Resist the cracker pack on the side in favor of a bigger soup helping. Share on Facebook Share. Half cup of ice cream or 3 scoops of sorbet? Chicken and more veggies keep calories low and protein high with 26 grams per serving. Enjoy a dine-out experience at home with our favorite Italian pasta dish, complete with succulent shrimp and spinach tossed in a zesty lemon-garlic sauce.
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A combination of mushrooms, lentils, and walnuts makes these veggie burgers meaty and protein-rich. For a few cents more, add a whole wheat bun to serve this healthy vegetarian recipe as a sandwich.
This cheap and healthy meal is light on the pocketbook and heavy on the satisfaction. With 49 grams of muscle-building protein, this minute meal will keep you full for hours.
Instead of refried beans, this flavorful Mexican entree calls for a tasty and creamy cauliflower puree to act as the "glue" for the steamed veggie toppings.
If you're hungry and have leftovers handy, feel free to toss on some chicken or shrimp, too. Just 20 minutes is all you need to pull off our all-in-one chicken and pasta dinner. The combination of veggies, angel hair pasta, and high-protein chicken covers all the bases at dinnertime. Dive into our cheesy quesadillas for your next Mexican night. They're filled with good-for-you veggies, plus cilantro and lime to heighten the fresh Mexican flavor without adding excess calories.
Make it an entree by adding your favorite protein. With this cheap healthy recipe, we grant you permission to eat cranberry sauce year-round! Perfect to pack for lunch or as a light, summery dinner recipe, this main-dish salad explodes with fresh flavor. Heart-healthy tuna and fiber-rich beans join with peppery greens, fresh herbs, and a citrusy dressing for a healthy salad recipe that's a cheap easy meal. Whitefish is a lean source of protein that's mild in flavor, and it easily complements stronger flavors like the chili powder, garlic, and lime in these tostadas.
Even with our homemade chili-lime cream, this dinner recipe rings in at just calories for two tostadas! Noodles made of nutritious zucchini, yellow squash, and carrots combine with silky Alfredo and savory basil pesto sauces for a "pasta" dinner that's actually healthy! Chicken and more veggies keep calories low and protein high with 26 grams per serving. That's up to you. No matter when you eat this healthy meal in a bowl, it's a cheap and easy recipe under calories.
Start planning your next chili night! Add everything to the slow cooker, and come home to a healthy dinner loaded with veggies and 8 grams of fiber. Sticking to healthy meals on a budget often means skipping restaurant fare.
With this restaurant remake, you can enjoy dining-out flavor while saving money and calories. Not only does our healthy pasta recipe ring in at under calories per serving, but it also requires just 20 minutes of prep. Make it a family dinner recipe by adding more or less chili powder to suit your kids' tastes.
Spiced and seasoned veggies—grilled to bring out their natural sweetness—star in our fajita dinner recipe. You can find the produce year-round, so enjoy the healthy recipe anytime you seek a cheap dinner. A meatless sandwich that's also a cheap and easy meal. Oh yeah, it's also loaded with fiber and protein thanks to garbanzo beans.
Whole wheat noodles, no-salt-added canned tomatoes, and shrimp make this delicious meal surprisingly low-cal. Use frozen shrimp instead of fresh to cut the cost of seafood.
When it comes to cheap easy dinners, it's hard to beat this protein-packed vegetarian soup recipe. A hint of Cajun seasoning gives the healthy dinner its bold flavor.
Enjoy a light supper with this simple meal that's loaded with protein and veggies—you'll feel satisfied even with smaller portions. Plus, you'll definitely save money dining in rather than out at a Mexican hot spot. A high-fiber, high-flavor soup recipe is the perfect fuel on a chilly night.
The addition of salsa verde and a good dose of cumin give this budget meal unique Mexican flavor. Whip up a delicious Mediterranean salad in 20 minutes with a few simple ingredients, including chicken, feta cheese, olives, and tomatoes. It's the epitome of easy, healthy dinner recipes. Gnocchi, a traditional Italian dumpling, joins sweet corn, arugula, and a plethora of savory seasonings to make one delicious dinner that you'd never guess is budget-friendly.
The addition of veggies to the dish adds extra nutrients to this healthy vegetarian recipe. Make expensive meats go further with some help from additional protein-rich ingredients, such as tender French lentils. Spice up this savory soup with a smoky blend of cumin and cayenne for a flavorful and inexpensive healthy meal. Two pans and 20 minutes later, a serving of this tasty low-sodium dish fulfills 20 percent of your daily iron requirement.
You likely have most of the ingredients on hand, saving you gas money from a grocery trip. Grab prewashed packaged spinach to make meal prep even faster. Even though the package says it's washed, be sure to rinse the spinach in a colander before using. Turn a classic pork chop into a tangy, tropical meal.
Orange marmalade creates a mouthwatering and easy! Grilled pineapple slices on the side lend their bold sweetness to this new grill-season favorite. Try our healthy vegetarian version of your favorite stroganoff for a new low-cal take on the classic. Our light cream sauce goes well with flat, long pastas, so try swapping fettuccine or tagliatelle for the pappardelle. Over time, people who downed more of the protein-packed stuff lost pounds without trying. Meanwhile, a Nestlé Nutrition Institute study review found that consuming dairy proteins increases satiety, reduces food intake and keeps blood sugar steady.
Top yogurt with fibrous foods like raspberries 4 grams of fiber per half cup or a cereal such as Kashi Go Lean Crisp Cinnamon Crumble 9 grams per three quarters of a cup.
Apples are one of the few fruits that contain pectin, which naturally slows digestion and promotes a feeling of fullness, according to a study in Gastroenterology. In fact, people who ate an apple as part of a meal felt more satiated and ate less than those who consumed a calorically equivalent amount of juice and applesauce.
That means you can eat lots of this low-energy-density, high-satiety fruit and avoid feeling deprived while losing weight, adds Roberts. Add apple chunks to oatmeal or salad, or slices to a turkey-on-whole-wheat sandwich.
This movie-night fave is a low-energy-density food—for 90 calories, you could eat 3 cups of air-popped corn but just a quarter cup of potato chips. Sprinkle on some red pepper.
In a recent Purdue University study, people who added a half teaspoon of the spice to a meal felt less hungry. Sprinkle almonds on top of your bowl. Do what celeb chef Ellie Krieger, RD, does: They cause people to feel satiated and eat less at their next meal, according to a Penn State University study. Put ice and fat-free milk or yogurt in a blender, add in fruit and give it a whirl. This article originally appeared on Health. Which is better for you: Half cup of ice cream or 3 scoops of sorbet?
And scoop for scoop sorbet contains twice the sugar with none of the filling dairy protein and fat. Real butter or spray on fake butter? What on earth does that mean? You're better off using a small amount of real butter as opposed to guessing how much you're using of the mystery melange of up to 20 ingredients. A turkey burger or a sirloin burger? Just be careful with the toppings. Almonds Almonds are high in protein, fiber and fat and will keep you feeling fuller longer.
Give high-sodium pretzels about an hour and you'll feel hungry again thanks to the high-carb no-fat or protein content. Special K or eggs?