Here’s another fast and cheap recipe that I just put together last week.
It combines lentils, quinoa, and veggie burgers into a simple dish.
If you’ve tried to get high protein vegan meals and haven’t discovered lentils yet you’re in for a treat.
Lentils have 1.25 g of protein per 10 calories which beats eggs, yogurt, and even ground beef.
Lentils also have 65 g of protein per dollar for a $2 package which you can get much cheaper in bulk.
To pack even more protein in I added quinoa, one of the highest protein whole grains, as well as vegan burger patties.
Lastly, this is one of those 60/20/20 macro meals that vegan bodybuilders strive for.
60% of calories from carbs, 20% from protein, and 20% from fat
Serves 5 – split over 5 meal prep containers
- 1 lb package of lentils
- 1 cup of dried quinoa
- 1 box of vegan burgers (4 patties), look for ones with 16 grams of protein each
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 5 servings
- 640 calories per serving
- 34 grams of protein
- 15 grams of fat (20% of total calories)
- Cover the lentils in water and ideally let soak overnight then drain the water. This will get rid of any of the gassiness from the lentils. I skipped this step and just boiled them.
- Bring the lentils to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook till soft (25 – 35 minutes)
- Simultaneously cook the quinoa with 2 cups of water in a rice cooker. If you don’t have a rice cooker you can do the same thing on the stovetop. Bring the cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water to a boil, reduce to a simmer, then cook for 20 minutes and remove from heat. Let sit for 1 hour. It’s way easier to use a rice cooker and not think about it. I got mine from a thrift store for $4 and it’s a model they still sell in H-Mart and other Asian grocery stores for over $100.
- Chop the onions and stir fry them on medium low heat with the 4 tablespoons of oil. Ideally do this in a very large wok or pan as you’ll be adding everything in later.
- Once the onions brown add the frozen vegan burgers to heat them up.
- Remove the burgers once thawed, cube them, and set them aside.
- Add spices to the onions in the pan. The simplest is to add salt and pepper to taste. This dish can easily be made into a curry, into chili, or a variety of other types. See other recipes on this site for how to do that easily. I like to include the spices in this step as sauteing them with the onions will bring out the flavors of the spices.
- Once the lentils and quinoa are done add them into the wok or large skillet.
- Add the chopped burgers in as well.
- Stir everything.
- Taste and add more spices as needed.