We’ve picked out some of the best plant-based high-protein recipes from 2020 and gathered them here! These recipes are all 100% vegan, high in protein, and packed with nutrition. High-protein recipes are great to keep on hand and make regularly. After a while, you won’t even have to think much about getting in enough protein, because these high-protein recipes will be in your regular rotation! We’ve got burgers, pancakes, desserts and more.
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Try one of these plant-based high-protein recipes from 2020 and don’t forget to check our High Protein Archives and 15 of our Top Plant-Based High-Protein Recipes from 2019!
1. Sweet & Sour Cashew and Chickpea Fried Rice
Savory, sweet, and sour fried rice topped with glazed cashews and chickpeas. This recipe for Sweet & Sour Cashew and Chickpea Fried Rice by Taavi Moore is so simple, easy, and will be ready in no time.
2. Greek Meatballs
Source: Greek Meatballs
These meatball gyros are juicy, full of flavor and made with pea-based vegan ground “beef.” Vegan ground beef gives off more fat when cooking than regular beef, so developing a crust on the meatballs before finishing them in the oven helps to lock in the moisture and flavor. Save time by using store-bought feta, or make your own. The recipes for these Greek Meatballs is reprinted with permission from Vegan Yum by Megan Sadd, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Megan Sadd
3. Roasted Red Pepper, Chickpea, and Spinach Curry
This vegan Roasted Red Pepper, Chickpea, and Spinach Curry by Sonja Trurnit is fantastic! Chickpeas and spinach are blanketed in a rich, red pepper and coconut sauce for a hearty, spicy, super comforting curry that’s also rich in iron! What more could you want for dinner? This vegan chickpea curry will have everybody wanting to come back for seconds (and maybe thirds)––it’s just that delicious!
4. Chickpea Piccata with Mushrooms
Source: Chickpea Piccata with Mushrooms
5. Italian Chickpea Burgers
Source: Italian Chickpea Burgers
Please don’t let the longer list of ingredients scare you away from these Italian Chickpea Burgers by Wholesome LLC! The ingredients are simple and tend to be household staples–perhaps with the exception of fresh basil. You’ll end up with an amazing burger!
6. Farro and Bean Soup
Source: Farro and Bean Soup
7. Peanut Chickpeas
Source: Peanut Chickpeas
Vegan Peanut Chickpeas by Alexandra/Eian Kelly are one of the quickest, easiest, and most nutritious recipes! Packed with plant protein from the chickpeas and lots of vitamins thanks to the spinach, this makes an awesome weeknight meal!
8. Thai-Inspired Basil Tofu
Source: Thai-Inspired Basil Tofu
9. Tofu Puffs with Asian Vegan Mushroom Sauce
These Tofu Puffs with Asian Inspired Vegan Mushroom Sauce by Adriana Zifarelli are a scrumptious main ideal to both treat and nourish yourself. Easy to make and super tasty this dish can be served with a spread of other Asian small dishes for a buffet like meal, or accompanied with noodles or steamed rice for a filling, main course that is also perfect for weekend or mid-week meal prep.
10. Chickpea Shakshouka with Avocados and Fresh Herbs
Shakshouka is a dish that has roots both in the Middle East and North Africa, and it is a fun dish to veganize. The traditional preparation calls for eggs to be poached over tomato broth spiced up with coriander, paprika and other flavors. But who needs the eggs? Not us! Instead, in this variation, chickpeas are added right into the sauce, along with extra vegetables, Aleppo pepper and a hit of nutmeg for a flavorful, hearty, protein-packed situation. You don’t have to wait for breakfast to eat it, either. It is a great busy weeknight meal; serve it right out of the skillet with a side of crusty bread to sop up all that delicious sauce.
11. Coconut Curry Zoodles with Asian Greens and Silken Tofu
The key to creating the perfect bowl of Southeast Asian noodles or courgette noodles is to fry off a few aromatics before adding curry paste to the pan to make sure you get a complex, layered broth, regardless of the paste you’re using. You have to try these Coconut Curry Zoodles with Asian Greens and Silken Tofu by Rachel Phipps!
12. Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice with Crispy Onions
This traditional Lebanese dish, also known as Mujadara, is made with lentils, rice and crispy golden onions. It’s easy to make and full of flavor and nutrition. You’ll absolutely love Rouxbe‘s Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice with Crispy Onions!
13. Chickpea and Pumpkin Fritters
Source: Chickpea and Pumpkin Fritters
This recipe is great to have during the Fall and Winter months because it’s got hearty grounding ingredients like pumpkin and chickpeas which will give you the comfort you crave during these seasons. Trudy Geneus‘ Chickpea and Pumpkin Fritters are so delicious and will impress anyone who tries them!
14. Red Lentil Soup with North African Spices
A North African-style mix of coriander, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and cayenne brought warm complexity in minutes as we bloomed them in our pot after sautéing an onion. Tomato paste and garlic completed the base before the addition of the lentils, and a mix of broth and water gave the soup a full, rounded character. After only 15 minutes of cooking, the lentils were soft enough to be pureed with a whisk. A generous dose of lemon juice brought the flavors into focus, and a drizzle of spice-infused oil and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro completed the transformation of commonplace ingredients into an exotic yet comforting, quick soup. You have to try this Red Lentil Soup with North African Spices by America’s Test Kitchen!
15. Mediterranean Chickpea Spinach Stew
Everyone needs a back-pocket recipe that they can pull out at a moment’s notice. Made up of fairly basic pantry staples that you probably almost always have on hand, it’s especially great when you know you’re due for a grocery shop. Unlike most traditional stews that take hours to cook, this one is ready in about twenty minutes. But the best part? It’ll still taste like you’ve been working on it all day. You have to try this Mediterranean Chickpea Spinach Stew that is reprinted with permission from Effortless Vegan by Sarah Nevins, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Sarah Nevins
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