with variation
  • sautaeed mixed veggies
  • soup
    • packet mix and add what you want
  • beef tenderloin/steak pan-fried
  • Shakshuka
  • Egyptian Koshari
  • stir fry
  • potato soup
    • You can easily substitute other vegetables or just add grated cheese to your bowl for added flavor
  • spuds
    • Bake large potatoes in oven until soft, cut up and cover in cheese, chives, bacon bits, sour cream, or anything you desire
  • gallo pinto

Other

Another good resource for food options is hostelcookers.com

What have you cooked in a hostel? What else would you add to this list?

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