High protein vegetarian meals are easier to come by than you’d think! Give your body a boost in plant-based protein with these delicious meat-free dishes.
It’s the age-old question: “How do you get enough protein?” I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question since I began my vegetarian journey. My answer is always stuffed with a list of some of my favorite high-protein foods and ingredients like beans, quinoa, and tofu, as well as high protein vegetables like broccoli, potatoes, and spinach.
Because the truth is, protein comes from more than just animals!
I decided to round up some of my favorite protein-rich meals that you can use as an easy reference for days when you need to add a little extra somethin’ to your food lineup.
So, whether you’re a full vegetarian, participate in your fair share of Meatless Mondays, or just like to enjoy meat-free dishes once in a while, check out these vegetarian meals filled with ample protein and mouth watering flavor.
Tofu is a widely versatile food that has rightfully earned its spot as a plant-based staple. This particular recipe is packed with protein by using tofu (obviously) as well as hummus to create a delish faux-egg scramble! (28.5 grams of protein)
Almonds are a tiny protein powerhouse. When combined with tofu, you know there's something special going on! These tasty little almond crushed baked tofu nuggets pair with a delicious avocado and Greek yogurt sauce for double the protein. (21 grams of protein)
Greek comfort food that doubles as a protein-filled, nutrient-rich meal? I'll take it! This recipe uses tempeh to create plant-based "lamb," in addition to a delicious creamy bechamel sauce. (26.3 grams of protein)
The perfect appetizer, snack, or side dish lies in these parmesan and almond fries. Oh, the flavor! These high-protein bites are breaded with almonds, eggs, and parmesan and are paired with a Greek yogurt sauce! (27 grams protein)
Roasted chickpea kale salad is basically a gyro unloaded into a bowl and topped with delicious tzatziki dressing! Ingredients include chickpeas, Greek yogurt, feta, and spinach, making this a protein powerhouse of a meal. (27.7 grams protein)
Taste the rainbow with this roasted veggie-packed buddha bowl! It's a delicious meal made with sweet potato, couscous, and chickpeas and is drizzled with tasty yum sauce! Don't forget the pomegranate! (22.5 grams protein)
This one is great for chilly nights. It's a quinoa veggie soup made with celery, carrots, quinoa, etc. and warm broth! It tastes like chicken noodle soup but is completely meat-free. (20.4 grams protein)
Pretty much everyone loves a good parm recipe! This one is no different, as it's cooked to perfection with eggplant slices, tomatoes, and more. To top it all off, we include a generous layer of mozzarella and parmesan cheese! (20.6 grams protein)
In my opinion, anything made with ciabatta bread is a winner! This delicious (and I mean DELICIOUS) sandwich is filled with flavorful ingredients like mozarella, eggplant, bell peppers, and more. Pesto makes it complete. (23 grams protein)
You haven't had mac and cheese until you've had it with butternut squash! This version is filled with protein because it's made with a creamy squash, cheese, and Greek yogurt blend that flavors the pasta to cheesy perfection. (20.1 grams protein)
Mushrooms are often overlooked, but not with this recipe! Enjoy a creamy and cheesy meal made with arborio rice, shallots, parmesan, butter, and mushrooms! You can also add white wine for extra flavor. (23.9 grams protein)
Grab your slow cooker and throw in some broth, potatoes, chickpeas, cheddar, and more for a lower-calorie meat-free flavorful potato soup! Is it just me, or do slow cooker recipes always taste the best? (22.7 grams protein)
You can never go wrong with a vegan soup. This white bean rendition uses veggie broth, spinach, onion, celery, and plenty of garlic to create a flavor bomb that's just as warm and cozy as it is delicious! (23.6 grams protein)
These tempeh tacos are veggie tacos with a bit of extra oomph. They're filled with spice-seasoned tempeh and topped with a deliciously fruity avocado kiwi salsa. They're not your average veggie tacos! (24 grams protein)
I often call tempeh the best vegetarian comfort food, because it is! Season it a certain way and it tastes absolutely indulgent. For this recipe, we're slapping it on a roll alongside provolone cheese, veggies, and dressing for a delicious buffalo tempeh sandy! (26.2 grams protein)
Everyone loves a good tender, whether it's tempeh or actual meat! These meat-free buffalo tenders are crispy, delicious, and downright perfect when slathered with creamy buffalo sauce. (28.9 grams protein)
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