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22 High-Protein Meatless Meals Under 400 Calories

All the protein, none of the meat.

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Vegetarian eating isn't for everyone, but if you're trying to eat less meat OR you're going meatless for the long haul, getting enough protein is super important.

Of course, how much protein you need differs from person to person depending on your size, activity level, and whatever your health and fitness goals might be. For these meals, we aimed for at least 15 grams as a good place to start when you're cutting meat (aka a big source of protein) out of your diet.

Also worth noting is that the 400-calorie limit here is mostly arbitrary: The goal is to show that you can be mindful about portion sizes, if that's your thing, but still get the protein you need to function and feel good. You can figure out how many calories you actually need throughout the day here.


6. Roasted Fennel, Asparagus, and Red Onions with Parmesan and Hard-Boiled Eggs

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This one is a little over, at 446 calories, but with the 33.5 grams of protein it packs, it's worth it.

Get the recipe here, via BuzzFeed's 2015 Clean Eating Challenge.


15. Split Pea Soup

Unlucky is the vegetarian who forgets peas as an excellent source of protein. Assuming you split the batch into four servings, this soup has 400 calories and 24.8 grams of protein.

Get the recipe here, via 101 Cookbooks.



The recipe for #6 is called Roasted Fennel, Asparagus, and Red Onions with Parmesan and Hard-Boiled Eggs. The original post misstated the recipe name.


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