Fresh herbs are versatile ingredients in the kitchen as they are often very important to achieve a flavorful dish. Dried herbs are always available in the spice section, but here we are going to touch on some tips for fresh herb upkeep so that you don’t waste money on a fairly common and costly ingredient.
Cost per meal: $9.57
Cost per serving: $1.06
Prep time: 60 minutes
Estimated Calories: 301
Brunch is a fantastic meal for college students, it’s always a social activity and will double as breakfast and lunch! I named this casserole the Shamrock Egg Bake with Turkey Sausage because of it’s green and gold color, and it’s perfect for spring time! Unlike most breakfast casseroles this one does not need to be prepared a day ahead for the bread to absorb the egg. You can also serve this as a “breakfast for dinner” meal and refrigerate the leftovers! I adapted the original recipe from Taste of Home by adding turkey sausage for additional protein to make this a complete meal.
Cost per meal: $9.98
Cost per serving: $2.50
Prep time: 20 minutes
Estimated Calories: 385
Salads are a wonderful meal for any night of the week—they’re quick, easy to make, and for those of you who are trying to avoiding eating too many carbs, they’re a great way to up the veggie (and meat, if you like) count in your diet! Salads are pretty underrated, in my humble opinion. Don’t let the long list of ingredients scare you off- It’s more than made up by a super quick and simple preparation process. Here is a recipe for a nutritious and filling southwestern chicken salad, adapted from two different recipes, found at Taste of Home and All Recipes.
Did you know that you can use finely ground almonds, pistachios, etc. instead of flour when you’re baking? This is great if you want to reduce your gluten intake, are aiming for a lighter flavor, or just want to give your dessert a slightly nutty flavor to whatever it is you are baking. And hey, it helps you get some protein in as well!
Cost per meal: $9.17
Cost per serving: $1.53
Prep time: 30 minutes
Estimated Calories: 400
This pasta dish is a quick meal for almost any night of the week. It also gives you a lot of food, so the leftovers will last you for awhile! For all of you vegetarians out there- this is a really easy dish to make meatless (see the Martha Stewart recipe where this is adapted from) without losing much of the meal.
I am not ashamed to admit it: I am 100% on the Chobani train. As someone who’s always looking for healthy food substitutions, I was elated to find out that Chobani can be a great alternative to many unhealthy options. Here’s an infographic explaining just how to substitute Chobani’s 0% Plain Yogurt in some of your favorite baked items. Enjoy!
Cost per meal: $9.47
Cost per serving: $1.90
Prep time: 30 minutes
Estimated Calories: 250
If you’re anything like my friends and me, you realize cooking for yourself in college is hard- especially after a long day of classes. It’s on those kinds of days where we’re too lazy to cook that we end up at our favorite burger joint around the corner from our apartment. Although these trendy burger joints are all the rage here in Charlottesville, they certainly aren’t the most economical or healthy option in town.
That’s why I decided to adapt Skinnytaste’s Turkey Zucchini Burgers for this week’s budget meal. Since my apartment complex doesn’t allow outdoor grills, I made mine on a flat skillet on the stove and they turned out wonderfully. So regardless of whether you make them on a traditional grill, a skillet like I did, or a George Foreman grill, they’re a great alternative to that $10 burger you’re craving.