The most common questions vegans get asked is, “But where do you get your protein from?” This is usually from well-meaning friends and family who simply can’t understand how one can function without animal products.
Happily, being a vegan doesn’t mean that you’re resigning yourself to a sluggish, tired life. Plenty of plant-based foods can offer more than enough protein. Here are ten of our favorites, plus recipes for how to use them!
The first one we love is beans. Black, white, pinto, cannellini, garbanzo – there are so many different versions to discover and enjoy. Super versatile, cheap, and filling, one serving (about 1/2 a cup) has 8 grams of protein in it!
People often complain of the….er…less pleasant side effects of beans, but that can be easily remedied with a bit of advance planning. Ditch the canned stuff and buy your own in bulk. Soak them for 8 hours or overnight and thoroughly rinse off. When simmering them, add a pinch of baking soda and constantly skim the water for any impurities and scum that might float to the top. I even change the water in the middle of cooking, to ensure that I’m left with a delicious pot of beans with no gaseous side effects.