17 High-Protein Vegetarian Recipes to Help You Reach Your Protein Goals

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Who says you can only get your protein from meat? If you’re on a strict vegetarian diet, there are many ways to meet your protein intake goals without breaking a sweat.

We’ve put together a list of 17 healthy and protein-packed vegetarian recipes you can try right now.

1. Curried Falafel with Kale Salad

Curried Falafel with Kale Salad, High-Protein Vegetarian recipe

Via Food Network Canada

This curried falafel recipe packs a protein punch thanks to the addition of chickpeas and chickpea flour. Bake, slather in curry sauce, and enjoy with a side of kale salad.

2. Vegetarian Lentil Chilli

via Lentil Chilli Recipe

This is a quick and easy recipe for a delicious vegetarian chilli using lentils and kidney beans to power up the protein.

3. Quinoa with Acorn Squash & Pomegranate

Quinoa with Acorn Squash & Pomegranate, Vegan diet

Via A Food for Thought

Quinoa is the superfood that vegetarians and vegans’ dreams are made of. Not only will this recipe keep you full, it’s also teeming with all kinds of nutritional goodness. Make a large batch to enjoy together with friends and family for lunch and dinner.

4. Great Big Vegan Salad

Great Big Vegan Salad, HIgh-protein vegan diet

Via Delish Knowledge

This BIG salad packs 30 grams of protein thanks to the addition of lentils and tempeh. It takes just minutes to prepare and is guaranteed to be more exciting than your usual bland lettuce and carrot salad.

5. Braised Leeks & Muscovado Lentils

Braised Leeks & Muscovado Lentils, High-protein diet, vegan

Via Sprouted Kitchen

Sweet lentils may not be the most exciting vegetable out there, but the braised leeks in this recipe perfectly complement their natural sweetness.

6. High Protein Veggie Burger

High Protein Veggie Burger, vegan diet, high-protein

Via AMLA MIAMI

‘Vegetarian burger’ may seem like an oxymoron, but this vegan-friendly take on the classic burger is out to prove you wrong. Not only is it bursting with flavor, it’s also rich in protein thanks to the combination of brown rice and black beans.

7. Mango Tempeh Lettuce Wraps

Mango Tempeh Lettuce Wraps, Vegan recipe

Via Oh My Veggies

If you want a healthier take on the tortilla wrap, this recipe has you covered. The protein-rich tempeh serves as the meat substitute, complemented by the fresh flavors of mango, lime, and cucumber.

8. Easy Vegan Chili Sin Carne

Easy Vegan Chili Sin Carne, vegan high-protein

 Via Wallflower Kitchen

Make a big pot of this recipe and freeze it into smaller portions—you’ve pretty much taken care of a few days’ worth of meal prep. With 25 grams of protein per serving, this recipe is proof you don’t need meat to up your protein intake.

9. Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry

Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry, tofu

Via Vegetarian Gastronomy

This one-pot Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry is the perfect vegetarian dish the whole family can enjoy. It doesn’t hurt that it only takes a few minutes to prepare.

10. Lou’s Lush Lentil Curry

Lentil curry

Via Lou’s Lush Lentil Cury

This is a delicious low calorie lentil curry that is suitable for anyone following a vegetarian or vegan diet.

11. Vegan Tempeh BLT Wrap

Vegan Tempeh BLT Wrap

Via Peaceful Dumpling

Yes, it’s another tempeh-based recipe, but what else can you do when tempeh is such an excellent meat alternative? Season according to your taste and you’ve got yourself a healthier but just as delicious take on the popular BLT sandwich.

12 Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

Via I Heart Vegetables

If you’re trying to reduce your carbohydrate intake without sacrificing your love for pasta, this popular carb swap should be just what you need. The best part? Each low-calorie serving has 18 grams of protein.

13 Peanutty Quinoa Bowls with Baked Tofu

Peanutty Quinoa Bowls with Baked Tofu

Via Oh My Veggies

If you’re still on the fence when it comes to tofu, baking it may change your mind. Add your baked tofu to a bowl of quinoa and vegetable, slather with peanut sauce and enjoy an indulge dish with over 20 grams of protein per serving.

14 Sesame Soba Noodles with Tempeh Croutons

Sesame Soba Noodles with Tempeh Croutons, vegetarian high protein recipe

Via Veg Kitchen

Noodle fans will love this gluten-free noodle dish that combines the Asian flavors of soba noodles, collard greens, and sesame seeds and oil. The tempeh is icing on the cake, upping the protein content of this recipe.

15. Wasabi Pea Tofu with Red Cabbage and Leeks

Wasabi Pea Tofu with Red Cabbage and Leeks, high protein vegan recipe

Via My Recipes

The combination of wasabi pea tofu, red cabbage, and leeks, makes this a succulent protein and nutrient-dense recipe.

16. Spinach and Refried Bean Quesadillas

Spinach and Refried Bean Quesadillas, vegetarian high protein diet

Via kitchn

Spinach pretty much goes with everything—soups, sautéed side dishes, smoothies, you name it. This recipe substitutes the usual cheese and meat found in quesadilla dishes with the protein richness of spinach.

17. Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with Seitan

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie with Seitan, High protein diet, vegetarian recipe

Via Epicurious

If you don’t know what seitan is, don’t worry it tastes a lot like tofu. More importantly, it has just as much protein, giving this recipe a generous 20 grams of protein per serving.

Scott Baptie

Scott is the owner and founder of Food For Fitness. He is a fat loss coach, speaker and fitness writer with a masters (MSc) degree in Applied Sports Nutrition.