Lean and mean meatballs. Mix half extra-lean ground beef and half ground turkey or chicken breast, and substitute for hamburg in a meatball recipe of your choice. If the recipe calls for breadcrumbs, substitute ground flaxseed or almond flour.
Fantastic fish foil bakes. This is a fast, simple way to prepare fish. Use a separate piece of aluminum foil for each fillet. Take a fillet, top with veggies of your choice; add a splash of vinegar, lemon olive oil or any herbs and spices you like. The fish will stay moist and cleanup is a breeze. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes of until the fish turns opaque.
Quick seafood stir-fry. Use any seafood such as scallops or shrimp. Add about 1 inch of water or broth to your wok and cook the seafood until it is opaque. When it is almost there, add in chopped veggies. For crispy veggies, cook for just a minute or two. For softer ones, cover the wok and simmer for 5 minutes. Add seasonings such as garlic ginger soy sauce or chili if desired.
A twist on tuna salad. Pop open a can of tuna, and mix with a small amount of mayo (I love avocado mayo myself!). Chop half a cucumber and add in. Throw some capers for an extra punch. Stir and enjoy this refreshing tuna treat over crisp bread or kale wraps.
Turkey burger bites. When choosing meat for turkey burgers, look for 99% or 93% lean varieties. Keeping lean meat moist can be a challenge, so I recommend cooking them in aluminum foil to retain the juices. Separate your ground turkey into patties, each on its own piece of foil. Flatten the patty, top with seasoning of choice, and then pile on fresh veggies. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes.
Souper soup. Take any homemade or canned soup and add cubes of cooked chicken or turkey. Soups are a wonderful way to winterize your new protein ideas.
The slimwich. Use light bread or a low-carb pita or tortilla. Pile on roast beef or pastrami. Skip cheese and mayo, but add mustard to taste.
Mushroom-wich. Take a broiled portabella mushroom cap like a bun (open faced sandwich) and pile on lettuce, mustard and turkey or ham slices.
Low-carb spring rolls. Not exactly a sandwich, more of a wrap. Prepare a chicken, turkey or seafood stir-fry. Heat a sleeve of shiritaki noodles (found in the refrigerated section near the tofu) in the microwave for 4 minutes, after ringing and chopping the noodles. Add seasoning of your choosing to the stir-fry, stir in the noodles, and then spread the mixture onto spring rolls. These are flat sheets made of rice or wheat, found near the tortillas in the dry goods aisle. roll the spring roll according to package directions. Satisfies like a bready wrap.
I hope these new protein ideas are helpful!