Counting Macros

Macro-Friendly Recipe Ideas: Incredibly Tasty, Healthy Meals

When flexible dieting (or counting your macros), it’s sometimes challenging to meet the protein macro. The beauty of flexible dieting is that you can eat anything, provided you meet your daily macro targets. These recipes tick all the boxes: tasty, healthy, and macro-friendly.

Baked Chicken Parmesan

A beautiful 30-minute recipe that’s high on protein. Side idea? Try making zucchini noodles with a spiralizer. It will give you some veggie nutrition without upping your carbs too much.

Per Serve:
Calories: 385
Carb: 20g
Fat: 11g
Protein: 48g

See the recipe…

Easy Lentil Meatballs

These vegetarian meatballs are easy to make, and for a vegetarian dish, still have reasonable protein amounts… Serve with a pasta sauce (look out for the sugar content).

Per 3 Meatball serve:
Calories: 112
Carb: 19g
Fat: 3g
Protein: 7g

See the recipe…

Macro-Friendly Pizza

Flexible dieting is about avoiding food restrictions, which means – if you love pizza, you can still eat pizza. This recipe has a lot more protein than your typical pizza.

Carb: 42g
Fat: 10g
Protein: 67g

See the recipe…

Breakfast Wonton Cups

It’s very easy to have a carb-heavy breakfast. These cups are easy to make and can be reheated quickly in the microwave if you’re in a hurry.

Per two wonton cups
Carb: 23g
Fat: 9.5g
Protein: 31.5g

See the recipe…

Skinny Southwestern Salad

Salads shouldn’t be boring, and this one has a good amount of protein and nutrition. The addition of tortilla chips adds the crunch. Yum!

Per Serving
Calories: 282
Carb: 22g
Fat: 8.7g
Protein: 27.4g

See the recipe…

Protein Cookies

Don’t bother with store-bought cookies that are loaded with fake ingredients. Try these, admittedly they are still a little high in carbs (they’re cookies after all!), but there’s a nice hit of protein.

Per Cookie
Calories: 170
Carb: 21g
Fat: 8g
Protein: 6g

See the recipe…

Chicken & Mushroom Shish Kabobs

This meal has a near-perfect macro ratio and is perfect for a pre-packed lunch or dinner.

Per Serving
Calories: 382
Carb: 25g
Fat: 10g
Protein: 45g

See the recipe…

Coconut Rice with Turkey Patties

Another tasty meal with some great macros. Depending on where you are, it might be hard to get papaya, but this could be substituted with another fruit.

Per Serving
Calories: 313
Carb: 28g
Fat: 12g
Protein: 25g

See the recipe…

Chicken and Avocado Burritos

Chicken wraps are always a great option that’s a bit lower in carbs. This recipe is simple but packs plenty of flavor.

Per Burrito
Calories: 519
Carb: 37.2g
Fat: 24g
Protein: 40g

See the recipe…

Blackened Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

A good one for the grill, this recipe forgoes any carbs, but still provides the tang of the salsa.

Per Serving
Calories: 220
Carb: 6g
Fat: 4g
Protein: 36g

See the recipe…

Pineapple Chipotle Salmon Tostadas

This delicious recipe combines slightly charred salmon with avocado and a zesty salsa. A little higher in fat, but a great dose of protein.

Per Serving
Calories: 283
Carb: 13g
Fat: 17g
Protein: 13g

See the recipe…

Pineapple Chipotle Salmon Tostadas

Pad Thai normally contains sugar. This version forgoes the sugar and includes quinoa to help bump up the protein. Delicious.

Per Serving
Calories: 311
Carb: 28g
Fat: 19g
Protein: 14g

See the recipe…

Creamy Beef Stroganoff

This Beef Stroganoff is a perfect slow-cooker. If you have more carbs to eat, then accompany with rice or noodles.

Per Serving
Calories: 281
Carb: 17g
Fat: 9g
Protein: 33g

See the recipe…

Chicken Quinoa Salad

This salad uses quinoa to increase the protein amount. It’s perfect for dividing up into portions for a weekday meal prep.

Per Serving
Calories: 414
Carb: 32g
Fat: 7g
Protein: 53g

See the recipe…

Using these macro-friendly recipes will help round out your healthy macro diet and make hitting your macro targets much easier.

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Last Updated: May 25, 2021


  1. Kim

    Receive a 404 error that the author has removed the recipe for the Chicken Quinoa Salad. Any advice on a similar recipe??

    • Ted Kallmyer (Certified Macro Coach)

      Hi Kim, I’ll look into it. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Sheri Carlson

    The link for the Blackened Chicken with Pineapple Salsa is broken, can you please send the recipe to me? Thank you for sharing!

    • Ted Kallmyer (Certified Macro Coach)

      That recipe is gone but I did find a substitution that is similar. The link will take you there.

  3. jhs

    Well, I suppose these are “macro-friendly” if your needed macros are the same as the person who wrote the article, but it drives me crazy when people say “This is a macro-friendly recipe!” That’s meaningless unless they also specify which macros they’re shooting for. Someone in a cut phase is aiming for totally different macros than someone in a muscle-building phase, for example.

    • Ted the Macro Coach

      Macro friendly recipes are defined as recipes that aren’t too dominant in one particular macro and are higher in protein. They aren’t intended to match someone’s macro allotments exactly. This is achieved over the course of a whole day using various meals and foods.