I admit that I used to be one of those people who drove my vegetarian friends crazy with questions like, “But how do you get enough protein?” Like most of society, I carried around the belief that the only real way to get all the protein we need for optimal functioning was through animal products. Well my friends, after years of digging deeper into the issue, my eyes have been opened to the fact that through a diet rich in vegetables, legumes, good grains, seeds and nuts, our bodies will easily get all the amino acids (which form a “complete” protein) it needs, and there are major benefits to eating a plant-based diet, both for our bodies and for the planet.
While I do incorporate small amounts of meat and fish into my diet a few times a week, many more of our meals these days are getting all their nutrients from plant-based sources.
Keep scrolling for my current favorite recipes that feature protein-packed meatless mains, and I’d love to hear if you guys are giving vegetarianism a try!
Spicy Black Bean Tacos with Corn Salsa & Avocado, from The Awesome Green
Loaded Mediterranean Street Cart Fries, from A Pinch of Yum
Sushi Bowl with Miso Glazed Eggplant, from Goop
Sesame Shiitakes and Bok Choy, from Scaling Back
Roasted Sweet Potato Pitas with Arugula and Garlic Dressing, from Salt & Lavender
Rainbow Grain Bowl Potluck Party
Chickpea Bean Bowl with Toasted Breadcrumbs & Dill Tahini, from Dolly & Oatmeal
Mango & Coconut Soba Noodle Salad
Mean Green Vegetable Detox Soup, from Half Baked Harvest
Green Bean & Shallot Ravioli Salad, from Whole Living
Mole-Spiced Chickpea & Grilled Zucchini Tacos, from Snixy Kitchen
Quinoa Bowl with Harissa Roasted Veggies, Avocado, & Fried Egg
Roast Cauliflower Steaks with Kale & Lentils, from The Last Food Blog
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili
Mushroom Lentil Spaghetti “Bolognese”, from Love & Lemons