It is actually not difficult to get in enough protein on a vegan diet! Here is a collection of 35 high protein vegan dinner recipes that are incredibly hearty and filling. They are also easy to make, and most of them are great for meal prep too.
Contrary to popular belief, it is actually pretty easy to consume enough protein on a vegan diet! There are tons of plant foods that are a good source of protein, plus things like meat alternatives and plant protein powders are also readily available in the market.
🌱Sources of plant based protein
Tempeh, tofu and other soy products
Soy products are one of the most common sources of plant protein, and rightfully so! They are cheap, easily accessible, and incredibly versatile too. Other than tempeh and tofu, soy curls, TVP (textured vegetable protein), and edamame also originate from soybeans too.
Seitan has been growing in popularity as a meat substitute due to its chewy meat-like texture. Made from vital wheat gluten, they are super high in protein and contain around 25g of protein per 3.5 oz serving.
Although they are available in most well-stocked groceries, I highly recommend making your own homemade seitan. They are not only cheaper but taste way better too!
Beans and lentils
In general, all beans and lentils contain a significant amount of protein. Some of my favorites include chickpeas, black beans, red lentils, and kidney beans.
If you can't be bothered to make your own meal or are looking for something convenient, there are tons of mock meats and meat substitutes in the market that are decently high in protein! You will want to check the nutrition facts first before purchasing if you are serious about getting in more protein.
Some of my favorite brands include Beyond Meat, Quorn (not all are vegan, so do check ingredient labels first), Gardein, and Tofurky.
If you are still struggling with your protein intake, try supplementing your diet with protein powder! Apart from using them to make shakes and smoothies, you can incorporate them into cooking and baking.
✔Tips to get in more protein
- Center meal around a protein source - Pick and choose what you would like to be your main protein source, before pulling together other sides that compliment it. This helps ensure that you are getting in a decent amount of protein in every meal!
- Top your meals with high protein toppings - Although you won't be getting in huge amounts of protein by doing so, it will definitely add up! Some of my personal favorite includes roasted lentils, dry roasted edamame, and vegan bacon bits.
- Don't forget the snacks - Try incorporating some sort of protein into your snacks! Some high protein snacks I like to have include protein granola, chocolate protein mug cake, and cashew tofu ricotta to dip crackers or veggie sticks.
- Swap everyday ingredients with their higher protein alternatives - Some example includes using chickpea or protein pasta instead of normal pasta, swapping normal chips with lentil chips, and making your own chickpea tortilla or red lentil tortilla instead of wheat tortilla.
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I hope you find this post helpful and informative! If you do try any one of these recipes or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. I love hearing from you.🙂