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Healthy eating doesn't have to break the bank. This delicious one-week meal plan will nourish and satisfy you for $10 a day or less.
Artichokes take a bit of prep work, but their smooth texture and delicate flavor make them well worth the effort. Need more convincing? These edible relatives of the thistle are rich in antioxidants. To reap maximum benefit, be sure to eat the tender parts of the leaves as well as the heart.
These hearty meatless burgers have serious buffalo wing flavor and a tangy blue cheese sauce drizzled over top. The patties freeze well, so make a double batch and store some for impromptu meals later.
Savory soy sauce, sweet honey and fiery ginger give this stir-fry personality, but the chunks of juicy mango are really what take this dish up a notch. Serve with brown rice or quinoa to round out the meal.
Get ready for the biggest revelation in dorm-room cooking: kettle eggs! Yes, you can actually make hard-boiled eggs in an electric kettle. (Fun fact: Our senior graphic designer, Alaina Greenberg, makes them almost daily in our office!) If you don’t have a kettle, you can also buy packaged pre-boiled eggs for this recipe.
Cutting chicken breasts into thin cutlets helps them cook quickly on the grill – if you can find pre-sliced cutlets, use them instead and save yourself the prep work. A quick blender sauce with fresh basil and lime is smothered over top for a zesty, spicy kick.
The term “breakfast cookie” might sound like a devilishly delicious oxymoron, but we’re not kidding around with these good-for-you jumbo cookies. They’re made with protein-rich almond flour and pecans and naturally sweetened with maple syrup for an easy, grab-and-go breakfast.
Bitter arugula’s got bite, but late-summer peaches and a citrusy maple dressing hit the sweet notes to give this seasonal salad the perfect balance of flavors. If taking this salad to go, store the dressing in a separate container and toss with the salad when you’re ready to eat.
This rich, beautifully balanced recipe keeps it as simple as can be, using only one pot and an immersion blender to make it all come together on the stove top.
Sour cream adds richness and fluffy texture to these decadent cupcakes topped with a fudgy, date-sweetened espresso buttercream – you’d never know they were 100% whole wheat!
When you cook hulled barley – also called whole-grain barley – in a pressure cooker, you don’t have to soak it beforehand, which cuts down on prep time. It also makes the barley tender and creamy without all the stirring you usually have to do to make risotto on the stove top.
Want to do some easy batch cooking with your Instant Pot? Omit the sweet potatoes and broccoli and double the zesty chicken and barbecue sauce ingredients – the leftovers freeze beautifully.
A staff favorite, our team devoured these cheesy mushrooms with tangy parsley chimichurri. Our advice? Make a double batch!
A quick homemade mint-cumin paste is rubbed over this whole-roasted fish. Orange slices and red onions baked along with the fish do double duty and are used to make a lovely green salad to accompany it. If you have microgreens on hand, they make a great garnish here.
Sherry adds a rich nutty note to this mushroom sauce, which we’ve made extra-creamy by stirring in tangy cream cheese.
Apple cider and Dijon mustard give this chicken dish the ultimate sweet-and-savory flavor, while a colorful mix of kale, carrots and parsnips makes it extra-hearty and nutritious. To save money, buy skin-on chicken thighs and simply remove the skin yourself.
Smoked paprika is a time-strapped cook’s best friend – it instantly lends a smoky flavor and rich aroma to everything it touches. Here, it makes this saucy dish taste like it’s been simmering for hours. Bone-in chicken thighs are often sold with the skin still attached, but it’s easy to remove yourself: Simply grasp the edge of the skin with paper towel and pull it away in one go. Sprinkle with fresh herbs, such as oregano or basil, just before serving.
Rapini, which also goes by the name broccoli rabe, is a calcium-rich green with an assertive, bitter taste that mellows nicely when cooked. You can make the dough the night before; once it’s kneaded, simply place in a large greased zip-top bag and let it rise in the fridge overnight. Bring the dough to room temperature before using to make it easier to roll out.
Flank steak is a relatively inexpensive lean cut that boasts a fantastic beefy flavor. It can be tougher than other steaks, which is why we pound it out thin before stuffing with the savory mushroom filling.
Zucchini is packed with moisture, so be sure to squeeze the flesh dry to remove the excess water. It takes only a minute and will ensure you get perfectly crispy fritters. Don’t worry about peeling the zucchini before you grate it – the peel is loaded with fiber and antioxidants and adds a nice texture to the fritters. Serve with a dollop of tangy sour cream with chives for an ultra-satisfying weeknight meal.
While it’s not traditional to cook jambalaya in a skillet – it’s typically made in a pot – spreading it out helps it cook more quickly. It also means the top can get sprinkled with panko and finished under the broiler, adding a crunch that complements the hearty mixture.
Juicy peach breaks down into a luscious sweet sauce for chicken thighs in this rustic dish. To easily peel the peach, score an X in the bottom of the fruit and blanch it in a saucepan of boiling water until the skin begins to loosen, about 30 seconds. Transfer the peach to a bowl of ice water to chill; use a paring knife to peel away skin.
Fresh plum might seem like an unusual addition to an Asian-inspired noodle salad, but it’s a fresher alternative to the classic plum sauce commonly found in stir-fries and noodle bowls. Don’t worry if some of the peas fall out of the pods as you slice them – just toss them into the salad, too.
Millet has a mild, corn-like flavor and fluffy texture that’s perfect for hearty grain bowls. The quick-cooking ancient grain is rich in iron, B-complex vitamins and calcium. If you can’t find it, just double the quinoa. Tuscan kale is much more tender and sweet than common curly kale, which makes it a great candidate for enjoying raw.
Jump at the chance to cook with spring onions this season – they're part of the same family as green onions and are distinguished by their bulbs, which have a sweet, mellow flavor. For a make-ahead meal, pour into a buttered casserole dish, let cool and refrigerate for up to 3 days. When ready to eat, sprinkle with panko, mist the top with cooking spray and bake in 375˚F oven until hot and bubbly.
Scoop up the creamy hummus, crispy chickpeas and tangy salad with pita wedges, or serve it all tucked into a halved pita pocket for dinner on the go. If you have the ingredients on hand, make a quick sauce with Greek yogurt, lemon juice and chopped fresh mint and drizzle over the spiced chickpeas.
You’ll save time (and need fewer ingredients) by using one spicy dressing as both a marinade for the fish and a dressing for the slaw. There’s plenty of room for play with this recipe – turn up the heat by adding more sriracha or jalapeño peppers, or toss in handfuls of chopped cilantro and mint for extra freshness. Instead of a grill pan, you can cook the fish on your barbecue or broil on a foil-lined baking sheet.
Who says French toast has to be sweet? Here, savory mushrooms are cooked with butter, thyme and milk and spooned over caraway rye French toast for a satisfying breakfast-for-dinner.