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Thursday, November 27, 2014

21 Meals With Tons Of Protein And No Meat

1. Bean, Kale, and Egg Stew

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

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

Black Bean, Arugula, and Poached Egg Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
 
Between the black beans, the egg, and mmm… Fontina cheese (7 grams of proteinper 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

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

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

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie With Seitan
 
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

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

8. Bean-Kale Burgers With Sweet Potato Wedges

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

Brown Butter, Peas, and Mint Omelette
 
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

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

Egg in a Basket Grilled Cheese with Asparagus
 
Perfect for impressing the vegetarian you’re waking up next to, the egg (6g), Gruyère (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

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

Corn Meal and Oat Waffle Mix
 
Sick of eggs for breakfast? Oats and corn meal will take care of you. Recipe available here.

14. Barley Risotto with Beans and Greens

Barley Risotto with Beans and Greens
 
Barley risotto: perfect for the ambitious, healthy-ish vegetarian cook. Recipe available here.

15. Vegan Tacos

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

16. Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe

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, and Lentil Mung Bean Linguine

Leek, Artichoke, and 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 and Quinoa With Chickpeas and Spinach

Baked Tofu and 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

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

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

Trisha Yearwood's Black Bean Lasagna
 
OK, 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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