14 High-Protein Meals That’ll Fill You Up for Hours
These dishes pack a punch — and best of all, there’s not a grilled chicken breast in sight.
You already know that protein is one of the main cornerstones of a healthy meal. The macronutrient is crucial to building and maintaining muscle mass; plus, it keeps you satiated for hours, so you don’t have to hit the kitchen an hour after a meal.
That said, sometimes it’s hard to hit the mark when it comes to getting enough protein in your diet. And high-protein meals don’t always sound that appealing, either: if you’re cooking nothing but grilled chicken breast every night, protein can get pretty boring fast.
That’s why you should check out these 14 high-protein meals, which are are flavorful, simple, and satisfying.
Inspired by everyone’s favorite tailgate food, this inventive recipe from Cast Iron Keto isn’t your average chicken dinner. The chicken breasts are stuffed with jalapeño and two different kinds of cheese, each of which bring extra filling power to the dish. And it’s all wrapped up in a couple strips of bacon. Is it the healthiest tailgate food in the world? Nope. But Monday night football at home has never tasted so good.
Topped with chili sauce, sesame oil, and liquid aminos, this flavorful fish recipe from The Big Man’s World strikes a perfect balance between sweet and spicy. And even though it sounds gourmet, you can cook it in just 10 minutes, so it’s a quick and easy option that tastes fancier than it actually is. (Feel free to go a little overboard on the red pepper flakes if you’re looking for an extra kick.)
This flavorful garlic shrimp and quinoa recipe from Well Plated is made with just one skillet, so it doesn’t require a ton of cleanup (can’t argue with that). Plus, shrimp are one of the leanest protein sources around, and quinoa is also high in protein as far as grains are concerned, so it’s a great choice for a filling dinner. Lemon gives the dish a citrus twist to top it all off.
This recipe from The Castaway Kitchen combines both bacon and sausage in one dinner, so we’d recommend skipping on the bacon. But the brussel sprouts brings some green to your plate, along with the anti-inflammatory power of turmeric. The best part: It’s all made on one sheet pan, so you can chill out or watch the kids while it’s roasting.