5 Favorite Vegetarian Protein Sources

Happy Tuesday to you, friends! Whether you’re interested in eating less meat to save money on groceries or for health and/or moral reasons, this post could be a resource for you! Today I’m sharing my 5 favorite non-meat proteins all of which are very affordable! As always, I’d love to hear your own favorites in the comments below! 

5 Favorite Vegetarian Protein Sources

  • Lentils: Lentils are high in protein, fiber, and iron. They give me a lot of energy and keep me full! I love adding them to pasta, stir fry, soup, and salads for extra protein. Current favorite lentil dish is adding it to roasted or sauteed veggies and making them in to a curry over wild rice! So delicious and satisfying!
  • Edamame: Edamame is surprisingly high in protein (about 17 g per 1 cup)! I love edamame in stir fry, salads, and just plain! Current favorite way to eat them is in a rice bowl with other veggies and drizzled with Tamari or Korean BBQ sauce!
  • Black Beans: Black beans are so so versatile! They can be seasoned to fit any taste or type of dish that you want. My favorite way to season them is with garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, and lime juice. This combo makes for great tacos rather than traditional ground beef tacos. Give it a whirl and I promise you won’t miss the beef!
  • Eggs: Eggs are definitely a favorite protein source for me personally. I love eggs on avocado toast or in a gluten free wrap for a filling meal at any time of day! I love that they’re pretty inexpensive (in comparison to meat) and they keep me full for a few hours which is key at work!
  • Tofu: Tofu is great because you can season it to fit any dish you’re working on. If you’re new to tofu I’d recommend buying extra firm tofu, marinating it for at least 30 minutes, and baking it in the oven for an extra crispy texture.

Favorite non-meat source of protein? Do you eat meat every day? 

Tell me in the comments below!

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19 thoughts on “5 Favorite Vegetarian Protein Sources

  1. I love all of these options! Well, except for tofu. I’ve actually never had it, but there is something about the texture and appearance that kind of freaks me out. Maybe if I tried it with my eyes closed? 😉

    • haha, i hear ya on the tofu. I’m telling you, if you marinate it well and let it sit in the marinade for at least 30 minutes and then bake it until its crispy, it takes on a whole new texture!

  2. I usually eat meat once a day, but I love lentils! I just had these chips made out of lentils. 🙂 Oh and have you ever tried black beans in brownies? My favorite vegetarian protein source is probably… eggs!

  3. I think lentils are probably my favorite source, although I cook with tofu more often. I love them both! You run a great blog overall, for sure! (Sharing some love from the Bloggers Gonna Blog Facebook group!)

  4. As a vegetarian, I loved reading your recommendations for getting more protein! I love eating a protein bar, peanut butter, or something with tofu 🙂

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