Getting enough protein on a whole-foods, plant-based diet is not difficult and these easy high-protein vegan recipes are proof. This list includes healthy, oil-free high-protein vegan breakfast recipes, lunch recipes, and dinner recipes.
If you’ve been thinking about going plant-based but are worried about not getting enough protein you can rest easy. We all know it’s much better for us and our bodies to eat this way. And, regardless of all the misinformation floating around on the internet, you will get plenty of protein on a whole-food, plant-based diet.
How Much Protein Do I Need
In reality, you probably don’t need as much as you think.
The U.S. government’s protein RDA recommendation is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight. So, for a 140-pound person, that translates to about 50 grams of protein a day. But, check out this article from Forks Over Knives for a more in-depth explanation.
High Protein Vegan Foods
The truth is all plants contain protein. But, just to give you a few vegan protein ideas, here’s a very brief list of the ones that excel.
- Green Vegetables. Spinach, kale, and broccoli are great.
- Soy. Tofu, tempeh, and edamame.
- Whole grains. Oats and quinoa are my favorites and usually the most accessible and affordable.
- Beans & Legumes. Chickpeas, lentils, black beans, and basically all types of beans.
- Nuts, Seeds, & Nut Butters. Hemp seeds, chia seeds, almonds, sesame seeds, and all-natural nut butters.
Any of these high protein vegan meals will be a great addition to your weekly meal plan. So, no more talk. Time for the recipes!
High-Protein Vegan Recipes
This delicious Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bowl is a great way to start the day. Cooked with bananas and topped with maple syrup, pecans, and almond milk. It’s so easy! All you need are 4 ingredients and less than 20 minutes.
This Vegan Tofu Scramble recipe is the best vegan alternative to scrambled eggs. It’s high in protein, so easy to make, and ready in less than 20 minutes with 7 simple ingredients.
Gluten-Free Vegan Breakfast Cookies are so easy to make, ready in 10 minutes, delicious, and healthy! They’re made with natural wholesome plant-based ingredients and are completely oil-free. These cookies are sure to be a welcome addition to your morning routine.
Peanut Butter Protein Energy Bites made with oats, dark chocolate chips, chia seeds and flax! A great source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. They’re perfect as a snack or breakfast on the go. Filling, require no baking, healthy, and delicious!
Easy and delicious classic Three Bean Salad. It’s made with chickpeas, red kidney beans, cannellini beans, cucumber, celery, a few simple spices, and a delicious oil-free sweet and tangy dressing.
These Chipotle Chickpea Tacos are amazing! Chickpeas cooked in chipotle chili powder, a little soy sauce, and a few other simple spices to make one delicious taco! Ready in less than 15 minutes…from start to finish!
Jumbo pasta shells packed with creamy tofu ricotta cheese. This vegan stuffed shells recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for both vegans and omnivores.
A delicious Easy Vegan Chickpea Curry recipe made with savory Indian spices. One pot and ready in 10 minutes. Naturally vegan, oil-free, and low in fat.
This delicious vegan chickpea kale salad recipe is so easy to make and ready in 20 minutes. It’s made with spicy chipotle chickpeas, kale, avocado, and topped with a creamy garlicky tahini dressing.
A hearty veggie bowl loaded with quinoa, corn, guacamole, cabbage, and other healthy ingredients.
This Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato & Kale Pasta is so easy to make, super healthy, and kid-approved. It’s rich, creamy, and the perfect dish for a midweek meal.
This Instant Pot Vegan Chili is the BEST vegan chili recipe you will eat or need this year! It’s so EASY to make, uses only a few simple ingredients, and is ready in no time at all. Guaranteed to satisfy vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters.
A delicious vegan meatloaf made with chickpeas and covered with a homemade maple bbq sauce. It’s so EASY to make and is absolutely delicious.
Vegan Pepper Steak With Onions made with Butler soy curls, sliced bell pepper, and savory onions cooked in a delicious Asian inspired brown sauce. Serve over rice for one of the easiest, most delicious, healthy, and unforgettable meals.
Thank you for all the great recipes. I haven’t had one I did not like.