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20 High-Protein Recipes That Fill You Up

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    The Protein 411

    Protein helps to maintain lean muscle, grow and repair all cells in your body, and regulate your appetite, according to Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, the author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies. On average, active women need about half a gram of protein per pound of body weight every day (so an active 140-pound woman would need 70 grams of protein). One way to meet this goal is to include a source of protein at every meal. A high-protein meal would have 25 percent of its calories coming from protein.

    Plant-Based Protein: Beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, quinoa, amaranth

    Animal Protein: Eggs, low-fat dairy, white meat poultry, lean beef, pork loin, fish

  • Gourmandelle

    Lentils and Amaranth Patties

    Amaranth is a gluten-free ancient grain. And as Palinski-Wade suggests, it's a great source of protein. Mix with lentils, like in this recipe, for the perfect protein-packed lunch.

    Get the recipe: Gourmandelle

  • Persnickety Plates

    Zucchini Boat Turkey Tacos

    Take advice from Persnickety Plates and make tacos without the tortillas. Switch out the sour cream for plain, nonfat Greek yogurt to up the protein.

    Get the recipe: Persnickety Plates

  • Sally's Baking Addiction

    Cinnamon-Sugar Roasted Chickpeas

    Chickpeas are great mixed into salads, stews, and curries. Try them as a snack with this cinnamon-sugar version from Sally's Baking Addiction.

    Get the recipe: Sally's Baking Addiction

  • Veggie Inspired Journey

    Black Bean Soup

    Black beans pack a whopping 39 grams of protein per cup. Try this black bean soup from Veggie Inspired Journey for a meal that's filling and super simple to make.

    Get the recipe: Veggie Inspired Journey

  • The Skinny Fork

    Cottage Cheese Bowl

    Palinski-Wade suggests adding raw almonds or cottage cheese to each snack to help you reach your protein requirements every day. For a kick, add sriracha like The Skinny Fork does.

    Get the recipe: The Skinny Fork

  • The Lemon Bowl

    Pumpkin Pie Yogurt

    This pumpkin spiced Greek yogurt from The Lemon Bowl packs 19 grams of protein for under 200 calories.

    Get the recipe: The Lemon Bowl

  • The Cooking Jar

    Honey-Garlic Salmon

    Salmon is full of good-for-you omega-3s—and with 21 grams of protein per three-ounce serving. The Cooking Jar made a honey-garlic sauce for salmon with only four ingredients.

    Get the recipe: The Cooking Jar

  • The Garden Grazer

    Black Bean Lentil Salad with Cumin-Lime Dressing

    This salad is chock-full of protein from the lentils and black beans. The Garden Grazer's homemade cumin-lime dressing makes this salad taste fantastic whether you serve it hot or eat it cold the next day.

    Get the recipe: The Garden Grazer

  • Primavera Kitchen

    Sweet Potato, Kale, and Shrimp Skillet

    This gluten-free recipe from Primavera Kitchen uses sweet potato, kale, and shrimp to make a quick weekday meal. Even better: It only uses one pan!

    Get the recipe: Primavera Kitchen

  • Amy's Healthy Baking

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

    Energy bites are a portable and easy way to get protein into your snacks. Pop a few post-workout—like these pumpkin and chocolate chip ones from Amy's Healthy Baking.

    Get the recipe: Amy's Healthy Baking

  • Southern Plate

    Beef and Vegetable Skillet

    This recipe is perfect for all your leftover veggies. Christy Jordan from Southern Plate uses lean ground beef to make a complete meal.

    Get the recipe: Southern Plate

  • Live Well Bake Often

    Quinoa Pizza Bites

    Quinoa, the kale of the grain world, can be reinvented in every form. Live Well Bake Often proves it by using it as the base for her pizza bites.

    Get the recipe: Live Well Bake Often

  • Damn Delicious

    Greek Yogurt Egg Salad Sandwich

    Egg salad gets a healthy makeover with this recipe from Damn Delicious. Eggs and Greek yogurt are both great sources of protein, meaning this sandwich will keep you full even longer.

    Get the recipe: Damn Delicious

  • Flavor Mosaic

    Chicken Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Casserole

    Chicken and quinoa are the stars of this twist on a classic casserole.

    Get the recipe: Flavor Mosaic

  • Tastes Better from Scratch

    Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

    Brunch just got even better. Cottage cheese and whole-grain oats make Tastes Better from Scratch's pancakes healthier. They may become your Saturday morning staple.

    Get the recipe: Tastes Better from Scratch

  • Simply Quinoa

    Quinoa Mac and Cheese

    Mac and cheese isn't usually a go-to dish when you're trying to eat healthy—or high protein, for that matter. But this recipe uses quinoa and butternut squash for a healthy spin on the comfort classic.

    Get the recipe: Simply Quinoa

  • Dashing Dish

    Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

    Satisfy your sweet tooth and eat a protein-packed snack with this recipe from Dashing Dish. Bonus: No risk of salmonella!

    Get the recipe: Dashing Dish

  • Delish D'Lites

    Peach and Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

    Pork can get a bad rep—we're looking at you bacon—when in fact it is an excellent source of protein. Choose a lean cut, like a pork loin chop, and add a fresh glaze like this recipe from Delish D'Lites.

    Get the recipe: Delish D'Lites

  • Averie Cooks

    Edamame Feta Salad

    Edamame may look like a veggie, but the soybean is actually a protein powerhouse. This fresh salad from Averie Cooks combines fresh vegetables, feta, and edamame for a lunch that's healthy yet big on flavor.

    Get the recipe: Averie Cooks

  • Cooking Classy

    Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Hummus

    Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein and are a perfect snack when smashed into hummus. This tomato basil hummus from Cooking Classy would taste great with pita chips or fresh veggies.

    Get the recipe: Cooking Classy