20 Protein-Packed Meatless Dinners

By Kiersten | Last Updated: April 29, 2014

20 Protein-Packed Meatless Dinners
Contrary to popular belief, vegetarians can get enough protein in their diets without eating meat. Shocker! We wrote about sources of vegetarian protein earlier this year–lentils, beans, tempeh, tofu, and quinoa are all great ways to get your protein in. And if you need some ideas for how to use them, we’ve got those for you too. These 20 vegetarian dinner recipes all have at least 20 grams of protein per serving. Which is a lot!

Braised Lentils & Vegetables

Serve this one-pot dinner from Cafe Johnsonia with a side of crusty bread!

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As a veggie who has been trying to amp up the protein in her diet, I really appreciate this one! So many delicious-looking dinners. (And thanks so much for including my mini frittatas!)

What a fantastic batch of recipes! I’m on a lentil kick right now so I am ecstatic! Also am going to pull my tofu press back out again too. Thank you, Kiersten!
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I just wanted to say that I love your site! I could happily be vegetarian, although my family could not. But these are wonderful recipes to add to our rotation and also great things that I can bring to pot-lucks! Thank you!

Yeah, someone asked me that the other day and I couldn’t help but laugh out loud, not necessarily because of the question, but because I thought everyone knew these days that protein is so easy to come by!

What a great collection of recipes.

Robyn xx

Yeah, I’m surprised by how often I still get asked the whole “How do you get protein?” question! I do think vegetarians need to be a little more diligent about getting some with every meal, but it’s easy to do.

It’s such a common misconception that vegetarians can’t possibly get enough protein…these recipes definitely show those naysayers wrong!

So true. If only I got a nickel every time I heard the “where do you get your protein” question…

I sometimes find that instead of answering these questions with a list vegetarian high protein foods, I answer these questions with another question. Where don’t I get my protein? Did you know that all whole plant based foods have protein? Carrots, rice, broccoli, you name it. As long as you eat a range of whole plant based foods, you will get plenty of protein in your diet.

When was the last time you heard of anyone go to the hospital for protein deficiency? It doesn’t happen, because you have to be deprived of all nutrients, (aka starving), to be deprived of protein. We don’t suffer from diseases of deficiency in North America, we suffer from diseases of excess.

One day I hope the world will find out that eating vegetarian isn’t a chore, but rather a delight that will make your life so much healthier and happier. I mean just look at those amazing Sloppy Lentil Sandwiches! I’m drooling!

Off to the kitchen I go!


Yup, it’s funny how people get so fixated on the protein thing! I do make an effort to make sure I’m eating some protein-rich foods everyday (because, uh, I might have subsisted on Doritos and bagels when I first stopped eating meat–not good!), but you’re right, as long as you’re eating a lot of whole, real foods, it’s pretty easy to get your protein in.

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