12 Easy high-protein meals to make tonight
Whether you're following a Paleo plan, trying to bulk up or just fuelling up for a busy day, you need protein! These super-healthy, high-protein recipes will leave you feeling satisfied and energised, so they're the perfect post-workout choice.
Not only super-quick to make, this recipe is affordable too, and it's loaded with protein from the bacon and the beans, which are also a great source of fibre. You only need a few ingredients to chuck this salad together, and it's as great for an easy dinner as it is for lunch the next day, so why not make a large batch and pack up the leftovers for tomorrow, to reduce food waste?
A great option for vegetarians - there are plenty of veggie sources of protein out there - this slow-cooker dish can be easily prepared and left to cook whilst you get on with your day. So whether you're heading to the gym for a workout, popping to the park for a run or meeting friends, you can come home to delicious, protein-packed Mexican food. Spinach is rich in iron and vitamin C, whilst the addition of tomatoes ups the antioxidant levels of this yummy dish - give it a try!
We love salmon and it just so happens it's great for us too! Loaded with protein and omega-3 fatty acids for a healthy brain, you can do far more with your average salmon steak than just bake it in the oven. These kebabs are perfect for summer, served with some brown rice or a side salad - or on their own if you like. Each serving contains 29g protein and the dip is super-simple to make with some sweet chilli sauce and lime juice!
This dish is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner and eggs contain loads of protein as well as other nutrients that can help you to stay healthy, such as lutein, important for healthy eyes. This recipe contains red potatoes but you could swap these out for whatever potatoes you picked up on your weekly shop, even sweet potatoes. We love the addition of spicy Chorizo! Serve with a fresh side salad to boost your way towards five-a-day!
Quinoa is loaded with protein, and add some griddled chicken (low in fat and also a great protein source) and some fresh ingredients such as crumbled Feta cheese and Kalamata olives and you have a delicious dinner that's ideal for hot, sunny days. With a whopping 37g of protein and 35g carbs per serving, this high-protein dinner is the perfect thing to whip up after a workout.
With 31g of protein per serving, this chipotle (it's pronounced Chee-poat-lay, by the way!) spiced beef-and-bean chilli ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a healthy, delicious high-protein dinner. It's easy to double the quantities if you're cooking for a larger crowd or want to freeze some for easy dinners after the gym. Yum!
Try doing something a bit more interesting with your avocado and add all those lovely, healthy fats to your salad by making this delicious avocado, tabasco, lemon and olive oil dressing that's loaded with goodness. The dressing elevates this simple chicken and soy bean salad to a higher level, and with 35g protein per serving, this is ideal if you're training or have a busy afternoon ahead of you.
If you're looking to build muscle and get ripped, you can't go wrong with tuna burgers, and they're simple and easy to prepare. All you need is some tinned tuna (look for tuna in spring water if possible), an egg, some mayo, oats, onion, celery and some hot sauce or even a little pinch of chilli flakes. These are great served in a bun, or just with some salad leaves and some sweet chilli sauce on the side - or maybe some Asian-inspired veggie noodles?
Don't forget about jacket potatoes when it comes to a quick, healthy lunch or dinner - if you're not doing the low-carb thing, that is. With 64g protein per serving, this has to be the highest protein choice on our list. Cottage cheese is low in fat and gives you plenty of energy, whilst the omega-3 fatty acids found in tuna promote a healthy brain. So if you have an afternoon of important meetings followed by a workout, this is the recipe for you!
#10. Kung Pao Shrimp
Like a spicier version of sweet and sour, we love the heat of Kung Pao sauce and this is a high-protein, low-fat alternative to a takeaway if you're craving Asian flavours. With Shaoxing wine, chilli peppers, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil, this dish is delicious served with brown rice, veggie noodles or just alone for a protein-packed punch.
Mackerel is loaded with protein and a great source of omega-3s - add courgette which is packed with vitamins A and C, potassium and folate and you have a pretty healthy dinner that's high in protein and good fats. Did we mention it's also really delicious, and it uses tinned mackerel, so it's simple and quick to prepare!
You can do so much with chicken and because it's a lean source of protein, it's great to include it regularly in your diet. Try stuffing chicken breasts with a little parmesan, garlic and some spinach or broccoli to get your five-a-day. Secure with toothpicks then bake in the oven and serve with some salad or rice. Delicious!