When it comes to getting a hefty amount of protein in one meal, especially in a plant-based one, sometimes you have to plot out your ingredients carefully to achieve 1o grams of protein or more. Sometimes this means mixing different pulses, adding soy or wheat protein meat, or piling on the vegetables. While it is certainly possible to create a meal from scratch that accomplishes this protein goal, it can be nice to come home and be able to quickly prepare a well-rounded meal that has all the protein you want already incorporated in.
Thankfully, nowadays, there are so many brands that go out of their way to make sure their meals pack a pretty substantial protein punch to keep you fueled throughout the day. Now, you can either scour the supermarket aisles and find protein-rich meals for yourself, or you can let One Green Planet help you out! Here are 12 prepackaged vegan meals that are brimming with protein!
Dr McDougall’s Lentil Curry Pilaf
Lentils are one of the most protein-packed legumes in existence. So, adding this mighty pulse into meals, pretty much guarantees that the product will have a pretty high protein content. Dr McDougall’s Lentil Curry Pilaf, for example, is a gluten-free, low-calorie, and low-fat microwavable “Asian entrée” that is made from brown rice, lentils, dried vegetables (tomato, garlic, shallots, onion, cilantro), white rice, wild rice, almonds, yeast extract, and spices. Each package provides 10 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this meal is hearty, filling, “doesn’t taste like it’s a microwaveable meal,” and is very convenient. Some reviewers don’t think that the meal is spicy enough to be called a “curry” but as one reviewer points out, you can always add your own spices after the fact. If you want to try it out, you can get a pack of six 2.5-ounce packages for a little more $22.50.
Chef-Man Mexican Strips With Chickpeas and Beans
For a quick protein-rich meal that has a main and two sides, consider looking into Chef-Man Mexican Strips With Chickpeas and Beans. This vegan meal is pre-cooked and ready-to-eat, gluten-free, and non-GMO. It is made primarily with water, non-GMO soy protein concentrate, tahini sesame paste, dehydrated vegetables (onion, garlic), protein isolate, chickpeas, red beans, and spices. Each meal provides 10 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this meal is filling and tasty although “Middle Eastern” might be a better way of describing the flavor. You can get one meal for $10, two for $17, or four for $36.
Gardein Crispy Chick'n Sliders
Gardein Crispy Chick’n Sliders are great for when you’re craving something that tastes like a junk food favorite but is actually nutritious. The patties of these small sandwiches are made primarily from soy protein, vital wheat gluten, ancient grain flour while the breading is made primarily from rice and wheat flour. Each of these small sliders contains 11 grams of protein. To enjoy these, simply pop them in the microwave for three minutes. Some reviewers have gone simple with the fixings, sticking mostly to ketchup but pointing out that these definitely leave room for toppings if that’s what you desire. Some even report forgetting that these are not actually chicken! This six-box bundle includes 24 sliders and is a little over $40.
Backpacker's Pantry Chana Masala
Backpacker’s Pantry Chana Masala may have been made specifically for long hiking trips, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this easy-to-make Indian meal at home! This entrée consists of precooked long grain white rice, chickpeas, coconut milk powder, tomato, sea salt, and spices. Each bag yields two 13-ounce servings and is shelf stable for up to 84 months, so you can set this aside in your pantry for one of those lazy nights when you don’t want to go grocery shopping. To enjoy this meal, you simply have to add boiling water. Each serving of this meal provides Reviewers are reporting that this meal is flavorful, very filling (despite the fact that there isn’t much curry sauce with it), and yields large servings. To try it out yourself, you can get one bag (two large servings) for about $6.
Sweet Earth Big Sur Breakfast Burrito
We’ve all had those nights when you’re in the mood for having breakfast for dinner, but don’t have many vegan options at the local diner. That’s when products like Sweet Earth Big Sur Breakfast Burrito come in handy. This microwaveable burrito has all the components of a breakfast platter in a convenient, portable wrap-form. It contains zesty tofu scramble, roasted red peppers, and smoked seitan bits. Each wrap provides 17 grams of protein. While all of the reviewers rave about the taste of this burrito, many have pointed out that they sell for a much lower price at places like Walmart and Target. However, if you don’t live near one of these stores and you’d still like to try them out, the price may be worth it. You can get a pack of 12 burritos for about $85 (that’s about $7 per burrito).
Amy's Brown Rice and Veggies Bowl
If you’re looking for a vegetable-heavy dinner entrée that still packs a protein bunch, Amy’s Brown Rice and Veggies Bowl is a pretty solid choice. The bowl, which contains nine grams of protein, has a base of brown rice, is topped with a medley of vegetables including broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, black-eyed peas, and onions, and then is drizzled with a bit of tamari, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. It simply needs to be popped in the microwave for a few minutes, and then it’s ready to eat. You can get a 12-pack of these for a little over $75.
Tofurky Turk'y Broccoli Cheddar Pockets
Want a healthier (but just as convenient) alternative to Hot Pockets? If so, check out Tofurky Turk’y Broccoli Cheddar Pockets. Protein-rich Tofurky nuggets, broccoli florets, and vegan cheddar cheese are wrapped in a lightly herbed whole grain pocket. Each pocket has 11 grams of protein. You may want to warm up both, though, one Amazon reviewer claims that one is simply not filling enough. That means 22 grams of protein in just these two pockets! Pretty impressive. This 12-box bundle pack breaks down to about $5.25 per package.
Hormel Vegetarian Chili
Chilis are excellent one-pot dinner options that are hearty and easy-to-make and guess what? Extracting the beef from chili doesn’t change this fact! Hormel Vegetarian Chili, for example, is a 99 percent fat-free chili made with water, beans, tomatoes, onions, carrots, corn flour, chili powder, textured vegetable protein, and a few other ingredients. Each one cup serving of this chili provides 11 grams of protein, 10 grams of fiber, 25 percent of your daily vitamin A, and 15 percent of your daily iron. Reviewers are saying that this chili is very filling, easy to prepare, doesn’t have filler ingredients like some other chilis, and is delicious. Some felt it wasn’t thick enough on its own, and so they bulked it up with rice. To see how you feel, you can get a pack of six 15-ounce cans for $11.25.
Vegetarian Plus Kung Pao Chicken
If you feel like having Chinese tonight, don’t get greasy take out! Instead, check out Vegetarian Plus Kung Pao Chicken. This microwaveable entrée contains soy protein chicken enveloped in a salty-sweet Kung Pao sauce. While this product is very vibrant in color, it uses no artificial coloring or flavorings. Additionally, it has no MSG or preservatives and contains 13 grams of protein per serving. One Amazon reviewer describes the product as “soul food and more yummy than I can even express.” Pretty enthusiastic! If you want to see if you’ll feel the same, one box will cost you $7.75.
Nile Spice Couscous Lentil Curry
Nile Spice Couscous Lentil Curry is a hearty blend of couscous, garden vegetables, and lentils served in a convenient individual serving cup. Specifically, this meal is made with pre-cooked couscous, lentils, dehydrated vegetables (tomato, carrots, onions, garlic, spinach), salt, hydrolyzed corn/wheat/soy protein, spices, and a few other ingredients. Each package provides 10 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that lentil curry is a “great, quick meal,” very flavorful (and requires no additional seasoning), and packs a good protein punch. To try it out, you can get a pack of 12, 1.9-ounce cups for about $26.
Modern Table Meals: Southwest Lentil Rotini
Having a product like Modern Table Meals: Southwest Lentil Rotini makes cooking dinner a breeze. The four-serving package comes with red lentil-based pasta, corn, black beans, zesty sauce, and seasoning. Each serving has 17 grams of protein. The process of cooking – boiling the pasta and vegetable mix, mixing in the sauce, and sprinkling on the season – takes about 15 minutes. Just be careful with the seasoning, some reviewers have said that if the whole packet is used it can be too spicy. You can get one 11.3-ounce package (four servings) for $8.50.
Annie Chun's Teriyaki Noodle Bowl
When made with the right ingredients, Asian noodle bowls can actually be very nutritious and protein-rich. Take Annie Chun’s Teriyaki Noodle Bowl, for instance. This microwaveable entree is made with wheat noodles, topped with a savory soy sauce, and then studded with tofu cubes, carrots, corn, spinach, and scallions. Each one of these packages provides 12 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this noodle meal is tasty, easy-to-make, and nutritious, although some think it is a bit too high in calories and salt. However, as one reviewer pointed out, if you’d like the meal to be less salty, you can abstain from using the entire seasoning packet. To see how you feel about it, you can get a pack of six 7.8-ounce packages for $18.
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