As a vegetarian, it can be tough to find meals that are both nutritious and satisfying. Many people assume that a lack of meat in your diet means a lack of protein, but that’s far from true. In fact, there are plenty of high-protein vegetarian options that will fuel your day and keep you feeling full and energized. Here are five of our favorite recipes:
Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
Quinoa is one of the best plant-based sources of protein out there, and this salad combines it with fiber-rich black beans for a filling and satisfying meal. To make it, cook 1 cup of quinoa according to the package instructions and let it cool. In a separate bowl, mix together 1 can of drained and rinsed black beans, 1 diced red pepper, 1 diced yellow pepper, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, and the juice of 2 limes. Add the cooked quinoa to the bowl and mix everything together. Serve chilled.
Not only is this salad high in protein and fiber, but it’s also packed with vitamins and antioxidants thanks to the colorful peppers and cilantro. Plus, it’s a great make-ahead meal that will keep in the fridge for a few days.
Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry
Chickpeas are a vegetarian staple for good reason – they’re packed with protein, fiber, and a range of vitamins and minerals. When paired with sweet potatoes in a flavorful curry, they make for a hearty and satisfying meal. To make this dish, start by heating a tablespoon of oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add diced onion and saute for a few minutes until soft. Add diced sweet potato, a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas, and a jar of curry sauce (whichever flavor you prefer). Stir everything together and bring to a simmer. Let it cook for 20-30 minutes, or until the sweet potato is tender. Serve over rice or quinoa.
This curry is not only delicious, but it’s also a great source of protein, fiber, and Vitamin A thanks to the sweet potatoes. Plus, it’s an easy and affordable meal to make on a busy weeknight.
Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells
Who says comfort food can’t be healthy? These stuffed shells are a perfect example of a dish that’s both delicious and nutritious. To make them, cook a box of jumbo pasta shells according to the package instructions and let them cool. In a separate bowl, mix together a container of ricotta cheese, a few handfuls of chopped spinach, and some salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the mixture into the cooled pasta shells and place them in a greased baking dish. Pour a jar of tomato sauce over the shells and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese is melted.
While this recipe may be a bit more indulgent than the others on our list, it’s still a great source of protein thanks to the ricotta cheese. Plus, it’s a filling and satisfying meal that’s perfect for a cold winter night.
Lentil and Vegetable Stir Fry
Lentils are another vegetarian staple that are packed with protein and fiber. When paired with a colorful array of veggies in a stir fry, they make for an easy and nutritious meal. To make this dish, start by cooking 1 cup of lentils according to the package instructions and let them cool. In a separate pan, saute your favorite stir fry veggies (such as broccoli, carrots, and bell peppers) until they’re tender. Add the cooked lentils to the pan and stir everything together. Drizzle with soy sauce and sesame oil to taste.
This stir fry is a great option for a quick and easy dinner, as well as a delicious and nutritious way to up your protein intake. Plus, you can customize it with whatever veggies you have on hand.
Tofu Scramble Breakfast Tacos
Who says you can’t have tacos for breakfast? This recipe combines protein-packed tofu with a range of veggies and spices for a flavorful and satisfying morning meal. To make it, start by draining and crumbling a block of firm tofu in a large pan over medium heat. Add chopped veggies (such as bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms) and a range of spices (such as cumin and chili powder). Saute everything together until the tofu is cooked through and the veggies are tender. Serve the mixture in a warm tortilla with your favorite toppings (such as avocado and salsa).
These breakfast tacos are a delicious and nutritious way to start your day. Plus, the tofu is a great source of protein that will keep you feeling full for hours.
Being a vegetarian doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on protein – there are plenty of delicious and nutritious options out there. Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty curry or a quick and easy stir fry, these recipes are sure to satisfy. Give them a try and fuel your day with the power of plant-based protein!
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