Wondering what to make for dinner or need high protein meal ideas? We all know eating protein is good for us. Research has shown that a higher protein diet can help with weight loss and other health benefits. But, what can you make that incorporates healthy proteins? Here a some of my easy, go-to recipes, all centered around healthy, lean proteins. Bookmark these high-protein meal ideas!

Make these in larger batches, giving you options when life gets busy. Almost all of these high-protein meal ideas will last 2-5 days, but you can always stock your freezer.

Most of these recipes are versatile and can be used in some many different ways!

  • Bowls
  • Wraps
  • Stir fry
  • Fajitas
  • Tacos
  • Salads
  • Soups
  • Stews

Chicken Breast

Best Crockpot Recipe

My Favorite Baked Chicken Recipe

Greek Marinade Recipe

My Thai Inspired Marinade Recipe 

Ground Turkey (93%)

Cook up a couple of pounds of ground turkey with your favorite seasoning, or try Trader Joe’s Umami seasoning

My Low Carb Turkey Chili

My Crack Slaw Recipe

Turkey Meatball Muffins Recipe (great for meal prep!) 

Tilapia or Cod

I always try to have a bag of frozen white fish, like tilapia or cod, on hand. I take out what I need and put the individual wrapped fillets in a pot of water to defrost—season with lemon pepper or your favorite seasoning. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes until flaky. Make extra to save for fish tacos. 

Fish Stew (make with any white fish or stew- so good!)

Chili Lime Sheet Pan Recipe

Pork Tenderloin

Keep it simple, season generously with your favorite spices, and put it into the crockpot on low for 6-8 hours. 

Herb Marinade Recipe (an Ina Garten favorite!)

My Thai Inspired Marinade Recipe


My One Ingredient Salmon Recipe (ready in 10 min!)

Brown Sugar Salmon Recipe (entertaining worthy!)

Bison or Lean Ground Beef

Cook up 2-3 pounds like the ground turkey mentioned above. Or, make into patties for burgers or meatballs to add to red sauce. 

My Spicy Mexican Beef Wrap Recipe

Flank Steak

Flank steak is one of the healthiest beef cuts. It’s very lean and has a lot of flavor. Keep this high-protein meal idea simple, season the steak with salt and pepper, and throw it on the grill!

My Family’s Flank Steak Marinade (entertaining worthy!)


I always have a bag of frozen shrimp on hand. They are one of the healthiest high-protein meal options. Make a spicy shrimp marinara with zucchini noodles or grill, and add to anything!

Sheet Pan Shrimp Oreganata Recipe

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Recipe


Having a carton of liquid eggs white on hand is a no-brainer high-protein meal idea. You can whip up an omelet or frittata in no time! I like making them in muffin tins, so I have easy grab-and-go breakfast or lunch options. Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray. Pour liquid egg whites into the muffin times about 3/4 of the way full—season with salt and pepper. Dice up tomatoes or veggies on hand and sprinkle into muffin time. Bake at 350 for about 15-20 min. 

Let me know what recipes you love or share your favorites in the comments.

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