Protein is trending right now, and for good reason. The essential macronutrient is crucial for many bodily functions, including building lean muscle, supporting healthy bones and promoting nourishing digestion. Getting enough protein (about 46 grams for adult women and 56 grams for adult men, according to the United States) Dietary Guidelines for Americans) can help us feel and function our best. However, many people think that the best way to meet their protein needs is to eat meat, and a lot of it, but that doesn’t have to be the case. As a dietitian on a budget, I rely on recipes that use plant-based proteins like beans and eggs, more affordable cuts of meat like chicken thigh or canned fish, and smaller meat portions so I can stay full and nourished without breaking the bank. These recipes, like our Cheesy Marinara Beans and 25-Minute Sweet Potato & Bean Enchiladas, are some of my dinner favorites with at least 15 grams of protein per serving. For more budget-friendly tips and recipe inspiration, check out our weekly Thrifty column.