How to Turn a Jar of Honey Into 5 Savory, High-Protein Meals

All you need is a jar of honey to prepare these savory, high-protein dishes.
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You can drizzle honey into your tea, on top of your oatmeal and onto your dinner. Yep, you read that last one right.

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It may sound like an oxymoron but savory honey recipes are a thing and definitely deserve a spot on your weekly lunch or dinner menu. Drizzling some honey onto your go-to meals brightens up the flavor profiles and adds depth.

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These delicious savory honey recipes are not only delicious but high protein, packing more than 10 grams per serving.

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1. Honey Thyme Pork Tenderloin

To cut down on calories, choose a cut of pork without too much marbled fat, Taub-Dix suggests.
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  • Calories:​ 590
  • Protein:​ 38 grams

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Especially if you've never prepped it before, pork may sound like a daunting protein to cook but it can be simpler than you think. Pork is usually oven-roasted (which can take on a lot of cook time), but this recipe calls for pan-fried meat instead, making the process a breeze.

Get the Honey Thyme Pork Tenderloin recipe and nutrition info from Hello Fresh.

2. Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl with Curry Pecan Dressing

The tempeh and soybeans in this recipe supply a bunch of plant protein.
  • Calories:​ 712
  • Protein:​ 23 grams

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If you want a meat-free dinner with a sweet touch, look no further because this plant-based sweet potato buddha bowl will become your new favorite. And while this recipe may be free of meat, that doesn't mean it's low protein — this dish packs 23 grams total.

This dish is already high in fiber with 12 grams, but you can swap rice for another grain, like quinoa or farro, to add even more nutrients to your daily diet.

Get the Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl With Curry Pecan Dressing recipe​ ​and nutrition info here.

3. Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

The sauce on these wings combines honey and soy sauce for the perfect sweet and savory combo.
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  • Calories:​ 290
  • Protein:​ 19 grams

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Whether you're gearing up to watch a sporting event or want just want some healthy-ish comfort food, these Honey Garlic Chicken Wings are a winner. They're baked in the oven, rather than fried, which is a great way to cut back on total fats and calories, Taub-Dix says.

But if you've got an air fryer at home, you can even toss your wings in there to get that crispy taste without the added calories, Taub-Dix suggests.

Get the Honey Garlic Chicken Wings recipe and nutrition info from Spend With Pennies.

4. Honey Garlic Salmon

All you need is about 30 minutes to whip up this high-level salmon recipe.
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  • Calories:​ 283
  • Protein:​ 29 grams

This Asian cuisine-inspired Honey Garlic Salmon is the perfect quick dinner if you're strapped for time. All you need is 30 minutes and a handful of ingredients to prep this perfectly seared, high-protein dinner.

Consider serving your salmon over a pasta medley with a variety of vegetables, Taub-Dix suggests. "The more colorful the veggies the greater variety of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients you get," she says. "And the salmon supplies omega-3 fatty acids that are heart-healthy."

Get the Honey Garlic Salmon recipe and nutrition info from Dinner at the Zoo.

5. Honey Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry

Skip the meat but get a punch of protein with this tofu recipe.
  • Calories:​ 375
  • Protein:​ 12 grams

Tofu is a great ingredient to add to just about any veggie stir fry for some extra protein. This Honey Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry will give plain-tasting tofu some much-needed flavor and keep you satiated until your next meal.

Get the Honey Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry recipe and nutrition info from Pinch of Yum.

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