16 Easy High-Protein Summer Dinners with 5 Ingredients or Less

16 Easy High-Protein Summer Dinners with 5 Ingredients or Less
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In the summertime, party food is obvious: burgers, hot dogs, pies, pasta salads, and anything you can throw onto the grill. But weeknight dinners are a little trickier—you probably don’t feel like cooking while the weather is so gorgeous, but you also need energy to get you through all that activity. In other words, you need high-protein, easy dinners that come together effortlessly and keep you going for hours.

And while not every delicious dinner recipe fits that bill, you can rest assured that there are plenty of great options out there. From simple grilled meat-and-vegetable combos, to quick stovetop meals, there are so many protein-packed, easy dinners out there for you to choose from.

No matter what you’re in the mood for, scroll through the list below for some serious weeknight inspiration. All of the recipes have enough protein to get you through the evening without a snack attack (although for certain recipes, that means taking our suggestion to use high-protein pasta instead of regular), and are easy enough for beginner cooks.

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Kale Caesar Pasta Salad

Foodie Crush.

1. Kale Caesar Pasta Salad

Use high-protein Banza pasta for this easy pasta salad, and with the Parmesan it’ll clock in well over 20 grams of protein.

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Pesto Chicken With Grilled Zucchini

For Women First.

2. Pesto Chicken With Grilled Zucchini

Store-bought pesto is a great pantry staple if you only want to use a few ingredients. It adds a ton of complex flavor to this easy grilled chicken recipe, too.

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Bacon and Asparagus Pasta

Gimme Some Oven.

3. Bacon and Asparagus Pasta

This easy, protein-packed stovetop dinner is perfect for summer, especially if you’ve got asparagus that you need to use. Bacon and Parmesan add a good amount of protein, but using a high-protein pasta will really take it over the edge.

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Gimme Some Oven.

4. Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

These vegetarian stuffed peppers call for meatless crumbles, but you can also use ground turkey or beef.

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Caprese Chicken

Seasonal Cravings.

5. Caprese Chicken

Caprese salad is a summer favorite, so why not turn it into a high-protein meal by adding chicken?

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Roasted Red Pepper and Asparagus Quinoa

Inside Bru Crew Life.

6. Roasted Red Pepper and Asparagus Quinoa

Summer vegetables, a hearty whole grain and some chicken? Sounds like a healthy, filling and easy dinner bowl to me.

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Chicken Caprese Salad

Food and Wine.

7. Chicken Caprese Salad

In a pinch, you can use rotisserie chicken to throw together a no-cook version of this caprese salad.

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Salmon Burgers

Holley Grainger.

8. Salmon Burgers

Where’s the beef? Nowhere to be found in these easy salmon burgers.

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Baked Fish

Pinch of Yum.

9. Lemon Chicken With Asparagus

This bright, tangy chicken-asparagus skillet will probably become your healthy summer go-to.

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Baked Fish

The Seasoned Mom.

10. Tomato-Baked Fish

This simple baked fish recipe is easy to make in the oven, but you can also cook it in a skillet on a hot grill.

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Chicken Guacamole Taquitos

Gimme Some Oven.

11. Chicken Guacamole Taquitos

These easy rolled taquitos are as fun as they are filling.

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Flank Steak and Charred Corn Salad

Sweet Phi.

12. Flank Steak and Charred Corn Salad

Steak for dinner? Yes, indeed.

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Steak and Potato Foil Packs

Le Creme de la Crumb.

13. Garlic Steak and Potato Foil Packs

If you’re in the mood for a more traditional steak dinner, these steak and potato foil packs are easy, tasty and require minimal clean-up.

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Hawaiian Chicken Burgers

Physical Kitcheness.

14. Hawaiian Chicken Burgers

On a bun or a lettuce leaf, these delicious chicken burgers aim to please.

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Grilled Marinated Salmon

Cooking Classy.

15. Grilled Marinated Salmon

Throw some asparagus or zucchini on the grill with this marinated salmon, and dinner will be good to go in no time.

STYLECASTER | 17 High-Protein Summer Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less | Grilled Hot Chicken Sausages

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16. Grilled Hot Chicken Sausages

These grilled chicken sausages are a fun, summery alternative to your go-to ham and cheese sandwich.

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