4 High-Protein, Low-Carb Dinner Recipes
Preparing healthy and nutritious meal can be quite exhausting and finding the perfect recipe for a tasty dinner that the entire family will enjoy sometimes seems impossible. Well, if you wonder what to cook for dinner – you are at the right place. Below we are going to present you 4 delicious meals that are high in proteins and low in carbs and are perfect for dinner. Do prefer beef, pork, chicken or fish? Check the recipes below – the choice is yours.
- Mexican Ranch Burgers
For the preparation of these tasty burgers you will need 15 only minutes. The ingredients below are enough for 4 servings and you will need about 10 minutes for cooking.
Nutrition Information: 345 calories per serving: 1 burger + bun
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 (1-ounce) packet ranch salad dressing and seasonings mix
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers
- 4 whole grain hamburger buns
- 4 slices reduced-fat pepper jack cheese
By your choice you can add some avocado, red onion and lettuce, but you should know that these ingredients are not included in the nutrition calculations.
Take a large mixing bowl and add the beef, ranch packet, cumin, chili powder and adobo sauce and stir well until you get a homogenous mixture. With your hands divide the mixture in 4 equal-sized hamburgers. After that, heat the grill on a medium-high heat (you can use outdoor grill or indoor grill pan) and don’t forget to grease it to keep the hamburgers from sticking. Place the hamburgers on the grill and grill them for about 4 minutes and then flip them and place the cheese on top. Let the hamburgers to cook for another 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Finally, serve the hamburgers on a whole grain bun and by your choice add optional toppings.
- Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork
Pro tip: when it comes to shredding meat, pork shoulder is the best choice, but for the preparation of this meal we will use pork loin because it is lower in fat.
The ingredients below are enough for 10 servings and for the preparation of barbeque pulled pork meat you will need 10-15 minutes. However, for cooking of the meat you will need about 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low heat, but the meal is delicious and it definitely is worth the effort.
Nutrition Information: 221 calories per serving: heaping ¾ cup, about 4-ounces
- 2½ pounds center cut pork loin, trimmed of fat and silver skin
- 2 small onions, quartered
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup all natural barbeque sauce
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
Take a small bowl and add the garlic powder, brown sugar, chili powder, salt, cumin, cinnamon and black pepper and stir well. Take paper towels and pat dry the pork and then cut the loin into 3-4 large pieces. With this simple trick you will speed up the cooking time and shred the pork much easier.
Take a large bowl or a baking sheet, pour the dry rub and then coat the pork in it. After that, in the slow cooker place the onions and place the pork on top of them. Then, pour the chicken broth around the pork and cover the slow cooker. As it is mentioned above, you should cook the meat on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours, or until the pork is well cooked and fork tender. Next step is to remove the cooked pork by using tongs and place it onto a cutting board or baking sheet and shred with two forks.
Take a large bowl and place a fine mesh strainer and then carefully pour the onion and liquids out of the slow cooker and make sure to reserve the liquids. Then, put the shredded pork back into the slow cooker. In the meantime mix ½ or ¼ of the reserved cooking liquid with the barbeque sauce and pour it in the slow cooker to moisten the meat.
- Feta-Stuffed Chicken
This chicken recipe is delicious and yet simple for preparation and the entire family will enjoy it. The ingredients below are enough for 4 servings and you will need about 35-40 minutes to cook the mean and only 10 minutes to prepare the feta-stuffed chicken.
Nutrition Information: 208 calories per serving: 1 breast
- 4 (4-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 pound)
- 1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed
- ⅓ cup reduced-fat Feta cheese crumbles
- ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Then, spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
Take a wax paper or a plastic bag and place the chicken breasts inside. Then, by using a rolling pin or a meat mallet carefully pound out the chicken to about ¼ inch thick. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and black pepper and place the breasts on a plate.
Next step is to take a saucepan, pour the oil and heat over medium-low heat. Add the spinach, garlic, and basil and stir for about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and add the Feta cheese and stir again. After that, distribute this mixture onto the chicken breasts and roll them up. Carefully secure the ends of the chicken breasts by using 2 toothpicks and place them in the casserole dish.
Take the same saucepan and place it over medium-low heat. Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, butter and the remaining seasonings and stir for about 5 minutes or until the butter melts.
Finally, drizzle ½ cup of the sauce over the chicken and bake for about 30-35 minutes. If you use a device, bake the meat until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 ℉.
- Skinny Lemon Tilapia
The skinny lemon tilapia is no-fail fish recipe that is delicious and incredibly healthy dinner. By adding more cream sauce to the broccoli and rice you will make the dinner a little bit fancier and your family will enjoy it!
The ingredients below are enough for 4 servings and you will need about 14-16 minutes for cooking. For preparation you will need only 10 minutes – isn’t that great?
Nutrition Information: 252 calories per serving: 1 fillet with ¼ of the sauce
- 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
- 1 tablespoon lemon peel seasoning
- 2 tablespoons light butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Salt and black pepper to taste
For the sauce you will need:
- 2 ounces ⅓-less fat cream cheese
- juice of 2 lemons (about 4 tablespoons)
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
Preheat the oven to 425 °F (220 °C).
Season each fillet with salt and black pepper, to taste. After that, sprinkle the lemon peel seasoning on each fillet and by using a brush, coat each fillets with melted butter and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the chopped dill over each fillet.
Take a baking pan or oven safe skillet and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Bake the fish for 14-16 minutes. The fish is cooked if the flesh flakes easily with a fork.
While the tilapia fillets are baking you can prepare the sauce.
Take a small microwave safe bowl and add the cream cheese. Place it in a microwave for 30 seconds or until it is softened. Then, add the lemon juice, the remaining 1 tablespoon of chopped dill and lemon zest into the melted cream cheese and stir until you get homogenous mixture. Apply the sauce on the 4 fillets, and serve hot.