High-Protein Vegetarian Recipes

Find healthy, delicious high-protein vegetarian recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Spinach & Artichoke Dip Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars
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If you've ever wanted to make a meal out of warm spinach and artichoke dip, this creamy pasta is for you. And here's what's almost as good as the flavor of this comforting dish: the fact that this healthy dinner takes just 20 minutes to prepare.

Spinach & Mushroom Quiche

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This healthy vegetarian quiche recipe is as simple as it gets. It's a quiche without the fussy crust! It's filled with sweet wild mushrooms and savory Gruyère cheese. Enjoy it for breakfast or brunch, or serve it with a light salad for lunch.

Baked Penne Florentine

Rating: 2.33 stars
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This comforting and flavorful vegetarian dish is packed with protein.

3-Ingredient Goat Cheese Pasta with Broccoli

Swap out regular pasta for pasta made with chickpeas and you'll more than triple the fiber and double the protein in this simple, satisfying dish. Be sure to save some of the pasta water to make a sauce. Feel free to use frozen broccoli in a pinch (you can blanch the broccoli in the same water you use to cook the pasta).
By Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN

3-Ingredient Bell Pepper & Cheese Egg Cups

Requiring just three main ingredients—bell peppers, eggs and shredded cheese—these portable baked eggs are simple to assemble and perfect for meal prep. Store them in the fridge for up to 4 days to reheat on demand.
By Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN

3-Ingredient Green Goddess White Bean Salad

Bagged salad and slaw blends are great shortcut ingredients for adding variety without needing to wash and chop lots of different vegetables. Toss a kale-and-broccoli slaw mix with canned white beans and yogurt-based green goddess dressing for a crunchy main-dish salad in minutes.
By Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN

Spinach-Avocado Smoothie

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This healthy green smoothie gets super creamy from the frozen banana and avocado. Make ahead (up to 1 day) and store it in the fridge until you need a veggie boost.

3-Ingredient Cheese Tortellini with Tomatoes & Basil

This Italian-inspired dish is made with just three ingredients—roasted tomatoes, tortellini and fresh basil—to create a delicious, easy dinner. Roasting the cherry tomatoes coaxes out their natural sweetness. It's worth the time—trust us!
By Sara Haas, RDN

Stuffed Sweet Potato with Hummus Dressing

Rating: 4.43 stars
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Hearty yet simple to prepare, this stuffed sweet potato with black beans, kale and hummus dressing is a fantastic 5-ingredient lunch for one!

Black Bean Fajita Skillet

You can often find presliced and ready-to-cook fresh vegetables in your grocer's produce section. Use these to your advantage to cut down on dinnertime prep. Here, presliced fajita vegetables are sautéed with canned black beans and Southwest seasoning for a quick and easy Tex Mex-inspired meal. Plus, this recipe requires just three ingredients, not including basics like salt, pepper and oil. You can easily take your bowl up a notch by adding some cheese, sour cream or another tasty topping.
By Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN

Green Goddess Salad with Chickpeas

Rating: 5 stars
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In this cucumber, tomato, Swiss cheese and chickpea salad recipe, a healthy green goddess dressing is made from avocado, buttermilk and herbs. The extra dressing is delicious served with grilled vegetables.

Black Bean-Quinoa Bowl

Rating: 3.86 stars
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This black bean and quinoa bowl has many of the usual hallmarks of a taco salad, minus the fried bowl. We've loaded it up with pico de gallo, fresh cilantro and avocado plus an easy hummus dressing to drizzle on top.
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Inspiration and Ideas

33 High-Protein Vegetarian Lunches

These high-protein vegetarian lunch recipes are a tasty weekday option. We packed these lunches with fresh veggies and proteins like beans, tofu and lentils to make for meals that will leave you feeling satisfied all afternoon. Each serving has at least 15 grams of filling protein. Recipes like White Bean & Avocado Sandwich and Grilled Vegetable Quesadilla are healthy, satisfying and delicious.

Mozzarella, Basil & Zucchini Frittata

Rating: 4.75 stars
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This vegetable-studded frittata recipe is one of the quickest meals you can make. Make it for breakfast, or serve for lunch or dinner with a tossed salad and a slice of olive oil-drizzled crusty baguette.