21 High-Protein Dinners That Won’t Break the Bank
Certain lean proteins like chicken| beef| and pork (especially when buying organic or grass-fed) require more funds than others| but you’ll be happy to know that each healthy dinner on this list costs about $5 per serving! It’s proof that with the right combination of ingredients| high-protein meals don’t have to come at an exorbitant cost. Click below to see dishes that use your favorite choice of protein| or click through them all to find inspiration for your next meal.
| Eggs: Veggie Frittata
Feel free to use whatever produce you have in your fridge to make this versatile veggie frittata fit your dietary needs and your budget.
| Eggs: Paleo Baked Egg in Avocado
For a low-sugar and fiber-filled meal that’s budget friendly| try this recipe for baked eggs in avocado that’s delicious for breakfast| lunch| or dinner.
| Eggs: Quinoa and Spinach Scramble
A satisfying| vitamin-packed quinoa egg scramble offers a whopping 19.6 grams of protein per serving with little effort.
| Eggs: Roasted Veggies With Easy Fried Egg
Whether you’re cooking for breakfast| lunch| or dinner| this roasted veggie and egg recipe is delicious any time of day. It’s another recipe that makes delicious use of whatever’s leftover in your crisper!
| Legumes: Simple Black Bean Soup
All you need is a can of protein-packed black beans| broth| and common spices you already have in your cupboard for this low-calorie black bean soup.
| Legumes: Easy Pinto Burger
Most veggie- and bean-burger recipes require a ton of ingredients| but just a few items go into these really simple pinto-bean burgers. And don’t worry u2014 the lack of ingredients doesn’t come at the price of flavor.
| Legumes: Goop’s Mustard Lentils
Naturally gluten-free and full of fiber| these tiny legumes are a healthy pantry staple you should always have on hand u2014 and they’re absolutely delicious in this lentil salad from Goop. Tangy and clean| this recipe makes for a light yet filling meal and even better leftovers; the longer this salad sits in the fridge| the better it tastes.
| Legumes: Vegan Bean Salad
After a hard workout| this vegan bean salad is the perfect protein-packed| refreshing dinner. It has more than 13 grams of fiber and nearly 17 grams of protein to fill you up and help your muscles recover.
| Legumes: Enchilada-Stuffed Peppers
Rather than opting for a meaty filling| go for these tasty enchilada-stuffed peppers that add veggies| beans| and Mexican flavors to the mix.
| Legumes: Tomato Lentil Soup
Satisfying tomato lentil soup uses red lentils to bulk up the recipe and up the protein content.
| Nuts: Raw Gorilla Wraps
When you need something quick| light| and satisfying| these fresh| raw| and fast wraps with a spiced walnut filling come together quick.
| Nuts: Raw Walnut Tacos
Beyond their smoky and surprisingly meaty flavor| the combination of walnuts and avocado packs this budget-friendly vegan taco recipe with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that have recently been linked to burning away belly fat. Plus| it’s a favorite recipe of Beyoncu00e9.
| Seafood: Panko-Crusted Tilapia
Forget more expensive pieces of fish like halibut and bake budget-friendly tilapia instead. This panko-crusted tilapia dish requires fresh fish and curly kale| but everything else is already in your healthy pantry or fridge.
| Seafood: Lemon-Dressed Tuna
Tuna is one of the best healthy and budget-friendly lean-protein sources you can have ready in your pantry. This recipe for mayo-free lemon tuna salad refuses to cover things up with unnecessary ingredients but keeps calories and fat counts low.
| Seafood: Loaded Avocado Tuna Salad
If you constantly throw out veggies| you need this quick loaded avocado tuna salad in your arsenal. You can toss any produce you have hiding into the mix for a filling and delicious supper.
| Seafood: Asian Salmon Slaw
Forget expensive pieces of salmon and use the canned version that’s just as healthy and only a fraction of the cost. This Asian salmon slaw uses produce and a few common kitchen staples to make this healthy recipe sing.
| Seafood: Roasted Shrimp Over Spaghetti Squash
High in protein but low in calories| shrimp is a healthful and relatively inexpensive option for a seafood-loving bunch. This play on shrimp scampi| roasted shrimp over spaghetti squash| cuts out the butter| oil| and carbs.
| Tofu: Cumin- and Honey-Baked Tofu
One block of firm tofu costs less than $4 and creates enough cumin- and honey-baked tofu for four people! Toss this tofu into salads| a stir-fry| and scrambles all week long.
| Tofu: Smoky Chili
This smoky tofu chili keeps the fat content| calories| and price lower than the classic meat-filled recipes.
| Tofu: Watermelon-Bowl Salad
Could anything be more refreshing than serving up a tasty salad in its very own watermelon bowl? Highly doubtful. This vegan-friendly recipe is packed with tons of fresh produce and plenty of protein to fill you up.
| Tofu: Crispy Baked Tofu Fingers
Instead of traditional chicken tenders| bake up a batch of crispy baked tofu fingers. Eat them up on their own| or serve them on top of a bed of greens and Summer veggies.