Many of us have health-related goals for the new year, such as eating more vegetables, losing or gaining weight, or starting an exercise regimen. Eating vegan can help you achieve them all—and save animals!
Protein-rich foods make us feel more full than foods high in fat or carbohydrates, so you won’t be hungry soon after you eat. With this in mind, we’ve compiled the following list of healthy vegan recipes that are low in calories and chock-full of protein. (All calories are per serving.) Enjoy!
1. Hearty Vegan Chili (270 calories)
Veggie-burger crumbles make for a wonderful addition of both flavor and protein to this pinto and kidney bean chili. Skip the vegan cheese to keep the calorie-count low.
2. Quinoa & Lentil Stuffed Vegan Cabbage Rolls (278 calories)
We heart lentils, and you should, too, as they’re high in fiber, iron, and protein. Just 1 cup of this miraculous food provides 36 percent of your recommended daily protein intake.
3. Tempeh Tequila Taco Sliders (296 calories)
These tacos are full of healthy ingredients, such as pinto beans, avocados, and tomatoes. As if that weren’t enough, they’re also topped with a killer kale slaw.
4. Spiced Red Lentil, Tomato, and Kale Soup (346 calories)
It’s time to incorporate red lentils into your recipe repertoire.
5. Tofu Scrambled Eggs (200 calories)
We recommend eating this scramble with a hearty side of fruit. The calorie count excludes the toast that you might want to add.
6. Macro Buddha Bowl (492 calories)
This colorful bowl would be extra-tasty with a drizzle of tahini or goddess dressing.
7. Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers (311 calories)
Black beans and quinoa are the power protein combo in these insanely delicious–looking stuffed peppers.
8. Low Fat Vegan Bean Enchiladas (407 calories)
This recipe just might be too good to be true, but you have to click on the link to see for yourself.
9. Soy-Free Buffalo Wrap with Chickpea Tofu (436 calories)
This wrap is a perfect addition to any vegan meal plan, and the unusual chickpea tofu provides a wallop of protein. Note that the calorie count doesn’t include the additions listed in the recipe.
10. Olive Lentil Burgers (238 calories)
We can’t get over how good these burgers look. Bonus points for incorporating “secret weapon” textural ingredients such as cremini mushrooms and breadcrumbs. Serve in a lettuce wrap to keep the calorie count low.
11. Eggplant and Chickpea Curry (483 calories)
We recommend that you serve this tasty curry over brown rice, because white rice contains fewer vitamins.
12. Mushroom Barley Soup with Fresh Herbs (89 calories)
Cremini mushrooms, zucchini, and barley make up this scrumptious soup.
13. Maple-Miso Tempeh Cutlets (298 calories)
These cutlets would be great on top of a salad or brown rice.
14. 5-Ingredient Spicy Chile-Garlic Tofu (136 calories)
As with number 13, we recommend that you serve this tofu with brown rice and add a green veggie, too, for a healthful kick.
15. Chard, Lentil & Potato Slow Cooker Soup (229 calories)
Don’t you just love a recipe that you can make overnight and will be ready in the morning?
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