Protein is the word on everyone’s lips when it comes to vegan nutrition! It’s an important building block for the human body and everyone needs it. We are here to help you discover the power of plant-based protein through these simply amazing recipes!
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1. Grilled Kofte Wraps
Source: Grilled Kofte Wraps
Throughout the Middle East, kebabs called kofte are made by mixing ground beef with delightfully extravagant quantities of fresh herbs and warm spices. The beef mixture—formed around skewers, rolled into logs, or pressed into patties, depending on region and personal preference—is grilled over high heat and served with a creamy yogurt sauce. Since the protein composition in plant-based meat makes it more delicate than beef, our plant-based kofte was prone to breaking apart on the grill when formed onto skewers. Doing away with the skewers and rolling the kofte into logs allows us to handle them more gently with tongs, so they’re less apt to crumble. (A well-oiled grill grate helps, too.) The tangy yogurt-tahini sauce cuts through the koftes’ richness and spice, and red onion, tomato, and shredded lettuce add a fresh, crisp touch. The intense heat of a charcoal fire mimics that of a kofte grill, but you can use a gas grill instead. If you like, serve the kofte with a side of rice pilaf rather than making wraps. Try out these Grilled Kofte Wraps by America’s Test Kitchen!
2. Bun Cha
Source: Bun Cha
Vietnamese bun cha is a vibrant amalgam of pork, crisp lettuce and cucumber, bright herbs, and rice vermicelli, all united by a potent sweet-sour-salty sauce known as nuoc cham. The traditional version features grilled pork patties shaped like squished meatballs. Here, we swap the grill for a nonstick skillet and press the patties into ½‑inch-thick disks to give them an even more flat, brownable surface area than the originals. Nuoc cham traditionally includes fish sauce; to make up for its absence here, we substitute similarly salty soy sauce. We use the sauce two ways: A couple of tablespoons go into the meat mixture, and the rest goes on the side for drizzling over the salad, meat, and noodles according to individual preference. For the best results for these Bun Cha by America’s Test Kitchen, make sure to shake all excess water from the noodles after rinsing them. For a less spicy sauce, use only half the Thai chile. To serve, place platters of noodles, salad, sauce, and pork patties on the table and allow diners to assemble components to their taste.
3. Butterbean Salad with Green Herb Dressing
4. Hot Pink Hummus
Source: Hot Pink Hummus
5. Chick’n Scallopini with Piccata Sauce
This vegan scallopini with creamy piccata sauce is filled with bright, sunshiny lemon flavor. Plus this Chick’n Scallopini with Piccata Sauce by Katherine Henderson is so easy to make, and the taste is amazing!
6. Farro Bowl with Butternut Squash, Sausage, and Radicchio
Most of us don’t have the luxury of taking regular strolls through the food markets of Tuscany in late September, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Italian autumnal flavors at home. This Farro Bowl with Butternut Squash, Sausage, and Radicchio by America’s Test Kitchen showcases the bounty of an Italian harvest with crunchy, bitter radicchio and sweet roasted butternut squash over a base of nutty, pleasantly chewy farro (an ancient Mediterranean grain beloved in Italy). Gorgeous ripe figs give the bowl a honeyed sweetness that’s balanced by the piquant Dijon–balsamic vinegar dressing. In keeping with the theme, we combine our homemade Italian sausage seasoning with plant-based meat and top each bowl with the resulting sausagey, savory crumbles. Any type of fresh fig will work in this recipe. You can substitute 1½ cups seedless grapes, quartered, for the figs, if desired.
7. Easy Tofu Curry Ramen
Source: Easy Tofu Curry Ramen
8. Forbidden Rice Salad with Spicy Edamame
In this Forbidden Rice Salad with Spicy Edamame by Cameron Keller, you’ll find fresh bell peppers, oranges and wilted spinach folded into a nutty bed of forbidden rice, and adorned atop it with a mound of spicy sautéed edamame finished off with a creamy drizzle of a simple lemon-tahini sauce – you gotta’ try it!
9. Lentil Salad
Source: Lentil Salad
This Lentil Salad by Dominique Ebra is a classic combination of fresh green lentils, crunchy cucumber, red bell pepper, red onions, and herbs, with a simple lemon and maple syrup dressing. A satisfying, healthy staple protein-packed dish, this lentil salad recipe is great to make for lunch, dinner, or a side dish.
10. Caldo de Res
Source: Caldo de Res
This Caldo de Res by Mitch and Justine Chapman (or Mexican vegetable beef soup) is a warming, hearty, and comforting dish that hits the spot when the weather is cool. Come see how easy it is to make a plant-based version. You won’t believe how delicious it tastes!
Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental well-being, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, and prostate cancer, and has many side effects.
For those interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend purchasing one of our many plant-based cookbooks or downloading the Food Monster App which has thousands of delicious recipes making it the largest vegan recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Here are some resources to get you started:
- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
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