Protein is one of the most vital nutrients that your body needs to perform its best. This powerful source of nourishment helps the body repair muscles and give it the energy it needs to keep going.
Where do we typically find protein? Meat, chicken, pork, and fish have the highest volumes of protein per serving.
Don’t eat meat? Don’t fret. There are many other sources of protein that cater to your vegetarian lifestyle. Here are seven meatless proteins that you can slip into your diet today!
7 Meatless Proteins Vegetarians Will Love
Quinoa is an excellent source of protein for vegetarians. Not only does it contain a high amount of protein, but also is low in cholesterol. It packs in a plethora of iron and fiber too, making it one of the best grains for non meat eaters.
If you’re new to quinoa, try using it in dishes as a replacement for rice. Our chefs have recreated the popular burrito bowl with new flavors—pesto, mushrooms, spinach, and quinoa. The pesto sauce coats this grain, giving it a familiar flavor you’ll love.
You may not know it, but green peas are packed with protein. One cup of peas has the same amount of protein as one cup of milk. While these veggies may be hard for some to take, they can be a great addition to your diet. Rather than serving them as a side, try disguising them in another dish. This mushroom risotto is the perfect example. The hearty flavors of the mushrooms, garlic, thyme, and shallots can overpower the taste of the peas, allowing you to sneak in protein.
Try it: Mushroom Risotto with Peas
Nuts and Nut Butter
Nuts and nut butter are other great sources of protein. Rather than slathering it on toast, try using it for dinner. Our recipe partner, Soy Vay has brought this Peanut Noodle Salad to our kitchen, giving vegetarians a creamy dinner option. Using natural peanut butter, you’ll create a sweet and spicy, protein-packed sauce to drown your noodles in.
Try it: Peanut Noodle Salad
There are many different varieties of beans out there, and all are filled with high levels of protein. Black beans, soybeans, pinto beans, and more are all great sources of protein for vegetarians. Beans can be eaten as a side or added to a main dish for extra flavor.
This dish from Myron Mixon puts a whole new spin on baked beans.
Try it Peach Black Beans
Like beans, chickpeas are used in many different ways. Blend them up to create a DIY hummus, roast them for a crunchy protein-packed snack, or boil them and toss them in a salad—the possibilities are truly endless.
While it may not look too appealing at first glance, tofu can be one of the most versatile sources of protein for vegetarians. Tofu takes on the flavors that accompany it, so you can really have some fun in the kitchen. Crumble it up with taco seasoning for Taco Tuesday, let it marinate in soy sauce and brown sugar for an Asian stir fry, or do what AllRecipes did and use it as a substitute in your curry vindaloo.
What is tempeh? Tempeh is a fermented soybean cake that is commonly found as a protein replacement in many Indonesian dishes. Similar to tofu, tempeh can be crumbled, cubed, sliced, or cooked whole. We’ve partnered with Dr. Oz to bring one of his famous recipes to life using tempeh. This Roasted Vegetable and Tempeh Bowl is a great way to get a boost of protein in your diet. Quinoa, tempeh, and loads of veggies create a powerful bowl that the whole family will love.