Step away from those protein supplements and shakes. People following a vegan diet typically don’t take in as much protein as others, but there are more nutritious and less torturous ways of upping your protein intake. One cup of beans in a vegan diet is enough protein to substitute that chalky, unappealing snack bar. For vegans and non-vegans alike, beans have many nutritional benefits you can’t get from peeling back a wrapper.

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If you’re always looking for new recipes that are high in protein, we’ve found a couple tasty vegan bean recipes.

Pinto Beans and Vegetables with Vegan Red Wine

The vegan red wine in this dish has a smooth flavor that really compliments the pinto beans and vegetables. The onions, mushrooms and other veggies are a great taste combination with the garlic and wine. It calls for four cups of beans that provide a hearty amount of daily protein.

Tuscan Style White Beans and Kale

This meal is perfect with a side of bread and carrots. The leafy texture of the kale and clean taste of rosemary satisfies your taste buds and your diet. It also adds some color to your plate with the Italian-inspired seasonings and spices.

Vegan Barbunya Pilaki

You might not be able to pronounce it, but don’t skip this Turkish delicacy. This recipe can be altered a little to fit your family’s liking. You can add a bit more or less of the vegetables, and even complete the final product with a dash of lemon to give a kick. It’s sure to be a hit even with the kids, and you won’t have to slave away all day to make it.

Next time you’re looking for protein, don’t be tempted by the gimmicks. These bean recipes make a healthy meal that is perfect for your vegan diet or any other. If you’re looking for an overall healthy vegan lifestyle, beans will always trump supplements. Try out other vegan-friendly bean recipes too, and share your favorites with us.

Meatless Monday is so much more appealing when incorporating this tasty dish featuring Randall Beans Great Northern Beans.

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