Next Week's Meal Plan

5 Low-Carb, High-Protein Dinners to Plan for the Week Ahead

published Jan 3, 2020
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Credit: From Left to Right: Faith Durand, Joe Lingeman, Kimberley Hasselbrink, Joe Lingeman

When you’re trying to cut back on carbs, get plenty of vegetables on your plate, and eat a meal that won’t leave you reaching for a snack in an hour, it can feel like a tall order. But these five dinners check all the boxes. Each one starts with a high-protein ingredient at the center of the plate, which is partnered with low-carb vegetables like cauliflower rice, spinach, kale, and mushrooms. They’re wholesome, filling, and totally delicious.

Credit: Faith Durand

Monday: Slow Cooker Brisket and Onions

Monday is my favorite day to put brisket on the dinner table — because I can cook it on Sunday, and it’s even better the day after. I’ll reheat a portion of the leftovers and round out our meal with cauliflower rice and a simple arugula salad. I plan to use some of the remaining brisket for Thursday’s dinner and will freeze the rest for another week.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Brisket and Onions

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Tuesday: Parmesan Chicken Kale Sauté

This is one of my favorite ways to get chicken breast on the table in the middle of the week. It’s a dish that tastes far greater than the sum of its parts, and it’s a total breeze to pull off.

Get the recipe: Parmesan Chicken Kale Sauté

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Wednesday: Baked Make-Ahead Greek Casserole

Slotting breakfast for dinner into the middle of the week makes an average Wednesday feel a little more fun. This egg bake is packed with veggies, and will leave us with plenty of leftovers for lunch.

Get the recipe: Baked Make-Ahead Greek Casserole

Thursday: Asian Cauliflower Fried Rice

This cauliflower fried rice is one of my favorites, both because it has so much savory flavor and because it’s so versatile. In addition to eggs, the recipe calls for shredded pork, although any protein is fair game. My plan? Use some of the leftover brisket from Monday night.

Get the recipe: Asian Cauliflower Fried Rice

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Friday: Salsa-Simmered Fish

We’ll end the week with a fast and fancy seafood dinner that comes together in 10 minutes. I’ll serve the fish with a side of sautéed cauliflower rice, although a quick batch of sautéed greens would also make a nice side.

Get the recipe: Salsa-Simmered Fish

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