Vegetarianism may not be the lifestyle for everyone, but it’s certainly a good diet habit to try. In fact, even heavy meat-eaters should try to go fully vegetarian for a day or two each week. By loading up on veggies and cutting back on meats, you can clean out your intestines and improve digestion. The good news is that going vegetarian doesn’t mean cutting out protein. You can still enjoy these delicious high protein vegetarian meals:
Split Pea Soup
Split peas belong to the legume family, which makes them one of the best plant-based sources of protein. Split pea soup is a filling meal thanks to its high liquid content, but it’s also packed with protein. You can make it Italian-style with a tomato-based soup, or go the German route and make it a thick, creamy soup using soy milk and vegetarian meat alternatives. Either way, it’s one of the high protein vegetarian meals you’ll love.
Turn one of your favorite meals into a meatless marvel! You can use regular ricotta cheese or go for a non-dairy cheese alternative. Add plenty of nuts into your lasagna to increase the protein and fiber content, and replace at least half of the lasagna noodles with zucchini slices. With a basil-heavy tomato sauce, this is a dish you can’t help but love.
Egg White Omelet
Egg whites are one of the healthiest sources of protein on the planet, thanks to their low fat and cholesterol content. You may love the taste of the yolks, but it’s the egg whites that deliver all the healthy protein. Make yourself an egg white omelet with potatoes, pesto, tomatoes, onions, and bell pepper. It’s one heck of a filling meal—the perfect breakfast or dinner!
Sesame Garlic Tofu
If you love your stir fry, this is the meal for you. You’ll have to find the firmer tofu (not the silky Japanese type, but the Southeast Asian varieties) for this dish. Slice the tofu into squares and fry the squares in sesame oil. Once the tofu is fried, add in soy sauce, a spoonful of honey, and a dash of vinegar to make a teriyaki-style sauce. Sprinkle sesame seeds over everything to make a delicious, fully vegetarian Asian meal.
There are few vegetarian dishes as truly enjoyable as a nice hummus. Hummus can be used for a dip, or you can serve it on toast or crackers. Add a bit of spicy chipotle peppers into your hummus and you get a tasty spread that goes well with everything.
If you’re looking for exotic meals and want to stay 100% vegetarian, there’s nothing more unique than this Israeli dish. The “meatballs” are made from ground chickpeas and deep-fried with garlic, herbs, and spices. Add a bit of yogurt sauce, some fresh veggies, and whole wheat pita bread, and you’ve got a marvelous dish that never disappoints.
Creamy Pistachio Pesto Pasta
The mixture of pistachios and pesto makes for a very nutty flavor to your pasta. You can add in a bit of Greek yogurt for more body and creaminess, plus a higher protein content. This is a meal that you will want to eat over and over again.
Chili doesn’t always have to come with the “carne”. You can go meatless and stick with just a rich, spicy tomato sauce. Or, why not use a meatless bacon or chorizo made from soy protein or some other vegetarian food source? You can still get all the deliciousness of regular chili, but with very little of the unhealthy fat!