Do you find it difficult to find new recipe tips and ideas for some great muscle building recipes?
If so, then you are in the right place.
I will be sharing some delicious meals I found online enabling you to add some pounds of muscle on your body.
So let’s dig in.
#1. Cashew Chicken
Meal prepping couldn’t be easier when you only need one baking tray to make it! Try this delicious one-tray cashew chicken meal prep recipe for 4 day’s worth of tasty lunches.
#2. Tuna Steak & Sweet Potato Wedges
Try this super-easy seared tuna steak with pink peppercorns and sweet potato wedges for a batch of healthy meals, with a huge 54g protein per meal.
#3. Lean Creamy Sausage Pasta
Give this high-protein creamy sausage pasta a go for your next batch meal prep session. This recipe uses quark in place of cream cheese and reduced-fat sausages to keep it lean – without skimping on flavor.
#4. Chipotle Homemade Steak
Delicious and very nutritious.
450 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 563 mg sodium, 42 g carbs (6 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 41 g protein
#5. Salmon Burgers
What better way to eat some of our favorite protein-packed foods—black beans and grass-fed beef—than in a burrito bowl. This tortilla-less dish is not only delicious but also budget-friendly.
#6. Baked Caprese Chicken
Your protein is coming from the obvious sources of chicken and mozzarella, but did you know that sun-dried tomatoes also provide a healthy dose of the craving crusher? It’s true!
#7. Pasta Shrimp Scampi
Did you know that shrimp is one of the most protein-dense foods you can find? Each gram of meat is made up of 25 percent protein! The muscle-building fish is used in this dish, which comes together in no time. Because your plate will be mostly pasta and shrimp, we’d recommend pairing it with a side salad before dinner.
#8. Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Who doesn’t love finger food? This high-protein recipe saves you calories and carbs by wrapping the ground turkey in crunchy, fresh lettuce
Nutrition: 308 calories, 5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 790 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (1 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 34 g protein.
#9. Grilled Halibut With Tomato Avocado Salsa
Halibut earned the #3 spot on our guide to every popular fish—ranked by nutritional benefits thanks to a combination of being high in protein, high in omega-3 fatty acids, and low in mercury.
According to “The Satiety Index of Common Foods,” published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, halibut ranks the second most filling food—bested only by boiled potatoes—likely because it packs such an impressive protein punch
#10. Shrimp, Sausage & Lentil Jambalaya
This creole jambalaya dish is the perfect meal to fill you up and slim you down. That’s because thanks to a simple flat belly tweak that substitutes rice for lentils, it’s bursting with satiating fiber and protein
#11. Turkey and Bean Chili
Nothing warms you up quite like a hearty (and healthy!) bowl of turkey chili.
Topping your bowl with a dollop of protein-packed Greek yogurt balances out the subtle chili spices that not only warm up the flavors of ground turkey and kidney beans, but that also get your calorie-burning furnace revving by boosting your metabolism.
#13. One-Skillet Apple & Onion Pork Chops
Zap your belly double time with this recipe.
Pork is a great source of lean protein, which helps feed your muscles so they can burn off extra calories, and apples boast belly-slimming fiber, which can help slow your body’s digestion of sugars to keep blood sugar spikes—and their accompanying hunger pangs—to a minimum.
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but it’s not the only food that does; check out these foods with more fiber than an apple—some may surprise you!
#14. Chicken Fajitas
Don’t reserve this dish for nights out at your favorite Mexican joint.
This one-skillet dish is beyond easy to whip up. In fact, it can even be a 5-ingredient dinner! You’ll be noshing on one of the leanest sources of protein via the chicken, and the best source of vitamin C—red bell peppers.
The antioxidant vitamin not only reduces inflammation and boosts immunity, but it also helps to fight off cortisol, the stress hormone that stores belly fat.
#15. Greek Lemon Chicken With Tzatziki Sauce
Store-bought tzatziki sauces are typically sodium bombs and are downright unnecessary when you see how easy it is to whip up this dip at home by using one of our pantry staples, Greek yogurt.
We like serving our Greek-marinated lemon chicken and tzatziki Gyro-style: on a flatbread topped with lettuce and tomatoes!
#16. Shrimp Fried Quinoa
Say goodbye to take-out fried rice.
Whipping up this meal at home means you’ll get over 30 grams of protein in under 30 minutes.
That high protein count is all thanks to the power-couple of quinoa and shrimp. If you haven’t heard, quinoa is one of the few plant-based proteins that is a complete protein—meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids.
One of those amino acids? L-arginine, an amino acid which has been shown to preferentially promote muscle strength over fat gain. Go quinoa!
#17. Chimichurri Steak
Red meat is at the top of the list when it comes to high-protein recipes. To ensure you have a well-rounded meal, we like serving our chimichurri-topped beef with a baked potato and garlicky green beans.
To make them, just blanch green beans in boiling water for about 2 minutes, then transfer immediately to a bowl of ice water. Drain, then saute in a tablespoon of olive oil and sliced garlic.
Season to taste.
#18. Spicy Crispy Sesame Zoodles & Tofu
Looking for some plant-based protein? Look no further than this spicy zoodle recipe.
Cubes of extra firm tofu are seared up, combined with fresh spiralized zucchini, and then covered in a sauce made with protein-packed peanut butter, sesame oil, freshly grated ginger, and spicy chili paste.
Trust us, one bite and you’ll see that this will be your new go-to weeknight meal.
Here’s a tip: When grabbing tofu, make sure to pick up a package that’s GMO-free and organic (we like House Foods brand).
#19. Mediterranean Cobb Salad
For most, salads are just boring diet food. But those looking to stave off cravings will love this recipe because it’s loaded with half a day’s RDA of protein.
Between the grilled chicken, hard-boiled eggs, turkey bacon, crumbled blue cheese, avocado, and even the Greek yogurt from the creamy dressing, you’ll be maintaining and building muscle in no time.
Who said salads aren’t filling?
#20. Salmon With Lemon Caper Vinaigrette
Interested in building up lean muscle mass while protecting your brain? This recipe is for you.
A piece of omega-3-rich salmon sits atop a bed of peppery mustard greens and chickpeas and is slow-roasted in a low-temperature oven.
It’s all topped off with the perfect balance of tart and salty lemon caper vinaigrette.
Eat up, and you’ll get in over 40 grams of protein and 118 percent of your recommended daily intake of inflammation-quelling vitamin A.
#21. Perfect Chicken Breasts
Take the time to master this recipe, so your chicken breasts come out perfectly every time.
Once you can make these with your eyes closed, you can start experimenting with simple sauces like salsa and chutney.
#22. Chicken Sausage & Peppers
You’ll get plenty of muscle-building power from the chicken sausage in this one-pot meal. Serve with a salad and loaf of crusty bread.
Toss leftovers with whole-grain pasta to get a second meal out of it.
#23. Jerk Pork Tenderloin With Pineapple Mango Salsa
Pork is another lean protein to help get your muscles fit and lean.
If making the salsa seems daunting, then start by making the jerk chicken pork on its own.
You can always buy jarred mango salsa at the market or make the salsa in advance and store in the refrigerator for up to five days.
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