Vegetarian food is delicious, but sometimes it leaves a little something to be desired. (You know when you eat a big bowl of veggies and feel fabulous, and then an hour later it’s like you never even had dinner? Yeah, that.) The key is to include high-protein veggies to keep you full well beyond mealtime. Below, 15 protein-focused lunch and dinner ideas that are also extremely tasty.
Cheese, beans and avocado add 16 grams of protein to this ridiculously tasty quesadilla. It’s fun to share, but we don’t blame you if you want to keep it all for yourself.
Chickpeas are packed with protein, and this vegetarian curry is a super satisfying way to end the day.
A homemade veggie burger always trumps a frozen patty. This vegan version packs in so much good stuff, plus a whopping 16 grams of protein per serving.
Sometimes you’re in the mood for a lighter meal but still want to feel full, and this soup is here for you. The 11 grams of protein mainly come from tofu cubes, which slurp up so deliciously with the noodles.
These crispy little tofu nuggets can be served on top of a salad, on the side of pretty much anything or mixed into your favorite stir-fry or soup. So basically, it’s the most versatile, protein-packed recipe you’ll ever make.
Ground seitan plus tofu sour cream bring both the protein and flavor to this taco bowl created by vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli.
One pot, lots of protein. This meal takes about 15 minutes to prep, less than an hour to cook and far less time to eat.
Vegan protein powder adds a whopping 18 grams of protein to this robust and beautiful low-carb curry.
Quinoa and black beans are a spot-on sub for meat in this recipe. Serve them on a sandwich, with pasta or in a grain bowl, and don’t be shy with the cheese if you’re a dairy eater.
Wild rice is naturally high in protein and fiber, and it’s just as satisfying as any other grain. This easy casserole is gooey, crisp and kind of mind-blowing.
A genius vegan version of the famously meat-packed sandwich that’s totally better than the OG. (Add a few slices of cheese for added protein.)
Just a few pulses of walnuts and cauliflower in the blender and you’re on your way to a vegetarian taco filling that also works in burritos, salads and more.
The best part about this recipe? It’s so damn versatile. The veggie can be swapped out, the peanut sauce can be saved for dipping and most of the ingredients add a dash of protein.
Made primarily of chickpeas, this crisp oven-baked falafel will fill you up quickly (which is a shame, because we want to eat it all day long).
Nothing against marinara, but why not keep your spaghetti company with this hearty sauce that’s actually satiating and full of fiber and protein?