Whether coming back from a long workday or intense evening workout, revive with these 9 high-protein, low-carb dinners you’ll want to come home to eat!
Lean proteins can foster health by facilitating muscle mass, aiding in weight loss, and reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Whether coming back from a long workday or intense evening workout, regenerate with these high-protein, low-carb dinners. (And no, a chicken breast and rice is not the only meal on this dinner menu!)
Here are 8 ideas:
1. Mexican-Style Stuffed Peppers
Cut the tops off bell peppers, take out the ribs and seeds, and rinse. Fill the hollow pepper with taco mixture – ground turkey, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, and taco seasoning. Wrap peppers tightly in foil and stand them in a baking dish. Bake in 175c oven for 10 minutes then uncover and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until the peppers are tender.
2. Parmesan Courgette Boats
Traditional chicken parmesan is generally high in calories and carbs. Using a courgette in place of noodles can dramatically cut the carb content. Check out this healthy low-carb dinner to satisfy your next pasta craving! Feel free to get creative with toppings and flavours!
Hate it or love it, meatloaf is a substantial protein source and excellent way to hide in veggies. I prepare meatloaf with lean minced turkey and add chopped carrots, courgette, and other veggies you have on hand. For a Mexican spin, load meatloaf with bell peppers, onions, taco seasoning, and other favourite flavours!
4. Portabella Pizzas
Reduce the carb content of pizza by swapping out pizza crust with the crowns of portabella mushrooms. Fill the caps with protein-rich toppings such as chicken, minced turkey, or lean beef. Pair with a side salad for a high-protein, low-carb dinner loaded with nutrients.
5. Chicken Salad
Give traditional chicken salad a healthful spin! Replace heavy mayonnaise with plain Greek yogurt to reduce fat and increase protein content. For added texture, flavour, and nutrients, feel free to add apples, grapes, and sliced almonds or pecans. Fill a low-carb tortilla or dip cucumbers and carrots into the protein-packed salad.
This crockpot meal can be a vegan-friendly dish loaded with protein and fibre. Like meatloaf, chili is also a great way to sneak in veggies to amplify the nutrient content. Bulk up chili with chopped carrots, bell peppers, and onions that even kids will enjoy!
7. Lettuce Wraps
Say “goodbye” to tortillas and welcome this healthy low-carb dinner. Lettuce wraps can harness a multitude of flavours – Mexican with minced turkey, peppers, and onions; Asian-inspired with ground chicken, carrots, cabbage, and soy sauce; spicy with grilled chicken, hot sauce, and cucumber; or with the chicken salad described above in #5!
8. Shrimp and Quinoa Bowls
Shrimp is an excellent high protein option and even contains those “healthy” fats, also known as unsaturated fats. Instead of traditional rice, pair shrimp with quinoa. Quinoa is a unique plant-based protein that contains essential amino acids. Season with garlic, onion, Cajun seasonings, and other favourite spices. Feel free to bulk up the bowl with fresh veggies and herbs!