Protein, necessary to give energy, keep us full and help us reach our fitness goals.
Getting a good amount of protein in each meal is a good way to maintain a healthy balanced diet. Yet sometimes we can struggle with getting enough protein throughout the day.
Below you will find 33 recipes that are delicious, easy and packed full of protein.
Whether you’re a vegan, veggie or simply need more protein in your diet you can achieve your health and fitness goals.
There is a recipe to have you eating protein no matter the time of day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, we’ve got you covered!
Check out these tasty high-protein recipes below!
We all love a sweet treat, especially as a snack or first thing in the morning for breakfast.
This chocolate peanut butter protein smoothie has an incredible 28 grams of protein and is super simply to make.
With greek yogurt, unsweetened milk of your choice and a tablespoon of Skippy natural peanut butter you can make your own addictively sweet chocolate peanut butter protein smoothie.
Have it in the morning to kick start your day the right way!
You can even make it in batches and keep in the fridge or freezer for when you need a quick, filling breakfast. Not to mention the kids will love it.
We would all love to have ice cream for breakfast but it isn’t the best way to start your day when it comes to nutrition. This greek yogurt parfait is the perfect replacement.
Grab yourself some plain, protein and probiotic enriched greek yogurt, whatever fruit your heart desires (we recommend strawberries and blueberries) and some granola for that added crunch.
You now have yourself a delicious, satisfying breakfast, snack or dessert!
Hosting for some friends? Layer in a wine glass for some added flare or simply throw it all in a bowl and enjoy.
Yes you are reading it right! You really can have pizza for breakfast. Grab all of your favorite savory breakfast items, a nice fire-filled english muffin and some salsa.
Assemble the same you would a glorious pizza and bake in the oven for around 10 minutes at 180 degrees.
You will have a fun,filling breakfast and you’ll be able to tell everyone how you had pizza for breakfast.
Fully customize your pizza topping with different ingredient combinations and find one which has you falling in love with breakfast all over again.
You can even make it a family event by letting the kids decorate their own pizzas!
Breakfast tacos and breakfast burritos frequently contain the same kinds of ingredients.
Scrambled eggs, often a few slices of bacon, and sometimes a few small pieces of potato.
However, do you know what elevates that burrito to a higher plane? switching to chorizo in place of the bacon.
Chorizo gives the burrito a full, rounded flavor that bacon just misses. There is also the option of soy chorizo for veggies!
Make all of your burritos for the week in one go, store in aluminum foil and a ziplock bag in the freezer waiting for when you need a quick, protein packed breakfast burrito.
This stunning breakfast takes only 15 minutes to make and lets you show off your egg cooking skills.
With 20 grams of protein, this breakfast is ideal for keeping you full till lunch.
Although it does involve perfecting the dreaded poached egg. Once you master your eggs simply toast 2 slices of your favorite bread, spread a layer of mayo and mustard and top with your masterfully made poached eggs.
If you want to be a little fancy you can top with a shallot, cracked black pepper and a sprinkle of herbs. Delicious!
This breakfast is heartwarming, especially when made on a lazy sunday mid-morning for brunch.
This filling breakfast will keep you full until lunch since it has two different kinds of potatoes, smoky chorizo, and sharp Cheddar cheese. Giving you an incredible 23 grams of protein!
This breakfast is sure to have your taste buds tingling as you cook and perfect for sharing with loved ones or by yourself if you can’t bring yourself to share.
This vibrant smoothie is a great way to get in some extra protein with some hidden veggies and white beans. It can be enjoyed by vegans, athletes and kids who are looking to get some extra health into their diet.
Filled with plant-based protein, fiber and mineral, this smoothie has everything you need to start your day.
Looking for that fun, tasty sunday pancake recipe? Look no further! These almond flour pancakes are packed full of protein, vegan and gluten free.
They are light, fluffy and go perfect with any of your favorite toppings.
These eggless pancakes will have your breakfast being the talk of the town as you mix up your toppings and create delicious combinations.
Have you ever eaten chia seed pudding? It’s a wonderful alternative method for adding more nutrients to breakfast, snacks, dessert, or even a sweet but healthy treat for school lunches. And this chia pudding with more protein is a hit!
All you need is chia seeds, milk of your choice, cacao powder and any toppings you wish!
If you need even more protein, add in a scoop of your favorite protein powder and let them set in the fridge.
Perfect for busy mornings or as a delicious mid-afternoon snack.
Made with a simple blend of fruit, nuts and seeds these morning flapjacks are full of all your essential nutrients.
They are naturally gluten-free, vegan and paleo-friendly!
Combine all of your dry ingredients in a bowl, add in your nut butter and maple syrup of choice, mix together and press into a pan to cook in the oven for 15 minutes.
Simple. Quick. And full of protein. Grab for a quick breakfast or as an afternoon pick me up.
This vegan, black bean and lentil soup is ideal for days or weeks where you don;t know what to cook or simply don’t have the energy.High in fiber and protein, it will keep you full and energized for hours.
Add in carrots, tomatoes and some spices for a warming lunch.
Got some leftovers? Store in the freezer and defrost when you need something easy and nutritious for lunch.
Got 10 minutes and some shrimp you need to use up? Try these spicy shrimp slaw bowls for your next high-protein lunch.
Top with some edamame beans for some extra fiber and protein and watch yourself power through your daily tasks.
Make in batches and store in the freezer for when you need a quick and filling lunch throughout the week.
We all love the classic Mexican fajita night. All kept together in a lovely toasted tortilla. Well, swap out your tortilla for rice and have a high protein, low carb fajita bowl.
Taking only 15 minutes to make and giving you a mind blowing 30 grams of protein, this will quickly become an office favorite.
Swap your chicken for beef and in your favorite veggies to keep your recipes fresh and exciting.
You can also make a larger batch to share with friends and family.
With this recipe you have the power to make the best egg sandwiches to keep you full through the summer.
To make the perfect egg salad you need a few basic ingredients.
You need hard boiled eggs, greek yogurt, dijon mustard, red onion and of course salt and pepper for seasoning.
You can pre-hard boil your eggs to make this already quick recipe even quicker.
This egg is salad is simple yet filling making it brilliant to take to the office of enjoy at a picnic in the summer sun.
Committed to a low-carb, Keto diet (see also ‘Want To Enjoy Snacks On A Keto Diet? Try These 38 Delights!‘) does not mean you can’t enjoy delicious recipes.
This high-protein bang bang shrimp (see also ‘23 Amazing Shrimp Appetizers‘) is perfect for anyone looking to go the low-carb route.
Using a coating of almond flour and parmesan it tastes simply devine and you can keep it healthier by baking in the oven or ayr-fryer rather than deep frying.
Dip each shrimp in the sauce and serve with a side of your favorite veggies.
This recipe can take a bit more time to make and is sure to have everyone satisfied at the dinner table.
Simply boil all of your veggies until nice and tender. Drain and roll in a gorgeous salad dressing (see also ‘12 Famous Salad Dressings You Need To Try‘) of leon zest, olive oil, dijon mustard and dill.
Serve in a bowl for a crowd or portion into air-tight containers and enjoy in the office. This salad is light, fluffy and filling.
His vegetarian lo mein is significantly healthier and nearly as simple to order as your favorite takeout. It is loaded with vegetables and takes only twenty minutes to prepare.
This vegetable lo-mein is created with vibrant fresh veggies which help support your eye health and bone remodeling. Eat your veggies!
With 17 grams of protein, you won’t feel the need to order take out.
Wanting to create a filling lunch but not harm the ocean in the process? This vegan tuna salad is unusual but delicious.
Made with chickpeas instead of fish, it is still high in protein and fiber. Smash your chickpeas to resemble a paste and add in your flavorings.
Serve with salad or on a nice, soft slice of vegan bread for a light lunch with plenty of protein.
Tofu Adobo, a vegan version of the national dish of the Philippines, is savory, sweet, tangy, rich, and utterly delectable.
With this quick and tasty dish, tofu has finally met its equal.
With a 35 minute cooking time you may want to cook this meal ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until you are ready for lunch. Serve with rice and a side of bok choy for a full lunch.
This 7 ingredient, 30 minute meal is perfect for a quick lunch packed full of plant-based proteins.
Serve with rice or noodles for a full meal. Top with sesame seeds for garnish and you have a bright, enticing meal with a healthy amount of protein to keep you full.
Serve this simple cheesy lasagna at your next gathering of friends and family and watch as everyone looks satisfied and even going back for more.
The trick to cutting your cooking time in half? Find a high protein, tasty marinara sauce at the store.
You’ll have an impressive, high-protein lasagna without eliminating that powerful flavor.
This one pan meal is a god send on those busy nights. Grab a skillet, some apples, chicken, dijon mustard and of course some apple cider.
Place it all in your skillet, put it in the oven and watch as a high protein, utterly mouthwatering meal comes together.
This is the perfect meal for the family or to serve at a large get together.
This spicy red lentil curry is full of fiber and 18 grams of protein per serving. The lentils are perfect for becoming soft whilst adding a heartiness to a curry.
Serve with brown rice for a well-balanced meal.
Or you can opt for a japanese chicken curry. Perfect for meal prep to keep in the fridge to grab and serve during the week.
All of the components come together to create a stunning dish filled with protein and isn’t too filling. Leaving room for dessert.
Need something to bring to the family BBQ (see also our favorite BBQ recipes)? These grilled chicken caesar sandwiches are perfect.
With a fresh tahini slaw and all of the toppings you wish, these sandwiches are high protein and utterly delicious
Make sure to pick your favorite burger buns for that perfect crunch.
This power bowl is overflowing with healthy fats, fiber and of course high in protein. They are super easy to make and are the model recipe for meal prep.
With beans, grains, greens and veggies as the base, every mouthful is healthy and satisfying. You will keep this one in your weekly dinner rotation!
Not to mention the hint of lemon zest makes this dish light and refreshing.
Cooking for a large number of people can quickly become overwhelming and stressful. This vegan quiche keeps it simple and tasty.
Taking only 30 minutes to prep, you can throw it in the oven and let it bake away.
Come back an hour later to a tantalizing dish that everyone can enjoy.
This go-to veggie burger recipe is vegan, gluten free and packed full of plant protein.
Veggies and vegan everywhere are loving this quinoa and black bean burger.
Add your own combination of spices to create your perfect veggie burger and enjoy on a firm, but not too firm, toasted bun with a creamy, crunchy slaw.
Top with your favorite sauces and serve with homemade fries for a finishing touch.
Searching for that perfect dessert that is still full of protein? The pumpkin spice protein balls are simply divine.
With only 6 ingredients and 10 minutes prep time, you can enjoy with scoop of your favorite ice cream.
Or you can add some extra protein by serving with a good serving of greek yogurt.
Of course these protein balls go perfectly with your fall essential, pumpkin spice latte.
But they are still delicious throughout summer and spring.
Chocolatey, Gooey and just downright delicious. This single serve brownie is loaded with protein and healthy fats.
Ideal for everything and anyone who is looking to satisfy their sweet tooth.
Not to mention you can bake these brownies in the microwave! No oven needed.
Once baked you can add your favorite toppings. We recommend a teaspoon of peanut butter and a few extra chocolate chips.
You can enjoy your favorite sweet treat and still get enough protein.
You can eat cake for breakfast with this Cinnamon Swirl Protein Cake! It’s a delectable, high-protein treat that will get you out of bed in the morning with a smile.
Swap your flour for oats and protein powder and switch the sugar for Stevia. You’ve got yourself a high-protein cinnamon swirl.
Make sure to enjoy it warm with a serving of vanilla greek yogurt for the full satisfaction of this sweet treat.
These devilishly sweet energy balls are great snacks that keep you on your diet goals. Add them as a snack to your kis lunch box or keep in the fridge for that midnight snack.
Your sweet tooth cravings will be kept in check with these cherry pie energy balls.
Make sure to coat them in coconut shavings for that final touch.
Apple and cinnamon. The perfect heart warming combination. Especially in these high protein muffins.
Enjoy as a snack, dessert, breakfast or freeze them for when you’re running low on your favorite snacks!
Frequently Asked Questions
When adjusting to a high-protein diet, you might have some questions and concerns.
It can be a challenging adjustment to make the effort to consume more protein.
We’ve answered the most common questions to help you get more protein into your diet!
Is It Better To Use Protein Powder Or Foods?
A combination of both is good. It can be hard to get all the protein you need from natural sources in your food.
Protein powders make it easier to reach your protein intake goals and taste delicious.
What Is One Of The Best Sources Of Protein?
There is no definitive answer to what the best source of protein is.
High protein sources such as fish, eggs, and meats are excellent. While other sources such as beans and lentils are also great vegetarian sources. All come together to create a healthy, balanced diet.
You now have 33 excellent, high-protein meals to help you include more protein in your diet.
These recipes are simple and overall absolutely delicious. They can be enjoyed by everyone, including those picky eaters.
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, there is a simple and delicious recipe!
Try them out and find your favorites to add to your weekly meal plans.
Or enjoy with friends and family at the family BBQ without losing out on your protein goals.