plant based protein recipes

One common misconception in the general population is that plants do not contain protein. In other words, vegans and vegetarians risk their health by not consuming these nutrients, which are essential for survival.

In fact, plant protein seems to work better in lowering cardiovascular disease risk in comparison to animal protein. Today, we intend to debunk some myths and present you with 50+ recipes full of plant proteins.

1Kale Salad with Chickpeas and Avocado

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Packing over 20 g of protein per serving, this salad mixes one of the most nutritious green on Earth – kale – with crunchy protein-rich chickpeas. The added avocado adds a boost of fiber and healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.

2Grilled Cauliflower Hummus Sandwich

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This breakfast wonder contains arugula, avocado, cauliflower, garlic, onion, hummus, tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice. It packs not only flavor and texture, but also enough protein to keep you active until lunchtime.

3Easy Vegan Chili

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Make a killer chili from quinoa, black, kidney, and pinto beans, corn kernels, peppers, spices, onion, celery and garlic, tomatoes, and chili. Top the dish with healthy avocado and you have over 15 g of protein per serving with a load of fibers, minerals, and delicious vitamins.

4Banana Raisin Oat Cookies

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You can have them for breakfast, as a snack, or as a healthy kids’ party treat. Bananas, raisins, peanut butter, and oat pack a full punch of plant protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. For a refreshing, sweet taste, eat them with fresh grapes.

5Edgy Enchilada

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Use soft tortillas and fill them with a sweet potato, roasted red pepper, sun-dried tomato, and black bean sauce. Top with avocado, cashew, lime, garlic, green onion, and red pepper flakes.

6Turkish Lentil Soup

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Red lentils, carrots, onions, and herbs make an amazing source of flavor, protein and vitamins. Do not forget about some lemon and smoked paprika!

7Roasted Veggie Salad

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Bring together asparagus, avocado, cauliflower heads, garlic, mushrooms, and sesame seeds in an oven tray. Rub them with olive oil and sea salt, roast them, and have them in a salad with fresh baby spinach and lemon juice.

8Italian-Style Roasted Veggies Salad

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This recipe focuses on mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and garlic cloves. Massage with olive oil and sea salt, roast, and have one of the best Italian protein-packed gourmet dishes!

9Sesame Soba Noodles

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The secret here is the baked tofu, soba noodles, sesame seeds, and roasted veggies. They all give you the protein you need and the flavor you so desire!

10Roasted Sesame Mushrooms

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Everybody knows mushrooms are high in protein, so roast a tray of champignons in a soy sauce drizzle, add garlic sauce, balsamic vinegar, and sesame seeds to get a side dish or light dinner full of flavor and nutrients.

11Roasted Brussel Sprouts

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Pick the smallest ones and chop them in halves to avoid bitterness. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and garlic and enjoy a meal full of flavor and protein!

12Roasted Beets and Pear Salad

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Take things up a notch by mixing roasted beets, pears, and onions with green lettuce, walnuts, garlic, fresh radishes, pumpkin seeds, and veggie parmesan. You cannot get better plant proteins than these!

13Roasted Beets and Orange Salad

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Protein and vitamin in an explosion of color and flavor – this is what you get! Mix in the red and yellow roasted beets with fresh orange slices and a handful of walnuts. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt, orange juice and a bit of Dijon mustard for spice!

14Garlic Honey Roasted Carrots

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Have them as a side dish, easy dinner, or protein-packed entrée. Chop young carrots; massage them with honey and a bit of olive oil, sprinkle some sea salt, and rub them with chopped garlic. Roast everything and enjoy a unique dish!

15Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Quinoa

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Stuff sweet potatoes with quinoa, spinach, and dry cranberries. Top with pecans and tofu or veggie parmesan for flavor and texture.

16Breakfast Baked Sweet Potato

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If you are in for a treat that packs proteins, vitamins, and minerals, stuff a sweet potato with almond butter, banana slices, and chia seeds and bake it. Top with cinnamon for taste and its amazing health benefits!

17Thai Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

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The secret ingredient in this Thai recipe is coconut milk. Make the soup from baked carrots and sweet potatoes and spice it up with ginger, and onion. Refresh the taste with lemon slices, and top with roasted peanuts!

18Hearty Sweet Potato Coconut Curry

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Healthy, hearty, comforting, and full of protein, vitamins, and minerals, this dish is something to try right now. Besides the sweet potatoes and coconut milk, it also contains onions, garlic, ginger, cilantro, Thai red curry paste, vegetable broth, and soy sauce. Add some zing with a slice of lemon and top with boiled white rice.

19Moroccan Sweet Potato Lentil Soup

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Use the slow cooker to make this hearty detox veggie dish full of protein and flavors. It is a symphony of color and taste: carrots, sweet potatoes, celery, baby spinach, garlic, green lentils, onions, red bell peppers, curry powder, paprika, nutmeg, and coriander.

20Quinoa Vegetable Soup

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A dream came true for kids and adults who love flavor and need more plant protein in their lives. Healthy, tasty, and nutritious. Kale, quinoa, carrots, celery, garlic, beans or chickpeas, tomatoes, onions – what could you ask for more?

21Tahini-Maple Sauce Buddha Bowl

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If you want to impress and have an amazing lunch or dinner, this is the recipe for you! Roast sweet potatoes, chickpeas, red onions, and broccoli heads. Add them in a bowl of kale and dress the salad with a sauce made of tahini, maple sauce, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes for warmth.

22Butternut Squash Lo Mein

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Use the spiralizer for the butternut squash; add button mushrooms, kale or spinach, onion, garlic, ginger, and red bell peppers. Spice things up with Tamari and maple syrup, soften with peanut and sesame oil, and add texture with sesame seeds.

23Oven-Roasted Butternut Squash

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Simple, elegant, and full of proteins, vitamins, and minerals, this is the easiest and most delicious way to approach a healthier lifestyle!

24Quinoa-Stuffed Butternut Squash

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If you want even more plant protein, bake quinoa inside a halved butternut squash. Use olive oil to soften things up, add some freshness with a few drops of lemon juice, and spice things up with salt, pepper, and finely chopped spring onions.

25Loaded Veggie Pasta

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This recipe is versatile, as it allows you to use any seasonal veggies you like. Boil your favorite pasta; add roasted broccoli heads, asparagus, garlic, red bell peppers, and red onions. Dress with a simple vinaigrette made of freshly crushed black pepper, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and sea salt.

26Garden Fresh Pasta Primavera

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Get the freshest spring asparagus, tomatoes, and broccoli, and peas, red and yellow bell peppers and make the pasta of a lifetime. Sprinkle with veggie parmesan and chopped spring onions.

27Lemony Artichoke Pasta Salad

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Artichoke hearts, asparagus, fresh basil leaves, garlic cloves, roasted pine nuts, kosher salt, and olive oil work wonders with freshly boiled pasta.

28Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad

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This is a fresh salad loaded with fresh tortellini pasta, plant protein, nutrients, and flavors. Bring together artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, basil, cucumber, garlic, red onion, halved Kalamata olives, and some tofu. Dress with dry oregano and thyme and a sauce made of olive oil, vinegar, and Dijon mustard.

29Exotic Pasta Salad

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An instant crowd pleaser, this salad mixes freshly boiled pasta with dry cranberries, baby spinach leaves, pine seeds, and peeled mandarin slices. A drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt makes the salad a heaven of nourishment and taste.

30Creamy Cucumber Salad

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If you want a summer treat rich in protein and flavor, try this salad. Chop cucumbers and red onions. Mix them well with a creamy sauce made of mashed avocado, olive oil, and lemon juice. Sprinkle with fresh chopped chives, salt and pepper.

31Lentil and Wild Rice Salad with Summer Vegetables

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This will be your official dinner all summer long. Mix in fresh cherry tomatoes, kale, baked asparagus, cooked lentils, cooked yellow squash cubes, and almonds. Spice up with a dressing made of Dijon mustard, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and maple sauce. Add wild rice and enjoy a summer of delicious health!

32Asian Sesame Cucumber Salad

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Use the spiralizer again to make carrot and cucumber spaghetti. Toast sesame seeds and add to the mix. Dress with honey, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, lemon juice, and scallions. Add some cilantro if you like it, and spice up with salt and black pepper.

33Mexican Street Corn Salad

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Bring together green chilies, corn (freshly boiled and cold), cucumbers, red onions, cilantro (or parsley). Dress it up with a sauce made from avocado, lemon juice, chili powder and a drop of lemon juice. Finish with grated veggie parmesan.

34Pumpkin Pancakes

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A delicious breakfast or a refined desert, pumpkin pancakes contain mashed pumpkin pulp, mashed bananas, a bit of honey, coconut milk (or almond milk), and a bit of sparkling water. Cook the batter and top with honey, fresh fruit, and roasted pumpkin seeds.

35The Ultimate Veggie Burger

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A plant protein-based lifestyle does not have to contain boring vegetables. It can also contain an amazing veggie burger with a patty bringing the best of all worlds: nourishment, flavor, texture, and taste. Operative words here are sweet potatoes, beets, and avocado.

36Spiced Cauliflower Sauerkraut Burger

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Let’s give the veggie burger a spin! The whole-wheat bun holds inside nature’s true wonders: cauliflower, red cabbage sauerkraut, onions, ginger, quinoa, garlic, sumac, Nigella seeds, coconut oil, and tofu if you want.

37Harissa Veggie Bowl

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This is anything but a boring veggie diet, but a show of color, flavor, taste, and nourishment! Harissa is extremely hot, so use it wisely. Other than that, roast baby carrots, baby potatoes, and eggplant cubes. Add chickpeas and watercress, spice up with harissa and salt, soften with olive oil, and finish with some grated veggie parmesan.

38Celery Root Puree with Beets and Onions

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A winter comfort food for the veggie lover who wants something new, this recipe brings celery root (boiled and mashed with full fat coconut milk) together with balsamic roasted beets and pearl onions. Adorn with micro-greens (watercress is amazing), spice up with garlic, dry tarragon and thyme, and give it a zing of freshness with lemon juice.

39Squash and Beans Enchilada Skillet

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This recipe packs 16 g of protein per serving and 13 g of fiber. Use a skillet to make an enchilada from black beans, diced, peeled butternut squash, garlic, one jalapeno, enchilada sauce, and yellow onion. Keep some tortillas on the side. Use avocado sauce instead of sour cream and use veggie parmesan instead of normal cheese. Finish with cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper.

40Cauliflower Lentil Loaf

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Who says you cannot make a meaty, savory loaf with veggies alone? With over 25 g of protein, this dish surprises you with its spices and flavors. Think Dijon mustard, paprika, and chipotle powder, garlic, jalapeno, red bell peppers, oats, brown sugar, flaxseed, mustard, and more.

41Gochujang Bean Balls

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Now this is art! This Korean-style spin on traditional meatballs packs 20 g of protein per serving. Besides the gorgeous beans, you will enjoy chia seeds and sesame oil for healthy fatty acids and some heat from the Gochujang sauce.

42Vegan Cabbage Steaks with Tahini Sauce

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A family dinner crowd pleaser, the dish packs everything good in cabbage. Slice it up in thick slices, roast it, add salt and pepper, and dress with tahini sauce.

43Creamy Spinach and Sweet Potato Noodles with Cashew Sauce

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While the title says it all, make sure you use the spiralizer to get perfect sweet potato noodles. Do not forget about garlic and olive oil when making the cashew sauce.

44Russian Veggie Cabbage Rolls

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Cabbage rolls are extremely popular in Eastern Europe. While traditionally, they contain meat and people enjoy them in winter, this Russian recipe contains only quinoa, onions and carrots filling. Roll the cabbage leaves and roast them in the oven.

45Rice-Paper Rolls with Avocado and Veggies

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If you crave some sushi-meets spring rolls, then this is the recipe for you. Use rice paper wrappers and fill them with a mix of avocado, bean sprouts, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, and some chili sauce. A perfect plate of fresh hors d’oeuvres.

46Raw Veggie Nori Wraps

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Speaking of sushi, this nori plate contains beautiful raw nori rolls filled with red cabbage, cucumber, carrots, zucchini, kale leaves, avocado, dates, garlic, and all the spices you can imagine.

47Napa Cabbage Wraps

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Fill large fresh Napa cabbage leaves with a mix of thin slices and spirals of red bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, and grilled tofu. Make a peanut butter sauce with peanut butter, sesame oil, tamari, garlic, and juice from a lime, honey, red pepper flakes, and some water. Now this is a boost of protein and cancer-fighting antioxidants!

48Psychedelic Summer Rolls

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Since rice paper wraps are thin and transparent, use your skills to make these surreal veggie wraps to impress an entire party. Use all your colored favorite veggies for a Picasso effect on a plate! Make an avocado or peanut butter dip to transform the experience into a form of art!

49Thai Quinoa Fried Rice

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High-protein quinoa, edamame, bell peppers, garlic, onion, ginger, peanut butter, baby bok choy, broccoli slaw, red pepper flakes, and chopped parsley. This is something to cook whenever you want some hearty and spices protein intake!

50Tabouleh Salad

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This oriental-Mediterranean-style refreshing parsley salad with bulgur/couscous, tomatoes, cucumbers and tomatoes goes with a simple dressing (lemon vinaigrette with virgin olive oil). Summer has never looked so delicious and full of protein and vitamins!

51Grilled Peach Salad

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Grill peach slices and place them on a green mix of baby spinach and arugula. Top with roasted pine seeds, a drizzle of lemon and olive oil, and some grated veggie parmesan if you want. The taste is amazing and the proteins, vitamins, and minerals will keep you active all day long!

52Turkish Pomegranate Salad with Green Olives and Walnuts

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Mix in fresh parsley with pomegranate seeds, red Serrano chili, shallots, pitted and chopped green olives, unsalted pistachios and walnuts in a bowl. Dress with olive oil, walnut oil, pomegranate juice, a drop of lemon juice, freshly crushed black pepper and sea salt.

Plant protein dishes do contain plenty of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and even plant-based fatty acids. Enjoy extraordinary meals that need only a bit of imagination and tasty ingredients! Bon appetite!

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Barry Clarke is a fitness instructor with a degree in Human Nutrition. After work is done, he finds happiness and relaxation in writing. He is an editor at ProtectYourHealth, a blog that aims to be an important resource on topics like diets and workouts.

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