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As Loki stated, protein and iron are two entirely different nutrients. They are mentioned in association with one another because meat is an adundant source of both of these nutrients. (It does vary with the kind of meat we are talking about, however.)

Many people do not realize that plants do in fact produce proteins. Amino acids (which compose proteins) are the building blocks of all life. Vegetarians' main source of proteins are grains and legumes. A diet that includes plenty of whole grains and beans, peas, and lentils will give you the amino acids you need for your body to compose complete proteins.

Beans (the dried varieties) are also a good source of iron, as are many greens, and blackstrap molasses.

You did not mention calcium, but this is another nutrient that people are going to wonder how you are getting if you never consume animal products. Greens, greens, greens: the dark kind will give you plenty of calcium. Kale, collards, and other dark greens are good sources. I usually steam mine to minimize nutrient loss.
 
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