100+ High-Protein Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes

Psst … vegans and vegetarians. The next time someone asks you how you get your protein, just link them to this post. Maybe with a follow-up “BOOM.” Or … you know … perhaps just the link is sufficient. 😉

It’s been pretty well shown that it’s actually difficult NOT to get enough protein when you’re eating a vegan or vegetarian diet. But some of us (myself included) do operate better on more protein. It helps us feel satisfied, keeps us fuller longer, and perhaps (again speaking for myself) makes us less likely to reach for empty carbs.

I’m always on the hunt for (mostly) plant-based, protein-rich recipes – in fact, I love creating them so much, I have an entire category dedicated to it on this here blog!

For the new year, I thought I’d round up some of my favorite high-protein vegetarian and vegan recipes – featuring many from my blog, and a ton more from blogging friends (okay, and one from Martha Stewart, who I would like to be my friend).

But first, let’s talk about the protein sources. What are they, exactly?

Well, first and foremost, we’ve got lentils. Every day I fall a little more in love with lentils. There are so many delicious ways to prepare them, and I’m blown away by the protein, fiber, and overall nutrition in these things. 1/2 cup cooked lentils is only about 170 calories, yet contains 14 grams fiber, 12 grams protein, and 20% of the recommended daily allowance of iron. And they’re so filling.

100+ High-Protein Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes. Amazing resource! Chilis, curries, soups, stews, salads, and more.

And then beans, of course – black beans, cannellini beans, chickpeas …  beans are a powerhouse of protein, and they can be delicious to boot. Also falling into the legume category are peas and peanuts – personally I always think of peas as a vegetable so I have a bit of an “oh yeah!” moment when I think of peas as a protein source. But one cup of peas boasts nearly 8 grams of protein. Not too shabby!

And soy – edamame and tofu. If you’re worried about GMOs when it comes tofu, reach for Nasoya brand organic tofu – my go-to brand, and non-GMO. I adore both tofu and edamame. Tofu is so unbelievably versatile. Edamame is great to have cooked in the fridge so I can reach for it when I need a protein-packed pick-me-up.

What else? Well, nuts and seeds (chia seeds are my fave – 2 tablespoons have 4 grams protein). And some grains out there are steadily gaining attention for being high in protein – quinoa (technically a seed) has been around for awhile; farro and sorghum are gaining momentum.

And then, of course, if you’re a lacto-vegetarian (lacto = dairy), you probably know dairy, too, can be an excellent source of protein. 1 cup of Greek yogurt contains around 25 grams of the stuff!

Yup, protein can be found everywhere – not just in meat. And these 100+ recipes are proof! Shall we get to it?

100+ High-Protein Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes. Amazing resource! Chilis, curries, soups, stews, salads, and more.

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Soups & Stews

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100+ High-Protein Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes. Amazing resource! Chilis, curries, soups, stews, salads, and more.

Simple Lentil Vegetable Soup

Chilis

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100+ High-Protein Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes. Amazing resource! Chilis, curries, soups, stews, salads, and more.

Slow Cooker Tangy Baked Bean Chili

Curries

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Easy Sweet Potato & Lentil Curry

Pastas & Pasta Sauce

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100+ High-Protein Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes. Amazing resource! Chilis, curries, soups, stews, salads, and more.

Curry Mac & Cheese

Rice & Grains

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Scrambled Tofu Fried Rice

Salads

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Black-Eyed-Pea Good Luck Salad

Bowls

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Fall Farro Protein Bowl

Burgers & Sandwiches

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes

Stir Fries

Shepherd’s Pie

Scrambles

Loafs

100+ High-Protein Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes. Amazing resource! Chilis, curries, soups, stews, salads, and more.

Cauliflower Lentil Loaf

Fritters, Falafel & Bites

100+ High-Protein Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes. Amazing resource! Chilis, curries, soups, stews, salads, and more.

Gochujang Bean Balls

And More, More, More!

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Turmeric Roasted Chickpea Carrot Salad

Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.