Tasty and filling, high-protein vegetarian food is important for anyone who doesn’t eat meat – or just tries to cut something down every now and then. With the number of creative and practical recipes out there today, it has never been easier and tastier to incorporate high protein, plant-based foods into your diet.
What counts as high in protein? There is no exact number, as everyone’s daily protein requirement depends on factors such as height and composition, activity level, and age. But you want to safely include protein in every meal, and a good rough target for most people who exercise and want to make sure they are getting plenty of protein to repair their muscles – or just stay full for the next few hours – is around 20 to 30 grams per session, as reported by SELF.
While a meat platter will get you there in no time, vegetarian meals often rely on a combination of different sources of protein to provide that amount. These include animal products like eggs and dairy products, as well as a variety of plant-based sources of protein like lentils, beans, whole grains, tofu, tempeh, nuts and seeds. Along with lots of protein, you end up getting the other benefits of high protein plant foods (like fiber) as well as a nice variety of flavors and textures.
These 40 protein-rich vegetarian dishes are packed with a variety of ingredients to ensure you feel full and refueled after your meal. There are clever recipes to satisfy meat cravings (like tacos with walnut chorizo), as well as quick and easy dishes (like cajun tempeh and rice in a pan). Here are sure to find a few filling dishes worth adding to your meatless rotation.