7 High-Protein Vegetarian Dinners

Veggie-up the tasty way with these entrees.

Is it time to add new vegetarian recipes to your roster? Do you want to dip your toes into a vegetarian lifestyle? These 7 high-protein vegetarian dinners offer tasty, nutritious options for your healthy menu planning.

There are ways to lose weight and nourish your body without resorting to complicated diet plans. One of those ways is to choose a vegetarian lifestyle. About six to eight million Americans do not eat poultry, fish or meat. Millions more eat fish or chicken but avoid red meat [1].

Research confirms that eliminating meat offers health benefits. Vegetarians may have a lower risk for heart attack and other cardiac events. They may also be less vulnerable to type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

One potential downside to committing to a vegetarian menu is the challenge of getting the protein needed to build lean muscle and support body systems. However, by regularly choosing the right high-protein foods, including those in the high-protein vegetarian dinners below, you can consume enough of this essential nutrient. Vegetarian protein sources include lentils, beans, chickpeas, and whole grains.
1. Healthy Mexican Black Bean Casserole

15 grams of protein per serving
Black beans make this a meaty dinner entrée. The ingredients combine in minutes for super-easy prep that’s perfect for any busy weeknight.
2. Quinoa and Veggie Sliders
Quinoa and Veggie Sliders Recipe

15 grams of protein per serving
Get your grains on with this healthy version of the pub food classic. Delish high-protein vegetarian dinners like this one get their protein power from quinoa and chickpeas.
3. Spiral Vegetable Ricotta Pie
Spiral Vegetable Ricotta Pie

13 grams of protein per serving
This vegetarian dish will impress anyone at your table. The gourmet presentation is worthy of a magazine cover! The playful dish offers plenty of healthy ingredients, including zucchini, carrots, and eggplant.
4. Asparagus and Pine Nut Frittata

18 grams of protein per serving
Dig into this healthy frittata recipe. It’s yummy and satisfying enough to serve any time of day.
5. Pearl Barley and Vegetable Minestrone
Pearl Barley and Vegetable Minestrone

17 grams of protein per serving
High-protein vegetarian dinners like this one are so tasty, you won’t miss the meat one bit! This recipe offers loads of superfoods, including cabbage and Swiss chard.
6. Zucchini Crusted Pizza
Zucchini Crusted Pizza

17 grams of protein per serving
Yes, pizza! Don’t deprive yourself of the flavor you crave. Prepare this recipe made with healthy, clean-eating ingredients.
7. Hearty Lentil and Vegetable Soup
Hearty Lentil and Vegetable Soup

15 grams of protein per serving
From carrots to onions to lentils, this tummy-filling soup recipe is high in nutrients and flavor.


[1] Harvard Health

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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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