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Soy shmoy! If you’re not into this bean, try these protein-powered, plant-based plates of paradise to satisfy your palate!

1. Stuffed Kabocha Squash with Quinoa and Chickpeas

Toss a bite of squash-quinoa-chickpea goodness into your mouth because that symphony of foods is a plane of protein on a direct route to your muscles! Those Saturn-shaped grains of quinoa boast 8 grams of protein per cup which, compared to other grains, is out-of-this-world. “To infinity and beyond,” says Buzz Lightyear. Those tan balls of yumminess have a whopping 15 grams of protein per cup: don’t mess with chickpeas, or they’ll morph you up into a glob of hummus! This recipe features both of those protein rich ingredients and work beautifully with the subtle flavor of Kabocha squash. Soy can step aside because chickpeas are here to save the day! (Side note: chickpeas contain no chicken.)

Stuffed Kabocha Squash with Quinoa and Chickpeas

2. Pinto Bean, Green Olive, & Sweet Potato Turnovers

She did what with garbanzo bean flour? Well, she made a turnover! No soy? Of course not! The moose outside should’ve told you. What? Garbanzo bean flour and whole wheat flour work together in this awesome recipe to create a divinely flaky crust for protein-filled and protein-encrusted turnovers. Featuring pinto beans, green olives, and sweet potatoes, these turnovers are global players: from South America to Europe to Africa and back to North America these ingredients are well traveled and bulked up with protein! You can be too! Just make these petite pies and plop them in your mouth! They’re known to make grown men/moose cry!

Pinto Bean, Green Olive, & Sweet Potato Turnovers

3. Chipotle Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

It seems I’m raving about beans, but they are little morsels of protein deliciousness! No, this recipe does not have anything to do with the restaurant or things that make you go, hmmm; it does have everything to do with protein though! Soy-free chili isn’t hard to make! Just leave out those weird, fake meat crumbles and add in beans or just follow this recipe!

Chipotle Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

4. Red Lentil Burgers with Kale Pesto

Move over mock meats! Abandon ship, animal burgers! Farfignuggen! What? It’s time for red lentil burgers and their side kick, kale pesto! Say goodbye to soy and beef and hello to these veggie burgers! They are our little friends! They have high quality protein in every scrumptious morsel. Take a bite of the burger and a dab of pesto, and your taste buds will yell “yippee!” Lentils, almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds–all ingredients that are sure to please–go into this lovely burger. Don’t settle for soy when you can eat this bad boy!

Red Lentil Burgers with Kale Pesto

5. Winter Potato, White Bean, and Kale Soup

Something is missing in this equation: you’re wrapped in your grandma’s quilt and you’re watching Christmas movies with your family. Soup is what’s missing! A nice, steaming, bowl of soup with reindeer dancing across its rim is just what’s needed to complete your perfect holiday happenings. This soup, filled with potatoes and beans and kale, is brimming with protein happiness to keep you from falling into a sad, ornery, cipher in the snow. Because its hot and in a bowl, you can raise it up like Simba in the Lion King, and sing, praising its warmth in your frozen hands. Dump that coffee and choose this soup to keep you cozy (or have both, no one will judge you). Seriously, potatoes and beans and kale in one pot is simple and sure to steam up your humble abode and your body.

Winter Potato, White Bean, and Kale Soup