Since meat, which is high in protein, is off the table for vegetarians, they must find other sources of the essential nutrient. Fortunately, nature has provided many other excellent sources of protein for those who choose not to consume meat. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to eat an all-vegetable dish – sometimes you’re just in the mood for a power meal minus the meat.
Try these high-protein breakfast recipes for vegetarians:
Green Chile and Cheese Frittata
What you need:
- 10 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups low fat cottage cheese
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 cup diced green chile peppers
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
Stir together eggs, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add cottage cheese, Cheddar cheese, chile peppers and melted butter to the bowl. Pour mixture into a lightly-greased 9×13-inch baking dish then bake in a pre-heated oven (400F) for 15 minutes. Lower heat to 325F then continue baking for 30 minutes more. Cool then slice into small squares.
Black Bean Breakfast Burrito
What you need:
- 8 10-inch flour tortillas, heated
- 8 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups black beans
- 2 cups salsa
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Cook black beans over medium-low heat in a saucepan until heated through. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet then scramble the eggs together to desired doneness. Lay a tortilla flat on a clean surface then spoon black beans on it, followed by scrambled eggs, salsa and cheese. Roll into burritos. Do this for remaining ingredients.
Breakfast Veggie Omelette
What you need:
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
On a skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter then cook bell pepper and onion until tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and spinkle half the salt over them. Stir together eggs, milk, black pepper and remaining salt in a separate bowl. In the same skillet used to cook vegetables, melt the remaining butter over medium heat then pour egg mixture in the skillet. Cook until egg begins to settle at the bottom of the pan, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle cheese over omelette followed by the vegetable mixture. Using a spatula, gently fold half of the omelette over vegetables. Continue cooking to desired doneness.
Start your day strong and energized with these high-protein breakfast recipes you’ll love!
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