High Protein Vegetarian Recipes

These power-packed vegetarian recipes (each with 15 or more grams of protein) are here to show you that meatless eating doesn't mean sacrificing essential nutrients.

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    Orecchiette in Creamed Corn with Wilted Tomatoes and Arugula

    Protein: 20 grams per serving

    Fresh-off-the-cob sweet corn, grape tomatoes, and pine nuts add a healthy boost to creamy pasta sauce. This meatless dish is ready in just 35 minutes -- perfect for evenings when you don't have a lot of time for cooking.

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    Fresh Tomato Pizza with Oregano and Mozzarella

    Protein: 17 grams per serving

    Slices of fresh, gooey mozzarella cheese provide a hefty dose of protein in this margherita-style pie. Add in the optional arugula for extra vitamins, but leave out the optional prosciutto, of course, to keep this pizza recipe vegetarian.

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    Grilled Polenta with Mushrooms

    Protein: 23 grams per serving

    High-in-protein porcini and cremini mushrooms are the ideal topping for grilled polenta, an Italian cornmeal mixture that's typically cooked into savory cakes. This recipe is also rich in fiber and vitamin A, making it an all-around healthy dinner recipe.

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    Artichoke Flatbread

    Protein: 21 grams per serving

    Mild artichokes pair perfectly with spinach, goat cheese, and tomato in this easy grilled pizza recipe. Whole wheat naan (an Indian-style flatbread) provides the pizza base, adding nutrients (including a bit of protein) and hearty flavor.

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    Skillet Vegetables on Cheese Toast

    Protein: 15 grams per serving

    This quick and easy skillet dish delivers double doses of dairy- and plant-powered protein. Even better? It preps in a flash!

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    Mushroom-Garlic Pizza

    Protein: 20 grams per serving

    Ditch the delivery! This homemade pizza with mushrooms and caramelized garlic will quickly become a favorite. Bonus points if you make your own dough -- we have recipes for that, too.

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    Sweet Potato Quesadillas with Cucumber Relish

    Protein: 23 grams per serving

    These good-for-you quesadillas give a classic Mexican favorite an inventive twist. A jalapeno-enhanced navy bean mixture is layered on top of mashed sweet potatoes, along with spinach and melty cheese. Chopped cucumber and sliced radishes offer a fresh garnish.

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    Farro-Stuffed Peppers

    Protein: 25 grams per serving

    Each of these red pepper halves is bursting with nutrients from ingredients like summer squash, sweet corn, and high-in-fiber farro, a grain with a slightly nutty flavor. Serve each half as a side dish, or serve two halves for a hearty main.

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    Roasted Veggie Calzones

    Protein: 17 grams per serving

    No need to fill calzones with meat; just stuff 'em with cremini mushrooms and mozzarella for a protein-packed boost, then tuck in sweet roasted veggies for sheer deliciousness. If you're avoiding eggs, never fear. Just leave off the final egg wash!

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    How to Saute Mushrooms

    Low in calories and rich in potassium, mushrooms are a perfect addition to any vegetarian dinner recipe. Learn how to saute them with our easy-to-follow technique!

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    Pesto-Veggie Gyro

    Protein: 31 grams per serving

    Homemade pesto vinaigrette brings grilled summer veggies (think zucchini and sweet peppers) to life in this flavorful vegetarian gyro. Halloumi cheese adds delicious authenticity to this classic Greek sandwich.

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    Grilled Tofu Teriyaki with Spicy Spinach Udon

    Protein: 22 grams per serving

    Don't think bland when you see tofu -- the bean curd patty gets an amazing flavor boost with homemade teriyaki sauce. Serve it atop a bed of udon (thick Japanese noodles) and spinach for a well-rounded main dish.

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    Vegetable-Loaded Pasta Bake

    Protein: 15 grams per serving

    Whole wheat penne, kale, skim milk and two types of cheeses make this gooey casserole a protein powerhouse. Curious what other veggies we packed in for added nutrients? Try cauliflower, corn, celery, peas, and carrots!

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    Thick Hummus-Style Soup

    Protein: 18 grams per serving

    If you love the dip, this chickpea-thickened soup will be a revelation. Best part? It's chock full of protein from Greek yogurt, beans, tahini, and a whole grain pita!

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    Tomato-Edamame Grilled Cheese

    Protein: 22 grams per serving

    Edamame, also known as soybeans, have a whopping 16 grams of protein per cup -- and combined with lemon juice and garlic, they make a yummy spread. Slather this dressed-up soybean paste on a grown-up grilled cheese sandwich for zippy flavor and extra nutrients.

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    Big-Batch Vegetarian Lentil Chili

    Protein: 21 grams per serving

    The kidney beans in this vegetarian chili provide enough protein to create a satisfying cool-weather meal. Since our recipe makes such a large batch, we included instructions for freezing and reheating so you can have this easy dinner on hand.

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    Black Bean Burgers with Sweet Corn Salsa

    Protein: 22 grams per serving

    Two protein-rich ingredients -- black beans and walnuts -- form the patty of this delicious veggie burger. You won't miss the meat when you top off this moist patty with our sweet corn salsa, an irresistible combo of corn, tomato, lime juice, and jalapeno.

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    Edamame Bread Salad

    Protein: 22 grams per serving

    Soybeans add protein and fiber to this vegetarian main-dish salad. The veggies pair perfectly with crusty bread slices smeared with a garlicky feta cheese spread. (Pssst...you can make the spread ahead of time, too!)

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    Red Beans Creole

    Protein: 23 grams per serving

    A simple slow-cooker favorite, this good-for-you red beans and rice dish is low-fat but protein-packed. The Creole seasoning -- a blend of garlic, paprika, oregano, thyme, and other spices -- will fill your home with a wonderful aroma as your slow cooker simmers away.

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    Tricolor Tomato Ravioli

    Protein: 22 grams per serving

    This colorful ravioli is both good for you and easy to make. It's also full of protein and vitamin A, and takes just 35 minutes to put on the table.

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