Many people want to get in shape and lose weight but don’t know where to start. One common problem is that people often don’t have time in the day to cook a healthy meal from scratch. This article will provide you with some simple, high-protein recipes that can be made in minutes and don’t require any fancy ingredients. These recipes might be perfect for you!
Are you looking for a healthy and delicious breakfast option? Try these protein pancakes! To make them, all you need is one scoop of protein powder (chocolate or vanilla), ½ cup oats ground into flour, two egg whites, and some baking soda. Mix the ingredients, and then cook like regular pancakes on a griddle!
Top with fresh fruit such as blueberries. If you want to switch up the flavor, try adding cinnamon or strawberries to the mix instead! The possibilities are endless when it comes to protein pancakes. You can also add things like nuts and peanut butter to your batter for even more protein that will keep you fuller longer. The options indeed are endless with this recipe!
Tuna Salad Sandwich
A tuna sandwich is quick and convenient if you’re short on time and need to get out the door. All you need is;
- One can of tuna (in water)
- One chopped-up hard-boiled egg
- Mayo or miracle whip (low calorie)
Tuna contains over 200 different types of minerals that help strengthen your immune system and other bodily functions. Once the ingredients are combined in a bowl, simply spread onto bread and enjoy! You don’t even need to toast it like most sandwiches! Eating tuna every day might sound dull and unhealthy as it contains high mercury levels, leading to adverse health effects. However, it’s pretty good for you in smaller portions each week.
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
For a healthy and savory dinner option, we suggest you try these delicious stuffed sweet potatoes. The recipe is easy to follow and requires almost zero cooking skills! You’ll need;
- One large sweet potato (preferably organic)
- ½ cup of black beans (drained and washed)
- 2 tbsp hummus, cheese (optional)
- Any other toppings such as cilantro, green onions, or olives.
First, rinse the potato under running water until it’s clean, then pierce it with a fork repeatedly around its body to prevent an explosion. Next, place the potato directly over an open flame and turn once until you see the skin beginning to blister. To play it safe, it’s recommended to use tongs to turn it instead of using your hands.
Once the skin is nice and crispy (but not burnt), place it on a plate and let it cool down for about 5-10 minutes. Next, cut it open lengthwise all the way through, then carefully pull the skin back to open it like a jacket potato. Then, mash the insides of the potatoes and mix with the hummus and black beans. Finally, top with cheese and any other toppings you desire! For larger potatoes, this could take up to 15 minutes!
Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Try these delicious stuffed chicken breasts for a high-protein yet easy evening meal. All you need is;
- Two large chicken breasts (roughly one pound)
- garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
- 3 tbsp cream cheese or baby bel light cheese
- non-salty seasoning spice of your choice.
Then, all you have to do is open the chicken breast up with your hands, leaving about one inch on each side. Season both sides of the chicken breasts, then spread cream cheese over the inside of them. Finally, top with whatever seasoning you prefer (garlic powder, salt, pepper). Close each chicken breast back up by using toothpicks to hold it together. Place the stuffed chicken in a baking dish and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes until cooked through thoroughly. This meal can be served by itself or with rice or veggies!
Honey Garlic Shrimp With Angel Hair Pasta
Try these delicious shrimp with angel hair pasta for a quick and easy meal. All the ingredients you will need are;
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
- Four garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 pound of shrimp (peeled and deveined)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A can of low sodium chicken broth or stock (14.5 oz.)
- 2 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp soy sauce (low sodium)
- Juice from half a freshly squeezed lemon
- 1 tsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp cold water.
After preparing your ingredients, add the olive oil to the pan on medium heat and add garlic; cook for about one minute while stirring constantly. Then, add shrimp into the pan and stir it occasionally until they turn pink, which should take about five minutes. Next, add your chicken broth or stock, honey, soy sauce, lemon juice, salt, and pepper; stir well. Finally, turn the heat down to low for five more minutes until it simmers. Then, add your cooked pasta into the mixture and enjoy!
Pork Chops With Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Try these yummy pork chops with a creamy mushroom sauce recipe for a healthy and protein-packed meal. Here is what you will need;
- Two considerable pork chops (about 4-5 oz per)
- Cooking oil of your choice,
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
- One shallot (minced) or one small yellow onion (chopped)
- One clove of garlic (finely chopped)
- 8 oz sliced mushrooms
- ½ cup white wine or chicken broth/stock
- 1 cup heavy cream or whole milk for added fat content
- ¼ tsp dried thyme leaves
- Juice from half a lemon
- ½ – 3/4 cup cheddar cheese – shredded.
Start by seasoning both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper. Then turn on medium heat to a large skillet or pan, add cooking oil of your choice in there along with shallots, garlic, and mushrooms. Stir occasionally until cooked through (about five minutes). The next step is to pour in your white wine or chicken broth/stock into the mixture, then stir it frequently for about two minutes. After that, lower the heat down to low so you can simmer this for another 10-12 minutes.
Finally, add in your heavy cream or whole milk along with thyme leaves, lemon juice, and cheddar cheese; stir well. Now let it simmer for around 3-5 minutes until everything has thickened up nicely. Add your sauce over top your pork chops, and enjoy!
You can eat delicious food and still not break your diet with these recipes! You can add in different ingredients such as bacon or broccoli for variety. Most of these meals are also great to serve with rice or vegetables. Just follow these simple steps, and you will enjoy a low-calorie, high-protein meal in no time. Bon appétit!