As a vegan, I often get the question, “Where do you get your protein?” If you are newly vegan and you haven’t been asked this question yet, you will. So be ready for it.
Truthfully, we don’t need as much protein as the diet and fitness industry constantly tells us. You still need to make sure you are getting enough protein if you are on a plant diet. But chances are, you are already getting plenty.
What I have done is put together five delicious protein-rich vegan recipes to fuel your active lifestyle. These dishes are full of plant protein that will keep you satisfied and happy.
1. Teriyaki Tempeh Lettuce Wraps
I love tempeh for several reasons. Of course, it tastes incredible. It’s loaded with protein and made from fermented soybeans.
I will often fry some up with some spices and have it for lunch. But I’ve decided to get a little creative with this recipe for teriyaki tempeh lettuce wraps.
What’s great about this recipe is that it tastes unhealthy! It is so much like a Chinese takeout. It comes together in about a half-hour, too, so it’s quick.
If you prefer to use tortilla instead of lettuce for your wrap, you certainly can. It would also taste great over a bed of rice, so you have your options.
2. Sugar Snap Pea and Carrot Soba Noodles
This dish is pretty awesome, and it contains way more than noodles! Can we say greens? Once you have the veggies prepared and the dressing made up, it’s all easy street from there.
This healthy soba recipe is loaded with springtime vegetables but feel free to use anything you want, such as bell pepper. This recipe is best the first time around, so if it’s only you, just cut the recipe down.
3. Quinoa Stuffed Pepper
Eating fewer animal products can often make you feel like you haven’t eaten enough. But these stuffed peppers are healthy, filling, and yummy. You probably have most of these ingredients at home.
The filling is amazing on its own, quinoa cooked in veggie stock with spices, beans, and more.
These can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and will satisfy even the pickiest meat eater.
4. Tuscan Kale and Lentil Soup
This may be a vegan meal, but it will keep you full for a long time! It’s also super healthy and perfect for a weeknight dinner or lunch. It’s ready in less than an hour too!
One side note is that you don’t have to soak the lentils ahead of time. They can simply be rinsed and tossed into the recipe.
5. Vegan Enchillada Cassorole
This casserole packs a huge punch of black beans, corn tortillas, vegan cheese, and enchilada sauce. This recipe is one of my new favorites. You will be in for a real treat.
Requiring just 10 ingredients, this recipe is extremely versatile. You can play around with the ingredients to make it your own.
If you aren’t a fan of pepper, use summer squash. If you don’t have black beans lying around, grab a different kind. It’s honestly so flexible, even if you aren’t up for all the assembly.
I really hope you enjoy these recipes. Protein is key, but it’s not something to obsess over. You are most likely getting more than enough protein already! Each of these recipes has a solid punch of filling protein that you would swear you were eating a meat product. Enjoy and don’t forget to leave room for dessert!