Awesome and Easy High-Protein, Low-Carb Dinner Recipes
Easy Dinner Recipes for Bodybuilders
As a bodybuilder, you know the importance of eating protein packed meals. If you are also in a cutting phase or just trying to keep track of your carbohydrate intake, then you need meals that provide you with a lot of protein and very little carbs. Listed below are some easy, high-protein, low-carb dinner recipes that will preserve your muscle gains while helping your keep carbs to a minimum.
Salmon with Mango Sauce
This recipe takes 20 minutes to make, but when you are done, you’ll have a delicious and healthy entree that you can share with others or store in the refrigerator or freezer to eat at a later date. This entree will provide you with 37 grams of protein, 10 grams of carbohydrates, 13 grams of fat and it only contains 320 calories per serving.
Ingredients for marinade:
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 2 teaspoons of soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 4 salmon fillets (each should weigh about 6 ounces and have a thickness of one inch)
Ingredients for Sauce:
- 1 cup of mango
- 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice
First, you will need to prepare the marinade for the salmon. For that, you will combine the pepper, honey, soy sauce and olive oil and put it in a ziplock bag. After shaking the ingredients a bit, you add the salmon to the marinade. You can marinade the salmon for about ten minutes while you prepare the sauce. The sauce is very easy to make. All you need to do is add all the ingredients together and mix well.
To cook the fish, you will need to turn put a skillet on medium-high heat and then coat the skillet with non-stick cooking spray. After this take the salmon out of the marinade and discard the marinade. The salmon will be done in as little as ten minutes. Cook each side for about five minutes and test to see if each side is done with a fork. If the salmon flakes easily, that side is done.
Grilled Steak with Balsamic Vinegar
This recipe is tasty, contains a lot of protein and is very low in carbs. It features grilled flank steak with tomatoes and a marinade of balsamic vinegar. It contains 230 calories, 31 grams of muscle building protein, eight grams of fat, six grams of carbohydrates and one gram of fiber.
- 1 1/4 pound of flank steak
- 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
- 2 cups of halved cherry tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 cup of torn basil leaves
For this recipe, you will need to combine the salt, vinegar and steak in a ziplock bag. The flank steak should marinade in this mixture for 15 minutes. As the steak marinates, you can prepare the grill. Once the grill is heated and the steak is done marinating, you can put the steak on the grill. Each side of the steak should be cooked for ten minutes if you like your steak medium rare. Cook the steak for longer if you prefer it well done.
Once the steak is done, you’ll need to put it on a cutting board, let it cool for ten minutes and then cut it into four portions. Place the cherry tomatoes and basil leaves over the steak and you are done.[bctt tweet=”‘If you add some low-carb side dishes to your meals, you will have no worries about gaining weight.'”]
Lemon and Tarragon Chicken
Chicken is a great high-protein food and this recipe will give your chicken a new and delightful flavor. This high-protein recipe contains 40 grams of protein, 251 calories, one gram of carbohydrates, and only nine grams of fat.
- 4 boneless and skinned chicken breasts (each piece should weigh about 6 ounces)
- 2 teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 2 teaspoons of fresh tarragon
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
Pound the chicken halves until they are 1/4 inch thick (place each piece of chicken in plastic wrap and use a mallet to flatten them). Then sprinkle the chicken with the salt. After preparing the chicken, combine the olive oil, lemon rind, lemon juice, garlic clove and fresh tarragon in a small bowl and mix the ingredients together. Heat your skillet over medium-high heat while you are mixing the ingredients. Then add two teaspoons of mixture in bowl to your skillet and put in the chicken. Each side should be cooked for two minutes and when you turn over the chicken drizzle it with the mixture from the bowl. After you have coated each side of the chicken, let it cook for an additional two minutes or until it is cooked to your liking.
Side Dishes for Your Meals
All of these meals can be prepared with some low-carb side dishes like steamed broccoli or steamed asparagus, spinach or carrots. You could also put them on a bed of mixed greens or pair it with some low-carb pasta.
Worry Free Meals
These recipes are easy to make and all contain the protein necessary to make sure you keep building muscle. If you add some low-carb side dishes to your meals, you will have no worries about gaining weight. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy your meals.