Power Boost: 8 High-Protein Side Dishes for Vegetarians

Living without meat means you're cutting out a huge source of protein. If you've been vegetarian for a while now, you've found other healthy ways to get your protein. For some extra ideas about boosting your meals, here are eight side dishes that will give your body what it needs!

Protein French Fries: These little guys are crazy addicting. They're made with tofu and have only four ingredients to them! Be warned, if you make them once, your family will want them over and over again. (via Chocolate Covered Katie)

protein french fries
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Chickpea and Edamame Salad: For a delicious side dish that's light and refreshing, consider this side salad! It's great for a hot day and pairs well with just about any main dish! (via Mother Thyme)

chickpea edamame salad
(Photo: Mother Thyme)

Roasted Corn and Poblano Salad with Lime Vinaigrette: A great side dish for any Mexican-inspired meal, this salad has a zesty flavor that's packed with protein from black beans! (via A Sweet Simple Life)

roasted corn poblano salad
(Photo: A Sweet Simple Life)

Protein-Packed Mashed Potatoes: Mashed potatoes make for a classic side dish. If you need something to give your family some more protein but need to be sure they'll eat it, this is a great option! (via Eat Within Your Means)

protein packed mashed potatoes
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Harissa Green Beans with Spiced Chickpeas and Feta: This side can easily be served as a healthy alternative to a green bean dish on Thanksgiving, but it's so tasty that you're going to want it year round! (via Floating Kitchen)

Harissa Green Beans
(Photo: Floating Kitchen)

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Quinoa Falafel with Avocado Tahini Dressing: This is a vegan dish packed with protein thanks to the quinoa! It's a great addition to any Mediterranean meal! If you're looking to change things up, try this out. (via Vegangela)

quinoa falafel
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Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms and Walnuts: This is a great side dish because it can be made very quickly! It's simple and doesn't require a lot of clean-up. If you have a busy family, keep this recipe in mind! (via Oh My Veggies)

roasted green bean
(Photo: Oh My Veggies)

Grapefruit Roasted Beets, Greens and White Beans with Pistachio Butter: This dish will look absolutely beautiful on your dinner table, and taste great too! The unique flavors come together to create a delicious protein-filled side dish. (via The First Mess)


grapefruit roasted beets greens white beans
(Photo: The First Mess)

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