23 Best High Protein Lunch Meal Prep Recipes

Diets rich in protein tend to be among the healthiest. According to medical researchers, protein helps build stronger muscles, bones, cartilage, skin, hair, and nails. Protein also helps repair tissue, oxygenate the blood, improve digestion, and regulate hormones. An added benefit of diets high in protein? You tend to eat less food throughout the day because you typically stay fuller longer. We pulled together our favorite high-protein lunch meal prep recipes with high protein, flavor, and ease of meal prep in mind. We hope you enjoy these recipes!

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Stew

Set it and forget it! Those are some of our favorite words. Make this first thing in the morning, or for dinner and then eat leftovers for high protein lunch.

(Protein: 38 grams – Carbohydrates: 56 grams – Fat: 20 grams)

Eggplant Lasagna

Just because it's a veggie-based lasagna doesn't mean it's not loaded with protein!

(Protein: 39 grams – Carbohydrates: 19 grams – Fat 28: grams)

Taco Meatballs

You read that correctly. Meatballs with all the taste of tacos. Sign us up for this high protein lunch recipe!

(Protein: 28 grams – Carbohydrates: 13 grams – Fat: 23 grams)

Five Spice Beef and Broccoli

Asian-themed dishes tend to make great high-protein lunches. Just sayin'.

(Protein: 33 grams – Carbohydrates: 32 grams – Fat: 23 grams)

Taco Wontons

Taco-themed lunches are always a hit. These use wonton wrappers. Fun, right?

(Protein: 24 grams – Carbohydrates: 24 grams – Fat: 19 grams)

Slow Cooker Asian Pot Roast

You'll be so glad at lunchtime that you made this pot roast. It might seem like a lot for lunch, but you can eat this for several days.

(Protein: 49 grams – Carbohydrates: 30 grams – Fat: 19 grams)

Slow Cooker Keto Pork Carnitas Bowls

Anything that can be served in bowl form is a win for us, and these pork carnitas deliver a high-protein lunch recipe you'll make again and again.

(Protein: 41 grams – Carbohydrates: 11 grams – Fat: 38 grams)

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Bacon and chicken are natural pairings and together, they give you a high-protein lunch of 35 grams per serving!

(Protein: 35 grams – Carbohydrates: 35 grams – Fat: 19 grams)

Salmon, Lentils, and Broccoli

Salmon is so good for the brain, and lentils are loaded with protein and work well with salmon. And who doesn't like broccoli? A delicious high-protein lunch recipe is served.

(Protein: 50 grams - Carbohydrates: 61 grams - Fat: 8 grams)

Shrimp with Cauliflower Rice

Shrimp is a great candidate for a high protein lunch because it defrosts and cooks quickly and works well with a variety of sides, like this cauliflower rice.

(Protein:  27 grams - Carbohydrates: 20 grams - Fat: 5 grams)

French Onion Chicken Skillet

This may feel like a fancy mid-day meal, but it's not! This high-protein lunch recipe is very easy, but it will feel like a treat!

(Protein: 33 grams – Carbohydrates: 10 grams – Fat: 19 grams)

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Pork Chops

Prep the noodles ahead of time, and these pork chops will cook in a flash.

(Protein: 34 grams – Carbohydrates: 11 grams – Fat: 37 grams)

Tuna Stuffed Avocados

A totally low-carb lunch that happens to be portable. We love this high-protein lunch recipe with tuna, herbs, and avocado.

(Protein: 23 grams – Carbohydrates: 13 grams – Fat: 39 grams)

Seared Mahi Mahi With Crunchy Coleslaw

(Protein: 36 grams – Carbohydrates: 16 grams – Fat: 12 grams)

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs

Serve on a roll, over rice, alongside noodles, or with cornbread. An awesome high-protein lunch!

(Protein: 22 grams – Carbohydrates:4 grams – Fat: 8 grams)

Chipotle Chicken Meal Prep Lunch Bowls

These bowls are loaded with a whole lot of good stuff, and clock in at 41 grams of protein per serving.

(Protein: 41 grams – Carbohydrates: 23 grams – Fat: 34 grams)

Hawaiian Pizza Chicken

One of our favorite tricks is to make "pizza chicken," which means that chicken serves as the crust and the toppings include cheese and other delights. High protein and low carb!

(Protein: 40 grams – Carbohydrates: 11 grams – Fat: 11 grams)

Vegan Protein Salad

We haven't forgotten about plant-based diets! This one is so delicious and loaded with protein.

(Protein: 31 grams – Carbohydrates: 43 grams – Fat: 37 grams)

Spicy Slaw, Shrimp, and Edamame Bowls

This high-protein lunch recipe couldn't be faster or more flavorful!

(Protein: 28 grams – Carbohydrates: 20 grams – Fat: 19 grams)

Blackened Fish Tacos with Avocado Sauce

Tacos are a fun quick lunch. The avocado sauce is easy, and the veggies give this a great crunch.

(Protein: 29 grams – Carbohydrates: 30 grams – Fat: 19 grams)

Chicken Shawarma Salad Bowl

 (Protein: 24 grams – Carbohydrates: 30 grams – Fat: 19 grams)

Turkey Melt Panini

A panini is a crispy, comforting lunch, what with all that gooey cheese. Lunchtime equals sandwiches!

(Protein: 33 grams – Carbohydrates: 29 grams – Fat: 14 grams)

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Salmon with Kale, Walnut, and White Bean Salad

Prep the salmon ahead of time, and the rest of this lunch comes together in a flash. Salmon and white beans together mean extra protein!

(Protein: 43 grams – Carbohydrates: 18 grams – Fat: 25 grams)

Cooking Light: Salmon with Kale, Walnut, and White Bean Salad

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