Health-conscious chefs and home cooks alike are turning to vegetarian fare at least one night a week to improve nutrient intake, reduce environmental impact, save money, and experiment with delicious ingredients. High-protein plant foods like beans and quinoa make for tasty, economical, and nourishing meals that satisfy hunger longer—thus helping with weight management, too. Packed with fresh vegetables, these hearty dishes deliver a healthy dose of fiber, minerals, and antioxidants in easy combinations that any omnivore will love.
Warm Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable SaladServes 4 / Quinoa is a power player among grains (though actually it’s a seed) because it contains all nine essential amino acids. This complete-protein salad makes great leftovers to pack for lunch.
Tuscan Beans and GreensServes 4 / White beans and dark leafy greens are a classic combination in northern Italian cuisine. Cannellini beans are the traditional choice, but any white bean will do. Serve with warm, crusty bread and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.
Smoky Black Bean Tacos with Wilted Cabbage SlawServes 4 / Chipotle chile powder is the secret behind the smoky flavor of these beans. Top with your favorite salsa, if desired.
Moroccan-Style Chickpeas with Couscous Serves 6 / Don’t be intimidated by the ingredient list; this goes together quickly! These chickpeas are delicious over long-grain brown rice or quinoa in place of the couscous, or try them with toasty flat bread. Serve spicy harissa on the side.