If you’re vegan, there are two things you’re probably worried about at any given moment: the price of avocados and if you’re getting enough protein.
I can’t help you with avocado sticker shock, but if you need more protein in your life, you’ve come to the right place.
“The Institutes of Medicine recommend 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight for a sedentary woman,” says says Marisa Moore, RDN. Meaning you’ll need a minimum of at least 50 grams of protein per day—and it’s a good idea to take in more if you’re active.
That might sound like a lot, especially when you’re living your best vegan life, but there are plenty of plant-based sources of protein—and ways you can make them taste totally delicious (here for it!).
Each of these recipes has more than 15 grams of protein—and some have more than 25 grams. Plus, since they’re plant-centric, they come with tons of other health bennies.
The only issue? Which one you’ll make first.
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Easy Vegetarian Chili
Two “secret” ingredients give this veggie chili its distinctive flavor: peanut butter and cocoa powder, which, FYI, has a surprising amount of protein (1 gram per tablespoon).
Per serving: 363 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 59 g carbs, 577 mg sodium, 10 g sugar, 16 g fiber, 19 g protein
Ultimate Mediterranean Bowl
Bowls are so in right now, and this one really brings it: Homemade vegan falafel, fresh tabbouleh, hummus, and mixed greens give it almost an entire day’s worth of fiber.
Per serving: 644 calories, 33 g fat (4 g saturated), 73 g carbs, 945 mg sodium, 13 g sugar, 23 g fiber, 25 g protein
Vegan Jalapeño Chickpea Mac and Cheese
Vegans who grew up on the blue boxes from Kraft, this one’s for you. The recipe may need air quotes around the word “cheese,” but it’s as ooey-gooey as any we’ve seen.
Per serving: 431 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated), 69 g carbs, 440 mg sodium, 2.5 g sugar, 17 g fiber, 27 g protein
BBQ Bean Bowl with Cornbread and Coleslaw
All of the saucy goodness of something from your favorite barbecue joint, minus the post-dinner tummy ache you get from the fatty, meaty stuff.
Per serving: 764 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated), 124 g carbs, 934 mg sodium, 29 g sugar, 19 g fiber, 25 g protein
Nourishing Curried Lentil And Sweet Potato Bowl
Cauliflower rice and kale are the perfect base for this exotic twist on a grain bowl.
Per serving: 512 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated), 74 g carbs, 561 mg sodium, 13 g sugar, 26 g fiber, 24 g protein
Moroccan Spiced Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
Sweet potato mash that’s loaded with spices like cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon help make this the healthiest shepherd’s pie you’ve ever had.
Per serving: 535 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated), 94 g carbs, 595 mg sodium, 12 g sugar, 32 g fiber, 25 g protein
Roasted Veggie Brown Rice Bowl
Unsolicited advice: Double the recipe for the creamy sweet tahini dressing that tops this bowl because you’re definitely going to want to put it on everything.
Per serving: 543 calories, 16 g fat (2 g saturated), 84 g carbs, 585 mg sodium, 24 g sugar, 23 g fiber, 25 g protein
Almond Butter Tofu Stirfry
Tofu is anything but boring when it’s marinated in low-sodium tamari, maple syrup, and almond butter. Serve it stir-fried with veggies and your favorite type of rice.
Per serving: 436 calories, 23 g fat (4 g saturated), 40 g carbs, 1,437 mg sodium, 20 g sugar, 10 g fiber, 23 g protein
Spicy Sweet Potato And Green Rice Burrito Bowls
Pro tip: Toast the rice before cooking it. It’ll take your burrito bowl from okay to ?.
Per serving: 784 calories, 27 g fat (4 g saturated), 119 g carbs, 1,104 mg sodium, 8 g sugar, 21 g fiber, 21 g protein
Baked Tofu Chunks with Cajun Spice Dry Rub
Throw them on top of a salad for a quick lunch or dinner.
Per serving: 212 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated), 15 g carbs, 299 mg sodium, 2 g sugar, 6 g fiber, 20 g protein
Vegan Macadamia Coconut Tofu Bowls
Are you tired of tofu yet? Trust me, this tropical version will fix that. It’s the perfect complement to macadamia nuts, sweet potatoes, and brown rice.
Per serving: 489 calories, 23 g fat (10 g saturated), 57 g carbs, 485 mg sodium, 6 g sugar, 8 g fiber, 16 g protein
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