Vegetarians often wonder: Is there a good way to get enough protein on a no-meat diet? The answer is yes. And right here, we’ve got your whole day covered: 20 recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and even a few bonus snacks! Full disclosure: You’re going to see a lot of quinoa here, and there’s a reason. Not only is it incredibly versatile, it has 8g of protein per cup. Chickpeas will also pop up a lot—and that’s because a half-cup packs a walloping 19g of protein. These recipes are all loaded with flavor and fun, and come together in a flash!
1 Quinoa Avocado Breakfast Protein Bowl
2 Smoky Vegan Black Bean Soup
3 Spiced Plum and Quinoa Muffins
4 Scrambled Egg Tacos
Don’t we all love breakfast-for-dinner sometimes? In 15 minutes, you have a great meal for Taco Tuesdays. Black beans and eggs give you the protein, and baby spinach sneaks some veggie power in there. Hint for easy taco-loading: Get yourself some taco stands.
5 Caprese Quinoa Bake
6 Kale and Chickpea Soup
7 Falafel Burgers
Our friends at Delish have figured out how to make falafel burgers that don’t fall apart when flipped. Genius. The protein boost (from the chickpeas and Greek yogurt) is a bonus. For a healthier meal, pair it with a whole-wheat bun, or just serve on a bed of greens. (For easy flipping, get yourself a silicone spatula!)
8 Tahini-Lemon Quinoa with Asparagus Ribbons
You new dinner go-to is here with this citrusy main dish: It’s got the quinoa, the chickpeas, and get this: pistachios for crunch. And the idea of shaved asparagus? Zoodles on a new level.
9 Lemon Blueberry Protein Pancakes
Lemony and berry-packed, these pancakes have a secret ingredient: cottage cheese. And that citrus topping is made with Greek yogurt, another secret-agent protein powerhouse.
10 Tofu Scramble Stuffed Breakfast Sweet Potato
11 Ginger Miso Udon Noodles with Five-Spice Tofu
12 Paleo Avocado Pancakes
13 Cranberry Almond Energy Bites
14 BBQ Baked Beans with Cornbread and Coleslaw
This one’s smoky, hearty, and filling. The pinto beans need to be soaked overnight, so allow that extra time. (And hey, if you go with store-bought coleslaw, we won’t tell.)
15 Moroccan Quinoa Salad
16 Beet Falafel Bowls
17 Pesto Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Kale
18 No-Bake Peanut Butter and Honey Granola Bars
19 Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Breakfast Parfait
20 Roasted Veggie Brown Rice Bowl
The secret sauce in this recipe is, literally, the sauce: a creamy sweet tahini dressing. And it’s versatile—roast whatever veggies you have on hand. Just keep the chickpeas for the protein punch.