20+ Filling Low-Protein Recipes

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If you need to watch your protein intake, try these flavorful low-protein recipes! You’ll love these picks from breakfast to dinner and dessert.

While most people are looking for high-protein recipes, there are some instances in which one needs to follow a low-protein diet. 

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Some of the most common reasons for eating this way are kidney disease, impaired liver functions and other problems with protein metabolism.

A low-protein diet restricts foods like meat, fish, eggs, dairy, legumes, soy, nuts and seeds while focusing on fruits, vegetables, grains and healthy fats.

Should you have other dietary restrictions, check out our collections of low-FODMAP, low-fiber, low-carb and low-fat recipes.

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20+ Filling Low-Protein Recipes (Breakfast to Dinner)

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

If you need to watch your protein intake, try these flavorful low-protein recipes! You’ll love these picks from breakfast to dinner and dessert. The following pasta marinara is a beginner-friendly recipe the whole family will love!


Pasta Marinara

  • 12 oz dry pasta (340 g)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped (140 g)
  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes (800 g)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups fresh spinach (60 g)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Basil, to garnish


  1. Place a large pan over medium heat and add olive oil and onion. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add vegetables and spices. Cook for 8 minutes or until everything has softened a bit, then stir in tomato paste and crushed tomatoes.
  3. Mix until well combined and bring to a simmer. Let the sauce cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Once done, drain.
  5. Just before the marinara sauce is done cooking, stir in spinach and some basil leaves. Adjust to taste preferences, then divide pasta and sauce between serving dishes and enjoy!


  • Feel free to add other veggies to the sauce.
  • Top with nutritional yeast or vegan cheese shreds if wanted!
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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: ¼ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 562Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 397mgCarbohydrates: 92gFiber: 9gSugar: 17gProtein: 18g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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