5 Amazing Vegan Proteins

Meat isn’t the only source of protein. By incorporating these non-animal based foods into your diet, you can reduce your of saturated fat intake while meeting your daily protein quota.

TEMPEH – Made from cultured and fermented soybeans, tempeh mimics the texture of meat. It also has an earthy flavor, which makes it an especially good substitute for beef. Try it in tacos, stews and pot pies.

TOFU –It gets a bad rap as bland and boring, but this curd—made from soybean milk—can take on the flavor of almost anything you pair it with. For those averse to its soft texture, try using extra-firm tofu and pressing it between paper towels for an hour before using.

EDAMAME – These soybean pods have become a ubiquitous sushi restaurant appetizer, but the shelled beans are also delicious as a side dish, like succotash. Or puree them oil and herbs to make a tasty spread.

BEANS –  Try mixing mashed black beans into brownie batter for an extra dose of fiber and protein. Or create a festive (and easy) dip by pureeing pinto beans with jarred salsa.

LENTILS – Lentils are filled with protein, as well as folate, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and zinc, making them a nutritional powerhouse. Try sautéing lentils with spinach, smoked paprika and diced, cooked potatoes for a tasty, one-dish meal.

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