Protein intake is one of the first things people consider when making the decision to reduce their meat consumption—and one of the main reasons people are hesitant to make the switch. Luckily, there are plenty of easy plant-based meal options to meet all your protein needs!
Here’s a few of our favorite plant-based lunch recipes that are PACKED with protein:
1. Smoky Chickpea ‘Tuna’ on Rye with Spinach and Avocado
This sandwich recipe just screams comfort: Chickpea salad is a plant-based favorite, and adding a little smoky flavor makes it feel that much more like summer. Not a fan of rye? (That’s okay, not all of us are either.) Feel free to swap it out for your favorite sandwich vessel!
2. Wild Rice and Black Bean Burger
Everyone loves the convenience and satisfaction of a good burger, and thankfully this recipe doesn’t disappoint. The best part? You can make a batch and toss them in the freezer for later to fight back against the mid-week slump!
3. BBQ Seasoned Tofu and Veggie Quinoa Bowl
Barbecue is a classic American summertime flavor. And let’s be honest, tofu is the perfect vehicle for whatever sauce or seasoning you’re craving at the moment. Fortunately, it’s also chock full of protein! Throw it over some quinoa and this recipe has us drooling.
4. Spicy Buffalo Chickpea Wraps
Need a little spice in your life? We do, too. This recipe has us flavor-philes covered. Whip up some creamy, three-ingredient hummus dressing, toss it with some crisp vegetables, and enjoy your lunch break.
5. Easy Homemade Bean Burrito
As much as we would all love to buy ourselves a burrito everyday, our bank accounts might not be so happy about it. Luckily, they’re much easier to make at home than you think! Follow along with this recipe and you’ll be a burrito artist in no time.
6. Curry-Roasted Vegetable & Lentil Kale Salad
Eating plant-based isn’t all about salads, but it can be! This light, vegetable packed recipe isn’t skimping on the protein, either. One cup of lentils can provide about 17 grams of protein—that’s about a third of your daily protein requirement!
7. Peanut Butter and Rhubarb Jelly Sandwich
Lunch doesn’t always have to be so complicated. Enter the peanut butter sandwich, a timeless classic! It’s also packed with protein and healthy oils to get you through the rest of your day. Because it’s so versatile, you can make it any way you want. Here’s a recipe that we find the perfect mix of nostalgia and excitement.
These are just a few of our favorites, but there are countless options out there! Let us know your favorites by tagging us @CompassionUSA on Facebook and Instagram or Twitter.