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21 Meals With Tons Of Protein And No Meat

With at least 18 grams per serving, these meals prove vegetarians can have their protein and eat it too.

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1. Bean, Kale, and Egg Stew

Via foodnetwork.com

Between the kidney beans, kale, egg, and cheese, each serving dishes up a solid 28 grams of protein. Get the recipe here.

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2. Cashew Noodles with Broccoli and Tofu

wholefoodsmarket.com

Craving pasta? No problem, just add tofu, cashews and broccoli and you don't have to feel bad about indulging. Recipe available here.

3. Black Bean, Arugula, and Poached Egg Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Via howsweeteats.com

Between the black beans, the egg, and mmm... Fontina cheese (7 grams of protein per ounce), this gloriously stuffed sweet potato will leave both your mother and your trainer equally impressed. Recipe available here.

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4. Peanutty Quinoa Bowls with Baked Tofu

ohmyveggies.com

Combine quinoa with peanut butter, tofu, and broccoli for this powerhouse of lunches. Check out the recipe here.

5. Black Bean Salad

foodnetwork.com

Give yourself hefty portions (or add some jack cheese) to up the protein in this filling salad. Recipe available here.

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6. Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie With Seitan

William Abranowicz / Via epicurious.com

I know seitan feels like tofu's weirder cousin, but with about 20 grams of protein per serving, it's totally worth trying. Recipe available here.

7. Vegan Chili

Oliver Parini

Every good vegetarian needs a bean chili recipe in their arsenal. Just remember: Do all your eye rubbing before chopping the jalapeños. Recipe available here.

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8. Bean-Kale Burgers With Sweet Potato Wedges

foodnetwork.com

Pinto beans, kale, and jack cheese mean you get all the protein you gave up in beef, without all the heart disease, fat, and ethical implications. Recipe available here.

9. Brown Butter, Peas, and Mint Omelette

Yossy Arefi

With 8 grams of protein in every cup, frozen peas can do more for your sore muscles than just ice them. Recipe available here.

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10. Parmesan Broth with Kale and White Beans

smittenkitchen.com

Yes, you can make broth out of cheese. Add some kale and white beans and BOOM: protein soup. Recipe available here.

11. Egg in a Basket Grilled Cheese with Asparagus

cookingstoned.tv

Perfect for impressing the vegetarian you're waking up next to, the egg (6g), Gruyère (10g), and asparagus (2g), makes this breakfast perfect for fueling up for round two. Wink. Recipe available here.

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12. Crock Pot Lentil Vegetable Barley Soup

fullmeasureofhappiness.com

Lentils (50g/cup), split peas (48g/cup), and barley (23g/cup), all in one easy-to-make, throw-it-all-in-the-crock-pot meal. Can I get an amen? Or maybe just the recipe.

13. Corn Meal and Oat Waffle Mix

Tina Rupp

Sick of eggs for breakfast? Oats and corn meal will take care of you. Recipe available here.

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14. Barley Risotto with Beans and Greens

smittenkitchen.com

Barley risotto: perfect for the ambitious, healthy-ish vegetarian cook. Recipe available here.

15. Vegan Tacos

bonappetit.com

Besides the beans, this recipe also uses soy chorizo (9g/serving) just in case you miss the real thing. Recipe available here.

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16. Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe

101cookbooks.com

Start your meal with this protein-heavy soup and feel free to indulge in pure carbs for the rest of it. Recipe available here.

17. Leek, Artichoke, and Lentil Mung Bean Linguine

shape.com

This dish is not just high in protein (20g/serving), it's also gluten-free and vegan, making it perfect for even the pickiest of eaters. Recipe available here.

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18. Baked Tofu and Quinoa With Chickpeas and Spinach

kokolikes.com

This is what you serve your carnivorous friends who tell you you're not getting enough protein. Between the tofu, the quinoa, and the chickpeas, each serving packs in more than 32 grams. Recipe available here.

19. Meatless Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy

foodnetwork.com

Tofu, oats, walnuts, and eggs all make this a ridiculously protein-y alternative to boring old meatloaf. Get the recipe here.

20. Italian-Style Spaghetti Squash with Tempeh

wholefoodsmarket.com

Tempeh's not for everyone, but with 31 grams of protein per cup, the dense, nutty meat alternative is worth trying at least once. Get the recipe here.

21. Trisha Yearwood's Black Bean Lasagna

foodnetwork.com

OK, so you'll need to use whole wheat pasta and have a large serving to get the full 18g of protein, but when a country music legend shares a recipe, you do what you gotta do to make it work. Get the recipe here.

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