These budget-friendly vegan recipes mean you don’t have to break the bank to have flavorful, healthy, seasonal meals that are 100% plant-based. These meals are simple and cheap, so you don’t have to spend your entire paycheck to enjoy being plant-based!
We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our Budget-Friendly Archives!
1. Healthy Falafel
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This Healthy Falafel by Katia Martin recipe is packed full of nutrition and is super yummy. Top it with the tahini sauce, and you’re in falafel heaven! These ones are deep-fried, but they taste just as amazing when you bake them!
2. BLAT (Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado & Tomato) Pitas
There’s a joke that vegans can make bacon out of anything, and we do—anything from mushrooms to coconut and even seaweed. Dulse is reddish-brown seaweed that grows in the northern Atlantic and Pacific. Like all sea veggies, it’s a good source of vitamins and minerals, and it’s high in protein by weight. When toasted, it takes on the texture of bacon. Here, in this BLAT (Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado & Tomato) Pitas by Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine, it’s crumble it and stuff into a pita for a plant-based spin on the BLT!
3. Summer Vegetable Sauté
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This Summer Vegetable Sauté by Megan Calipari is so delicious and would be a great side dish with roasted potatoes! It can also be a light lunch that is perfect for warm days. Pull a seat outside and bring this vegetable sauté! It’ll be perfect!
4. Double Chocolate Tofu Donuts
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Did you know you could make donuts out of tofu? Yep, you read that right, tofu. These Double Chocolate Tofu Donuts by George Lee only require 6 ingredients and are super chocolate-y and decadent — crispy on the outside, cakey on the inside, and completely free of soy flavor. The richest, most decadent Double Chocolate Tofu Donuts. Super easy, delicious, and free of soy flavor!
5. Crispy Chickpea Burgers
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Delicious chickpea veggie burgers that are packed with flavor. These Crispy Chickpea Burgers by Caroline Doucet holds well during cooking and has a perfect texture with a little crunch from sunflower seeds. All made with basic ingredients!
8. Veggie Bowl with Braised Tofu
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Dinner made easy! This Veggie Bowl with Braised Tofu by Teri Macovei is the healthy comfort food that you need. It’s sweet, sour and mildly spicy. All flavours and textures are well balanced, making it into an irresistible delicious bowl of food.
7. Canned Sweet and Zesty Corn Salad
Corn salad is one of those versatile recipes that can turn your pantry into a deli. This Canned Sweet and Zesty Corn Salad by Angi Schneider is fantastic straight out of the jar and added to burrito bowls and tacos.
8. Avocado Pumpkin Panini With Caramelized Onions
Better than grilled cheese, this ooey-gooey gluten-free lunch is filling and delicious, thanks to the creamy pumpkin and avocado. Plus, don’t caramelized onions just make everything better? Try out this Avocado Pumpkin Panini With Caramelized Onions by Amy Height!
9. Guru Salad
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10. Fluffy Cornmeal Drop Biscuits
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The best thing about biscuits is that they are done from start to in your mouth in 30 minutes. And when they’re drop biscuits, there is basically no cleanup. Just a bowl. These Fluffy Cornmeal Drop Biscuits by Megan Calipari are no exception to either of these rules. The addition of cornmeal in these biscuits makes them incredibly flavorful. The sweet corn flavor comes through really well. And the texture of the cornmeal gives is an ever-so-light crunch that is delightful.
Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home!
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.
For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Here are some great resources to get you started:
- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
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