Budget Meal: Baked Chicken Parmesan

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Servings: 4
Cost per meal: $9.47
Cost per serving: $2.37
Prep time: 15 minutes
Estimated calories: 300

I absolutely love Italian food, but often find at Italian restaurants the portions are too big and the food is prepared in the least healthy way possible. That’s why for this week’s budget meal, I decided to adapt Skinnytaste’s Baked Chicken Parmesan because I wanted to lighten up one of my favorite Italian dishes – and do it on a budget. The result is a great week night meal you and your roommates can easily make – or you can freeze the leftovers for when you’re on the go and have a great alternative to those sodium-loaded frozen dinners.

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How To Eat Well During Your College Years: An Interview With a UVA Nutritionist

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Melanie Brede                                                        Amy Chestnutt

This week we interviewed nutritionist Melanie Brede from the Elson Student Health Center here at the University of Virginia. Here is her helpful advice! Our final question was collaboration from Melanie and one of her colleagues Amy Chestnutt with the Eating Disorders Education Initiative at the UVA Women’s Center

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Budget Meal: Chicken Fajitas

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Servings: 1-3
Cost per meal: $9.75
Cost per serving: $3.25
Prep Time: 10 minutes 
Estimated Calories: 465

These chicken fajitas are one of my go-to meals during the week because I love Mexican food, but I don’t always have the time to go out to eat and can’t always afford fajitas when I do make it out since they seem to be one of the pricier items at most Mexican restaurants. The best part about this recipe is that I threw it together on a whim one night and so it’s easy to add in any other vegetables, other meats, or toppings you like to keep it interesting. This recipe is also great because it’s easy to make a single serving for yourself or make enough for some friends, too.

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Budget Meal: Southwestern Chicken Salad

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Servings: 4
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.

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Budget Meal: Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

 

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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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