First off, I think it's great that your hubby wants to go vegetarian!
I am a vegan, and I get most of my protein from the following foods:
Tofu, tempeh (a less-processed form of tofu), seitan (a mock meat that is basically the protein, in flour form, of wheat), kidney beans, black beans and chickpeas, quinoa (this stuff is awesome) and nuts (in moderation).
I know a lot of people turn up their noses at tofu, but once you get the hang of preparing it (same with seitan and tempeh), it really is versatile. There is also TVP (textured vegetable protein) that can serve as a meat-type replacement for ground beef dishes. Also, go organic on the tofu and tempeh if you can. I try to avoid GMO foods.
Some other tips for adding protein to your diet: If you like smoothies, add a tablespoon of peanut butter or other nut butter to it. It's delicious in addition to being nutritious. One thing I would guard against is eating too much cheese. A lot of new vegetarians start upping that intake and the calories and fat can really add up. Keep the cheese to a minimum if possible. :)
ETA: I just saw DIDS' post and totally agree on eating lots of green leafy veggies. They have a surprising amount of protein.
I would also suggest reading a couple of really good veggie cookbooks:
Becoming Vegetarian: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Vegetarian Diet, by
Versanto Melina, Brenda Davis and Victoria Harrison
Also, Veganomican by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Even though it's a vegan cookbook, there are lots of good tips about stocking the pantry and cooking tips for everything from tofu to potatoes. It's my favorite vegan cookbook, and it doesn't require a lot of odd ingredients.
Vegan on the Cheap is another good one, along with Isa Does It (this one has even more basic recipes than Veganomicon, though it does require a couple of items for the pantry that I don't typically stock). What I like about this one is the quickness of preparing the meals. It's good for work-week meals.
This might seem a bit overwhelming, but you can even make typical meat-type dishes vegetarian by subbing beans for the meat, say, in chili, spaghetti, tacos. Bean tacos rock!
Edited by: PTREE15 at: 2/18/2014 (13:17)
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