Easy, Cheap and Healthy Dinner Recipes

Eating healthy can be a challenge! Most recipes are usually too time consuming or require a ton of ingredients that cost a fortune to buy. The two dinner recipes below are not only low in calories, but they are also budget friendly and easy to make.

Turkey & Balsamic Onion Quesadillas (serves 4)
You only need 5 ingredients for this super quick and delicious recipe! The balsamic onion adds a unique flavor to the standard cheese quesadilla. The best part is that it’s only 333 calories per serving!


  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 10-inch whole-wheat tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices deli turkey (can substitute chicken)


  1. Combine onion and vinegar in a bowl; let marinate for 5 minutes and drain.
  2. Warm 1 tortilla in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for about 45 seconds, then flip. On one half of the tortilla, sprinkle ¼ of the cheese, cover with 2 slices of turkey and top with ¼ of the onion. Fold the tortilla in half, flatten gently with a spatula and cook until the cheese starts to melt, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until the second side is golden, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  3. Repeat with remaining 3 tortillas.

Click here for the full recipe, including the nutrition facts.

Low-Fat Turkey Meatloaf (serves 10)

Serve this flavorful meatloaf with a side of your favorite vegetables and you’ve got a healthy dinner that everyone will love! It’s low-fat and only 112 calories per serving.


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup salsa
  • ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well with hands until blended. Place mixture into a lightly greased loaf pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes.

For the full recipe, including reviews and nutrition info, click here.

Want more recipes? Check out our diabetic-friendly meals post!

Posted November 01, 2017 by Erin Knobler