23 High-Protein Plant-Based Meals to Keep You Satisfied for Hours

By Alexandra Caspero on November 21, 2023

Getting enough protein is important for keeping us feeling full and satisfied throughout the day. However, for those trying to eat healthier or trying to cut back on meat, it can sometimes be challenging to make sure you are getting adequate amounts of this important nutrient. The good news is there are lots of delicious veg options that can provide ample protein to help curb hunger pangs.

Whether you’re a full-time vegetarian or just want to incorporate more healthy recipes into your routine, these protein-packed dishes are sure to satisfy.

Ranch Kale Salad

A salad for BBQ lovers! With 19g of protein serving, this salad is a must try. Homemade ranch dressing tossed with kale, tomatoes, corn, and avocado with chewy BBQ tofu nuggets. A must-try! 

Make it: Ranch Kale Salad

Stuffed Zucchini

Stuffed Zucchini With Jalapenos

These zucchini boats are stuffed with vegetarian chorizo, black beans, corn, peppers, salsa verde, and melted cheese. A must for summer– you’ve gotta try this vegetarian stuffed zucchini recipe. 

Get the recipe: Stuffed Zucchini

Spicy Gochujang Noodles

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Spicy Gochujang Noodles! Udon noodles stir-fried with crispy tofu, carrots, and bok choy in a spicy sesame-gochujang sauce. With 20g of protein per serving, these noodles are a healthy option for spice lovers.

Slow Cooker Chickpea Butter Curry

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To make this protein-packed, I include tofu as well as chickpeas. This accounts for 18.6g of protein a serving, from both the tofu and chickpeas.

Grab the recipe here: Slow Cooker Chickpea Butter Curry

Black Bean Burger Sliders

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For one slider, you’re looking at 8.1g of protein. Eat two, and you’ve surpassed that high-protein goal of 15g per meal. These burgers freeze well and can be unthawed for a quick and easy meal.

Grab the recipe here: Vegan Black Bean Burger Sliders

Sheet Pan Maple Balsamic Tempeh

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This recipe contains 16g of protein and better yet, it also has 12.4g of fiber, which accounts for 44% of your recommended intake. Considering that 95% of Americans don’t consume enough fiber each day, adding in meals like this more often is a good idea.

Grab the recipe here: Sheet Pan Maple Balsamic Tempeh

One Pot Chili Mac

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For one serving of chili mac, you’ll get 21.5g of protein. It contains three types of beans: pinto, kidney, and black.

Grab the recipe here: One Pot Vegan Chili Mac

Easy Vegan Korma

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This recipe has 16.5g of protein, thanks to the ground cashews and garbanzo beans. This is a great option for meal prep as it just gets tastier the longer the spices soak, and it reheats very easily!

Grab the recipe here: Easy Vegan Korma

Sheet Pan Ranch Bowls with Chickpeas

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This recipe comes packed with 15.9g of protein, or 32% of the daily recommended intake for the average woman. These bowls are incredibly filling due to the potatoes, extra-firm tofu, and farro.

Grab the recipe here: Sheet Pan Ranch Bowls with Chickpeas

Vegan Tempeh Lettuce Wraps

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This recipe contains 17g of protein for ¼ of the recipe. Tempeh is a wonderful protein source for vegetarians and vegans and remains a staple in creating high-protein vegan meals.

Grab the recipe here: Vegan Tempeh Lettuce Wraps

Vegan Sausage Pasta with Peppers

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For each serving of this pasta dish, you’ll get 15.9g of protein from both the sausage and the pasta. Yes, pasta contains protein! 1 cup of pasta usually contains 7g of protein, similar to the protein of an egg. I like to use Field Roast Sausages as they are seitan based, but any plant-based sausage will work in this recipe.

Grab the recipe here: Vegan Sausage Pasta with Peppers

The Best Vegan Chili

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You won’t find any tofu, tempeh, squash, sweet potatoes, or lentils in this one! The protein comes from plenty of vegetables and beans. One serving of this chili has 17.4g of protein, mostly from the beans.

Grab the recipe here: The Best Vegan Chili

Vegan Burger with Lentils

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These veggie burgers are ideal for meal prep as they freeze perfectly. Create a large batch, and then you’ll be stocked up for a whole month of summer BBQs. These burgers contain 22g of protein per serving.

Grab the recipe here: Vegan Burger with Lentils

High Protein Vegan Caesar Salad

Blackened Tofu Caesar Salad

The protein intake in this one might blow you away. You can have up to 28.8g of protein per serving of this Caesar salad, not exactly rabbit food. If you love Caesar salad as much as I do, then you’ll love this one.

Grab the recipe: High Protein Vegan Caesar Salad

Cheesy Vegan Quesadilla

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For one quesadilla, you’re looking at 14.9g of protein. For a 130-pound female, this quesadilla would account for roughly 30% of your recommended daily protein intake.

Grab the recipe here: Cheesy Vegan Quesadilla

Slow Cooker Lentil Sloppy Joes

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This recipe contains 15.1g of protein, per serving. You can easily use this for meal prep as it stays good in the fridge for 4-5 days.

Grab the recipe here: Slow Cooker Lentil Sloppy Joes

Vegan Shawarma Bowl

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Each shawarma bowl contains 21.8g of protein, thanks to the chickpeas, tahini dressing, and potatoes. Prep these bowls ahead of time, and it will only take a few minutes to throw them together for a quick, tasty meal!

Grab the recipe here: Vegan Shawarma Bowl

Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese

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All thanks to the almond milk and cashew sauce, you can have 15.7g of protein per serving with this mac and cheese. For an added protein boost, I’ll often make this with chickpea-based pasta– especially for my kiddos who love mac and cheese!

Grab the recipe here: Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese

Vegan Skillet Dinner

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This recipe contains 20.9g of protein which I’d absolutely consider to be a high-protein meal.

Grab the recipe here: Vegan Skillet Dinner

Tempeh Bacon BLT Sandwiches

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With the tempeh bacon, one sandwich accounts for a whopping 29.1g of protein– pretty impressive, right?

Grab the recipe here: Tempeh Bacon BLT Sandwich

Vegan Chickpea Nuggets

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Each of these nuggets contains 2.2g of protein. So, if you have a serving of 7 nuggets, you’ll reach that desired high-protein intake of 15.4g.

Grab the recipe here: Vegan Chickpea Nuggets

Vegan Lentil Stew

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For each serving of stew, you’ll get 16.5g of protein. Honestly, it’s the kind of recipe where you’ll be going for seconds, so you could get even more protein for one meal!

Grab the recipe here: Vegan Lentil Stew

Chili Beans with Creamy Polenta

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The polenta in this dish fills you up, while the kale provides a ton of nutrients. The canned beans in this recipe help make this a vegan high-protein meal, containing 19.5g of protein per serving.

Grab the recipe: Chili Beans with Creamy Polenta

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Alfredo Pasta Dinner With Creamy White Sauce And Herbs
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These recipes are ideal for hectic weeknights. Whether you prefer pasta dishes or stir-fries, these flavorful and effortless-to-prepare meals will allow you to unwind and relish your evenings without sacrificing taste.

Read More: Family Friendly Dinners

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Get ready to impress your family and friends with restaurant-quality meals that you can make at home. These are your favorite copycat recipes from Chipotle, Panda Express, Chili’s, Starbucks and more!

Get the Recipes: Favorite Copycat Recipes

Cozy Up with These 14 Soothing Comfort Food Recipes

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Food is more than just sustenance. Beyond providing the nutrients and energy we need to survive, food can also provide us comfort, joy, and feelings of nostalgia. With cooler weather around the corner, these comfort foods are perfect for chilly, cozy dinners.

From slow cooker soups to creamy pasta to hearty stews, these are our favorite comfort food classics.

Get the Recipes: Comfort Food Classics

45 Fall Baking Recipes So Good, People Won’t Believe You Made Them From Scratch

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The crisp air, changing leaves, and cozy sweaters mean one thing: fall is here. There’s no better way to celebrate the season than by firing up the oven and baking up some autumnal treats.

Fall baking evokes images of apple and pumpkin-flavored desserts, deliciously warm spices, and comfort foods that make you feel like you’re wrapped in your favorite blanket.

From apple crisps to pumpkin breads, coffee cake to pies, we cover all the fall flavors you know and love. You’ll find easy weeknight desserts, tasty treats for holiday parties, and plenty of family-friendly options to make with kids.

Get the recipes: Fall Baking Recipes to Make Now

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Chef, and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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