20 Protein-Packed Recipes for Weeknights

These filling recipes will rescue when you're crunched for time.

Let’s face it—our schedules don’t allow us all the time in the world to cook up delicious, nutritious meals each night. A chaotic schedule can have you juggling a boatload of responsibilities, leaving you little time to think about what to feed yourself or your family. Luckily, you don’t have to surrender to these time restraints and order takeout.

Here at SkinnyMs., we’ve hunted through our collection of healthy, clean-eating dinner recipes and chosen ones that not only taste downright delicious, but support a busy lifestyle. But that’s not all! Packed with protein, these recipes will crush hunger and keep you feeling satisfied for hours, ultimately helping you stick to your healthy eating plan. These simple, scrumptious dishes have real staying power. So what are you waiting for? Check them out!

1. Quick Fish with Chickpeas, Tomatoes, and Sage (23 grams per serving)

This light and fluffy white fish dish is a cinch to whip up, and comes with minimal prep!

2. Philly Cheese and Chicken Sandwich (26 grams per serving)

We’ve put a healthy spin on the classic sandwich, lightening things up while retaining rich, juicy flavor that’ll delight those taste buds.

3. Chicken and Penne Parmesan Casserole (19 grams per serving)

Thanks to its clean ingredients and nutrient-rich profile, this warm and gooey casserole delivers decadent flavor, without inviting the guilt!

4. Quinoa and Veggie Sliders (15 grams per serving)

Typical restaurant-style sliders will load you up with fat and calories, only to have you feeling groggy and bloated afterwards. This scrumptious slider recipe gives the hand-held sandwich a clean and wholesome name, without skimping on flavor.

5. Hearty Lentil and Vegetable Soup (15 grams per serving)

A warm bowl of this satisfying soup makes the perfect weeknight meal. As a bonus, the recipe spotlights lentils, a powerful superfood that comes with countless health benefits!

6. Soft Shrimp Tacos (16 grams per serving)

Shake things up by substituting juicy, plump shrimp for chicken and beef in this protein-packed recipe! Make taco night one to remember!

7. Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken Recipe (22 grams per serving)

This colorful, veggie-packed dish will have your taste buds jumping for joy. Clocking in at just 250 calories, this dish will have your waistline thanking you.

8. Spicy Southwestern Vegetarian Burger (19 grams per serving)

With its crispy outside and warm, decadent inside, this scrumptious burger recipe tastes great and delivers a bunch of health benefits. A burger you can gobble up without the guilt? Yes please!

9. Skinny Quinoa Skillet Supper (14 grams per serving)

Channel your inner warrior and boost your stamina with this quinoa-themed dish. Insanely simple to whip up, this skillet dish will take the stress out of meal planning!

10. Cumin-Scented Pan-Seared Salmon with Roasted Vegetables (30 grams per serving)

Perfect for beginners, this seared salmon recipe will have any kitchen novice whipping up a mouthwatering meal worthy of praise.

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Ellie Krasner

Ellie is a full-time violinist living in Las Vegas, and a writer with an insatiable appetite for clean eating and fitness! She is a graduate of Binghamton University with degrees in English literature and violin, and loves investigating the world of healthy living.

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