Budget Meal: Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili



Servings: 8
Cost per serving: $0.93
Cost per meal: $7.44
Prep time: 10 minutes
Estimated calories per serving: 200

It’s been pretty cold here in Charlottesville recently, so I’ve been craving comfort food. This recipe has been on my “to-cook” list for quite awhile. It’s so easy to make, especially if you have a busy day ahead of you. You can throw everything in the crock pot before you leave for class and dinner will be ready to go once you get home!

I took down the spice level by a few notches, but if you’re feeling brave, you can head over to Skinnytaste (where this recipe’s been adapted from) to give the full-spice version a try.

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How To: Substitute Applesauce for Butter and Oil


Image taken from healthycookierecipes.wordpress.com

Applesauce is a great way to make desserts (or any baked item) a little healthier. The basic rule of thumb for substitution with applesauce is as follows:

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Budget Meal: Meatballs & Cream Sauce with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Broccoli

meatballs and cream sauce with broccoli and sweet potatoes

Servings: 3
Cost per serving: $3.25
Cost per meal: $9.75
Prep time: 35 minutes
Estimated calories per serving: 400

For this week’s budget meal I’ve paired a Sweden-inspired entrée of meatballs and cream sauce with a delicious side of roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli. The cream sauce recipe is adapted from the one found in IKEA’s Real Swedish Food Book (hence the mL instead of cups) and uses milk instead of cream; the sweet potatoes and broccoli recipe is adapted from this one by Divas Can Cook.

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Thanks for stopping by The College Cook! Our goal is to provide college students with basic kitchen skills and healthy budget meals so they can survive their college years on more than just ramen and macaroni and cheese.

Please let us know if you have any recipes or skills you would like to see on this blog or have any questions about cooking in the comments below. We look forward to cooking with you!

-Emily, Maurine, Katie & Molly