7 Plant-Based Proteins That Pack A Punch October 24, 2018

by Meka Kraut Eat

Looking to liven up your menus and surprise your taste buds with a more flexible diet? Say hello to flexitarian! A flexitarian diet means eating a healthy mix of plant-based proteins while still enjoying meat and seafood in moderation. To get you started on your flexitarian journey, we’ve got you covered with the 7 best plant-based proteins to keep you full, happy, and flexible!

You told us you wanted more options in our Pronto Plan and we listened. The Pronto Plan is more flexitarian-friendly than ever before, so you can cater to the taste buds of the whole fam and eat better. We’ve rounded up some of the plant-based proteins you’ll be seeing more of on the Pronto menu:

1. Tempeh

1 cup = 31 grams of protein

What is tempeh? It’s a traditional Indonesian delicacy made from fermented soybeans. With a firm texture and nutty taste, enjoy it steamed, sautéed, or baked. Tempted to try tempeh? Try it in our Sloppy Joe Tempeh Sandwich! Be sure to grab some extra napkins for this saucy recipe.

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2. Chickpeas

1 cup = 14.5 grams of protein

It’s time to give chickpeas a chance! Chickpeas are a type of legume offering a range of health benefits. They’re a great source of fiber, iron, and zinc, and are responsible for quite possibly the best spread everHummus! Try a soup-eriour recipe with our Crispy Chickpea and Tomato Stew with Grilled Pesto-Cheese Tortillas.

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3. Quinoa

1 cup = 8 grams of protein

Quinoa is an easy grain to love! It’s gluten-free, high in protein, and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. Our culinary team loves featuring it as a side in many of our top-rated recipes! Quinoa getta “What-what!” for our Veggie Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers recipe?

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4. Spinach

1 cup = 5 grams of protein

It’s not easy being green, but it doesn’t have to be hard to eat that way! A sprinkling of spinach looks pretty on a plate, plus it’s nutrient dense with vitamin A, C, E, and loaded with antioxidants. Popeye was definitely on to something! Turn over a new leaf with our Za’atar Crusted Halloumi Spinach Salad recipe.

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5. Lentils

1 cup = 18 grams of protein

Lentils pack a punch! They are a high-protein, high-fibre member of the legume family. Enjoy the lentil things by swapping out ground meat for them in your favourite pasta or curry dish. Need some dinner inspiration? You’ll feel a lentil bit better knowing what to make for dinner tonight, AKA our Italian Lentil Stew!

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6. Beans

1 cup of pinto beans = 41 grams of protein

Beans are nutritional powerhouses offerings tons of protein and fibre to your diet. Beans make a great side dish, topping, or just a tasty bowl of hearty goodness. A couple of HF favourites? Black, pinto, and cannellini make frequent appearances on our menus. We don’t know about you, but we’ve bean thinking about dinner all day long and our Mixed Bean and Veggie Panzanella Salad will hit the spot!

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7.  Tofu

1 cup = 20 grams of protein

Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a versatile and protein-rich meat alternative that can be used in savoury and sweet dishes. Kick up the flavour (meatless style) by enjoying it steamed, sauteed, fried, or baked! Get your apron and taste buds ready for our Golden Tofu Quinoa Bowl.  Yum! (If you love protein bowls, we’ve got some Bowl Recipes that’ll make your taste buds dance) 

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We hope these 7 plant-based proteins inspire you to add a little bit of flex to your diet. In fact, you’ll be seeing a lot more of them on our new and improved Pronto Plan. Don’t forget to take photos and tag #HelloFreshLife, so we can see all the nutritious deliciousness you’ll be cooking up!

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