The New year can be the perfect time to let go of poor habits and adopt healthy ones, fresh slate. Health is often an area that we tend to ignore in our busy lives.
You must already know that protein is an important nutrient for health. Protein makes up the building blocks of organs, muscles, skin, and hormones. Your body needs protein to maintain and repair tissues. Meanwhile, children need it for growth.
Putting a few high-protein dinners on your weekly menu is one great way to help make getting enough daily intake a little easier, no matter what else the day throws at you.
Most of these recipes are super-quick and can be made easily. The best part is that these recipes are also rich in taste.
Have a look at these protein-rich amazing recipes-
1. Chicken Parmesan & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
This recipe has a stuffing made of quinoa & chicken cooked with onion-garlic & spices. It is further stuffed inside the bell peppers with some cheese on it and then baked for 15 minutes. This incredible recipe has about 47 gms of protein in it.
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2. Chicken Hummus Bowl
For making this dish, chicken thighs are first seasoned with some oil, salt & spices. Boil these thighs for 5-7 minutes and once done, brush it with a paste made of lemon juice, garlic and oil and bake for another 5 minutes. Make a bowl with hummus and freshly chopped veggies. The recipe has about 31 grams of protein in it.
2. Lentil & Veggie Chaat
This recipe has dry green moong and brown lentils, which is first boiled with some carrots and celery. Thereafter, these boiled lentils are mixed with hung curd, chopped onion, tomato, garlic & parsley with salt & pepper. This chaat has about 25 gms of protein in it!
4. Lamb & Brown Lentil Shepherd's Pie
For this recipe, the lamb meat is first cooked with onion. Then, it is cooked along with frozen veggies, chicken broth, brown lentil and red pepper in a slow cooker for about 6-8 hours. This dish is served with sweet potatoes and has 24 gms protein.
5. Lasagna Soup
This soup has about 20 gms of protein in it and is cooked with lasagna noodles. All you need to do is make a gravy of onion garlic, crushed tomatoes, chicken broth and vinegar with some salt & pepper. Afterwards, add the lasagna noodles and cook for 5 minutes. Garnish with a combination of ricotta cheese, parmesan & mozzarella cheese.
6. Spinach & Artichoke Pasta
This recipe has about 16 gms of protein and is just super-delicious. Cook spinach in a little oil and mix cream cheese and milk in it. Once the creamy gravy is done, add parmesan cheese & artichoke along with spices, and let it thicken. Add boiled pasta in the end and enjoy!
Enjoy these healthy protein-rich unconventional dinner recipes to meet your protein requirement. You may consult a dietitian or a nutritionist to know your daily need for protein.