I am pretty sure I am going to convert to being a vegan, so any suggestions and tips for cooking or what to eat that is high in protein would be greatly appreciated. I hope to post pictures of my progress soon, glad to be a part of the family!
Lentils, Beans, lots of them! also eat sweet potato, broccoli, spinach, nuts, nut butters(natural ones) and you will surely pack on the muscle.
Also, mabye invest in a vegan/raw vegan protein powder as you can get a 2-5lb tub for around $40-$60 and that gives you typically 40-80 servings of 20-30g of 'complete' proteins. One serving is a complete meal, if you throw in a glass of soy milk (extra protein) or piece of fruit etc. It also runs pretty cheap this way too 'meal wise'.
Think about it this way: 2.2lb (1000g) tub of protein powder usually costs $35 and is typically 80% protein:
1000g x .8 = 800g (protein).
then there is about 30 servings in that tub, so:
800g / 30 = about 27g (protein in each serving).
Divide the price of the protein powder tub by the number of servings:
$35 / 30 = approx $1.20
Conclusion, you are getting a vegan meal
contaning 27g of 'complete' proteins, for a measly cost of $1.20; now that's a cheap moderate-high protein meal in my opinion.
Don't go protein powder crazy though (i.e. drinking in excess of 5 shakes a day) and neglect the whole foods i mentioned as they are what help fuel youur body to repair the muscle with the protein you're consiming.
Best of luck