Easy Budget Snack: Bruschetta

Sometimes it's nice to make yourself a delicious snack that's not a burger from McDonald's or just dry toast. Bruschetta is a quick and easy snack to make that doesn't break your bank, and you can even serve it as an appetizer or a side dish at a dinner party.

You'll need:

  • tomatoes
  • onion (I use red onion)
  • olive oil (other oils work too)
  • fresh basil
  • pepper
  • baguette (you can use fresh one or frozen ones - I love frozen ones that have a garlic filling)


Making it:

  1. Chop the tomato, onion and basil into little pieces - you have to be able to fit them on top of little pieces of baguette, so cut accordingly. Drop the chopped ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Pour a few tablespoons of oil on top of the chopped ingredients and add a sprinkle of pepper. Mix well. 
  3. Cut the baguette into little pieces, if it's a fresh one, and let it get a little crispy in the oven. If you're using a frozen baguette, bake it in the oven following the instructions on the package and afterwards cut it into small pieces.
  4. Spread the tomato-onion-basil filling on top of the baguette pieces and serve while warm.


Bruschetta is easy even if you don't quite know how to cook and it's cheap (a major selling point for use students). Serving it for friends will show you made an effort and just making it for yourself as a snack will be a healthier option than fast food or microwave meals.