10 Protein-Packed Plant-Based Dinners

10 Protein-Packed Plant-Based Dinners

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Sheela Prakash
Oct 19, 2017
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Eating a diet that's more focused on vegetables seems like a challenge when it comes to getting enough protein on your plate. The truth is, however, that there are plenty of plant-based protein sources that are just as hearty and satisfying — sometimes even so when you still want to add some meat for flavor.

Inspired by some of the principles of plant-based eating, we rounded up 10 great recipes that focus on these vegetable proteins so you can bring more of them to the dinner table.

1. Sheet Pan Honey-Sesame Tofu and Green Beans

Thick triangles of tofu make this one-pan dinner filling enough all on its own, but feel free to serve it over some brown rice to make it even heartier.

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2. Slow Cooker Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew

This creamy (without cream, thanks to coconut milk) meatless stew is packed with bell peppers, cauliflower, spinach, tomatoes, and protein-rich chickpeas.

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3. Tomato-Braised Lentil with Broccoli Rabe

A big bowl of lentils topped with greens may seem a little ho-hum, but when the lentils are cooked like risotto and finished with a splash of heavy cream, it's anything but.

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4. Caesar White Bean Burgers

These Caesar salad-inspired bean burgers deliver so much flavor that serving them on a bun with the usual accompaniments is truly optional. Try one on top of a salad or alongside roasted vegetables as well.

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5. Upside-Down Chicken Curry Bowl

While this salad does indeed include chicken, the meat is more of a garnish than the main attraction, leaving the focus on the veggies and lentils.

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6. Quinoa Bowl with Kung Pao Edamame

This colorful grain bowl is a powerhouse of three kinds of plant-based protein: quinoa, edamame, and peanuts.

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7. Fridge-Clearing Lentil Soup

This vegetable-packed lentil soup calls for just a little bacon or pancetta to give it a smoky, deep flavor, but feel free to leave it out if you'd like. Finish the bowl with a dollop of yogurt for an extra dose of protein.

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8. Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Filling these peppers with a mix of quinoa and black beans ensures they have enough protein in them to keep you satisfied.

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9. Sweet Potato-Chickpea Patties with Sriracha-Yogurt Dip

These fritters get an extra boost of protein from the yogurt dipping sauce. Feel free to enjoy them on their own, with nothing but a simple green salad, or stuff them into pita halves to make them handheld.

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10. Tofu Chickpea Stir-Fry with Tahini Sauce

This vegan stir-fry has layer upon layer of plant-based protein. Tofu and chickpeas and paired with a ginger-spiced tahini sauce and served over fluffy quinoa.

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