When it comes to food, the ‘d’ in ‘diet’ can sometimes stand for ‘dull’. Think boiled chicken, steamed chicken, chicken over easy, chicken sunny-side up. Enough with all the chicken already! Following a diet that’s rich in protein doesn’t have to be boring. It also doesn’t have to take ages to prepare and it certainly doesn’t need to be chicken all the time. In this post, we’re sharing protein diet dinners ideas while on the ideal protein diet.
So what exactly would a “high protein” diet be? According to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) it’s anything with more than 10 grams of protein, although dietitians suggest getting closer to 20 grams per meal. We’ve put five of our favorite dinner ideas together, that are not only rich in protein, they’re also delicious and super-easy to prepare.
Salmon With a Lemon Caper Vinaigrette and Chickpeas
If you want to build up lean muscle and feed your brain then this is a great dinner idea. Salmon, an excellent source of omega-3 is served on top of a bed of greens and chickpeas. To prepare the dish you simply slow roast it in a low-temperature oven. When it’s ready to serve, drizzle the zesty lemon caper vinaigrette on top. Voila! In one serving you get 40 grams of protein and 118 percent of your recommended daily intake of inflammation-fighting vitamin A.
Yes we know– we bad-mouthed chicken but this dish is anything but dull. No one can resist a tasty chicken fajita. Even the fussiest of eaters will devour it down. It’s so easy to make and can even be a 5-ingredient meal. To get all the delicious nutrients add red bell peppers, for vitamin C which reduces inflammation, boosts your immune system, and it helps fight cortisol, that stress hormone responsible for belly fat. Keep as many of the vegetables raw and you’re getting a protein and vitamin-rich dinner.
Greek Lemon Chicken With Tzatziki Sauce
This is one heck of a tasty dish but don’t be tempted to buy store-bought tzatziki. Not only is it high in unhealthy sodium, it’s completely unnecessary when you realize how easy it is to make at home. The lemon chicken is marinated and served on flatbread, topped off with tomatoes and lettuce, with a dollop of Greek yogurt.
One-Skillet Apple & Onion Pork Chops
This one-skillet pork chops dish isn’t only easy, it’s super tasty. Pork is a great source of lean protein and helps feed your muscles. Apples have a belly-slimming fiber and will help slow down digestion, eliminate sugar spikes and accompanying hunger pains.
As you can see, no more excuses for dull dishes when you’re following the Ideal Protein Diet.
The majority of the time a salad is considered a side dish but this cobb salad is a meal on its own and it’ll fill you up. It’s loaded with half a day’s RDA of protein, including the grilled chicken, the hard-boiled eggs, turkey, bacon, blue cheese, avocado and even the dressing. Who would have thought the humble old salad would be good for maintaining and building muscle.