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Lunches High in Protein and Low in Calories

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1. Pasta Salad Bowls

Pasta salad is a traditional summer side dish, but adding protein and additional vegetables transforms it into a filling lunch.

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Pasta Salad Bowls

We use baby spinach, but baby kale or arugula also work. Just before serving, top with a vibrant and tangy basil vinaigrette.

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2. Chicken Quinoa Fried Rice

This nutritious dinner recipe replaces rice with quinoa to increase the protein content of fried rice.

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Chicken Quinoa Fried Rice

This quinoa fried rice can be made with any available vegetables; broccoli, green beans, and mushrooms are all excellent options. 

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3. Chimichurri Noodle Bowls

In these straightforward, flavorful meal-prep bowls, we're combining whole-grain spaghetti and zucchini noodles to increase volume and reduce calories. 

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Chimichurri Noodle Bowls

The condiment first appeared in Katie Workman's salmon recipe for EatingWell magazine.

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