Healthy eating is on the rise and there are many paths you can take to help make eating exciting and delicious. One way that many people find useful is to go vegan. Veganism can be a great way to live life in a way that feels satisfying and healthy. Many vegans look for ways to make sure they get protein with specific meals. At Foodini’s, we have talented chefs who know that cooking vegan meals with protein is crucial.

Portobello Mushroom Patties

Mushrooms are an excellent addition to any vegan diet. Many types of mushrooms are easy to bring into your meals. One of the best are portobellos. These thick mushrooms can be prepared in many ways. We love to turn them into patties that make a wonderful main course. Mix them with flax seeds, hemp seeds and brown miso paste. You can add nuts of your choice for lots of additional flavor. Let stand for twenty minutes. Then keep them in the oven for 115 degrees for ten to twelve hours.

Baked Yam and Walnut Salad

Walnuts and yams have lots of protein on their own. Bring them together and you have an ideal winter meal with enough protein to carry you throughout the day. Cup up yams into large chunks. Create a dressing with maple syrup and your choice of spices. We like cardamom and cinnamon. Bake for half an hour. Top with a chopped onion and put back in the oven for another half an hour. Add walnuts and serve immediately.

Cajun Style Corn and Spiced Kidney Bean Salad

This is another excellent option with two ingredients that bring flavor and protein to the same space. Corn and kidney beans are full of satisfying texture. First, get corn, green peppers, onions, carrots, cider vinegar, chopped, minced garlic and red kidney beans. Add spice to the overall salad with smoked paprika, hot sauce and lots of freshly ground pepper. Stir the mixture and let the flavors cook settle over time. Place it in the fridge for at least an hour.

Coconut Cookies With Cinnamon

Being vegan doesn’t mean you can’t have wonderful sweets. These cookies are also overflowing with protein. Combine baking powder, rice flour with chia powder and salt. Mix ripe bananas with hemp milk and two tablespoons of sunflower oil. Add cinnamon. Then, mix the entire ingredients together. Put the coconut flakes in and make a dough. Create a flat shape for baking by pressing them down and put them in the oven. Bake for about ten to twelve minutes until they look like they’re about crack. Serve with your favorite drink.

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