If you're a vegetarian or just like the idea of preparing a couple of nutritious, meatless meals a week, using vegetable protein in your recipes has real merit. Animal protein contains all the essential amino acids the human body needs, but combining vegetable proteins like tofu with grains and legumes can provide the same benefits of animal protein with less fat and lower ingredient costs. Using protein-rich grains, seeds and legumes in cooking will also add vital nutrients and antioxidants to your recipes. The vegetarian dishes below lose the meat but still manage to be protein rich and full of flavor. Give one a try.