A lot of people worry that they’re not getting enough protein.
If you’re one of these people, an easy way to find out how much you actually need is to multiply your weight in kilograms by 0.8 if you’re not an active person, and 1.2-1.5 if you go to the gym several times a week. This number will tell you how many grams of protein you need in a day, and to get there, you don’t necessarily need to add more meat to your diet!
Couscous is a great alternative to rice, because it has a lot more protein in it, and it’s way faster to cook. A half cup of couscous has 12 grams of protein, whereas brown rice doesn’t even have 3. Couscous is perfect to have in salads, to make tabbouleh with, and definitely to make the best Middle Easter and Mediterranean bowls.
Tahini is another Middle Eastern classic that is made from ground sesame seeds. This paste can be mixed with water, lemon juice, and garlic to create an awesome sauce, dressing, or dip, just by changing the amount of liquids you mix into it!
And, for every 3 tablespoons of tahini you slather onto your favorite foods, you’re getting 8 grams of plant-based protein.