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Tuna Burgers

Paul Kita

Firm, seared tuna. Creamy, spicy mayo. Crisp, crunchy snap peas. This burger has it all—except the beef—and you’ll be totally okay with that. Click here to watch how to make it.


Spicy Pork Chops with Pineapple

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Mitch Mandel

The chili powder, chipotle, ancho, and cayenne combine into firestorm of heat, tempered only by the enhanced sweetness of fresh pineapple rings grilled in pork juices. With a little mint and sea salt on top, it’s hearty and light all at once. Check out the video on how to make it.


Grilled Greek Salad

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Mitch Mandel

The lettuce is grilled. The high-protein halloumi cheese is grilled. The tomatoes and pita are even grilled. And the recipe is right here.

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Jalapeno Popper Chicken

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Cast Iron Keto

Inspired by everyone’s favorite tailgate food, this inventive recipe from Cast Iron Keto isn’t your average chicken dinner. The chicken breasts are stuffed with jalapeño and two different kinds of cheese, each of which bring extra filling power to the dish. And it’s all wrapped up in a couple strips of bacon.


Sweet Chili Salmon

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The Big Man’s World

Topped with chili sauce, sesame oil, and liquid aminos, this flavorful fish recipe from The Big Man’s World strikes a perfect balance between sweet and spicy. And even though it sounds gourmet, you can cook it in just 10 minutes, so it’s a quick and easy option that tastes chef-ier than it actually is.


Chicken Pan Pie

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Travis Rathbone

That’s right—a pan, not a pot. You’ll enjoy 30-plus grams of protein per serving from the chicken, plus a hearty does of vegetables AND oodles and oodles of deliciousness. Check it out here.

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Garlic Shrimp with Quinoa

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Well Plated

This flavorful garlic shrimp and quinoa recipe from Well Plated is made with just one skillet, so it doesn’t require a ton of cleanup. Plus, shrimp are one of the leanest protein sources around, and quinoa is also high in protein as far as grains are concerned, so it’s a great choice for a filling dinner.


Steak Dinner

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Mitch Mandel

Okay, maybe this one is obvious, but this is like no steak dinner you’ve ever had before—let alone cooked. You make everything—the steak, the garlic spinach, and the sauteed mushrooms—all in one pan. All protein. Less mess. Get after it.


Black Bean and Corn Salad

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Hurry the Food Up

Aside from the chewy couscous (or quinoa if you prefer it), this is a no-cook recipe, so it’s ideal for scorching end-of-summer days when you don’t want to turn on your oven. But even in cooler weather, this salad from Hurry The Food Up is an easy, colorful way to get in some vegetarian protein. It also makes for a great meal-prep lunch that you don’t have to heat up.

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Catfish Almondine

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Michael Sneeden

This fast fish dish loads up on protein, features a scattering of heart-healthy nuts, and tastes really good with boiled potatoes and a simple salad. Check out how to make it here.


Sausage With Brussels Sprouts

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Castaway Kitchen

This recipe from The Castaway Kitchen combines both bacon and sausage in one dinner. The Brussels sprouts brings some green to your plate, along with the anti-inflammatory power of turmeric.


Turkey Sloppy Joes

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The Iron You

These Sloppy Joes call for ground turkey instead of ground beef, making it a lighter version of one of the manliest comfort foods around. This version from The Iron You also sneaks in some vegetables by adding mushrooms and onions to the mix. Adjust the spices to your liking, and turn it up a notch with extra chili powder.

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Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

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The Lean Green Bean

Move over, Taco Tuesday: Fajita Friday is here with this simple recipe from The Lean Green Bean. Shrimp and black beans bring the protein, and you can top ’em off with your-go to fajita fixings like guac and salsa. Serve over brown rice or wrapped up in a soft tortilla.


Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo

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A Saucy Kitchen

It’s hard to believe this decadent dish from A Saucy Kitchen is vegan—and high in protein. The secret is the chickpea pasta, which is having a moment right now. (Try a brand like Banza; buy it here). Almond milk, tomato paste, and vegan parmesan bring the creamy sauce together.


Ground Beef and Vegetable Skillet

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Primavera Kitchen

This one-pan meal from Primavera Kitchen pairs ground beef with onions, bell pepper, zucchini, and asparagus. It’s filling enough to eat on its own; you can also pair it with whole-grain pasta or cauliflower rice.

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Skillet Zucchini Lasagna

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Health Starts In the Kitchen

Created by Health Starts In The Kitchen, this decadent lasagna gets its protein from hot Italian sausage, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese. It cuts back on the carbs by subbing lasagna noodles for ribbons of zucchini, so it’s filling without being absurdly heavy. Mushrooms give the dish an extra boost of vegetables.


Tofu Scramble

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The Fitchen

This recipe from The Fitchen is made with tomatoes, spinach, and avocado, and it only takes 15 minutes to whip up. While it’s technically a breakfast dish, this scramble doubles a quick dinner option whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or a meatless Monday devotee, or even none of those things.


Salmon with Lentils

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This recipe from Macheesmo advocates for keeping the salmon simple: basically, salt, pepper, and a little olive oil are all you need. Add flavorful mix-ins to the lentils, such as onion, celery, carrot, and capers.

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Crab Scampi

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Yes! Pasta! And crab—jumbo lump–which is loaded with protein. Not to mention a whole sea’s worth of deliciousness. The recipe? Click here.


Southwest Bean Bake

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Pinch of Yum

This dish from Pinch Of Yum is a Tex-Mex feast. Ground turkey, black beans, Monterey Jack cheese, and bacon bits make it a protein-packed dinner option.

Headshot of Alexa Tucker

Alexa is a Denver-based contributor who covers all things lifestyle, wellness, travel, home, and beauty. When she’s not writing, you can find her sweating it out at boxing or Pilates, planning her next travel adventure, or drinking red wine.

Headshot of Paul Kita

Paul is the Food & Nutrition Editor of Men’s Health. He’s also the author of two cookbooks: Guy Gourmet and A Man, A Pan, A Plan.

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Perri is a New York City-born and -based writer; she holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Columbia University and is also a culinary school graduate of the plant-based Natural Gourmet Institute, which is now the Natural Gourmet Center at the Institute of Culinary Education. Her work has appeared in the New York Post, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, Oprah Daily, Insider.com, Architectural Digest, Southern Living, and more. She’s probably seen Dave Matthews Band in your hometown, and she’ll never turn down a bloody mary. Learn more at VeganWhenSober.com.


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