Budget Meal: Shamrock Egg Bake with Turkey Sausage

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Servings: 9
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.

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Budget Meal: Pasta with Turkey and Fresh Tomato Sauce

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Servings: 6
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.

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Budget Meal: Turkey Zucchini Burgers

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Servings: 5
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.

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

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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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