High-Protein Vegetarian Chickpea Stir-Fry

When maintaining a fitness-focused lifestyle, incorporating a variety of protein sources is essential, especially in a vegetarian diet. This High-Protein Vegetarian Chickpea Stir-Fry is not only packed with nutrients and flavour but also quick and easy to make. Perfect for a wholesome dinner for two, this dish combines the hearty textures of chickpeas with fresh vegetables, all seasoned with aromatic spices.


Serves 2

  • Chickpeas: 1 can (about 400g), drained and rinsed
  • Broccoli: 150g, cut into small florets
  • Red Bell Pepper: 1 large, thinly sliced
  • Carrot: 1 large, julienned
  • Garlic: 2 cloves, minced
  • Ginger: 1-inch piece, finely chopped
  • Soy Sauce: 2 tablespoons
  • Sesame Oil: 1 tablespoon
  • Maple Syrup: 1 teaspoon
  • Lime: juice of 1 lime
  • Chili Flakes: a pinch (optional, for heat)
  • Fresh Coriander: a handful, chopped (for garnish)
  • Cooked Brown Rice: 1 cup (to serve)
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds: for garnish



  • Prepare the Vegetables and Chickpeas:
    • Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and chopped ginger, sautéing until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Cook the Vegetables:
    • Increase the heat to high and add the broccoli florets, sliced bell pepper, and julienned carrot to the skillet. Stir-fry for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender but still crisp.
  • Add Chickpeas and Flavourings:
    • Add the drained chickpeas to the skillet along with soy sauce, maple syrup, and lime juice. Stir well to combine and allow the chickpeas to heat through and absorb the flavors, about 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle chili flakes if using.
  • Serve:
    • Spoon the chickpea and vegetable stir-fry over cooked brown rice. Garnish with fresh coriander and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.

Nutritional Values (per serving)


  • Calories: Approximately 450 kcal
  • Protein: 18g
  • Fat: 10g (healthy fats from sesame oil and seeds)
  • Carbohydrates: 75g
  • Fiber: 15g
  • Sugar: 10g

Why This Dish is Great for the Challenge:

This Chickpea Stir-Fry is an excellent choice for anyone following a vegetarian diet and looking to maintain a high-protein intake. Chickpeas are a fantastic source of plant-based protein and fiber, making them ideal for satiety and muscle repair. The variety of vegetables provides essential vitamins and antioxidants, while the brown rice offers a wholesome, energy-rich base. The dish is balanced in macronutrients and high in dietary fiber, which supports digestion and sustained energy levels—perfect for fueling your fitness activities.

Enjoy this delicious, nutritious meal as part of your weekly meal plan to stay energized, satisfied, and on track with your health and fitness goals. It’s a simple yet flavourful way to enjoy a protein-rich vegetarian meal that supports your active lifestyle.



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