No matter what diet you’re on, protein is essential. Protein helps your body produce vital enzymes and hormones, aids in brain function, and helps to build bones, muscle, skin, and more. Plus, protein-rich meals also tend to make you feel fuller and more satisfied than, say, carb-centric ones where you might find yourself hungry a mere 30 minutes later.
Still, sometimes protein gets a bad rap—sticking to chicken and beans isn’t exactly thrilling for the taste buds, after all. But if you look a little further, here are plenty of creative, delicious meals out there whose starring ingredients carry tons of protein, from Quinoa Pizza Bites to Brussels and Bowties Tahini Pasta.
Want more recipe ideas that’ll keep you full without boring you to death? Click through the slideshow ahead.