There are two ways to think about a main dish: the part of your meal that contains your main protein, or the part of your meal that is the most elaborate and/or takes the most work. I tend to think about it the second way, since I'm the one doing the cooking.
Lately, since we've mostly stopped eating meat (I don't think we'll ever be completely vegetarian), I've come across a few recipes that I want to try, but they don't contain a protein. Before, I would have just served up chicken on the side, but now I'm having to think differently.
Here are some ideas I have for serving meatless proteins on the side. If you have any other ideas, please share!
- Milk (8g protein per cup, complete)
- Cottage cheese (13g protein per 4 oz., complete)
- Yogurt (7g protein per 6 oz., complete)
- Edamame (we like this recipe) (6g protein per 1/2 cup)
- Homemade pudding (for dessert) (6g protein per 1/2 cup serving)
- Black bean soup (17g protein per 1 cup serving, incomplete)
- Eggs—fried, poached, boiled, scrambled, baked, etc. (7g protein per egg, complete)
- Hummus (6g protein per 1/2 cup, incomplete)
- Cheese (7g protein per ounce, complete)
- Avocado (4g protein per avocado) (these don't contain a ton of protein, but they help us feel full because of all the fat)
- Celery sticks with peanut butter (8g protein per 2 tablespoons, incomplete)
- A smoothie made with yogurt and/or milk