When it comes to weeknight dinner, we all want the same thing; something delicious, healthy and inexpensive. And we’ve got plenty of nutritious meal ideas that are completely satisfying, but don’t skimp on taste. From chili baked beans to chicken fajitas, try one of these healthy, budget-friendly dinner recipes tonight.
Quinoa and Vegetable Stuffed Peppers
Instead of ceramic bowls, use a hollowed-out pepper to cradle a healthful veggie, grain and cheese filling. Serve warm to eat with a fork and knife, and make ahead to serve chilled as a hand-held pepper “taco.”
Pumpkin and Pancetta Pasta
Colourful, healthy and hearty, this gorgeous pumpkin and pancetta pasta is the perfect base for leftover roasted squash.
Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza
Inexpensive meals can be a lot of fun, and these baked zucchini bites prove that they can also be healthy.
Cold Kicker Stew
An ultra-healthy stew is just what the doctor ordered come cold and flu season. Flush your system of the bad by putting in a world of good with this stew brimming with celery, onions, garlic, butternut squash and kale.
Vegetarian Chili with Rice
Beans and toast is a popular cheap eat, but chili packed with beans, served on rice and topped with cheese makes for a much tastier bite.
This satisfying American-Italian dish boasts a medley of roast chicken, potatoes, herbs, garlic and artichoke hearts.
The Perfect Vegan Lasagna
Rejoice! Vegan lasagna is a thing, and it’s darn tasty, too. Extra-firm tofu is the protein-packed “cheese” stand-in, melting between layers of pasta and loads of healthy vegetables. Vegan or otherwise, this recipe is sure to entice and satisfy any diner.
Giada De Laurentiis' Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops
Pork chops are extremely lean, so they do need help in the flavour and texture department. Giada ticks both boxes with an umami Parmesan coating. A simple side salad is all you need to finish the plate.
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Roasted sweet potatoes are stuffed with black beans, fresh tomatoes, cumin and green onions and re-baked for a full and complete vegetarian meal.
Smoky Chickpeas on Grilled Toast with Poached Eggs & Zahtar
A delicious twist on beans and toast, chickpeas are stewed in tomato paste, piled onto a crusty crostini and topped with a perfectly poached egg. Cayenne pepper and paprika add a touch of smokiness and heat to the chickpeas, while the runny egg yolk glosses over the dish when you dig into it.
Slow Cooker Chili Baked Beans
Make a big batch of this spicy pork and beans dish to serve for dinner and freeze the rest for another time-crunched weeknight.
Sichuan Vegetable Stir Fry
This is the perfect meal to make when you’re ready to clean out the fridge. Use up any vegetables you have on hand, and give them a quick toss in a hot wok. If desire, add tofu, cooked chicken or beef to the veggies, and serve with steamed brown rice.
Southwestern-Style Chicken & Quinoa
This zesty Southwestern-style chicken and quinoa dish will bring some serious flavour and brightness to your dinner table.
Healthy Chicken Fajitas
There are endless options for using leftover grilled chicken, but this healthy take on fajitas is bound to become a dinnertime staple in no time.
Shepherd's Pie with "Squashed" Potatoes
Take advantage of root vegetable season and make this seasoned beef and vegetable pie, topped with a healthier mash of cheesy potatoes and squash.
Giada De Laurentiis' Goat Cheese Lentil and Brown Rice Rolls
Instead of a nutritionally-stripped white rice and ground pork, Giada has created a vegetarian version of “cabbage” rolls with iron-rich lentils, mineral-packed brown rice and tangy goat cheese. Vibrant dark leafy green wrappers hold everything in place.
Chicken and Cashew Lettuce Wraps
This high-protein, low-carb dinner can be made with any ground meat, or with tempeh for the meatless crowd. Made into smaller portions, these lettuce wraps make a crowd-pleasing dinner.
Spiced Red Lentil Vegetable Stew
Lentils contain more fibre than nearly any other bean or legume, making them a satisfying, healthy option to keep on hand in both vegan and omnivorous kitchens. Quick-cooking and simple to prepare, make lentil stew your new weeknight go-to for a meatless main (just skip the cheese topping).
Heavenly Hummus Wraps
These scrumptious vegetarian wraps are packed with protein and good-for-you fats in the form of hummus, tahini and olive oil. Add that to the salad greens, artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers loaded into every bite and you have a meal guaranteed to keep you feeling sharp.