12 Protein-Packed Vegetarian Dinners
We’re opting for a plant-based meal plan this week. We want to recharge our batteries and give our digestive tract a break by sticking to a clean, organic, whole-food diet. Of course, just because we’re cracking down on our eating habits this week doesn’t mean we can do without protein. So we put together a collection of protein-packed plant-based meals that are sure to keep us going strong all week long. We challenge you to take the plant-based eating challenge with us. Scroll through for our favorite recipes, and get ready to restart your healthy lifestyle.
This wonderfully cozy but easy-to-make dish can be made with canned or dry chickpeas. For the lablabi, mash garlic and salt together before sautéing with a medley of spices. This will give the dish a depth of flavor that you wouldn’t normally taste. Serve the stew with a chunk of toasted baguette for an extra-comforting garnish.
This recipe melds two timely food-related topics—the Mediterranean diet, and fall’s beloved sweet potato. All you need are a couple of baked sweet potatoes, some seasoned chickpeas, a garlic-herb sauce, and a parsley-tomato salad for garnish.
If you’re looking for something original, tasty, and totally unexpected, try this charred-broccoli-and-tofu-stuffed avocado recipe. Feel free to add a cooked grain like quinoa or faro to the tofu stuffing for an extra-satisfying meal.
You’d never expect almonds to be the secret ingredient in a veggie stew, but in this case, they will blow you away. While the nuts lend a smoky flavor, the dried Mexican oregano in this dish adds a citrusy touch, much like lemon verbena. This simple stew is so delicious and packed with veggies that you’ll be begging for seconds.
A vegetable stir-fry is the perfect dish to cook up on a cold fall evening when you’re craving comfort food but want to remain health-conscious. This recipe calls for a base of broccoli slaw instead of noodles, making it a guilt-free dinner option. Enjoy without having to indulge.
This lentil, roasted tomato, and dukka-crumbed egg dish is healthy, well-balanced, and wonderfully flavorful. The dukka crumble is made from a collection of seeds and spices, including hazelnuts, sesame seeds, black cumin, coriander, paprika, and coriander. Make a big batch and enjoy this dish several times in one week. We love that eggs serve as an excellent protein for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This saag paneer recipe is filled with superfoods—garlic, ginger, spinach, and various spices make this the perfect filling (and metabolism-boosting) meal for fall. The mild, pleasant texture of paneer cheese makes this dish feel much heartier than a basic spinach side. Serve over white or brown rice.
With more than 20 grams of protein, this spaghetti dish made with Greek yogurt tomato sauce satisfies comfort-food cravings and the limitations of a healthy diet. The yogurt-based sauce delivers a hint of vodka-sauce flavor, but with only a fraction of the calories and none of the preservatives. We’re definitely in favor of making this for Sunday dinner and saving a serving for Monday lunch.
The secret to making a vegetarian chili as good as a meat-filled version is to build flavor strategically. Start with the onions. Sauté your onions in olive oil and add your spices before cooking anything else. This will help the flavor deepen and become more complex. Trust us, after trying this dish, you will always considering the timing of your spices going forward.
We love having breakfast for dinner. And when breakfast is this protein-packed (these almond pancakes have 30 grams of protein per serving), it’s especially good. Drizzled with a creamy yogurt-based banana sauce, these healthy pancakes are a delicious way to end the day.
Together, beans and rice make a complete protein. We love how this smoky version uses chicken broth to intensify the flavor. It’s wonderfully creamy without being a calorie bomb. Make a large batch of this crowd-pleaser once at the beginning of the week and enjoy for days to come.
This traditional falafel recipe requires only 10 ingredients and takes about five minutes to sauté. But the key to this recipe is the garlic-dill sauce. Creamy, zesty, and super satisfying, this dish is the perfect vegetarian dinner recipe.
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