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 frittata fit your dietary needs and your budget.
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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.
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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 — 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.
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Eggs: Quinoa and Spinach Scramble
A satisfying, vitamin-packed quinoa and egg scramble offers a whopping 19.6 grams of protein per serving with little effort.
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Eggs: Roasted Veggies With Easy Fried Egg
Whether you're cooking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this veggie and egg recipe is delicious any time of day. It's another recipe that makes delicious use of whatever is leftover in your crisper!
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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.
Get the recipe: mango and mint bean salad
Nuts: Raw Walnut Tacos
Beyond their smoky and surprisingly meaty flavor, the combination of walnuts and avocado packs this budget-friendly, low-carb vegan taco recipe with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that have been linked to burning away belly fat. Plus, the recipe is a favorite recipe of Beyoncé.
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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.
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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 — the lack of ingredients doesn't come at the price of flavor.
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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.
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Legumes: Tomato Lentil Soup
Satisfying tomato lentil soup uses red lentils to bulk up the recipe and up the protein content.
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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.
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Seafood: Panko-Crusted Tilapia
Forget more expensive pieces of fish like halibut and bake budget-friendly tilapia instead. This panko-crusted tilapia requires fresh fish and curly kale, but everything else is already in your healthy pantry or fridge.
Get the recipe: panko-crusted tilapia
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tofu: Smoky Chili
This smoky tofu chili keeps the fat content, calories, and price lower than the classic meat-filled recipes.
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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.
Get the recipe: tofu watermelon salad
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.
Get the recipe: baked tofu fingers