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20 Protein-Packed Dinners With No Meat

Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just want to save a few bucks on your next grocery bill.

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1. Homemade Fried Rice

 

This version swaps out meat for protein-packed chickpeas. Recipe here.

2. Easy Egg & Black Bean Enchiladas

Topped with a DIY ranchero sauce. Recipe here.

3. 15-Minute Sesame Soba Noodles

Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour and contain 6 grams of protein per serving. This recipe ups amps that up even more by adding a hardboiled egg on top. Recipe here.

4. Veggie-Loaded Egg Bake

 

Breakfast for dinner — and the perfect way to use up any leftover vegetables in your fridge. Recipe here.

5. Vegan Stuffed Peppers

 

Made with a hearty filling of quinoa + black beans + salsa + spices + corn. Recipe here.

6. Sheet Pan Nachos with Black Beans + Fried Eggs

This recipe tells you to add pork sausage — but you can leave it out and still be left with a ton of flavor. Recipe here.

7. One-Pot Chickpea & Potato Masala

 

Made with super-affordable ingredients, makes enough for four, and breaks down to less than $2 per serving. Recipe here.

8. Soba Noodle Stir-Fry

Just one cup of edamame will add a whopping 17 grams of protein — and the soba noodles kick that up even more. Recipe here.

9. Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

 

This version is made with slow-cooked lentils and swaps buns for spaghetti squash. Recipe here.

10. Healthier Egg Salad

 

This version ditches the mayo for Greek yogurt. To make it substantial enough for dinner, make it into a sandwich or serve on lots of fresh greens. Recipe here.

11. Taco Bowl With Crispy Chipotle Chickpeas

Taco Tuesday: Grain Bowl Edition. Recipe here.

12. Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowls

 

Topped with a fried egg. Recipe here.

13. Crock-Pot Low-Carb Lasagna

This gluten-free version swaps pasta noodles for eggplant and zucchini zoodles, and gets its protein from three types of cheeses. Recipe here.

14. Vegan Buddha Bowl with Avocado

Tossed with a DIY sauce of red pepper + lemon + paprika + cilantro. Recipe here.

15. Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes

 

Vegan — and ready to go in 30 minutes. Recipe here.

16. Broccolini Mushroom Stirfry

Serve this over soba noodles or quinoa. Recipe here.

17. Cheesy Mexican Lentils with Black Beans + Rice

Three cheers for one-pot wonders. Recipe here.

18. Smashed White Bean + Avocado Sandwich

 

Great in a sandwich, or even as a healthy dip for pita chips. Recipe here.

19. Homemade Veggie Burgers

 

These bake off in the oven — and freeze perfectly if you want to save leftovers for later. Recipe here.

20. One-Pot Vegan Lentil Soup

 

Eat colorfully. Recipe here.

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