With plant-based dining sprouting up on tables across the country, options are opening up for vegans and other meat-averse eaters. Treat yourself and friends and family to some of these tasty meatless options that are packed with protein and other goodness.
Orecchiette With Vegan Sausage and Brussels Sprouts
Mock meat proteins are taking centre stage these days, and it’s easier than ever to find them in supermarkets or specialty grocers. Try out vegan sausage paired with orecchiette and Brussels sprouts in this simple dish.
Vegan Grain-Free Gnocchi With High Protein Pesto
Versatile pesto is the secret workhorse of easy suppers, and this recipe uses cannellini or navy beans to boost protein levels as well as add texture. The chickpea gnocchi provides another notch of protein to the mix.
Easy Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese
Lentils and walnuts give this simple vegan Bolognese heft as well as extra protein, putting comfort and wellness in one cozy bowl.
Tofu Lettuce Wraps
Leaves of lettuce are stuffed with protein-rich tofu, flavoured with the elements of Tex-Mex Ree Drummond knows so well: avocados, corn and chili powder. Balsamic vinegar adds an unexpected sweet finish to the whole wrap and roll production.
Chickpea Curry With Rice
Versatile chickpeas are a traditional ingredient in some curries, and this easy recipe makes these protein-filled legumes the star of the dish. Substitute maple syrup or another sweetener for the honey in this recipe if you’d like to change up the flavour profile.
Vegan Pizza With Almond Ricotta, Coconut Bacon and Pesto
A smart alternative to ricotta uses high-protein almonds to add cheesy goodness for this vegan pizza. When the separate components are made and stored ahead of time, the final pizza comes together in a snap.
Vegan Sloppy Joe Sliders Are Your Answer to Healthy Entertaining
For a simple take on Trinidad’s doubles with half the effort, these vegan sloppy Joe sliders definitely add up. If you can find it, guava jam adds a piquant note for these hearty snacks.
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie With Crispy Cauliflower Crust
With some simple (and protein amped) ingredients such as brown lentils, this shepherd’s pie brings a comfort food classic to the vegan table.
Vegan Tofu and Spinach Scramble
Think beyond the yolk when assembling ingredients for your next scramble: This tofu one-pan dish is loaded with spinach, basil and tomatoes, and a sunny golden yellow due to the turmeric.
Vegan Chickpea Crab Cakes
Chickpeas stand in for pricey crab meat in this vegan and protein-friendly take on a seafood favourite. Lemon wedges are optional, but try to mix up the vegan tartar sauce for those who consider dip a must-have.
30-Minute Harissa Tofu, Broccoli and Carrot Sheet Pan Dinner
The popularity of sheet pan meals is unavoidable: the simplicity of a one-pan, bake and serve dinner is appealing to many hurried cooks. This recipe, with harissa spiked tofu, carrots and broccoli, is ready in a mere 30 minutes — just enough time to whip up a savoury sumac cucumber salad side.