Protein is essential for muscle growth, fat loss, energy levels, and overall health. It’s easy to get plenty of protein if you eat meat and fish. If you’re vegetarian, however, you might struggle to get enough protein in your diet. Don’t worry! There are tons of great ways for vegetarians to pack in the protein. Eggs, tofu, tempeh, beans, lentils, and chickpeas are all great sources of protein. They’re also inexpensive, which makes it easy to eat clean on a budget. Here are 20 protein-packed vegetarian recipes to give your body the fuel it needs.
These cheesy, veggie lasagna rolls pack in a whopping 21 grams of protein per serving. They’re also easy to freeze, so you can keep some on hand for busy nights.
Black beans are a great source of protein, and they make a delicious filling for quesadillas.
Casseroles can be heavy and high in calories and fat. This one is made with black beans, whole-grain tortillas, and sugar-free salsa, which makes it none of the above!
Quinoa is rich in protein, fiber, and antioxidants. It makes a great substitute for rice, since it has a similar texture but more nutrients.
This cheesy quinoa enchilada bake is packed with nutrients and flavor. Its high protein count comes from quinoa, black beans, and cheddar cheese. It also has avocado, for your omega-3 fatty acids, an onion, a jalapeño, and some olives, for a tang.