28 High-Protein Dinners

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Even if you’re not a bodybuilder, your body needs a lot more protein than you think. Since your body uses protein for almost everything it does, it’s important to make sure you get enough. High-protein diets are a fantastic way to lose weight as you cut out some unhelpful carbohydrates and take in protein. Thankfully, adding this vital nutrient to your diet isn’t hard, since recipes for high-protein dinners are easy to come by. In fact, here is a list of 28 high-protein dinners to get you started! Take inspiration and don’t be afraid to try other ones, as well!

1. Protein Cobb Salad with Quinoa

The quinoa and eggs are the protein stars in this dish, though the tomatoes contribute a little of their own protein. It’s a simple salad made from fresh ingredients, which is as good for you as something can get!

2. Pan Seared Salmon with Roasted Vegetables

Salmon is one of the best meats you can eat, being full of protein and also healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Roasted vegetables make for an acceptable, healthy support dish while not contributing too many carbs.

3. Asparagus and Pine Nut Frittata

This delicious recipe has four eggs covered in little nuts and vegetables. This can also be enjoyed as a breakfast if you prefer!

4. Slow Cooker Fiesta Chili Supper

A warm pot full of delicious flavors and desirable textures. With both turkey and kidney beans, this chili is sure to fill you up on protein fast!

5. Quick Fish with Chickpeas, Tomatoes, and Sage

This fish is quick and easy to prepare, while the bed of chickpeas and tomatoes give it a solid and hardy base on which to sit. There’s plenty of protein to be had here!

6. Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Ragout

The creamy chicken is smothered in a delicious mushroom sauce. Mushrooms have a good amount of protein in them, but they’re also packed full of other vitamins your body needs!

7. Philly Cheese & Chicken Sandwich

A very low-fat interpretation of a Philly cheesesteak. Making ample use of chicken and vegetables, even a low-fat cheese, this sandwich packs a punch!

8. One-Pot Chicken Breasts in Chinese Brown Sauce

In one pot you can concoct a delicious and flavorful chicken dinner. One-pot meals are easy to manage and clean up, so consider this recipe!

9. Grilled Pork Chops with Asparagus and Pesto

A meaty bone-in pork chop is an undeniable source of great protein. Prepare it to cut out as much of the saturated fat as possible to maximize your health gains!

10. Spinach Quiche with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

As delicious as quiche crusts are, this one cuts it entirely in favor of cutting down on the carbs and calories this quiche gives. Instead, enjoy this egg- and spinach-based protein party with no fear!

11. Stir-Fry Sesame Chicken

Stir fry is a simple and fun meal to cook up. With plenty of chicken and vegetables to go around, it’s hard to go wrong here!

12. Hearty Lentil and Vegetable Soup

Lentils are a fantastic superfood that contains plenty of different kinds of nutrients. Add in some vegetables for a super healthy meal that will leave you feeling strong.

13. Black Pepper Salmon with Avocado Salad

Salmon is once again the major protein source, as it should be. The supportive salad in this recipe features avocado, which is a great source of healthy fats and delicious flavor!

14. Zucchini Crusted Pizza

Don’t worry about pizza’s yummy crust weighing you down — this pizza’s crust is made out of a vegetable! With simple, fresh flavors and a solid protein base, feel free to chow down.

15. Cheesy Quinoa & Black Bean Casserole

Quinoa alone can transform a bland dish into a protein powerhouse (for your cells). Paired together with another significant source of protein, beans, this dish is a must.

16. Quick Chicken Strips with Broccoli Dinner

Broccoli is filled with protein, so it pairs perfectly with chicken for a protein-filled dinner. It also comes with plenty of bonus vitamins and minerals to round things out!

17. 6-Ingredient Caprese Pasta Salad

Whole-grain pasta cuts down on unnecessary carbs and ups potential fiber intake, so it’s a reliable source of carbs. The tomatoes and cheese are the real sources of protein in this dish, which is good if you’re looking for something lighter.

18. Quinoa Mushroom Burger

Mushrooms and quinoa, together in one meal for the ultimate super-healthy protein-packed meatless burger? You bet.

19. Slow Cooker Texas Chili

Chili con carne, sans beans. A true traditional recipe overflowing with protein.

20. Zucchini Lasagna

Substitute traditional lasagna noodles with similar slices of zucchini. You’ll get more nutrients and protein with fewer unhealthy carbs.

21. Spiral Vegetable Riccota Pie

There’s a small crust on this pie to hold together this delicious spiral of vegetables and cheese. You’ll hardly notice it between all the gooey, delicious nutrients you’re eating.

22. Slow Cooker Beef Curry

A simple, delicious curry that only asks a little prep time from you. The stew meat should be on the lean side to cut down on fat and maximize the protein gotten from this dish.

23. Egg Noodles and Chickpea Soup

Egg noodles actually have a fair amount of protein in them, along with a ton of complex carbohydrates. Pair that with the nutrient-bomb that is chickpeas, and you’ve got yourself a balanced, delicious meal.

24. Skinny Quinoa Stir-Fry

Simple to prep vegetables meet delicious quinoa in the frying pan of their dreams. The protein amount here is incredibly respectable, and this dish could be paired with others if it seems a little plain.

25. Jalapeño Lime Tuna Salad

A fresh take on a traditional salad. The tuna, yogurt, and spinach all contribute proteins here.

26. Simply Sauteed Lemon Tilapia

A clean, simple, aromatic way to cook fish. This dish is packed full of protein, healthy fats, and little else.

27. Juicy Faux Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is a favorite dish for many people. This dish pretends to fry that delicious source of protein while actually baking it, so it’s much healthier to eat.

28. Broccoli and Egg Cheese Bake

Cheese pairs well with both broccoli and eggs, so why not combine all of them? They’re all decent sources of protein, making this a happy, healthy meal for anyone.

What high-protein meals have you taken a liking to? Share them with us in the comments.

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