Whether you are vegetarian, or are looking to incorporate more plant based sources of protein, beans and other pulses are a great way to do that! What are pulses, you might ask? Pulses are the edible seeds of the plants in the legume family, including beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils. They are packed with fiber, budget friendly and delicious! Beans can be incorporated into almost all the meals of the day, and here are some of our favorite protein packed vegetarian recipes to prove it!

11 Protein Packed Vegetarian Recipes To Keep You Full and Focused

Three Bean Chili

With cold weather hitting almost all of the east cost, chili is an easy way to warm you up from inside and out. Chili is very customizable with all the toppings you can put on it, and is a great way to use up any leftover veggies you may have waiting in the fridge. This recipe can be made on the stove, or done in the slow cooker for convenience. Try making your own chili seasoning to control the sodium in this dish, or use a low sodium chili seasoning for ease.

Lentil Soup

This soup could not be any easier, and would be a great lunch or dinner meal (just pair with a nice salad, and you are good to go!). This would also be a great pick me up if you are battling a cold, and need some nourishment. Check out the recipe here.

Socca (Chick Pea Flatbread)

This flatbread comes together quickly, and would be great for a snack, or to serve as an appetizer at your next gathering! Try serving it with tatziki for a delicious treat. Recipe here.

Lentil Curry

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This curry is another quick recipe that comes together in a flash. Whether you are a novice in the kitchen, or a seasoned chef, you will enjoy this curry! Serve with naan (or some socca flatbread!) Recipe here.

Black Bean Burgers

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Black Bean Burger (Photo by Kaitlin Eckstein)

This is a great alternative to standard beef or turkey burgers (and taste wayyyy better than the frozen variety). Another budget friendly meal, these burgers also freeze well, so feel free to shape them and stick them in the freezer for a quick meal on any weeknight, Recipe here.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dip

I bet you didn’t think I could include a pulse filled dessert? Well you thought wrong. No one could tell that the secret ingredient in this yummy dessert is actually white beans! Perfect for your next gathering. Check out the recipe here!

Black Bean Tacos

Black beans, tomatoes, spices, and delicious toppings? Could this BE any easier? I think not. This would be great for taco night as a vegetarian alternative. Check out the recipe here.

Baked Beans

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Baked Beans (photo credit Klara Knezevic)

Summer time favorite, but made with less sugar and is slow cooker friendly! Don’t forget the liquid smoke, it gives the beans some nice flavor. Serve with burgers (or black bean burgers!) at your next BBQ (or right now if you happen to be feeling some summertime sadness). Recipe here.

Lentil Pilaf


I love combination meals. What is a combination meals you may ask? Think a meal that has all of the components, including protein, carbs and veggies! This lentil pilaf fits the bill. Check out the recipe here.

Chick Pea Tomato Salad

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Another summer time favorite that is PACKED with fiber and protein. Serve with your favorite grilled chicken or fish. Recipe here.

Roasted Chickpeas

This is a great snack for your next road trip, an afternoon hiking or just for a long work day. You can change up the spices to fit your tastes! Try chili powder and cumin for a Mexican spin, or Italian seasonings with parmesan cheese! Recipe here.

If you would like help incorporating more beans and pulses into your lifestyle, make an appointment with one of our dietitians, by clicking here or calling 301-474-2499. 

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