Best High Protein, Low Carb Meals: 7 Quick and Easy Recipes Exposed
The Best High Protein, Low Carb Meals: 7 Quick and Easy Recipes Exposed
Above all, we have different bodies with different needs.
You see, we are all biologically individual.
That’s why you didn’t lose the weight by following someone else’s diet to the letter.
In my time...
...I’ve tried them all.
Low calorie, zero carbs, low fat, no food after 6 p.m., high raw, six small meals a day.
Honestly, every variation you can think of.
Eventually, I lost the weight and kept it off by just sticking to a simple, whole foods diet.
Usually, every meal focuses on fruits, vegetables, sprouted grains, legumes, et cetera.
...I realize that this isn’t the silver bullet for all.
Especially when you’re in the midst of a body transformation. Undoubtedly, if you’re hitting the gym hard, your diet needs to change.
Today, we’re talking about low carb, high protein meals.
After all, how in the world do you have a sandwich without bread?
How do you enjoy pizza without dough? You’re about to find out, as I share 7 quick, easy recipes.
Low Carb, High Protein - Why?
In general, high protein diets are best for those who are very active. If you’re looking to build more muscle, protein is a necessity.
Now, I’m aware that “muscle” evokes mental images of bodybuilders.
But if you want to look toned after all that fat loss, you need muscle.
Ultimately, there was a period during my own weight loss journey where I ramped up the protein.
When I lost the last ten or so pounds of fat I was aiming to, my hard-earned muscle was exposed.
Let’s talk about carbohydrates.
The fact is, many of us need carbs to avoid feeling sluggish, but for others? They might make you want to eat even more.
Additionally, adopters of a low-carb lifestyle are often looking to avoid insulin spikes as they tune into authentic hunger signals.
But the real accomplishment for those who benefit from the lifestyle is how fast the weight comes off.
Carbohydrates like bread, pasta and potatoes do give us energy to burn, in the form of glucose.
But what if our bodies weren’t burning glucose?
And therein lies carb-shunners’ biggest secret exposed.
When you skip carbs and their glucose, your body burns up your fat storeage instead.
On one hand, it’s genius!
On the other hand, dieting can be a real pain.
There’s so much planning involved! What’s your opinion on bio individuality and diet? Let me know in the comments below.
As modern humans, we get burnt out on eating the same foods all of the time.
Therefore, I collect recipes for every kind of diet, whether or not I eat that way regularly.
I have seven recipes for you.
Among them, there’s sure to be at least one... a high protein, low carb dieter will love.
7 Best High Protein, Low Carb Recipes
Recipe #1. Delicious Philly Stuffed Peppers
If you ask me, you can stuff pretty much anything into a pepper.
Leftover stir-fry, beans and rice, quinoa and veggies.
Alternatively, for the beefeaters out there, these stuffed peppers are a low-carb swap for a Philly cheesesteak.
These are also great for meal preppers. Make enough so you have leftovers to cover lunch for a few days.
This recipe makes six servings. You will need:
To start, preheat your oven to 350.
Chop or dice the onions and mushrooms and throw them in a pan, with oil of choice, on medium heat.
Once the onions are translucent and the mushrooms are soft, add in your ribbons of roast beef or soaked TVP. Continue cooking to heat through.
Meanwhile, slice your peppers once in half, lengthwise, and pull out the seeds and white pulp. Place them, open side up, into a baking dish.
To finish prepping, spoon in your sautéed mixture and top each one with cheese.
Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the peppers are soft.
Recipe #2. Scrumptious Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
When I was little, my mother made something like this, except it had French fries in it, too.
Whenever she put this together, you knew it had been a long day. She just wanted something easy kids wouldn’t gripe about on the table in under an hour.
Whether you’re fed up or not, this truly is a super easy and quick dish.
Instead of caving into cravings for fast food, make this dish. It’s fast, total protein and fat and it’s tasty enough for kids.
For this 12-serving recipe, you’ll need:
Preheat oven to 350.
Brown your meat with onion and some seasonings. When finished, pour off any grease. Next, spread meat and onions evenly in a casserole dish.
Sprinkle optional bacon crumbles on top.
In a bowl, mix your tomato paste, eggs, and cream together. Toss in three-fourths of your cheese and add in additional seasonings you prefer.
Pour over your ground meat and top with the remaining cheese.
Bake, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes.
Serve with whole-leaf lettuce and tomato slices, if that’s how you prefer your burger!
Recipe #3. Amazing Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts
So, how do you eat a no-carb sandwich?
Actually, just make your protein your bread.
True, you can’t exactly pick up a stuffed meat “sandwich” and bite down, but it’s filling and carb free.
If you ask me, this is perfect as a quick lunch to take with you. However, plated properly, it can also be a deceptively fancy-looking dinner.
This recipe calls for four chicken breasts, which is four servings. Altogether, you’ll need:
First, butterfly your chicken breasts, but don’t cut all the way through.
Leave the two “flaps” open, so the middle is exposed. This is where your filling goes.
Next, preheat your oven to 425.
On low-medium heat, sauté your spinach, garlic, and any seasonings you want to add in your oil.
Cook until the spinach wilts. Place your cheese on the open, butterflied chicken first. Then, top with the spinach and garlic.
Carefully fold the flayed breast over, so the chicken sandwiches the filling.
Finally, place each filled chicken breast on your oiled baking sheet, and top with any additional seasonings. Then bake for 30 minutes.
Recipe #4. A Powerful Low Carb Protein Bowl
Lately, I never tire of looking at inspirational photos of Budda bowels.
But for the low-carb set, I understand that the starch/grain quotient is unwelcome. And what you’re left with might leave you hungry.
This alternative protein bowl still has veggies and fat, but no grain. Arrange it artfully, and your followers will be none the wiser.
This quick and easy recipe will make two bowls. Ingredients include:
Start by laying your chicken slices out in a skillet and cook them until they are browned on all sides.
Next, slice, dice, or chop your onion and bell pepper and add it in with the chicken.
Sprinkle taco seasoning on top and stir together.
Continue to cook until the chicken is completely done and the veggies just begin getting soft.
Now, sprinkle your cheese on top as you remove the skillet from the heat. Let sit for a minute so the cheese just begins to melt.
On one side of your bowls, add your romaine ribbons and halved cherry tomatoes.
Use your chicken, veggies, and cheese to fill the other side. It’s okay if there’s a little more than half of one or the other!
To complete the meal, slice your avocado into strips. Top with any condiments you like, from hot sauce and salsa to sour cream or Greek yogurt.
Recipe #5. Yummy Keto Bacon Cheesy Breakfast Cups
Still, breakfast can be a challenge for many.
No oatmeal, no toast!
With these breakfast cups, you can make your breakfast the night before.
A quick zap in the microwave means there’s no chance you’ll be ditching your diet due to inconvenience.
Quick and easy recipe makes 12 individual servings. What you’ll need is:
Additionally, you’ll need a muffin tin and some cooking spray.
Let's start by preheating your oven to 350.
Begin by lightly coating your muffin tin with the spray. Now, add your bacon by tearing it into small pieces and placing a few bits in each cup.
One by one, crack an egg into the individual tins.
Salt and pepper your egg as desired.
Finally, sprinkle a pinch or two of cheese on top of each egg cup. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Afterward, store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container in the refrigerator.
Recipe #6. Great Zucchini Pizza Boats
In my day, I’ve made quite a few cauliflower crusts, but when zucchini’s in season, I switch.
After all, zucchini boats are so much easier to make. Arguably, there may be no bread replacement quite as healthy as this long, green vegetable.
It's full of fiber, water, vitamins A and C.
Let's not forget potassium and magnesium as well.
Zucchini is very low in calories, and contains approximately 6g of carbs per vegetable. Since most low-carb diets allow 50g of carbohydrates per day, this is a very low amount.
This recipe serves four, allotting two boats per serving. You will need:
First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with a light coating of olive oil.
Next, wash your zucchinis and slice them in half, lengthwise. Scrape the seeds out with a spoon, creating a well in the center of the zucchini.
Meanwhile, cook your protein (ground meat) until done, and carefully drain off any grease or extra liquid.
Zucchinis are a very “wet” vegetable that will expel water as they cook. We’re adding sauce as well, so too much extra moisture can make the dish soggy.
Add the sauce to the cooked meat, mixing thoroughly.
Remove from heat and add any seasonings you wish to use. To help it all thicken, let it sit for a few minutes so the protein has time to absorb the sauce.
Then, spoon it into the zucchini boats and spread evenly. Finish off by topping with your cheese and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Actually, you can also experiment here with your favorite pizza toppings.
Try pepperoni, olives, onions, banana peppers, or pesto. It’s the perfect dish to which you can add fresh herbs, too.
Recipe #7. Quick and Easy Quiche Cups
These are similar to the breakfast cups above, but we’ve dressed them up a bit.
But, they’re definitely more, “Having guests for brunch” than, “I’m fifteen minutes late”.
With this recipe, thinly sliced ham holds fluffy eggs in a dish that, like our stuffed chicken, is deceptively easy to put together.
This recipe will make 12 individual servings. Ingredients you need:
Again, preheat oven to 350 and grease your muffin tin lightly.
...place each slice of ham in its own tin, folding to fit if necessary.
Whip up your eggs, milk, seasonings, and chopped green onions. Whisk rapidly until frothy, and pour into your ham cups. (Optional can add mushrooms.)
To complete, top each one with Swiss cheese, and bake for about 25 minutes.
Final Word on: The Best High Protein, Low Carb Meals: 7 Quick and Easy Recipes Exposed
A lot of us probably remember the Atkin’s diet, a high protein, low carb diet that swept the nation.
Unfortunately, the brand snowballed into a range of products which are highly processed. Of course, this doesn’t automatically mean the concept is bad.
If you find that going high protein and low carb is best for you, know that you’re in good company.
All things considered, it works for a lot of people!
However, make sure you don’t fall victim to frozen or dehydrated meals and tons of processed meat. While you may hit your low carb targets, such a diet won’t be nutritionally sound.
I’m dying to know - what do you think of these seven recipes?
Have you ever tried a low carb diet?
How long did it take for you to see results if any?
What’s your opinion on bio individuality and diet? Let me know in the comments below.