It鈥檚 no secret that the one concern聽with eating a plant-based diet is the lack of protein. While there are some amazing sources through soybeans, quinoa, and pulses, quite often there aren鈥檛 enough amino acids in the food to consider it a complete protein like animal products such as meat, dairy, and eggs. Keep reading to discover 15 vegetarian dinner recipes聽that will do the trick.

1.聽Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Caesar Salad:聽Vegan or not, this Caesar salad will be the center of your Italian feasts from now on. You won鈥檛 believe how creamy the cashew dressing is, and the chickpeas add a crunch that would make a crouton jealous.聽(via Oh She Glows)

2. Veggie, Hemp, and Millet Nuggets:聽These faux nuggets may not taste like chicken, but they do have almost as much protein. Pop a dish of maple mustard dipping sauce on the side, and even the kids will go to town. (via The First Mess)

3.聽Warm Buckwheat and Beetroot Salad:聽Buckwheat is a great source of plant-based protein; it鈥檚 filling and has an earthy flavor that pairs perfectly with beetroot. Top with crunchy chopped hazelnuts. (via Lazy Cat Kitchen)

4. Cajun Red Beans and Rice: This dish actually got its start because it was a healthy way to make a complete protein without the cost of meat. It鈥檚 now usually made with some form of pork added, but the vegetarian version is just as delicious while remaining protein-rich. (via The Food Blog)

5. Chickpea Quinoa Power Salad With Jalape帽o Dressing:聽This salad is powerful because it鈥檒l make you feel like you can take on the world after you eat it. Even if you think you don鈥檛 like quinoa, try it tossed with聽a ton of veggies and spicy jalape帽o dressing鈥 you鈥檒l change your mind. (via The Girl on Bloor)

6.聽Hawaiian Quinoa Bowl:聽The flavors of the islands infuse this nutritious bowl with sweetness and spice. Black beans and quinoa bring protein to the table, while honey, lime, and pineapple produce the appeal. (via Love and Zest)

7.聽Vegan Lentil Chili:聽Whether you鈥檙e vegan, vegetarian, or just an occasional meatless Monday participant, you need to stock up on lentils聽to make this vegan chili. (via Peas and Crayons)

8.聽Ginger Sesame Walnut and Hemp Seed Lettuce Wraps:聽Asian lettuce wraps are one of those restaurant聽dishes that you badly wish were vegetarian. Make this vegan version at home with a walnut and hemp filling that鈥檚 as tasty as it is healthy. (via Create Mindfully)

9.聽Greek Quinoa Bowls:聽These customizable Greek quinoa bowls will be a hit with whoever you鈥檙e cooking for. Must-have toppings include hummus, tomatoes, avocado, and plenty of pita for scooping. (via Peas and Crayons)

10.聽Mexican Zucchini Burrito Boats:聽If Chipotle is your go-to for a quick vegetarian meal, then you鈥檙e in luck. Beans and rice are a perfect complete protein combo, so it鈥檚 a safe bet when ordering out and eating at home, like with these Mexican zucchini boats. (via Making Thyme for Health)

11. Quinoa Black Bean Burgers:聽These black bean and quinoa burgers are full of spice聽and go perfectly with all the fixings. (via Yummy Healthy Easy)

12.聽Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowls:聽By now, you know that quinoa is very important in a vegetarian diet. Try using it a little differently with this spicy kimchi bowl that鈥檚 full of probiotics, protein, and vitamins. If you don鈥檛 eat eggs, you can omit them with no problem. (via Simply Quinoa)

13.聽Vegan Parmesan Cauliflower Steaks Over Hemp Pesto Zoodles:聽Say goodbye to sirloin and hello to cauliflower steaks. These are coated in a cashew and nutritional yeast 鈥渃heese鈥 and served with hemp pesto zucchini noodles. (via Emilie Eats)

14.聽Cashew Buckwheat Curry With Garlic Kale:聽Your local Indian spot doesn鈥檛 have anything on this homemade cashew buckwheat curry. Go ahead and make a double batch for those days you鈥檙e tempted by getting takeout. (via Full of Plants)

15.聽Mushroom and Garlic Buckwheat Risotto:聽You need to make this risotto for your next date night, whether your significant other is vegetarian or not. Serve with a giant salad, cheese board, and plenty of wine, and neither of you will miss the meat. (via What Makes Great)

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