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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This is a delicious low calorie lentil curry that is suitable for anyone following a vegetarian or vegan diet.
11. Vegan Tempeh BLT Wrap
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.