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21 Meals With Tons Of Protein And No Meat

01.12.2014
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1.

Bean, Kale and Egg Stew

Between the kidney beans, kale, egg, and cheese, each serving dishes up a solid 28 grams of protein. Get the recipe here

2.

Cashew Noodles With Broccoli And Tofu

Craving pasta? No problem, just add tofu, cashews and broccoli and you don’t have to feel bad about indulging. Recipe available here

3.

Black Bean, Arugula, and Poached Egg Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Between the black beans, the egg, and mmm… Fontina cheese (7 grams of protein per ounce ), this gloriously stuffed sweet potato will leave both your mother and your trainer equally impressed. Recipe available here

4.

Peanutty Quinoa Bowls With Baked Tofu

Combine quinoa with peanut butter, tofu, and broccoli for this powerhouse of lunches. Check out the recipe here

5.

Black Bean Salad

Give yourself hefty portions (or add some jack cheese) to up the protein in this filling salad. Recipe available here

6.

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie With Seitan

William Abranowicz / Via epicurious.com

I know seitan feels like tofu’s weirder cousin but with about 20 grams of protein per serving, it’s totally worth trying. Recipe available here

7.

Vegan Chili

Oliver Parini

Every good vegetarian needs a bean chili recipe in her arsenal. Just remember: Do all your eye rubbing before chopping the jalapeños. Recipe available here

8.

Bean-Kale Burgers With Sweet Potato Wedges

Pinto beans, kale and jack cheese mean you get all the protein you gave up in beef, without all the heart disease, fat, and ethical implications. Recipe available here

9.

Brown Butter, Peas, And Mint Omelette

Yossy Arefi

With 8 grams of protein in every cup, frozen peas can do more for your sore muscles than just ice them. Recipe available here

10.

Parmesan Broth With Kale And White Beans

Yes, you can make broth out of cheese. Add some kale and white beans and BOOM: Protein soup. Recipe available here

11.

Egg In A Basket Grilled Cheese With Asparagus

Perfect for impressing the vegetarian you’re waking up next to, the egg (6g), Gruyere (10g), and asparagus (2g), makes this breakfast perfect for fueling up for round two. Wink. Recipe available here

12.

Crock Pot Lentil Vegetable Barley Soup

Lentils (50g/cup), split peas (48g/cup), and barley (23g/cup), all in one easy-to-make, throw-it-all-in-the-crock-pot meal. Can I get an Amen? Or maybe just the recipe

13.

Corn Meal And Oat Waffle Mix

Tina Rupp

Sick of eggs for breakfast? Oats (26g/cup) knock it out of the protein park. Cornmeal (11g/cup) has nothing to be ashamed of either. Recipe available here

14.

Barley Risotto With Beans And Greens

Barley risotto: Perfect for the ambitious, healthy-ish vegetarian cook. Recipe available here

15.

Vegan Tacos

Besides the beans, this recipe also uses soy chorizo (9g/serving) just incase you miss the real thing. Recipe available here

16.

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe

Start your meal with this protein-heavy soup and feel free to indulge in pure carbs for the rest of it. Recipe available here

17.

Leek, Artichoke, & Lentil Mung Bean Linguine

This dish is not just high in protein (20g/serving), it’s also gluten-free and vegan, making it perfect for even the pickiest of eaters. Recipe available here

18.

Baked Tofu & Quinoa With Chickpeas and Spinach

This is what you serve your carnivorous friends who tell you you’re not getting enough protein. Between the tofu, the quinoa, and the chickpeas, each serving packs in more than 32 grams. Recipe available here

19.

Meatless Meatloaf With Mushroom Gravy

Tofu, oats, walnuts, and eggs all make this a ridiculously protein-y alternative to boring old meatloaf. Get the recipe here

20.

Italian-Style Spaghetti Squash With Tempeh

Tempeh’s not for everyone, but with 31 grams of protein per cup, the dense, nutty meat alternative is worth trying at least once. Get the recipe here

21.

Trisha Yearwood’s Black Bean Lasagna

Okay, so you’ll need to use whole wheat pasta and have a large serving to get the full 18g of protein, but when a country music legend shares a recipe, you do what you gotta do to make it work. Get the recipe here

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