When people find out I don’t eat meat or dairy, they get very concerned about where I’m getting my protein. I find this to be fascinating. I don’t concern myself with where others get their Vitamin D or Omegas, why the obsession with my protein? Apparently we’ve all been well convinced that 1) Humans needs TONS of protein, and 2) protein only exists in animals. Both of these are, of course, false. Only about 10-30% of your daily calories need to come from protein (depending on who you are, lifestyle, etc.), and protein exists in ALL kinds of food, including, huge shocker, plants. Now to be fair, when I first began to strip animal products from my diet, I spent a fair bit of time working out what I would be getting from where. But I quickly learned that if you just made sure there was a little bit of protein in every meal–rather than having to center the meal around protein–you get all you need. I throw a handful of chickpeas on my salad, almonds on my cereal, chia seeds in my smoothie, tempeh in my pasta. Basically it’s just a non-stop protein fest, so everyone can stop worrying.
Sometimes I get super fancy with this theory, and look for ways to secretly hide good nutrients everywhere. A very good friend of my mother’s once brought us some amazing little flower shaped cookies called Nan-e Nokhochi, which she told me were vegan and made from chickpea flour. After demolishing the box, I was determined to make some of my own, firstly because they were melt-in-your-mouth-delicious, and second because chickpea flour–like its chickpea brethren–is full of things that are good for you. Now don’t get me wrong, these are still dessert, they’re just dessert with higher levels of protein, dietary fiber and iron.
I spent some time with a lot of different recipes for these babies and ended up at the below proportions. They turned out great, though I would still love to get them meltier. I’ll continue to experiment and report back, or let me know if you figure out any great modifications. Especially if said modifications secretly get me closer to my RDA of vitamins.