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.
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.
This creamy (without cream, thanks to coconut milk) meatless stew is packed with bell peppers, cauliflower, spinach, tomatoes, and protein-rich chickpeas.
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.
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.
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.
This colorful grain bowl is a powerhouse of three kinds of plant-based protein: quinoa, edamame, and peanuts.
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.
Filling these peppers with a mix of quinoa and black beans ensures they have enough protein in them to keep you satisfied.
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.
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.