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Can Protein Powder Go Gourmet?

The musclehead ingredient gets an elegant culinary makeover by L.A. chef Meg Hall.

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The benefits of protein are both well documented and enticing; who doesn't want to build muscle or prevent cravings? But after years of watching whey powder swirled into post-workout smoothies and high-octane pancakes, we couldn't help but think that our palates deserve more. What delicious goodness could come from placing the powder in the hands of an inventive culinary mind?

Enter Chef Meg Hall, the L.A.–based owner of boutique catering company Made by Meg, whose fans include Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. Hall rose to the challenge, creating four distinct and innovative dishes incorporating Designer Whey protein powder:

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries (pictured above)

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Creamy Got Cheese, Cherry, and Lemon Zest Polenta

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Eggplant, Parmeson, Pistachio Cornmeal Pizzetti

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Vanilla Whipped Sweet Potatoes

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Also on the Q by Equinox:
Asian Hot + Sour Soup
Quinoa Tortilla Soup with Chicken
Almond-Yogurt Parfait with Cinnamon-Apple Compote

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Also on Details.com:
Is a Big Dinner Bad for Your Body?
5 (Actually Surprising) Things You Didn't Know About Protein
5 Healthy Ingredients Most Likely to Soon Be Certified as Trendy

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