Six High-Protein Vegan Recipes
Becoming vegan reignited my love for cooking, because when you’re vegan, you’re always experimenting with foods that can be substituted for ingredients like cheese, meat, and other animal products. (Vegan brands like Gardein—which offers substitute chicken, beef, fish and more—are great when you’re transitioning to meat-free meals or every once in a while, but it’s always better to eat real, whole foods when you can.)
Of course, at first, I had no idea what I was doing, so I turned to the internet for help. I discovered some really awesome food bloggers and recipe makers that I still reference often for inspiration. Here are some high-protein vegan recipes from some of my favorite authors below. Make these and you won’t miss the meat or dairy—trust me.
Minimalist Baker is my go-to for creative, flavorful vegan recipes. The meals are often simple, requiring either 10 ingredients or less, one bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare. You won’t find many (maybe not even any) recipes requiring fake meat here. Instead, there’s recipes for lentil meatballs, tempeh breakfast sausage, Portobello steaks and more (plus a whole lot of smoothie and baking inspiration).
I’ll admit I usually turn to Vegan Yack Attack when I’m craving something more indulgent (like buffalo chickpea mac and cheese … remember when I said I could eat buffalo chickpeas everyday?), but there are also plenty of healthier entrees available on the site, ranging from easy to a bit more complex. Each recipe lists the total time it will take to prepare a meal, so you know what to expect right away.
Quinoa and stir-fry are great sources of vegan protein, and they pair so perfectly in this easy, one-pot dish by Vegetarian Gastronomy. The website also has a ton of Thai- and Italian-inspired dishes, and nutrition facts for each recipe.
This chickpea-based recipe is a Yup It’s Vegan reader favorite, with ingredients like tomato paste, peanut butter, rice vinegar and coconut sugar giving life to the General Tso’s sauce. All you need its 20 minutes to make it yourself. Yup It’s Vegan also includes an impressive amount of vegan appetizers, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes to satisfy nearly any craving.
If you’re craving something warm and hearty, this chili recipe has 25g per serving, according to Wallflower Kitchen. There are quite a few healthy, protein-rich meals on this site, such as roasted veggie and quinoa salad with tahini garlic dressing, along with some sinful snacks and desserts.
Incase you found any of the recipes above to be without enough vegetables, this recipe from Oh She Glows has that area covered, with bell peppers, onions, lettuce wraps and more. The protein comes from taco meat made from lentils and walnut (don’t knock it ‘til you try it, seriously). Oh She Glows is an award-winning vegan blog with lots of other delicious recipes that are also kid-approved, if that’s something you’re also seeking.
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