50 Plant Based Recipes Rich in Protein

You’ve learned that the term plant based doesn’t mean vegan and you’ve seen the three considerations for repairing and building muscle with plant protein. Now you need recipes so you can fit more plants – and all of their nutrients – in to your lifestyle. Well, me and my dietitian friends have you covered! Here are 50 plant based recipes rich in protein.

50 best high protein vegan recipes

I alluded to it in the post on plant protein for muscle repair, but to reiterate, it’s more important to eat moderate amounts of protein several times per day (ideally 4-5) rather than a large amount all at once. Most people require about 15-25 grams of protein at a time to support a physically active lifestyle and maintain or build muscle mass. The requirements in this post for meals was that recipes had at least 15 grams, side dishes at least 5 and for snacks at least 10, though most have much more!

While plant-based doesn’t mean exclusively plants, I’ve left this post to contain recipes that provide only plant protein so you can see just how many options there are!

Plant Based Recipes Rich in Protein


savory vegan oats

Savory Steel Cut Oats – The Plant Powered Dietitian

Vegan Tofu Scramble -Lettuce Veg Out

Sage Pesto Scramble  – Kelly Jones Nutrition

Protein Packed Cereal Bowl via Lauren Harris Pincus

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Oats – Kelly Jones Nutrition

Chocolate Protein Pancakes– Kelly Jones Nutrition

High-Protein Vanilla Smoothie -Amy Gorin Nutrition

Lunch and Dinner

Soups, Chilis and Energy Bowls

green lentil coconut curry

Coconut Green Lentil Curry -Nourish Nutrition Blog

Chipotle Vegan Black Bean Soup -Cozy Peach Kitchen

Spicy 3 Bean Sweet Potato Chili

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili -Liz’s Healthy Table
*Hit 16g by adding 1 tbsp nutritional yeast

Quick & Easy White Bean Chili

Easy White Bean and Farro Bowl  – Nourish Nutrition Blog 

5 Ingredients Healthy Kale and Quinoa Bowl – Kara Lydon Nutrition
Want even more protein? Add your favorite legume!

Quinoa Pesto Dinner Bowl -Nutrisense

Vegan Sushi Bowl -Lettuce Veg Out

Single Serve Fast Food Power Bowl

Green Goddess Greek Power Salad Bowl -Meals with Maggie
Just skip the feta and add some pumpkin or hemp seeds

Burgers and Sandwiches

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Buffalo Chickpea Burgers via Kara Lydon

Crispy Honey Mustard Tofu Sandwich

Spicy Lentil & Mushroom Veggie Burger and Vegan Sausage Hash -Rachael Hartley Nutrition

Buffalo Tempeh Sandwich

Roasted Chickpea Cauliflower Sandwiches -Bucketlist Tummy

Tacos & Mexican

quinoa stuffed peppers

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers via Kroll’s Korner
*you’ll still get over 15 grams if you skip the dairy cheese
– add more with nutritional yeast or a cashew cheese

Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers -Kelly Jones Nutrition

Crunchy Lentil Tacos -Spicy RD Nutrition 

Grilled Vegetable and Quinoa Tacos with Cilantro Pesto -Rachael Hartley Nutrition
Want even more protein? Add tofu, tempeh, lentils, or beans!

Grilled Tofu with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce -Jessica Levinson Nutrition

Chipotle Inspired Burrito Bowl via Kara Lydon

Stir Fry & Fusion Bowls

plant based recipes rich in protein

Thai Tofu Veggie Noodle Bowl -Sharon Palmer

Spicy Peanut Tofu Stir Fry

Sheet Pan Tofu Stir Fry

Sheet Pan Miso Ginger Tempeh

High Protein Vegan Stir Fry

Other Main Dishes and Proteins

50 vegan dishes high in protein

Lentil Bolognese via Abbie Gelman

Baked Falafel via Abbie Gelman

Sun Dried Tomato & Parmesan Polenta with Crispy Chickpeas -My Millennial Kitchen

High Protein Pesto Pasta

Protein Packed Vegan Lasagna

Side Dishes

plant based recipes rich in protein - peanut soba recipe

Italian Quinoa Salad with White Beans -Chelsey Amer Nutrition 

Mediterranea Quinoa Chickpea Salad -Shahzadi Uzma Devje

Chickpea Salad with Pistachios and Mint -Meals with Maggie

Slow Cooker Black Beans with Scallions -It’s a Veg World Afterall

Peanut Soba Noodles with Roasted Broccoli -It’s a Veg World Afterall
*make it a full meal by adding tofu, tempeh, or edamame!

Three Bean Mexican Salad -Peas & Hoppiness

Rosemary Split Pea Potato Salad


plant based recipes - vegan protein bar recipe

Chocolate Chia Pudding -Shahzadi Uzma Devje

Snickerdoodle Protein Bars

Purple Power Protein Smoothie

Green Smoothie


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