A steamy lasagne dish fresh out of the oven

20 deliciously easy meals to cook in your serviced apartment

If it were possible to create a blog long enough for all the meals we’ve all wanted to try it would probably wrap around the entire earth… twice. In today’s society, few of us have time to make a three-course meal as you would find in a restaurant, which is why many of us choose to eat out. It’s hassle-free and offers great tasting food, as well as the chance to enjoy time with your love ones, but the main downside is cost.

However, with a serviced apartment, you can spend as much time in the kitchen as you like, while saving money and all the while still spending time with your loved ones and enjoying great tasting food. This is why we’ve compiled an easy-to-digest list of some of the best recipes to try.

Veggie and Vegan Friendly

1. Chickpea Curry

A bowl with chickpea curry inside with a spoon and fork next to it.
Try something new while staying in your serviced apartment

Indulge in a delicious chickpea curry while staying in your serviced apartment. Within just 30 minutes you will have a delightful vegan curry. With simple and easy ingredients, you can find in my supermarkets, curries are always a great choice when deciding on what to make!

2. Lentil Spaghetti Bolognese

Bowl of lentil spaghetti bolognese
Put a twist on a classic!

A regular family favourite dish is the ever moreish Spag Bol! Served in homes all around the country, it’s a simple and easy meal that pleases everyone. So why not try something a little different and add lentils instead of mince? For an easy meal that is also vegan, take a few risks and try a classic with a twist.

3. Vegan Cake

A slice of cake with cream on the side.
It’s vegan? But you can hardly taste the difference!

This list wouldn’t be complete without a dessert… or two! This divine vegan sponge cake is the perfect dessert to finish the evening. From its heavenly strawberry flavour to its easy-to-follow recipe, it’s an ideal bake while staying in a self-catering apartment.

4. Vegan Banana Pancakes

A stack of pancakes with syrup and strawberries
Indulge in a stack of banana pancakes

There is nothing more indulgent then pancakes from the smell of batter to the mouth-water fluffiness. However, with a twist of the classic, this vegan recipe is sublime and simple to make. Within minutes you’ll have a golden stack of pancakes ready to be devoured.

One Jar meal prep

Possibly one of the best food hacks ever discovered, the Mason Jar food prep is an easy way to stay on top of meal and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Making cooking in your serviced apartment kitchen that little bit more stress-free, plus there won’t be much washing up to be done after!

5. Salted Turtle Overnight Oats

Two jars filled with overnight oats and topped with pecan nuts.
Go on… treat yourself!

A spin on a classic dish with added chocolaty goodness, so perhaps not quite as healthy as it could be but the chocolate is worth the extra calories! With a mix of chocolate, dates and pecan, this Salted Turtle Overnight Oats is a real winner when it comes to a sweet treat while also maintaining a healthy diet.

6. Shrimp-Feta Cobb Salad

A jar filled with salad and toppings for the shrimp feta salad.
Stay one step ahead and meal prep!

Loaded with delicious goodness and topped with feta cheese! For portion sizing and meal prep, nothing beats a Mason Jar. An on-the-go salad at your fingertips and all the prep done the night before! Lunch prep for work has never been so easy.

7. Chicken Pot Pies

A chicken pot pie cut open to expose the chicken, mushrooms and pastry.
An easy crowd-pleaser without the hassle.

One-pot for one meal: taking the mess out of tray baking plus less washing up. With Mason Jars you don’t have to worry about making too much or too little as the jar does it for you. Once done, add a few veggies on the side, with a little gravy and voila, a home-cooked meal done.

8. Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese in a bowl with a crumb coat on top.
I know its cheesy, but this recipe is great!

On your marks, get set, go! With a 5 minute recipe, who’s worried about keeping track of time? Simple and easy to prepare, your cheesetastic heaven awaits you!

One Tray/ One pan

9. One tray, 3 pasta bakes!

A oven pan with pasta, tomato and cheese cooked inside.
Can’t make up your mind? Make all 3!

There is nothing more delightfully simple than a pasta bake. Two easy steps, then into the oven and before you know it dinner is served. However, if you happen to be travelling by yourself or in a couple, a full tray of pasta bake could just be too much for two people! That’s why this recipe is great for solo or couple travellers when meal prepping for the week.

10. Easy Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken covered in a tomato sauce with herbs on the top.
An easy dish to try when cooking in your self-catered apartment

Possibly one of the most searched recipes when researching good one-tray recipes, which is why we included a simple and easy Chicken Cacciatore to master, all within 20 minutes. Whether you’re a pro or beginner, this dish will make your friends believe you’re the next Gordon Ramsey, when in reality, it’s a very simple dish to make!

11. One-Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta

Chicken, pesto and spaghetti combined to make a delicious pasta dish.
Simple, easy and great tasting

Cooking for a large family? This Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta is easily a crowd-pleaser for the whole gang! With a mix of spices and herbs combined with delicious pasta, this dish is certainly a winner and will be a hit with all the family.

12. Halloumi Traybake

Halloumi traybake with tons of veg incorporated into it.
Are you feta up with these cheese jokes yet?

Halloumi is one of the world’s most loved cheeses, so finding different recipes to incorporate it is pretty easy! Here is one of the best we found that is certainly worth a try. With complete flexibility over the recipe, it really is as easy as chucking everything in, and the kitchen sink, to create this masterpiece dish!

Less than 5 ingredients

13. Tuna Casserole

A casserole dish filled with tuna, pasta and veggie goodies!
This dish has so much flexibility to make it into your own!

or the love of fish and casserole, combining the two will always end with a delicious dish, that can be served to a number of people or for just one. With complete flexibility in its portions and fillings, a casserole is great as a winter-warmer meal for friends and family.

14. Ravioli Lasagne

A dish filled with lasagne and topped with cheese.
Perfect for a meal with friends or family

Another easy take on a classic dish. With ravioli instead of lasagne sheets, it puts an exciting twist on this family fun recipe.

15. Veggie Burgers

A veggie burger with a toasted bun and lettuce.
Bring your burger to life with this easy and simple recipe

Nothing beats a juicy and tender burger recipe, especially with only 5 ingredients. Of course, there are options to swap the beans with mincemeat, so it’s completely up to you on how you want to tackle this tasty recipe.

16. BBQ Chicken-Stuffed Sweet Potato

Half a sweet potato stuffed with chicken and veg
Easy and ready meal prep for any meal

Painless and simple is the aim of any meal prep. With a gourmet appearance and taste, you’ll be shocked at the minimal length of time it will take you to make this BBQ Chicken-Stuffed Sweet Potato recipe.

Noodles in 4 ways 

Most people understand the true beauty of a good noodle dish. It’s cost-effective, not time-consuming to cook and you can basically make it with anything! That’s why it’s always good to have a pack of noodles in the cupboard.

17. Sweet and Sour Noodles 

Sweet and sour chicken served on a bed of rice with chopsticks on the side.
An easy classic recipe, perfect for beginners

With a simple sweet and sour sauce combined with chicken, peppers and of course, noodles, you have a winning dish with all the family. Add as much veg as you want, as it’s a great way to sneak some in for the kids!

18.Chilli Beef Noodles 

A plate of chilli beef noodles combined with veg.
Try something new, as you may just enjoy it!

Another noodle favourite that is an easy hunger-fix for all. If you’re ravenous and can’t wait long for food, this dish of blended spices and flavours is an easy choice. Adding as much chilli in as you can take: you can mix it up to be veggie or chicken too. 

19.Veggie Yaki Udon

A large wok filled with noodles and spices.
Enjoy the enticing taste of udon noodles

As terrifyingly complicated as the name sounds, this could actually be considered one of the easiest to make. Perfect for veggies and the health-conscious foodies, the Veggie Yaki Udon takes a traditional Japanese dish and simplifies it so it’s an easy recipe to follow. A perfect dish for beginners, who will easily impress friends and family.

20. Japanese Ramen Noodle Soup

Ramen bowl filled with noodles, egg and prawns
Dive into this Japenese classic

With just a few simple ingredients combined with whatever array of veg, you have left in your fridge, and voila, you have yourself ramen! So simple and easy to make, it is the perfect beginner’s dish to try. With only 20 minutes of prep time too, rushing your food won’t be a problem with this foolproof ramen.

From one-jar food prep to noodles in 4 ways, there is an endless world of opportunity when cooking in your serviced apartment kitchen. Wanting more tips or tricks for your serviced apartment? You can check out our other blogs here! Be sure to let us know which recipes you tried as we would love to see your creations and the different versions you come up with.

Annabel Connell

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