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5 Protein Filled Recipes For Your Workout Days

steak bowl with peppers and lettuce
by Jess Snader on March 26, 2021

Working out can cause quite the appetite, but you don't want to fill yourself with the wrong types of foods. Make sure you fill your body with protein before and after a workout for maximum results. Check out some of these protein filled recipes below.

Steak and Bean Burrito Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 4 3-ounce steaks, boneless, any cut
  • 5-6 cups cooked cilantro lime rice
  • 1/2 cup sliced bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 1 cup black beans, canned
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup yellow corn, canned
  • 1/2 cup Mexican or Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • Cilantro lime marinade
  • Optional: 1/2 cup sour cream

steak bowl with peppers and lettuce

Instructions:

1. Marinate the steak for 2-3 hours in the cilantro lime marinade

2. Heat pan and coat with 1 teaspoon of oil

3. Cook the steak for 2-3 minute on each side. Rest for 5 minutes

4. When steak is removed, add onions and bell peppers. Cook for 5 minutes

5. After steak is cooked and rested, chop veggies and arrange in bowl

6. Put layer of rice, beans, tomatoes and corn first

7. Add steak and onion layers. Top with salad and sprinkled cheese (sour cream if desired)

More high protein dinner recipes can be found here.

Chicken Teriyaki

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, boneless/skinless. Cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 (8.8-ounce) package whole grain brown ready rice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

chicken teriyaki with white rice

Instructions:

1. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces and put into resealable bag

2. In bowl, whisk soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, lemon juice, ginger, and garlic together

3. Pour mixture into resealable bag with the chicken. Marinate 1-2 hours

4. When ready to cook, put oil in skillet and heat. Take chicken from bag and put in skillet, save marinade in bag.

5. Cook chicken for 6-8 minutes. Remove.

6. Pour marinade from bag into skillet. Boil for 3 minutes then lower heat and stir until thickened (about 10 minutes)

7. Cook rice

8. Put chicken back into skillet and cover with sauce

9. Garnish with sesame seeds

You can find more high protein recipes here.

Spicy Egg, Cucumber and Avocado Toast

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice of whole-grain bread, toasted
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, sliced
  • 3 cucumber slices
  • 1/4 avocado, mashed
  • Lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

avocado and eggs on wheat toast

Instructions:

1. Spread avocado on toast

2. Top with egg and cucumber slices

3. Drizzle with chili oil and season with lime zest, salt, and pepper

Recipe from Men's Journal.

Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 2 bell peppers, remove tops and seeds
  • 50g high protein pasta, cooked
  • 50g mini pepperoni slices
  • 100g high protein cheese
  • 100ml tomato purée
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

stuffed red and green pepper with cheese and meat

Instructions:

1.Combine tomato purée, cooked pasta, half the pepperoni, and half the cheese in a bowl. Spoon into both peppers, fill about 3/4 full.

2. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

3. Add remaining cheese and pepperoni. Grill for 2-3 minutes.

More pepper recipes can be found here.

Italian Combo Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices whole-grain bread
  • 1 ounce turkey breast
  • 1 ounce black forest ham
  • 4 slices salami
  • 3 slices tomato
  • 1 slice provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup mixed greens
  • Spicy Dijon mustard

Italian sandwich on wheat bread and sub roll

Instructions:

1. Toast bread

2. Spread mustard on each piece to your liking

3. Layer sandwich meats (turkey, ham, salami)

4. Top with mixed greens, tomato, and cheese

Recipe from Men's Journal.

Looking for more protein packed recipes? Check out this website. If you're in need of a new workout to go with your new protein recipes, visit The Nook! We offer personal training and group fitness classes that can help you overcome gym/workout fatigue.

Topics: Healthy Food, Food, Healthy Lifestyle