Most vegetarians and vegans easily get enough protein in their meat-free diet, without even trying. Check out these high-protein vegetarian recipes to see just how easy it is to get plenty of protein without eating meat.
Each of the recipes listed for breakfast, lunch, a soup or salad or a dinner entree has a complete nutritional breakdown so you can see just how much protein, calories and nutrients you're getting per serving.
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For most of us, dinner is the biggest meal of the day, calorically, so it makes sense that as a vegetarian or vegan, you'd want to make sure it's also full of protein (and other important nutrients, too, of course!). Savory high protein dinner dishes filled with tofu, tempeh, whole grains and whole wheat pastas are good choices, and anything with beans, or lentils, such as a homemade vegetarian chili, of course.
Pictured: Rice and lentils
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Breakfast is a great meal to get your protein in! A smoothie topped off with some vegan protein powder (or a green smoothie), baked quiches, scrambled tofu and vegetarian breakfast meat substitutes are all full of protein, and of course, there's always peanut butter! Check out these vegetarian protein-rich breakfast ideas, each with a complete nutritional breakdown. I also like to sprinkle hemp seeds on everything, such as quinoa flakes (which is already a great high protein breakfast... itself) or oatmeal for a little breakfast protein boost.
Pictured: Vegetarian Tempeh and Potato Breakfast Hash
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With over ten grams of protein per half cup, tofu is a great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans, and it can be incorporated into just about any meal for a protein boost morning, noon or night. Try adding a bit of protein into a regular smoothie to turn it into a protein shake, as in this chocolate soy shake recipe, add some tofu to any stir-fry, or if you don't think you'll ever like eating tofu, might I suggest that you try out a few of these high-protein tofu dessert recipes.
P...ictured: Vegetarian chili with tofu, with nearly 30 grams of protein per servingContinue to 5 of 6 below.
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You might not have thought about getting your protein from a salad or a sandwich, but why not? A healthy lunchtime protein boost can help keep you going until quitting time! I love tossing some extra tofu into a green salad (leftover baked tofu is great for this too), or just add a small scoop of leftover cooked quinoa, some canned beans to a simple side salad. Lately, I've been making lentil soup or dal in the evening to pair with some leftover rice or leftover quinoa to take into the... office for a high-protein lunch the next day. Read on for more high-protein salad and sandwiches to try.
Pictured: Three bean and egg salad
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