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20 Easy Dinners That All Pack A Ton Of Protein

High in protein, high in flavor.

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Easy protein-packed dinners always come in handy.

You can never have too many in your kitchen roster, especially on busy weeknights. So here are several high-protein recipes to fuel your next nightly meal — including vegetarian, vegan, and keto options.

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1. Baked Low-Carb Turkey Casserole

The only real prep here is just rolling out the turkey meatballs — and that takes less than 10 minutes. Then just layer into a casserole dish and bake!

Recipe: Low Carb Turkey Meatball Casserole

2. Black Bean Tacos With Avocado Crema

cookingclassy.com

You'll get a double dose of vegetarian-friendly protein here — both in the black beans and in the Greek yogurt-based crema.

Recipe: Black Bean Tacos With Avocado Crema

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3. Keto Baked Fajita Chicken Casserole

eatwell101.com

This uses chicken breasts, but you could also swap in thighs. Then just pile everything into tortillas, over greens or zoodles, or enjoy solo.

Recipe: Keto Baked Fajita Chicken Casserole

4. Turkey-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

This recipe uses extra lean ground turkey so you don't have to drain the meat after its cooked.

Recipe: Turkey-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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5. High-Protein Pesto Pasta

rd-licious.com

Starting with high-protein pasta noodles — like ones made from chickpeas, lentils, or pea flour — bulks this up. To add even more protein, swap the mushrooms for your meat of choice.

Recipe: High-Protein Pesto Pasta

6. One-Pot Quinoa Chili With Butternut Squash

Between the quinoa, black beans, and kidney beans, this is loaded with protein. (You could also easily make this vegetarian or vegan by substituting the chicken broth for veggie broth.)

Recipe: One-Pot Quinoa Chili With Butternut Squash

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7. Oven-Baked Salmon & Asparagus Foil Packs

If you're just starting out in the kitchen, cooking fish can be tricky. Oven-baked foil packs are the perfect starter method; they'll ensure perfectly juicy fillets every time. (Plus, easy cleanup!)

Recipe: Oven-Baked Salmon & Asparagus Foil Packs

8. Crispy Glazed Tofu Bowls

gimmesomeoven.com

The tofu is seared and baked until it's extra crispy — then tossed with a salty-sweet-spicy sauce of garlic, soy sauce, jalapeños, and maple syrup. (For even more protein, top the bowls with edamame!)

Recipe: Crispy Glazed Tofu Bowls

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9. Avocado, Couscous, & Grapefruit Salad

wellplated.com

Grapefruit peaks during late fall and winter — and this version is great for meal prep. Just add the avocado right before serving so it doesn't brown.

Recipe: Avocado, Couscous, & Grapefruit Salad

10. Easiest Slow Cooker Korean BBQ-Style Tacos

Joe Lingeman / Via thekitchn.com

Flank steak + your favorite hot sauce + your favorite barbecue sauce. Couldn't be easier!

Recipe: Easiest Slow Cooker Korean BBQ-Style Tacos

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11. Instant Pot Lentil Soup With Sausage and Kale

platingsandpairings.com

Looking for leftovers? This protein-packed soup makes enough for six people and freezes really well.

Recipe: Instant Pot Lentil Soup With Sausage and Kale

12. Garlic Butter Stovetop Steak Bites

Joe Lingeman / Via thekitchn.com

These bites are super versatile, and since you're cubing them upfront, they cook through in just a few minutes.

Recipe: Garlic Butter Stovetop Steak Bites

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13. 10-Minute Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry

Another one that preps and cooks quickly — and can be served with anything from noodles to cauliflower rice.

Recipe: 10-Minute Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry

14. Tuna Broccoli Casserole

savorytooth.com

Low carb, keto-friendly, easy to assemble — and only six ingredients needed.

Recipe: Tuna Broccoli Casserole

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15. Vegan Tuscan White Bean Skillet

nourish-and-fete.com

Prep is super minimal and everything cooks in one pan — so cleanup is a breeze.

Recipe: Vegan Tuscan White Bean Skillet

16. Hearty Sweet Potato Hash

The base starts with grated sweet potatoes — which are then loaded up with chicken sausage, kale, garlic, and a splash of balsamic vinegar for tang.

Recipe: Hearty Sweet Potato Hash

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17. Paleo Ground Turkey & Egg Skillet

lexiscleankitchen.com

TBH, eggs don't get enough credit at dinnertime. Let's change that.

Recipe: Paleo Ground Turkey & Egg Skillet

18. Keto Baked Chicken & Vegetables

juliasalbum.com

Ten minutes of prep, 30 minutes in the oven, and this is ready to go.

Recipe: Keto Baked Chicken & Vegetables

19. Vegetarian Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala

Chickpeas are a solid (and cheap!) source of protein. To make this vegan, swap the cream for coconut milk.

Recipe: Vegetarian Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala

20. Harvest Skillet With Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, & Brussels Sprouts

wellplated.com

All of your favorite fall flavors in one protein-packed skillet.

Recipe: Fall Harvest Skillet With Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, & Brussels Sprouts

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