Including high-quality lean protein recipes in your diet may aid in weight loss, improve heart health, and help lower the risk of chronic diseases.
Asian FlounderDelicate white fish such as flounder, sole, cod and orange roughy are excellent sources of low-fat protein. The best methods for cooking delicate types of fish are poaching, braising, pan-frying, and baking. Asian flavors such as ginger, cilantro, rice vinegar, and soy sauce are a pleasing contrast to the mild-flavored flounder. Pair with delicious low-carbohydrate recipes.
Chicken Breast Fillets with Red and Yellow PeppersBoneless, skinless chicken breasts just might be the most popular type of lean protein, so make sure you don't get in a rut with your chicken recipes. This one features a saucy topping of peppers, tomatoes, onions, and olives, and is a far cry from basic baked chicken.
Thyme-Coated Pork TenderloinToday's pork has a fat content so low that it favorably compares to chicken. The leanest cuts are pork tenderloin, loin chops and loin roasts. The only fat in this recipe come from the fat in the pork tenderloin, and that's only about 4 grams of fat per serving.
Sautéed Turkey Cutlets with Orange-Cranberry Pan SauceIn addition to the super-lean protein in the white meat turkey, this recipe also offers a big helping of vitamin C from the dried cranberries and the orange juice in the sauce. Another bonus is that's it's ready in less than 20 minutes.
Southwestern OmeletCombine eggs, cheese, beans, and salsa in this hearty omelet that's basically a breakfast one-dish meal. This recipe is a little higher in fiber than many other omelets because of the salsa and the beans.
Orange-Glazed Tofu Triangles with Sesame RiceEating tofu (soybean curd) is an excellent way to meet your protein requirements when you don't eat meat. And in addition to the high-quality protein, soy offers a host of other health benefits. Click here for more tofu recipes.
Grilled Sirloin Skewers with Peaches and PeppersThe leanest and most tender cuts of beef come from the loin. In addition to being a source of high-quality protein, lean cuts of beef also provide a hefty dose of iron.
Spicy Grilled Jumbo ShrimpDespite the fact that shrimp contain more cholesterol than other types of seafood, the total fat and saturated fat (which is the real culprit in heart disease) content is very low. So, shrimp remains a fine protein choice for heart-healthy eating plans. Watch our video on peeling and deveining shrimp.
Lentil-Edamame StewLegumes such as lentils and bright green soybeans, or edamame, are top choices for sources of high-quality meatless protein. When you combine them in one recipe like this easy stew, you get double the protein power.
Beef Tenderloin with Mustard and HerbsEven though tenderloin is one of the most luxurious cuts of beef, it's also one of the lowest in fat with only about 3 grams of fat per ounce of cooked meat. Because the meat is so tender and flavorful, you don't need to add much more than a few fresh herbs to get outstanding results.