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. Guru Salad
Source: Guru Salad
2. Antipasto Scrambled Tofu
Source: Antipasto Scrambled Tofu
This Antipasto Scrambled Tofu by Katie Culpin and Josh Bailey is an incredible energy booster with amazing flavor. Start your day right with this delicious goodness! Black salt gives the tofu an eggy flavor, while olives, roasted bell pepper, and artichoke bring that tangy, umami flavor that makes antipasto so good.
3. Fluffy Cornmeal Drop Biscuits
Source: Fluffy Cornmeal Drop Biscuits
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.
4. Cream Cheese Pinwheels with Fresh Veggies
Pinwheels are these cute little tortilla roll-ups filled with your favorite spread and filling. You can’t go wrong by making pinwheels if you have these 3 main ingredients: tortilla, a spread, and veggies! All right. In short, take a large tortilla, add a generous layer of your favorite spread, and then arrange your favorite veggies on top. Roll the tortilla up tightly, chill, cut, and impress your party guests with these Cream Cheese Pinwheels with Fresh Veggies by Emese Maczko and Nandor Barta!
5. Kid-Friendly Cauliflower Hash Browns
Sometimes getting kids to eat veggies can be a bit difficult, but it’s important to make sure they get all of the nutrients that they need. That’s why these vegan hashbrowns are amazing. They’re a kid-favorite and disguise the cauliflower so well! This recipe for Kid-Friendly Cauliflower Hash Browns by Katia Martin might even be your child’s new favorite breakfast
6. Kitchen Sink Cookies
Source: Kitchen Sink Cookies
Salty, sugary, sweet, and totally addicting, these cookies are packed with anything and everything you have in your pantry that needs a new home. Some ideas include chocolate chips, toffee, candy pieces, nuts, coconut, graham crackers, marshmallows, pretzels, dried fruit… the list goes on. These Kitchen Sink Cookies by Kristen Genton are totally customizable! You can even split the dough base and have each person mix in exactly what they want — or just make them to your preference so no one else has to eat them :)
7. Seaside Luau Tacos
Source: Seaside Luau Tacos
The spicy mango salsa paired with the teriyaki tofu and lime dressing is a magical combination that transports you to Hawaii. These fresh and sweet flavors are so addictive and great for a potential luau. Try out these Seaside Luau Tacos by Katia Martin!
8. Easy Weekend Morning Pancakes
Source: Easy Weekend Morning Pancakes
This recipe for Easy Weekend Morning Pancakes by Wholesome LLC is pantry-friendly, does not contain trans fats or require emulsifiers (with the exception of your own muscle power), and does not require vitamins and minerals to be restored in result of processing. These pancakes are just good ol’ fashioned pancakes without the cruelty. Fluffy, delicious, and perfect for the weekend!
9. Berry Chia Energy Gel
Source: Berry Chia Energy Gel
This Berry Chia Energy Gel by Zuzana Fajkusova and Nikki Lefler is packed full of energizing nutrients that provide easily digestible nourishment for your long and intense workouts. Known as the “running food,” chia seeds are a fantastic high- energy endurance food that dates as far back as the ancient Aztecs. Soldiers used to eat a daily serving of these tiny seeds to give them energy for running long distances and to sustain them for long periods of heat and thirst. When you pair chia seeds with natural sugar and electrolytes (as in this recipe), it creates the perfect fuel for before, during and after any high- intensity and endurance activities.
10. Curry Chickpea Salad with Grapes
Source: Curry Chickpea Salad with Grapes
This Curry Chickpea Salad with Grapes by Kristen Genton is definitely a must-have to keep in your fridge for lunches or snacks. You will love the contrast between the sweet grapes and the flavorful curry powder. Then you add in the crunch of the celery/onions and it’s the perfect combination!
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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