You desperately want to lose weight and eat healthy. However, the exuberant prices of organic and fad food, along with the expensive equipment they require to prepare puts you back.
When you go to a restaurant, you end up resorting to a burger since healthy salads or salmon fillet dishes cost you double the amount.
In this article, we have listed cheap and affordable recipes for weight loss incorporating ingredients which can easily be found lying around your kitchen.
Healthy and Budget-Friendly Recipes for Weight Loss
The ideal way to be cost-effective when it comes to your meals is to plan out your entire menu for the week.
We have listed food items (under $1per pound) below to make it easier for you to decide on the recipes:
- Sweet/Plain Potatoes
- Brown Rice
- Beans and Legumes
Vegan Recipes For Weight Loss
The following budget-friendly vegan recipes are full of flavor. They will make you feel like you’re dining in an expensive restaurant.
In a pot, place 2 cups of split peas, 3 chopped carrots, one stalk of celery, a chopped onion and 2 cloves of crushed garlic. You can also use a store-bought pack of mixed veggies.
Pour 6 cups of vegetable broth or water. Add salt to taste
Cook on low heat for 4-5 hours. Then puree it in a blender or processor. Serve.
In a blender, blend 1 cup cooked chickpeas and chopped mix vegetables, half an onion, chia seeds, 1 tsp minced garlic, red pepper and salt to taste. Add flour until the mixture can hold.
Form patties of the mixture.
Bake or grill them in the oven. Serve with bran or whole wheat bread.
Chili Sin Carne
In a pan sauté one diced onion, chopped carrots and celery and 3 cloves of garlic in olive oil.
Add chili powder, cumin, and salt.
Pour in a tin of tomatoes and kidney beans. You can add vinegar and miso paste too. Cook for 20 minutes.
Serve with brown rice.
Poultry/ Chicken Recipes For Weight Loss
Grilled Chicken with Veggies
Season the chicken fillets with salt and pepper. Grill them in a pan with a tiny splash of olive oil.
In a pan, stir veggies of your choice. Season them with salt and pepper.
Take some leftover shredded roasted chicken in a bowl. Add diced onions, cucumber, chopped celery and a hard boiled egg.
Drizzle a teaspoon of low-fat mayonnaise.
Serve with a slice of bran bread.
Quick And Easy Diet Recipes
Omelet and Toast
Beat an egg white, with veggies of your choice. Season it with salt and pepper.
In a frying pan, drizzle a little of olive oil. Pour the egg mixture and fry until golden.
Serve with a slice of toasted bran bread.
Banana and Peanut Butter Toast
Spread peanut butter on a bran/ whole wheat toast. Place slices of banana on top of it.
Grapefruits and Bananas
In a bowl, place slices of a grapefruit and a banana. Drizzle a teaspoon of honey and juice of a squeezed grapefruit.
Indian Recipes For Weight Loss
Marinate the chicken breast with 1 tsp ginger and garlic paste, chili powder, turmeric, coriander powder, yogurt, lemon juice, salt and a little bit of oil.
Bake the chicken in a preheated oven for 20 minutes. You can grill it on a pan as well.
In a blender put a cup of pre-soaked chana daal. Add a cup of corn, chopped onions, and a teaspoon of turmeric, fennel seeds, and chili powder. Add salt to taste.
Blend until coarse mixture forms.
Shape them into balls or patties. Grill them on a pan or bake in a preheated oven
Serve with chutney.
Indian Style Omelet
In a bowl, crack an egg. Put a ¼ teaspoon of chili, turmeric and cumin powder. Add finely chopped green chili and onion to it.
Whisk the mixture. Pour it into a frying pan with little bit of oil.
Fry until golden brown on both sides. Serve with toast.
Healthy Recipes for Muscle Gain
In a blender, place a banana, 2 dates, half a cup of blueberries and ¼ cup of milk.
Blend until smooth. Serve
Oatmeal and Cherry Energy Bites
In a bowl, combine a cup of oats, honey, chia seeds, dried cherries and peanut butter.
Form the mixture into balls or tiny cakes. Refrigerate them overnight.
You can eat these for a quick energy fix.
Combine ground beef with garlic, red pepper, onion, and spinach. Add salt to taste. Form the mixture into balls. Bake them in an oven for 10 minutes.
Cook store-bought pasta according to the instructions given on the pack.
Pour a can of marinara sauce to the pasta. Add the meatballs to it as well.
Serve with grated parmesan cheese.
List of websites or restaurants who deliver weight loss meals
If you have tedious working hours and you don’t have time to cook meals on your own. There are several online businesses that prepare and deliver weight loss meals right at your doorstep.
These food delivery services offer weekly or monthly packages. They customize menus on the basis of your taste buds and budget as well.
It is a UK based online food delivery service. They offer meals based on several diet plans. Their food is calorie and portion controlled.
Diet Chef offers various discounted packages as well. They have an extremely wide variety of healthy weight loss meals.
This is an entirely vegan based food delivery service. It deals with healthy vegan food for weight loss.
Their meal boxes come with a recipe card. This recipe card includes the instructions to prepare the meal.
This is a USDA certified food delivery service. It primarily deals with organic foods.
Green Chef offers a gluten-free menu now.