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#1 Old 03-03-2017, 12:02 PM
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Question What is your favorite protein to build a meal around?

I've gotten a little lazy lately kind of just alternating tofu or black beans as the main ingredient in our dinners. I need some new ideas without using processed meat replacements like quorn or gardein. What are your favorites?
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Chickpeas. I like to do sauteed chickpeas, green beans, onion and season it with salt and black pepper (sometimes garlic too). Accompany it with roasted baby potatoes or rice, or whatever you feel like.
Red kidney beans is my favourite type of bean to have with rice. I also like fava beans with potatoes and hearts of palm, with some olive oil and minced garlic.

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Tofu - firm for some meals, fluffy for others.



seitan -find your own amino acids because it doesn't have any.


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Setian is great, you can make your own from vital wheat gluten flour. Put it in stews, fajitas or sandwiches
Quinoa is nice for salads, or you can use it on the side like rice or couscous if your main meal is predominant vegetable based (eg: vegetable curry)
Just using soya milk in your breakfast smoothie, will bump up your protein intake quite a lot for the day (I use cronOMeter and can always see a reduction in protein intake when I've switched to almond milk or oat milk)
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#5 Old 03-04-2017, 10:23 AM
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I would add:
- buckwheat, which strictly speaking is not a cereal like wheat, and which is a complete protein. As a porridge (the Russian kasha), or as pancakes (galettes).
- lentils, which can be cooked in so many ways.
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Originally Posted by BlueMts View Post
Tofu - firm for some meals, fluffy for others.



seitan -find your own amino acids because it doesn't have any.

Heck yeah it does!

I cook a different batch of beans, or mixed beans, every Sunday and make dips, spreads, soups, casseroles, sides with them for the week.
I love tempeh and tofu, and have experiment with a different way to make seitan at least once a month. I often combine gluten with beans

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#7 Old 03-04-2017, 08:24 PM
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I usually do tofu, beans, or fake meats such as Boca burgers.

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