If you're under the impression that plant-based meals can't be filling and hearty, you'll convince even the most skeptical carnivores with these stick-to-your-rib dishes filled with vegan protein. Meatless Monday is a great time to try out these recipes, each of which features a vegan protein source like beans, lentils, or quinoa to make them filling and satiating.
Quick chili is one of our absolute favorite weeknight meals, because it's easy to prepare and even easier to clean up. This vegan chili with red lentils is no exception -- featuring kidney beans, and black beans, it's super filling. There's a good amount of spice, too, with fresh chili and ground spices. And to top it all off, it's made in just one pot, leaving you ample time to prep a few garnishes while it simmers, like fresh avocado, chopped herbs, or raw onion.
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Tiny Puy lentils are a French delicacy, with a peppery aroma and a toothsome texture. We love how quick they are to cook up -- about half the time of their brown cousins -- and especially how filling they are. This simple lentil recipe is just as tasty served hot or cold. A dollop of minted yogurt adds some calcium to the final dish, not to mention a nice unctuous creaminess, and it's just as delicious with a vegan yogurt or even vegan sour cream.
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These super tasty tacos are full of the bright flavors of corn, cilantro, and lime. Two components make up the filling for these tacos. The first is a corn salad with cilantro, red radishes, lime, and jalapeño (you can add feta if you like or leave it out for a vegan taco). The vegan protein, meanwhile, comes in the form of black beans seasoned with onion and cumin. Pile both on top of corn tortillas for a delicious Meatless Monday dinner.
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This burrito bowl features both quinoa and black beans for a vegan protein one-two punch. Almost effortless to prepare, this burrito bowl has a super-short ingredients list, made up mainly of pantry staples like quinoa, black beans, cumin, and paprika. Depending on what kind of Monday it has been, you can top the bowls with a simple jarred salsa or your favorite homemade guacamole. Whatever you choose, it's going to be delicious.
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