Five Perfect, Protein-Packed Dinners

As you likely already know, protein is the major building block of any healthy meal. It helps keep hunger at bay, builds stronger bones and muscles, and can even help you burn fat. Although you should ensure you’re getting adequate protein with every meal, for most, dinner is an important meal as it’s the meal we share with family and friends and typically the meal we have a little more time to prepare.

For protein-packed dinners that won’t pack your schedule with endless prep time, try some of the following recipes. They’re sure to please even the pickiest of palates, and pack a major punch of protein!

Healthy Deconstructed Chicken Parmigiana


Whether you’re dining solo or looking for a family-friendly meal, this healthy twist on a cuisine classic may just be your weekly go to meal option. This recipe is full of flavor, high in protein and low in calories meaning you now have extra room for a glass of wine or even dessert!

Slow Cooker Flank Steak with Red Wine Reduction Gravy


No matter what season it is, I am thankful for a great slow cooker recipe. There are few things more convenient than popping in some ingredients before your day begins, and walking in to a fully cooked, healthy and delicious meal.  The best thing about the recipe is it versatility. You can eat as is, pop into some whole wheat soft shells and add toppings for tacos, pair with rice and veggies for some Asian fusion or simply add your favorite side dish. Whichever way you chew it, it’s a delicious option that high in protein, low in fat and simple to make. 

Mini Turkey Meatloaf Muffins


These tasty treats double as a meal or a great on-the-go snack. They’re incredibly easy to prepare and you can even add in some of your favorite ingredients like peppers or cheese to personalize the flavor. For dinner, pair with spaghetti squash or whole wheat pasta along with marinara sauce for Italian done healthy! 

Crispy Baked Chicken


In need of some comfort food that doesn’t pack on the pounds? This juicy chicken recipe offers up the perfect portion of protein with an incredible crisp that will have you swearing off KFC for life! Pair with your favorite veggie or healthy pasta and you’ve got a meal the entire family will love. 

Zucchini Enchilada Casserole


Feeling like a little fiesta? I’ve got you covered with this savory, saucy dish. Mexican doesn’t have to be a forbidden food, you just have to find a way to up the protein count and add in healthy twists! This dish is easy to make, family-friendly and has all the spicy, cheesy goodness you need to curb your cravings. 

So remember, being healthy doesn’t have to be a chore and it certainly doesn’t mean you have to eat the same old boring grilled chicken every night. You can still have meals that are as high in flavor as they are in protein!

For more healthy meal options, check out my recipes here.