It can be difficult to eat healthily if you aren’t a great chef.
Those who dislike cooking often rely on convenience food and ready meals, which can lead to you piling on the pounds.
If you fall into this category, there is no need to panic as there are plenty of easy recipes out there.
Meal prepping a couple of times a week will stop you from slaving away for ages in the kitchen.
It also ensures that you are following a balanced diet and getting enough protein to fuel the body and burn fat.
So which dishes can you whip up quickly and easily?
Five protein-filled meal prep ideas that are easy to make:
1. Spiced turkey kebabs
Turkey is a good option for dieters because it is low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
It also has a high protein content, containing 29g of the nutrient in every 100g.
One of the easiest and tastiest ways to eat the poultry is by making it into kebabs.
Season the ground meat with cumin, coriander, garlic, chilli and ginger before threading onto skewers.
Grill for 10 minutes or until cooked through and serve with a fresh salad.
2. Lentil soup
Soups are a great option for those who are always on the go.
If you’re looking for a recipe that will keep you full – and provide you with enough nutrients – lentil soup is your best bet.
The pulse contains 9g of protein in every 100g.
To make the soup, sweat onions and carrots off in a pan, before adding boiled lentils.
Blend together, before pouring into a flask for when you’re ready to drink it.
3. High protein salads
Salads are some of the easiest meals to put together – and they’ll keep well in an air-tight container.
Throw your favourite veggies, such as rocket and lettuce, into a bowl.
Top with cooked prawns, which boast 25g of protein in every 100g.
Instead of drizzling a high calorie dressing over your leaves, top them with avocado instead.
The fruit contains unsaturated fats that are great for aiding weight loss.
4. Salmon and quinoa
Salmon contains 20g of protein per 100 grams – and it’s quick and easy to prepare.
Squeeze some lemon juice, soy sauce or garlic over the omega-3 rich fish.
Wrap in tin foil and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
Serve with quinoa, an accompaniment that boasts 13g of protein per 100g.
You can cook this grain by boiling it for 10-15 minutes or cut corners by buying it in pre-made microwavable packets.
5. Stir fry
While boiling some noodles, throw your favourite veggies into the pan.
For a protein boost, opt for broccoli, mushrooms and peas as they are rich in the nutrient.
Adding meat is also recommended if you want to increase your intake.
Chicken packs 31g of protein per 100g, while pork will give you 27g in every 100g.
For a healthy sauce, mix together some soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, garlic, chilli and pineapple juice.
Mix all the ingredients in your wok to combine before serving up or setting aside for later.
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