Making sure that you’re getting enough protein can be difficult when you’re on a vegetarian diet. After all, the main sources of protein come from meat, meaning that you have to stick to certain foods and supplements. You also might not be an experienced chef, making things even more difficult. However, there are some recipes that are packed with protein while still being meatless and easy to make. Here are five of those recipes that you’re sure to love once you try them out.
5. Broccoli Casserole
A casserole is a great main dish that you don’t have to put a lot of preparation time into while still being able to get a filling dish that serves an entire family twice over. To make a perfect broccoli casserole, you’ll also need a cup of quinoa. There are other ingredients in the mix that include Greek yogurt, milk, pepper, garlic and onion powder, so if you’re vegan it isn’t the best option, but vegetarians will enjoy this dish tremendously.
4. Bean and Potato Tacos
We all love tacos, and if you’re a vegetarian, it’s one of those things that you miss the absolute most. Never to fear, you can still make tacos if you’re vegetarian, they’ll just be a little bit different. Instead of using meat and a lot of the grease that comes with it, try using black beans and sweet potatoes. That combination is filled with protein and fiber, allowing you to get that full feeling that tacos usually provide. Throw in some salsa, onions, peppers or whatever ingredients you want and it will be like you’re not missing meat at all.
3. Vegan Chickpea Meatballs
If you’re looking for a recipe that’s not only high in protein and vegetarian friendly but also doesn’t contain any dairy, try this vegan chickpea meatball recipe that’s made from chickpeas and quinoa. You’ll need one can of chickpeas, one cup of quinoa to make your meatballs. You’ll also want to include pecans, bread crumbs and all of the seasoning that you’d like. To really spice things up, you can make a polenta to go with it using vegetable stock and dairy free cheese and butter.
2. Lentil Pancakes
When you’re in a breakfast mood and really want some protein, you’re pretty much limited to sausage and bacon. However, you can still get all the protein you need and great flavor while still going meatless. Take a banana, a half cup of lentils, Greek yogurt and a few other ingredients and blend them together. Pour the blend onto a non-stick pan and cook the mixture into pancakes. You can top these off with fruit or yogurt to really make them flavorful for a great start to your day.
1. Farmer’s Breakfast
Lentil pancakes aren’t the only thing that can satisfy all of your vegetarian protein needs during breakfast time. Try out this classic farmer’s breakfast with some familiar ingredients. Two potatoes, some olive oil, onion, eggs, rosemary, basil, salt and pepper all combine with a quarter cup of mozzarella to establish a strong start to your day. It’s only about 30 minutes from start to finish to make this breakfast, and at 540 calories with a ton of protein you’ll be good to go.