8 Plant-Based Food Pairings for Complete Proteins

What’s Protein Combining?

Pairing certain protein plant-foods together ensures you get your daily essential amino acids if you’re on a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Protein Pairing Made Easy

Here are 8 complementary protein combos you can follow, plus recipe ideas you can easily add to your daily menu!


Pasta + Peas

Grains and legumes together give you all the essential amino acids. So, make a nutritious pasta with peas — try it with our creamy peas sauce!


Pasta + Chickpeas

Instead of peas, you can use chickpeas. Pair them with roasted veggies and harissa for a delicious pasta salad — lunch-box-perfect!

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Brown Rice + Lentils

Eating rice with lentils is another way you can get complementary proteins. And our favourite recipe is this hearty Lebanese mujadara!


Toast + Beans

For complete proteins, top your morning toast with a healthy heap of beans — try our pinto beans recipe with maple syrup and soy sauce!


Corn + Chickpeas

Boost your veggie fritters with corn and chickpea flour to swoop up all your essential amino acids. Baked, not fried in our easy recipe!


Barley + Split Peas

This plant-based take on the famous Scotch broth delivers complementary proteins in one wholesome bowl. Tasty and nutritious!


Beans + Nuts

Pair red kidney beans with almonds or walnuts in salads to get complete proteins. Here’s a tasty recipe to batch-prep for the week ahead!


Oats + Peanut Butter

Top your morning oatmeal with a dollop of peanut butter and you won’t have to think about complete proteins for the rest of the day!

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