10 Healthy Meatless Meal Ideas That Are Quick, Simple, & Cheap
Sometimes you just don’t feel very hungry.
But you know that you need something healthy and nutritious to fuel your body with energy to tackle the long day ahead.
Here are 10 healthy meatless meal ideas that are quick, simple, and cheap to boot!
In a tall glass or clear container, add the following ingredients in layers: vanilla greek yogurt, flax seeds, strawberry slices, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, mini chocolate chips. Serve chilled and top with granola.
2. Tri-Color Melon Medley-
This is best in the spring and summer when you can get melons in season when they are on sale. But if you can find a good deal at your local grocery store on melons, this will make a nice treat. You’ll need 3 different types of melons for this dish: watermelon, cantelope, and honeydew melons. Use a melon baller of your choice and serve it in a pretty bowl. Make a simple syrup of lime juice, sugar, water. Then chill the simple syrup. Drizzle it over top your melon medley right before serving. For a final touch, garnish it with a sprig of mint.
3. Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowls-
Grab frozen bananas, frozen mixed berries, spinach/kale, chia seeds, spirulina powder, vanilla greek yogurt, and ½ cup of vanilla almond/soy/rice milk of your choice. Blend all of the ingredients together. Serve immediately and garnish with your favorite topping. We like; shaved coconut, granola, chia seeds, dried berries, and mini chocolate chips in our bowls.
4. PB Chocolate Protein Shakes-
You will need; 1 tablespoon of Nutella, 1 tablespoon of smooth peanut butter, 1 frozen banana, ½ cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, ½ cup of vanilla almond/soy milk. Blend all of the ingredients together and serve immediately. This makes a great treat after a workout.
5. Taro/Ube Smoothie Bubble Tea-
Prep the bubbles by boiling tapioca pearls according to directions on package, drain and set aside in a bowl of lukewarm water. Prep the smoothie by cooking the taro/ube potato for 10-15 minutes in boiling water, drain, dry, cool, and peel it. Then cut it up in small chunks and blend it with ice, soy/almond/ your choice of milk, your favorite sweetener like condensed milk, and a splash of vanilla extract. Drain the tapioca bubbles and spoon about 1-2 oz. into a tall glass. Pour smoothie mixture over top and serve with a big straw.
6. DIY Mixed Fruit Popsicles-
Gather up your mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, & blackberries). Blend them all together with coconut water, your favorite fruit juice, or milk. Pour the mixture into a freezer safe silicone popsicle mold and freeze it overnight. Serve it when you are craving a cold sweet treat.
7. Garlicky Baked Kale & Root Veggie Chips-
Peel your root veggies (sweet potatoes, yams, etc.). Then wash and dry them along with your kale. You will need 2 baking sheets. Place the root veggies on 1 baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Cut your root veggies in thin 1” slices and cut the kale into small bite-sized pieces, about 2”. Set the kale aside for now. Place the root veggies on top of the parchment covered baking sheet. Drizzle the root veggies with olive oil. Then sprinkle them with sea salt, black pepper, garlic salt, onion powder & paprika. Bake in the oven on 400F degrees for 12-15 minutes and then serve. On another baking sheet, repeat the same process with the kale. Bake the kale in the oven on 275F degrees for 20 minutes and then serve.
8. Blue Corn Nacho Supreme-
Grab a bag of blue corn tortilla chips from your local grocery store, add black bean and corn salsa, diced tomatoes, green onions, queso or shredded cheddar (melted), & serve with a dollop of sour cream.
9. Mini Garlic Naan Bites & sun-dried tomato hummus-
Naan bread can be found at your local grocery store, brush on melted garlic butter, cut up a small bunch of parsley and sprinkle over top, bake it in your oven on 400F degrees for about 8-10 minutes. Serve it up like you would a pizza, cut it up in triangles and serve with your favorite hummus, like sundried tomato or spinach artichoke.
10. Antipasto Pasta Salad-
Begin by cooking a box of your favorite pasta, preferably a smaller type of noodle-like: ditalini, elbow macaroni, or even orzo. Then add Sunkist/Zima/grape tomatoes, pesto, and shredded parmesan, asiago, or mozzarella cheese, a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper for a simple yet healthy and filling meal.
There you have it, a list of 10 healthy meatless ideas that are quick, simple, and cheap.
Great for when you need a little something light to get you through your day.
But not so heavy that it will put you in a food coma put you out of commission for the rest of the day.