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23 Plant-Based Ways To Eat Protein If You're Cutting Back On Meat

No meat? NBD.

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Plant-based proteins are just what they sound like: They're vegetarian foods that are high in protein. (Think: legumes, nuts, lentils, chickpeas, and edamame.) They're useful whether you're trying to cut back on meat, eat a fully vegetarian diet, or just save some cash at the grocery store. Here are 23 recipes to get you started.


5. Creamy Wild Rice Soup with Roasted Butter Mushrooms

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Cold nights call for hot bowls of this rich, decadent soup. Make a big batch and freeze it for a weeknight meal when you're feeling too lazy to cook. Get the recipe.


8. Spanish Chickpea and Spinach Stew

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The majority of this recipe can be made with ingredients you probably have sitting in your pantry and spice cabinet — like canned chickpeas and tomatoes, cayenne, paprika, and chili powder. Get the recipe.


14. BBQ Chickpea and Cauliflower Tacos

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Dress this recipe up with all of your favorite taco toppings like avocado, jalapeño,

salsa, and sour cream. Just don't forget about the easy homemade creamy lime slaw. Get the recipe.


17. Vegan Lentil No-Meat Loaf

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Just because you're eating less meat doesn't mean you have to cut back on any of your favorite comfort foods. Get the recipe.

18. Lentil and Mushroom Ragu

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Make a big batch of this vegetarian ragu and keep it in the freezer. It's an easy way to take pasta night to the next level. Get the recipe.


20. Thai Peanut Tofu Budda Bowl

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The secret to these Buddha bowls is the sweet and savory peanut marinade, which calls for peanut butter, lime juice, Sriracha, tamari, garlic, maple syrup and ginger. Get the recipe.

21. Zucchini and Wild Rice Gratin

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Shredded zucchini, wild rice, flour, cheese, and some spices is all you need to make this comforting dish. Get the recipe.

22. Vegetarian Black Bean Enchiladas

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If you're pressed for time, don't worry about making enchilada sauce from scratch. A store bought version will do the drink. Get the recipe.

23. Portobello Steaks with Avocado Chimichurri

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Marinated in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, cumin, black pepper, paprika, garlic, and steak sauce, these portobello mushrooms are the perfect meatless Monday dinner. Get the recipe.