It’s no secret that the one concern 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’t 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 that will do the trick.
1. Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Caesar Salad: Vegan or not, this Caesar salad will be the center of your Italian feasts from now on. You won’t believe how creamy the cashew dressing is, and the chickpeas add a crunch that would make a crouton jealous. (via Oh She Glows)
2. Veggie, Hemp, and Millet Nuggets: 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. Warm Buckwheat and Beetroot Salad: Buckwheat is a great source of plant-based protein; it’s 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’s 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 Jalapeño Dressing: This salad is powerful because it’ll make you feel like you can take on the world after you eat it. Even if you think you don’t like quinoa, try it tossed with a ton of veggies and spicy jalapeño dressing… you’ll change your mind. (via The Girl on Bloor)
6. Hawaiian Quinoa Bowl: 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)
8. Ginger Sesame Walnut and Hemp Seed Lettuce Wraps: Asian lettuce wraps are one of those restaurant dishes that you badly wish were vegetarian. Make this vegan version at home with a walnut and hemp filling that’s as tasty as it is healthy. (via Create Mindfully)
9. Greek Quinoa Bowls: These customizable Greek quinoa bowls will be a hit with whoever you’re cooking for. Must-have toppings include hummus, tomatoes, avocado, and plenty of pita for scooping. (via Peas and Crayons)
10. Mexican Zucchini Burrito Boats: If Chipotle is your go-to for a quick vegetarian meal, then you’re in luck. Beans and rice are a perfect complete protein combo, so it’s a safe bet when ordering out and eating at home, like with these Mexican zucchini boats. (via Making Thyme for Health)
12. Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowls: 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’s full of probiotics, protein, and vitamins. If you don’t eat eggs, you can omit them with no problem. (via Simply Quinoa)
13. Vegan Parmesan Cauliflower Steaks Over Hemp Pesto Zoodles: Say goodbye to sirloin and hello to cauliflower steaks. These are coated in a cashew and nutritional yeast “cheese” and served with hemp pesto zucchini noodles. (via Emilie Eats)
14. Cashew Buckwheat Curry With Garlic Kale: Your local Indian spot doesn’t have anything on this homemade cashew buckwheat curry. Go ahead and make a double batch for those days you’re tempted by getting takeout. (via Full of Plants)
15. Mushroom and Garlic Buckwheat Risotto: 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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