5 High-Protein Weeknight Meals You Can Make in 30 Minutes

High-protein dinners
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December 31, 2020

By Sheela Prakash

Are you looking for ways to add more protein to your diet in 2021? Are you also unbelievably busy managing work-from-home, school-from-home, and cook-every-night-from-home? Yes? We can relate. That’s why we culled the internet for high-protein recipes that take 30 minutes or less to make. Here are 5 that are worth adding to your meal plan.

1. Mediterranean Hummus Bowls from Budget Bytes

A tub of hummus makes a quick and healthy snack but it’s also an awesome base for a high-protein dinner. If you don’t already have cooked rice on hand, skip it and simply serve these colorful bowls with pita bread for dipping instead.

high-protein mac and cheese
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2. Protein Packed Healthy Mac and Cheese from Eating Bird Food

While regular pasta doesn’t pack much of a protein punch, chickpea pasta most definitely does. Here, when combined with milk and cheese, you get a whopping 26 grams of plant-based protein per serving.

Sheet pan salmon
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3. Sheet Pan Salmon, Lentils and Asparagus from My Kitchen Love

Lentils are a pretty quick-cooking legume, but you can make things even faster on yourself by opting for canned lentils, like this recipe does. Here they’re a high-protein bed for salmon filets in an easy, one-pan dinner.

30-minute meals
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4. Vegan Enchilada Casserole from Detoxinista

This casserole takes all the warm and spicy flavors of Mexican enchiladas and transforms them into something that’s super high in protein. That’s thanks to the combination of quinoa, black beans, and red lentils.

Chicken and broccoli stir fry
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5. Easy Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry from Joyful Healthy Eats

This light and fresh stir-fry is a whole lot more feel-good than takeout and can easily be on your table in less time than it takes to wait for delivery. To add even more protein to your dinner, serve the stir-fry over quinoa instead of rice.

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