Next Week's Meal Plan

A Week of Easy Low-Carb, High-Protein Dinners

updated Feb 17, 2022
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Credit: From Left to Right Top to Bottom: Joe Lingeman, Kristin Teig, Joe Lingeman, Yossy Arefi

If you’re interested in keeping dinners low in carbs and high in protein, making a meal plan can prove extremely helpful in meeting your goal. Not only do these five dinners check the low carb and high protein boxes, but they’re also sure to be loved by everyone around the table. Each one starts with a high-protein ingredient at the center of the plate and gets rounded out with low-carb vegetables or a cream sauce. They’re also all satisfying and totally delicious.

Credit: Joe Lingeman: Food Styling: Cyd McDowell

Monday: Whole30 Chili

If you like to ease into the week with a meal you can make during your weekend meal prep session, then simply reheat when dinner rolls around, chili is always a great choice. This version keeps carbs to a minimum by skipping the beans, although it certainly does not skimp on flavor.

Get the recipe: Whole30 Chili

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman | Food Stylist: Cyd McDowell

Tuesday: Creamy Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms

The recipe calls for chicken breast, but to minimize prep time I like to start with a pack of chicken cutlets. This family-friendly skillet is all about the sauce, so plan to round out dinner with some cauliflower rice so you can be sure to mop up every last drop.

Get the recipe: Creamy Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms

Credit: Kristin Teig; Food Styling: Catrine Kelty

Wednesday: Slow-Roasted Salmon with Garlicky Tomatoes, Olives, and Herbs

The middle of the week deserves a dinner that’s low on effort, big on flavor, and basically foolproof. This slow-roasted salmon does all of that, and is also packed with protein, while keeping the carbs to a minimum. The fish is partnered with briny olives and cherry tomatoes (don’t worry if they’re out of season — the oven will coax out their flavor), and a simple green salad is a nice addition to round things out.

Get the recipe: Slow-Roasted Salmon with Garlicky Tomatoes, Olives, and Herbs

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Thursday: Easy Creamy Mustard Pork Chops

This saucy, mustard-spiked skillet is a fun way to change up your usual pork chop routine. Spaghetti squash, sautéed greens, or zucchini noodles are all good options to round out this 30-minute dinner.

Get the recipe: Easy Creamy Mustard Pork Chops

Credit: Yossy Arefi

Friday: Life-Changing Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs

We’ll end the week with a five-ingredient dinner that’s ultra-comforting, feels kinda fancy, and is easy to pull off. Take your pick between fresh of frozen green beans, and round out dinner with a simple green salad.

Get the recipe: Life-Changing Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs

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