A vegan diet may be full of all sorts of good things, but one element that can be in short supply is protein. Still, unlike some vitamins and other substances that can be lacking in a vegan diet and need to be replaced by supplements, protein is easy to find in lots of non-meat and dairy-free foods. With the increasing number of vegetarian takeaways now catering for vegans, it shouldn't be too hard to seek them out. While nuts and seeds are the prime sources of protein in many dishes there are plenty of other ingredients that'll get you your protein fill. So here are our top five ways to give yourself some real protein power.
1. Avocado Toast, Le Pain Quotidien
Lots of people rely on Le Pain Quotidien for their daily bread, which many like to enjoy with some avocado on top. It may not be quite the on-trend ingredient that it was a year or so ago but when it's smashed and served on toast it's still a firm breakfast favourite. This well-known French bakery is taking that one step further and adding seeds, citrus cumin salt, lemon juice and olive oil to the smash. Delightfully different to its plain cousin, this dish is a real hit with us.
2. Ban Lee Vegetable Salad, Dim T
There's nothing quite like a super salad to energise you for whatever the rest of the day has in store - and not many can compete with this beauty from Dim T. It's positively packed with good things including broccoli, butternut squash, cashew nuts, courgette and peppers. Then, to top it all, a tangy mustard dressing adds a little heat to the proceedings. This protein's got a kick to it!
3. Itame (Yasai) Tofu, Wagamama
Tofu is another favourite way to get some protein into the vegan diet and, when it's treated like it is here, it's full of flavour and interest too. It's served in a light coconut and lemongrass soup with rice noodles that's refreshing yet comforting. It's one of a range of vegan favourites served at Wagamama so if you fancy a side to go with it we heartily recommend the Yasai Gyoza.
4. Mock Chicken Burger, Mildred's
Mildred's has long been an institution on the London veggie and vegan scene and with dishes like this, it's easy to see why. The high protein mock chicken patty is joined by onion, lettuce, tomato and vegan aioli all in a soft brioche bun. There are even fries on the side so you'll certainly be left clucking with delight.
5. Kale Caesar Salad, By Chloe
This is a crisply delicious mix of shredded kale, chopped romaine, shiitake bacon, avocado, almond parm, maple-wheat croutons and Caesar dressing. Gram for gram we doubt you'd be able to find a more energy-packed and nutritious salad without a great deal of searching. Even then, we doubt that it would taste quite as good as this imperial masterpiece from By Chloe.
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