21 Protein-Packed Dinner Recipes

These protein-packed dinners make a perfectly balanced dinner!

If you’re trying to lose weight and want to pack in the protein to help,  you can’t do it with protein shakes alone. Protein-rich foods will help you boost your metabolism and extend your feeling of fullness. In addition, they’ll also help you build lean muscle mass and help you drop those few extra pounds. But breakfast or post-workout shakes won’t prevent you from eating late night snacks. For that, you need protein-packed dinner recipes.

Whether you’re on a low-carb diet or just looking to curb your cravings,  protein-packed dinner recipes are the best way to create a delicious and balanced dinner. So we rounded up our 21 favorite dinner recipes to make your weeknights a little bit easier. Let’s dive in and check them out!

1. Winter Buddha Bowl for Amazing Health

Who says you need meat to have a protein-packed dinner? This Buddha bowl packs an incredible 24 grams of protein. When you combine lentils and brown rice, you get all of your essential amino acids to make a complete protein. Top it off with an egg and you’ll feel full, satisfied, and happy.

2. Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie

We keep our proteins lean in this recipe by subbing in ground turkey instead of the traditional ground beef. It doesn’t hurt that this protein-packed recipe is super easy to make by using the slow cooker! Enjoy your 29 grams of protein with this super comforting dinner that will keep you full all night long.

3. Skinny Chicken and Roasted Potato Bowl

What’s not to love about a balanced dinner recipe? This one has it all – carbs from the potatoes, protein from the meat, and vitamins and minerals from the vegetables. All tossed together in a savory sauce, this dinner’s 34 grams of protein comes in a delicious package.

4. Turkey Sweet Potato Stew

Sweet potatoes and turkey aren’t just for Thanksgiving – they make great protein-packed dinner recipes. These 30 grams of protein will keep you from reaching for an after-dinner snack, and it makes enough leftovers to bring for lunch the next day. What’s not to love?

5. Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken

Who says that simple meals can’t be delicious? This simple dinner recipe is packed with 19 grams of protein and it couldn’t be simpler to make. All it takes is 9 ingredients and 30 minutes, and you’ll be enjoying a protein-packed dinner that simmered in a savory sauce.

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Chef Lindsay

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer. After graduating from Cascade Culinary School, Lindsay worked as the executive chef of a farm-to-table restaurant in Bend, Oregon. She is passionate about using local, organic ingredients and loves teaching home cooks how to incorporate seasonal food into their diet. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to create beautiful meals for her family. She lives with her husband in Colorado, where she enjoys the trials and errors of gardening.

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    1. Hi Chelsea, we’re currently in the process of adding more plant based recipes to the site since it is a current trend. Be sure to check back! You can also use the search function and search for “plant based”. We have a few options and are adding more each week!

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