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19 Protein-Packed Dinners That You'll Actually Want To Eat

So your stomach isn't making a fuss while you're trying to go to bed.

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Eating meals that are high in protein can help you stay full for longer, keeping you happy and satisfied throughout the rest of the night.

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Protein is essential for building lean muscle mass, which can really help with weight loss (if that's your goal), and it won't spike your blood sugar the way a carb-based meal would, Albert Matheny of ProMix Nutrition and Soho Strength Lab, tells BuzzFeed Health.

Why? Because protein digests over a longer period of time when compared to carbs, meaning you'll be full for longer and won't be reaching for a late-night snack just a few hours after eating.

Btw, a dinner with 15 grams of protein or more is what Albert suggests for someone who's moderately active. Keep in mind, this is a very general recommendation, each person's individual needs will vary.

So, here we've rounded up a bunch of dinners that have 15 grams of protein or more, and are relatively easy to make. Hopefully they'll make your weeknights a little less hectic.

Okay, go for it!

1. Pizza Frittata

Pizza is good. Eggs are good. Pizza + eggs is even better.Here's the recipe.
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Pizza is good. Eggs are good. Pizza + eggs is even better.

Here's the recipe.

2. Southwestern Tuna Cakes With Chipotle Sauce

These tuna cakes are incredibly high in protein and pack a kick, if spicy is your thing.Here's the recipe.
Kim (Kim's Cravings) / Via kimscravings.com

These tuna cakes are incredibly high in protein and pack a kick, if spicy is your thing.

Here's the recipe.

3. One-Pan Caprese Pesto Quinoa Skillet

Mozzarella lovers, this one's for you.Here's the recipe.
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Mozzarella lovers, this one's for you.

Here's the recipe.

4. One-Pot Tuscan White Bean Stew

The perfect filling stew to curl up with on the couch after a long day.Here's the recipe.
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The perfect filling stew to curl up with on the couch after a long day.

Here's the recipe.

5. BBQ Chicken Quinoa Bowls

This simple-to-make recipe has just as much flavor as it does protein. Here's the recipe.
Kendra (Kendra's Eats) / Via kendrastreats.com

This simple-to-make recipe has just as much flavor as it does protein.

Here's the recipe.

6. Veggie-Loaded Egg Bake

For those nights when you're craving a little breakfast for dinner. Here's the recipe.
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For those nights when you're craving a little breakfast for dinner.

Here's the recipe.

7. Zoodles With Chicken and Spicy Almond Butter Sauce

Guys, this spicy almond butter sauce is a MUST TRY.Here's the recipe.
Lindsay (The Lean Green Bean) / Via theleangreenbean.com

Guys, this spicy almond butter sauce is a MUST TRY.

Here's the recipe.

8. Blackened Salmon With Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Who doesn't love a tasty slab of salmon topped with avocado?Here's the recipe.
Kim (Kim's Cravings) / Via kimscravings.com

Who doesn't love a tasty slab of salmon topped with avocado?

Here's the recipe.

9. Taco Bowl With Crispy Chipotle Chickpeas

This meatless option packs just the right amount of crunch and zest.Here's the recipe.
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This meatless option packs just the right amount of crunch and zest.

Here's the recipe.

10. Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Meal prep these ahead of time so that you can throw them in a pan and have them ready to eat in no time.Here's the recipe.
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Meal prep these ahead of time so that you can throw them in a pan and have them ready to eat in no time.

Here's the recipe.

11. One Skillet Pork Tenderloin Medallions

All you need is five ingredients and 25 minutes to make this hearty skillet meal. Here's the recipe.
Kim (Kim's Cravings) / Via kimscravings.com

All you need is five ingredients and 25 minutes to make this hearty skillet meal.

Here's the recipe.

12. Healthy Zucchini Corn Fritters

These veggie-loaded, vegan fritters will definitely hit the spot. Here's the recipe.
Sarah (Making Thyme For Health) / Via makingthymeforhealth.com

These veggie-loaded, vegan fritters will definitely hit the spot.

Here's the recipe.

13. 4-Ingredient Creamy Vodka Steak Pasta

This healthy spaghetti swap will make sure you're not missing the noodles. Here's the recipe.
Lindsay (Pinch of Yum) / Via pinchofyum.com

This healthy spaghetti swap will make sure you're not missing the noodles.

Here's the recipe.

14. Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing

Throw this simple yet delicious salad together when you're craving something light but satisfying.Here's the recipe.
Lindsay (Pinch of Yum) / Via pinchofyum.com

Throw this simple yet delicious salad together when you're craving something light but satisfying.

Here's the recipe.

15. Parmesan Pesto Tilapia

One pan and only five ingredients, probably makes this the easiest recipe ever.Here's the recipe.
Lindsay (Pinch of Yum) / Via pinchofyum.com

One pan and only five ingredients, probably makes this the easiest recipe ever.

Here's the recipe.

16. Garlic Chicken Skewers With Szechuan Peanut Sauce

Chargrilled chicken skewers drizzled with peanut sauce? Sounds like the best way to end a night.Here's the recipe.
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Chargrilled chicken skewers drizzled with peanut sauce? Sounds like the best way to end a night.

Here's the recipe.

17. Low-Carb Market Chicken Skillet

If you love veggies, then you'll love this. Just toss all the ingredients in a pan, and you're set. Here's the recipe.
Sommer (A Spicy Perspective) / Via aspicyperspective.com

If you love veggies, then you'll love this. Just toss all the ingredients in a pan, and you're set.

Here's the recipe.

18. Low-Carb Chicken Chorizo “No Potato” Hash

This recipe is great for nights when you're trying to use leftover chicken. Here's the recipe.
Sommer (A Spicy Perspective) / Via aspicyperspective.com

This recipe is great for nights when you're trying to use leftover chicken.

Here's the recipe.

19. Turkey-and-Quinoa-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

All the spaghetti toppings, stuffed and baked in zucchini. Sign. us. up!Here's the recipe.
Lacey (A Sweet Pea Chef) / Via asweetpeachef.com

All the spaghetti toppings, stuffed and baked in zucchini. Sign. us. up!

Here's the recipe.

All nutritional information was calculated using this calculator at Very Well.

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