Anyone eating a low-carb, high-protein diet knows that dinner can get pretty boring after a while. It can be challenging to find casseroles and one-pot dinners that don’t involve starches. Plus, you can only eat chicken, steak, and pork chops so many times before they begin to get really old. This week, spice things up by creating your own mix and match dinner recipes! By adding a little excitement back into your meal plan, you’ll increase your chances of long-term adherence and therefore, success!
Creating the Perfect Combination of Flavor and Nutrients to Meet Your Goals!
All you need to do is combine one entree and one side dish each day. Paired together, they create the perfect combination to help you reach your weight loss or muscle-building goals! We’ve included carb and protein counts for each recipe, so it will be easy to meet your macronutrient goals too. If you’re wondering what your target intake should be, learn more about how to calculate macros for weight loss.
What are Macronutrients?
Macronutrients are the “puzzle” pieces that make up the food you eat. These are protein, carbohydrates, and fat, each of which comes along with a specific number of calories per gram. It’s just as important to figure out the right balance of macronutrients for your goals, as it is to consume the right amount of calories. This is widely due to the fact that each macronutrient plays a specific role in your body! Note: Figuring out the right number of daily macronutrients will then give you how many calories you should be eating; there’s no need to calculate both!
As far as “roles” go, protein helps to increase fat burn and repair/build muscle, while carbohydrates provide energy. Fat is important for brain, skin, nail, and hair health. In the absence of carbohydrates, fat will also act as the primary source of energy.
So, why is this important? Anytime you’re dieting, it’s crucial that you eat a minimum amount of calories for your body. Under-eating can be dangerous and unproductive to reaching your goals. Dieting should never be synonymous with starving. In fact, eating the correct amount of macronutrients (and calories) will actually help you reach your goals quicker and maintain optimal health!
Low-Carb, High-Protein Mix and Match Dinner Recipes
We’d recommend using something like a bullet journal to plan out the entire week’s menu ahead of time. It’s an easy way to stay on track and set yourself up for success before you even get started!
- Super Easy Pork Tenderloin With Garlic and Rosemary (0g carbs, 35g protein)
- Low-Carb Turkey Club Lettuce Cups (2g carbs, 33g protein)
- Easy Skillet Cilantro Lime Chicken (3g carbs, 46g protein)
- “Melt in Your Mouth” Italian Baked Chicken (5g carbs, 46g protein)
- Skinny Slow Cooker Italian Beef (6g carbs, 24g protein)
- Salmon Teriyaki with Snow Peas (6g carbs, 41g protein)
- Skinny Mississippi Pot Roast (6g carbs, 49g protein)
- Oven Roasted Mushrooms (5g carbs, 3g protein)
- Dijon Roasted Garlic Asparagus (6g carbs, 3g protein)
- Super Easy Cauliflower “Fried Rice” (7g carbs, 3g protein)
- Root Vegetable Coleslaw (9g carbs, 1g protein)
- Easy Garlic Lemon Green Beans (9g carbs, 2g protein)
- 15-Minute Zucchini Noodle and Tomato Salad with Balsamic Dressing (10g carbs, 2g protein)
- Balsamic Glazed Whole Roasted Cauliflower (10g carbs, 3g protein)
What tasty combo of these mix and match dinner recipes are you going to try first? Let us know in the comment section!