It’s important to include healthy sources of protein in your diet each day. Protein helps your body with a number of important functions and helps you maintain muscle mass.
When you think of protein, steak or chicken might come to mind. But if you’re not a big meat eater, you have other options to make sure you get the recommended amount of protein that your body needs.
Worry not, because there are plenty of protein-rich vegetables that are available year-round. Try out these 19 options for plenty of variety. They can each be enjoyed alone as a side dish, or in different recipes for a filling main course.

1. Broccoli

TOTAL PROTEIN: 4.26 grams per 1 stalk (medium)
There’s a reason your parents always told you to eat your little green trees. In addition to protein, broccoli offers filling fiber, vitamins K and C, and more.

Recipes to Try:

Magic Broccoli from RecipeTin Eats
Roasted Pecan Broccoli from Slim Palate

2. Yellow Sweet Corn

TOTAL PROTEIN: 4.68 grams per 1 large ear
Sweet corn is as nutritious as it is tasty. Look for fresh corn in the summertime, or use the frozen version for recipes year-round.

Recipes to Try:

Sweet Corn, Zucchini, and Fresh Mozzarella Pizza from How Sweet It Is
Sweet Corn Chowder from Maebells

3. Potato

TOTAL PROTEIN: 5 grams per 1 medium potato (with skin)
The trusty spud gets a bad rap. It’s actually packed with protein and vitamins C and B-6. Extra points if you eat the skin!

Recipes to Try:

Healthy Twice Baked Potatoes from bFeedme
Baked Potato Wedges from Home Cooking Adventure