Busy people don’t always have time to prepare time-consuming recipes with lots of ingredients. Searching high and low for obscure ingredients is rarely fun when you have a million other things to do. What you need are some simple, quick, high-protein recipes you can make with only a handful of ingredients.
That’s what we’ve created here. These 10 high-protein recipes can each be made with only five ingredients, as well as a few kitchen staples you probably already have on hand. You can whip up these recipes on a weeknight or after a workout. You can toss them together in the morning for a quick lunch later, or meal-prep them in advance.
That’s also why I wrote The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook. In my book, I provide over 150 simple recipes—many of which can be made in 30 minutes or less, can be frozen for later, or can be cooked in a slow cooker.
A note: For the recipes here, and all the recipes in my cookbook, you should always have seven pantry ingredients on hand—kitchen staples so essential I don’t count them toward the five “main” ingredients in each recipe. Those seven ingredients include:
- black pepper
- olive oil
- cooking spray (a cooking-friendly oil also works)
- fresh garlic
- fresh lemon (for the juice and zest)