I admit that I used to be one of those people who drove my vegetarian friends crazy with questions like, “But how do you get enough protein?” Like most of society, I carried around the belief that the only real way to get all the protein we need for optimal functioning was through animal products. Well my friends, after years of digging deeper into the issue, my eyes have been opened to the fact that through a diet rich in vegetables, legumes, good grains, seeds and nuts, our bodies will easily get all the amino acids (which form a “complete” protein) it needs, and there are major benefits to eating a plant-based diet, both for our bodies and for the planet. While I do incorporate small amounts of meat and fish into my diet a few times a week, many more of our meals these days are getting all their nutrients from plant-based sources. Keep scrolling for my current favorite recipes that feature protein-packed meatless mains, and I’d love to hear if you guys are giving vegetarianism a try!

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of a plant-based diet, here are a few sources that I’d highly recommend: Forks Over Knives (the film), Eat Vegan Before 6:00, The Beauty Detox Solution.


Spicy Black Bean Tacos with Corn Salsa & Avocado, from The Awesome Green

get the recipe here!


Loaded Mediterranean Street Cart Fries, from A Pinch of Yum

get the recipe here!


Sushi Bowl with Miso Glazed Eggplant, from Goop

get the recipe here!


Sesame Shiitakes and Bok Choy, from Scaling Back

get the recipe here!


Roasted Sweet Potato Pitas with Arugula and Garlic Dressing, from Salt & Lavender

get the recipe here!


Rainbow Grain Bowl Potluck Party

get the recipe here!


Chickpea Bean Bowl with Toasted Breadcrumbs & Dill Tahini, from Dolly & Oatmeal

get the recipe here!


Mango & Coconut Soba Noodle Salad

get the recipe here!


Mean Green Vegetable Detox Soup, from Half Baked Harvest

get the recipe here!


Green Bean & Shallot Ravioli Salad, from Whole Living

get the recipe here!


Mole-Spiced Chickpea & Grilled Zucchini Tacos, from Snixy Kitchen

get the recipe here!


Quinoa Bowl with Harissa Roasted Veggies, Avocado, & Fried Egg

get the recipe here!


Roast Cauliflower Steaks with Kale & Lentils, from The Last Food Blog

get the recipe here!


Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

get the recipe here!


Mushroom Lentil Spaghetti “Bolognese”, from Love & Lemons

get the recipe here!

5 comments
  1. 1
    Blush & Pearls | March 31, 2017 at 8:59 am

    All of these dishes look amazing! Black beans are on my list of things I need to start eating.

    Blush & Pearls by Angela

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    calliealdridge | March 31, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I love this post! Having been raised in the South, I too am learning that you actually can get enough protein through plant-based eating. Way to go in also featuring all of these amazing recipes and bloggers!

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  3. 3
    Eme | March 31, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post, as a plant based eater I can’t wait to try some of these out.

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  4. 4
    Michelle & Watson | June 20, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    My boyfriend always claims we need meat for protein in every meal – I’m excited to prove him wrong with some of these dishes!

    Woof Xo,
    Michelle & Watson

    https://www.watsonandwalls.com/

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    Diana Lopes | July 3, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    This looks incredibly delicious and healthy! I’ll give this recipe a spin for sure.

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