Food & Nutrition

7 High-Protein Vegetarian Dinners from 1 Grocery List

I'm not a vegetarian. There isn't anything I absolutely never eat, and while I do have my go-to quick meals, I make an effort to keep things varied as possible, at least at lunch and dinner time. It's healthy to eat a varied diet, sure, but I mostly do it to keep myself interested. That's where my love of meatless meals comes in: Experimenting with different ways to turn plant-based ingredients (plus some eggs and cheese) into craveable, satisfying meals is fun! For me, anyway.

There's so much to love about meatless meals beyond kitchen creativity, too. They're often less expensive than meat-centric meals. They make great leftovers, and don't usually dry out the way a chicken breast or piece of pork might as it sits in the fridge over night. And, they're usually quick to put together, since you don't need to worry about internal cooking temperatures, or dirtying several different cutting boards in the name of avoiding cross-contamination.

Whether you're a vegetarian or just someone looking to add a few more plant-based recipes to your rotation, these seven dinners are great for busy weeknights.

Andrew Purcell, Carrie Purcell

All of the recipes are made with simple, good-for-you ingredients, and each serving has a healthy balance of carbs, protein, and fat, in accordance with current USDA dietary guidelines.

The best news? You can make them all with ingredients from a single grocery list. Here's everything you need:

Andrew Purcell, Carrie Purcell

Asparagus, 2 bunches
Basil, 1 cup
Cheddar cheese, 5 ounces
Cherry tomatoes, 2 pints
Chickpeas, 1 can + 1 cup
Cumin, ¾ teaspoon
Eggs, 3
Garlic, 4 cloves
Goat cheese, 10 ounces
Honey, 2 teaspoon
Idaho potatoes, 4
Lemon, 1
Paprika, ½ teaspoon
Parsley, ¼ cup
Pistachios, 6 tablespoons
Quinoa, 2 cups dry
Red bell pepper, 1
Snap peas, 5 cups
Tofu (extra-firm), 10 ounces
Vegetable stock, 2 cups
Whole wheat bread, 8 slices
Yellow onion, 2

All of these ingredients will keep for the entire week when stored properly. If you're not sure how to best store your produce, here's some sound advice.

Here's what's on the menu. Every recipe serves two, and you can cook them in any order you like.

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