Easy Healthy And Cheap Meals


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 Easy Healthy And Cheap Meal

Scrambled Eggs With Salmon, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese

Healthy scrambled eggs with salmon asparagus and goat cheese
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This healthy scrambled eggs recipe has all the makings of hearty breakfast fare—butter, cheese, protein—but with healthy fats, fresh vegetables, and a light caloric toll. Serve it with a scoop of roasted potatoes and fresh fruit.

Get our recipe for Scrambled Eggs With Salmon, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese.


Oven-Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Healthy shrimp cocktail
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

In our version, we cut back on the salt by making a fiery homemade cocktail sauce and improve matters with the shrimp by skipping the pre-cooked store-bought kind (most of which are pretty disappointing tasting) in favor of quickly oven-roasting fresh crustaceans tossed in Old Bay seasoning.

Get our recipe for Oven-Roasted Shrimp Cocktail.


Tuna Veggie Melts

tuna veggie melts on a cutting board with herbs
Jason Donnelly

This particular tuna veggie melts recipe can help cut the calories of a regular tuna sandwich. Instead of using two slices of bread for the melt, save the calories from those carbohydrates and keep the sandwich open-faced.

Get our recipe for Tuna Veggie Melts.


Crab Cakes With Mango-Avocado Salsa

Paleo crab cakes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Forget splurging for a fried restaurant version when you can make this one right at home thanks to one of our easiest healthy fish recipes for weight loss!

Get our recipe for Crab Cakes With Mango-Avocado Salsa.


Honey-Mustard Glazed Salmon With Roasted Asparagus

Low-calorie honey-mustard salmon with roasted asparagus
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Many Americans view fresh fish as restaurant fare, food best left to professionals to skillfully prepare. But when you leave the fish cooking to “professionals” at places like Outback, Friday’s, and Applebee’s, your hopes of a healthy dinner may be sunk. Why blow the cash and the heavy caloric toll on a meal you can prepare at home in less time than it takes to order out?

Get our recipe for Honey-Mustard Glazed Salmon With Roasted Asparagus.


Crispy Coconut Shrimp

Healthy coconut shrimp
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

When anything is entombed in a deep-fried coconut cocoon, all bets for a lean meal are off. In our coconut shrimp recipe, we free you (and the crustaceans) from the fry job, but not from the crunchy coconut coating that makes this dish a mainstay on so many American restaurant menus.

Get our recipe for Crispy Coconut Shrimp.



Jambalaya (with paleo & gluten-free option)
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

No dish, though, is more famous than jambalaya, the rice-based hodgepodge of meat, seafood, and vegetables, not unlike the Spanish paella. By decreasing the rice ratio (or even swapping out with quinoa for a gluten-free alternative) and increasing the produce and protein, this jambalaya recipe cuts the calories and carbs dramatically.

Get our recipe for Jambalaya.


Sea Bass Packet

Paleo sea bass packet
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Why more people don’t cook food in packets is one of the culinary world’s great mysteries. Not only is it one of the healthiest, easiest ways to cook fish, chicken, and vegetables, but the abundance of flavorful steam trapped inside the packet means your food will still be delicious, even if you overcook it.

Get our recipe for Sea Bass Packet.


Chili-Glazed Salmon

Paleo chili-glazed salmon
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This is the type of recipe that converts fish skeptics into bona fide believers, and all it takes is a glaze that you can whip up in a few minutes. The fattiness of salmon pairs perfectly with assertive spicy and sweet flavors, and this recipe has both. Round this meal out with roasted broccoli (it can roast in the same oven as the salmon) and a side of couscous.

Get our recipe for Chili-Glazed Salmon.


Crisp Cornmeal Catfish With Corn Salsa

Healthy cornmeal catfish with corn salsa
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Once food is battered and fried, doesn’t it all start to taste the same? This catfish recipe mimics the satisfying crunch of a fried fillet and the corn salsa provides more flavor than you’d ever find in a coat of soybean oil. Plus, check out the benefits you’ll get from including corn.

Get our recipe for Crisp Cornmeal Catfish With Corn Salsa.


Shrimp Taco with Pickled Onions

Close up of shrimp tacos
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Are you looking to make a twist to your usual Taco Tuesday? Switch up the usual ground beef taco combinations and try making a different type of fish taco with this shrimp taco recipe instead! You can make this entire meal in less than 30 minutes, with the cook time only taking you about five or 10 minutes!

Get our recipe for Shrimp Taco with Pickled Onions.


Moroccan-Inspired Quinoa Pilaf and Salmon

Paleo moroccan salmon with quinoa
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This sweet and savory combination of spices could be rubbed on chicken or pork, but it takes especially well to the (healthy) fattiness of the salmon. The quinoa pilaf is a healthy, complex, and textured grain that gives this recipe a hearty, filling feel, too. It might become your new favorite salmon pairing!

Get our recipe for Moroccan-Inspired Quinoa Pilaf and Salmon.


Mussels in White Wine

healthy mussels with garlic and white wine
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Packed with protein, omega-3s, and a cache of energy-boosting B vitamins, shellfish make an ideal way to start a meal, or simply add a salad to the side, and you can call it a full meal for dinner. So next time you’re in the mood for mussels, make your own at home with one of our favorite healthy fish recipes for weight loss.

Get our recipe for Mussels in White Wine.



Healthy cioppino
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This is a very fast, very delicious cioppino recipe, combining a full roster of nutritional superstars: tomatoes, garlic, wine, herbs, and lots of fresh seafood. Cioppino is great for a dinner party!

Get our recipe for Cioppino.


Shrimp and Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon

Healthy spinach salad with warm bacon dressing
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

The word “spinach” creates a health halo for cooks and diners alike. People think that because the base of a salad is made with a superfood, the rest of the salad can be filled with whatever troubling toppings they like. That’s how we end up with dozens of 1,000-calorie spinach salads at chain restaurants. This rendition of the shrimp and spinach salad with warm bacon smashes the halo to pieces to give you a seriously healthy salad.

Get our recipe for Shrimp and Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon.


Cranberry Mustard Mini Tuna Melts

Cranberry mustard mini tuna melts
Waterbury Publicatons, Inc.

Looking for some healthy fish recipes you can meal prep? This tuna melt recipe is one of a kind, simply by the way it is made. Similar to an open-faced tuna melt, these tuna melts have a bread base with a cheesy, tuna salad filling on top. Plus, assembling them is much easier than you think.

Get our recipe for Cranberry Mustard Mini Tuna Melts.


Shrimp Scampi With Linguine Pasta

Garlic shrimp scampi recipe with linguine on a marble counter with squeezed lemon
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Usually, this dish is served with pasta. But if you don’t want it, this recipe is delicious on its own! You could always make this shrimp scampi recipe with some roasted vegetables. Also, that shrimp scampi sauce is so delectable, a fresh loaf of crusty bread would be perfect for dipping!

Get our recipe for Shrimp Scampi With Linguine Pasta.


Roasted Salmon with Lentils

Paleo roast salmon with lentils
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This dish, a bistro classic, is a testament to its greatness. While the salmon roasts away in the oven, the lentils are simmered into tender submission. Separately, each makes for fine eating, but together they merge into something truly special.

Get our recipe for Roasted Salmon with Lentils.


French Bistro-Inspired Sole Meunière

paleo sole meuniere
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Deadly simple but intensely satisfying, this French bistro classic ranks as one of the great dishes of the world—especially when made with the freshest fish possible. Sole Meunière is extremely tough to come by in most parts of America, and it’s known to inflict damage to the wallet, so we recommend trying this with flounder, which is widely available at about half the price. The French might not approve, but it will be our little secret.

Get our recipe for French Bistro-Inspired Sole Meunière.


Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Healthy spanish garlic shrimp
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Shrimp already has a distinct flavor all on its own but by adding these few extra ingredients to it, each bite just gets kicked up a notch, creating a truly mouth-watering meal. You can serve it as an appetizer and everyone will beg you for the recipe at your next dinner party. Or you can even serve it with a scoop of couscous and some roasted asparagus, and you have a magical weeknight dinner that’s filling and 100 percent good for you.

Get our recipe for Spanish Garlic Shrimp.


Seared Scallops With White Beans and Spinach

Paleo seared scallops with white beans and spinach
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Think of this dish as an easy way to wow at your next dinner party. Plus, it’s one of the easiest healthy fish recipes, meaning all of your guests will walk away feeling really good about the dinner they just ate!

Get our recipe for Seared Scallops With White Beans and Spinach.


Grilled Salmon with Ginger Soy Butter

Paleo grilled salmon with ginger-soy butter
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This grilled salmon recipe uses soy butter and ginger to add a tangy taste and keep this superfood, super healthy and tasty too. Plus, you’ll save almost 400 calories by being your own chef!

Get our recipe for Grilled Salmon with Ginger Soy Butter.


Smoked Salmon Sandwich

Smoked salmon sandwich
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This is a New York classic, minus the bagel. All the great flavors that make this such a satisfying breakfast are still here—the richness of smoked salmon, the bite of onion and capers, the sweetness of tomato—but by ditching the oversize bagel in favor of whole-wheat toast, you save about 200 calories and trade a ton of refined carbs for a boost of fiber.

Get our recipe for Smoked Salmon Sandwich.


Grilled Mahi-Mahi With Red Pepper Sauce

Paleo grilled mahi with red pepper sauce
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

As long as it’s fresh, fish doesn’t need much to make it delicious, and our simple, spicy African pepper sauce (called harissa) fits the bill for this grilled mahi-mahi dish. With just a few ingredients, it brings big flavor, plus heart-healthy fats and a monster dose of vitamin C, to any grilled protein it touches.

Get our recipe for Grilled Mahi-Mahi With Red Pepper Sauce.


Avocado-Crab Salad

Healthy avocado-crab salad
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

We use cucumber and onion for a nice crunch, chiles for a hint of heat, and a bit of fish or soy sauce for a slick of savory salt. Adding an avocado half makes the perfect vessel for this salad, its rich, creamy texture boosting the sweetness of the crab.

Get our recipe for Avocado-Crab Salad.


Smoked Salmon and Boursin Cheese Frittata

smoked salmon boursin frittata
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

This recipe is not only easy to make and ready in just a few minutes, but it will change up how you make eggs—and healthy fish recipes! With the creative addition of the salmon and Boursin cheese, it allows you to step outside a basic frittata dish.

Get our recipe for Smoked Salmon and Boursin Cheese Frittata.


Bean, Salmon, and Kale Salad

Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Looking for more healthy fish recipes you can meal prep? Try this Mason jar salad recipe, made with garbanzo beans, salmon, and grapefruit, along with a kale base. This pink and green salad is a nutritional powerhouse.

Get our recipe for Bean, Salmon, and Kale Salad.


Crock-Pot Jambalaya

Crock pot jambalaya in a bowl on a bed of rice ready to eat.
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

There’s nothing like a steaming, spicy bowl of crock-pot jambalaya to warm you up! While you can make a faster jambalaya recipe, using a slow cooker helps to savor all of the flavors of the jambalaya. Between the sausage, tomatoes, and spicy cajun seasoning, this crock-pot jambalaya recipe is bursting with flavor.

Get our recipe for Crock-Pot Jambalaya.


Keto Butter-Baked Salmon and Asparagus

keto butter baked salmon with asparagus on the side horizontal
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Salmon and asparagus are always great together grilled, but this baked salmon recipe is even more appropriate for keto diet followers because it adds more delicious fat to the omega-3 fatty acids found naturally in salmon. The hint of lemon in the mayo-based topping is delicious on the asparagus, too.

Get our recipe for Keto Butter-Baked Salmon and Asparagus.


Teriyaki Scallops Wrapped in Bacon

Healthy teriyaki scallops wrapped in bacon
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This recipe only has a few ingredients, ones you might not think go well together. But the subtlety of the scallops is the perfect protein to pair with the complex bite of the teriyaki and let’s be real, what doesn’t taste great wrapped in bacon? A great appetizer for parties, or even a superb main event at dinner paired with a tangy salad.

Get our recipe for Teriyaki Scallops Wrapped in Bacon.


Thai Scallop Curry With Zucchini Noodles & Shiitake Mushrooms

keto thai curry with scallops, zucchini noodles, and shiitake mushrooms on a gray plate with fork

This particular recipe will coax you out of your comfort zone. It’s truly as simple as it is delicious, so you can get your curry fix in a hurry—this meal can be ready in less than 30 minutes!


Air Fryer Lemon-Pepper Salmon Jerky

lemon pepper salmon jerky
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

Having convenient, good-for-you snacks on hand is a healthy-eating must. One such snack is salmon jerky—a crispy, crunchy, dehydrated version of salmon meat that’s high in fat and protein.

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