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Is there another way for a vegetarian to get protein other than tofu and beans?
There are so many great choices for getting protein. Some are more complete than others, meaning that they contain all of the essential amino acids. One reason soy products are so desirable is that they offer a complete protein, but so does buckwheat and quinoa. Eggs and dairy products are also complete proteins, but many vegetarians avoid both eggs and dairy.
The best strategy to get the complete set of amino acids is to combine two of grains, legumes or nuts and seeds. For instance, Red Beans and Rice or Polenta with Pine Nuts.
Here are some choices for you:
Whole wheat baked goods
Whole wheat pasta
Black Beans (Turtle Beans, Mexican Black Beans, Spanish Black Beans)
Fava Bean (Broad Bean, Butter Bean, Windsor Bean, English Bean)
Garbanzo Beans (Chick Peas)
Great Northern Bean
Navy Beans (Yankee Bean, Boston Bean, Boston Navy Bean)
Red Kidney Beans (Mexican Beans, Red Beans)
Soy Bean (Edamame, Soya Bean)
White Kidney Bean (Cannellini Bean, Fazolia Bean)
Black Eyed Peas
French Green Beans (Haricot Verts)
Green Bean (String Bean)
Runner Bean (Italian Flat Bean)
Snow Peas (Chinese Pea, Chinese Snow Pea)