I'm a meat eater who would like to cut out meat from 90% of my diet. I'm searching for vegetarian recipes that have decent amounts of protein. I used to be vegetarian when I was a teenager, and at the time didn't care about whether what I was eating was healthy, or if it had a decent amount of protein. Could have gone the whole day eating french fries, in fact I'm sure I did in college. Nowadays if I don't get protein in me at nearly every meal I feel ill. So I would love some of your favorite vegetarian recipes that have a good source of protein and ideally are not too junky. **
For my contribution in case anyone else is looking for similar ideas, I have been obsessed with garbanzo beans lately. So today I made boxed couscous but added zucchini and garbanzo beans, and a little lemon and sea salt for flavoring. Oh and onions and garlic, which are a standard for almost every meal I make so I sometimes don't think about mentioning it
Thanks in advance for any ideas!
**Amending the post to say that I would love recipes without protein too - because I just realized some of them could be vegetarian side dishes to the main dish. As long as it's tasty and favored by you, I'd love to hear your recipes!
Have you tried qunioa? I like the Ancient Harvest white quinoa. It's already been rinsed (which apparently you have to do, otherwise, and it doesn't sound that simple, to rid it of some kind of bitter flavor or something). When I cook it I put it first in a dry skillet and kind of toast it a little to get a more toasty flavor. It is higher in protein than some grains, I think. It takes only 15 minutes to cook and is versatile, replacing rice (which is higher glycemic) or other grains. I cook it in chicken stock or water. It works in soup, too, or as a kind of tabuli or couscous salad. In soup I would add it after all is done cooking, same as I do for noodles or pasta. http://vegetarian.about.com/od/glossary/g/whatisquinoa.htm
I really enjoy vegetable curries. I just saute some veggies with EVOO, pressed garlic, add in some curry powder and a little ground cardamom, some chicken stock and a little half and half, or canned coconut milk. The veggies I like to use are zucchini, yellow crook neck squash, carrots, shredded savoy cabbage, potatoes, maybe a little chopped cilantro and a slice of lemon. The lemon can curdle the half an half (but I don't care
You can put a dollop of yogurt on top, or add some tofu or garbanzo beans. You can serve it over quinoa.
I made a good wrap using Alvarado street sprouted fajita size tortillas. I saute chopped crimini mushroom in some extra virgin olive oil with pressed garlic and a little dry thyme leaves, then add shredded curly kale or chard which has been striped from the big stems and saute until done. Instead of cheese, I spread a little mayo on the heated tortilla, maybe sprinkle it with a little Parmesan cheese or drizzle some Pico Pica hot sauce on it. I sometimes put a scrambled egg with it, and/or chopped avocado. You can add some beans to the sauteed veggies.