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Protein-Packed Recipes

By Alana Sugar, January 24, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alana Sugar

Lentil Curry with Cashews and Yogurt

Lentil Curry with Cashews and Yogurt

Different strokes for different folks — true in all aspects of life and especially so when it comes to food. Whatever your dietary path, one thing’s for sure: you need quality protein — whether from a plant or an animal — for optimum health. So let’s talk great tasting, protein-packed recipes designed to satisfy a variety of tastes and preferences.

Protein can be derived from many sources:

  • Slow Cooker Cinnamon Pot RoastCheese and other dairy products
  • Beans and peas, including soy
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Grains
  • Eggs
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Seafood

You can combine two sources in a dish, too. For example, Veggie-Packed Meatloaf with Quinoa delivers protein from lean turkey and whole grain quinoa – 21 grams of protein per serving. Quick Chicken and Chickpea Caesar Salad gets its protein from chicken and garbanzo beans — 18 grams of protein per serving.

Whatever your dietary preference, you’ll find some protein-centered recipes below to suit our needs and tastebuds. Click through to the recipes to see the grams of protein per serving in our Nutritional Info.

Tangerine-Roasted Tuna with Green Olives

Tangerine-Roasted Tuna with Green Olives

Tempeh Reuben

Tempeh Rueben

Protein from plants is most concentrated in the form of soy beans and other legumes. Grains, nuts and seeds also contribute protein in varying amounts. Combining legumes with whole grains forms a complete protein. Adding nuts and seeds, cheese or yogurt gives the dish an extra boost. Lentil Curry with Cashews and Yogurt is a good example. These recipes pack plenty of pure plant-protein: 

  • Sonoma Tofu Salad is made with white beans, pecans and tofu. Serve with crusty sprouted whole grain bread!
  • Creamy Tahini and Broccoli Pasta gets protein from tahini and garbanzo beans. Don’t forget the fresh green salad.
  • Lentil Sloppy Joes are super filling and satisfying on a whole grain bun or stuffed into tortillas or whole grain pita bread.
  • Best Black Beans Ever is flavored with white wine and bay leaves. Serve over brown rice, quinoa or millet. 
  • With layers of sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and tempeh this Tempeh Rueben is a hearty, protein-packed sandwich that you’ll return to often. If desired, omit the cheese or replace with your favorite non-dairy alternative.
  • Winter Four-Bean Salad uses lentils, edamame, kidney beans and cannellini beans for a bright, protein-packed winter side.

Remember, you can boost your protein intake with one of our many varieties of protein powders, too. We have versions made from whey (dairy-based), egg, pea protein, hemp or rice protein. Ask about them in our Whole Body Department. 

What’s your protein of choice? Got an idea or a recipe? Let me know.

Category: Food & Recipes

 

5 Comments

Comments

Matthew says ...
I enjoy all sorts of protien but the one I look most forward to is two fried eggs after I workout. And the fact that they come from right outside the back door makes me feel even better about eating them!
01/25/2014 10:43:04 AM CST
Carol says ...
Freekeh is my new favorite grain for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is packed with protein and very versatile.
01/25/2014 10:44:36 AM CST
mrsnods says ...
Lentil Sloppy Joes recipe mentions including apricotsl in "method" but none are included in ingredient list. Could you "fix" that, please? Thanks.
02/24/2014 10:42:02 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MRSNODS - Sorry for the confusion. I checked the recipe and apricots do appear to be on the ingredient list and in the method. Let me know if it was a different ingredient!
02/26/2014 4:16:56 PM CST
EGCD says ...
Try this!
05/13/2014 11:08:42 AM CDT