The cookbook author and Food Network star shares her top 10 budget-friendly, healthy meals. Featuring powerhouse staples from your pantry and freezer, these recipes are all quick and easy to make.
Starring frozen shrimp, tomatoes, and fresh basil, this healthy (and easy) pasta toss is sure to become a dinnertime favorite. "The dish is ready in the time it takes to boil the whole wheat pasta, so it's my family's favorite rush-hour meal," says Ellie.
"Tiny, tasty lentils pack a big nutritional punch in this hearty soup," says Ellie. "Tender kale, sweet carrots, and tart lemon add color, flavor, and an extra measure of healthy goodness."
These tangy-sweet beans have big chunks of smoky ham for a satisfying main course. A mix of fresh red cabbage, green apple, and scallion -- tossed in a tangy homemade dressing -- rounds out the dish.
Nutrient-packed butternut squash is a natural in this flavorful Moroccan-inspired stew. Serve with couscous to soak up the rich tomatoey sauce.
This Mediterranean-inspired sandwich starts with convenient canned salmon. "Wrapped up with silky-sweet roasted red peppers in a lemon-olive oil dressing, this sandwich fills you up without slowing you down," says Ellie.
Super-fresh and easy, this vitamin-rich dish gets a boost of protein from edamame (young soybeans). "Tossed with corn and tomatoes, this warm salad works as a side dish for my carnivorous husband and as a main for my vegetarian guests," says Ellie.
Melted bittersweet chocolate coats toasted almonds and dried cherries for a guilt-free dessert. "I like to bookend my day with chocolate -- I make the clusters in the morning and have them for dessert in the evening," says Ellie.