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. Cacio e Pepe Summer Pasta Salad

Vegan Cacio e Pepe Summer Pasta Salad

Source: Cacio e Pepe Summer Pasta Salad

Colorful and delicious, this simple pasta salad comes together in just minutes. You have to try making this Cacio e Pepe Summer Pasta Salad by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez!

2. Cauliflower Nachos

Vegan Cauliflower Nachos

Source: Cauliflower Nachos

This recipe for Cauliflower Nachos by Hannah Sunderani, Two Spoons swaps traditional nacho chips for cauliflower, so you’re getting a wholesome vegetable-loaded dish that packs flavor.


3. Kale, Sweet Potato and Tempeh Breakfast Hash

Vegan Kale, Sweet Potato and Tempeh Breakfast Hash

Source: Kale, Sweet Potato and Tempeh Breakfast Hash

Breakfast hashes make for a filling breakfast, but they’re often served with eggs but this Kale, Sweet Potato and Tempeh Breakfast Hash by Plant Protein Recipes That You’ll Love takes a twist. For a plant-based alternative, you can use tempeh, which not only provides a good source of protein, but also helps make the dish heartier. And, if you’re short on time, you can always microwave the sweet potato instead of baking it, which will cut down your cooking time by about 15 minutes.


4. Avocado Pasta

Vegan Avocado Pasta

Source: Avocado Pasta

Vegan avocado pesto pasta topped with crispy chickpeas. This Avocado Pasta by Caroline Doucet is made in under 30 minutes with just a few ingredients.


5. Lentil Quinoa Burger

Vegan Lentil Quinoa Burger

Source: Lentil Quinoa Burger

The season of outdoor and BBQ dining is in a full swift. This yummy and super healthy Lentil Quinoa Burger by Lena Novak is for those of you who prefer to make veggie burgers at home from scratch.

6. Uncanny Chickpeas 

Vegan Uncanny Chickpeas

Source: Uncanny Chickpeas

I readily admit I love the convenience of canned beans. But I had a bad experience with my favorite brand that shall remain unnamed: they sold big cans of beans cooked to perfection, but then something happened and the cans had way more liquid than actual beans. After recurring issues and some very feeble customer service response, I decided to cook my own. I’m grateful because they are even better. And it doesn’t even take that long. Not to mention, these Uncanny Chickpeas by Celine Steen are cheaper. In your face, nameless brand.

7. Blueberry Chia Pudding

Vegan Blueberry Chia Pudding

Source: Blueberry Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are a superfood, loaded with health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids—nearly five grams in a one-ounce serving! They are also an excellent source of fiber at 10 grams per ounce (about 2 tablespoons), and contain protein and minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Try out this Blueberry Chia Pudding by Helyn Dunn!


8. Mushroom Shawarma

Vegan Mushroom Shawarma

Source: Mushroom Shawarma

This Mushroom Shawarma by Kirsten Kaminski is a combination of cuisines. In Thailand, I got inspired to use oyster mushrooms as a juicy meat alternative, and in Israel, I learned to love the smell of shawarma. Combining the two creates a mouthwatering dish that is one of my most popular recipes among family and friends. Take a bite of the warm pita filled with creamy hummus, tahini, salad, tangy amba, and crispy mushrooms, and fly to heaven!   Reprinted with permission from The Traveling Vegan Cookbook by Kirsten Kaminski, Page Street Publishing, Co. 2021. Photo credit: Kirsten Kaminski.

9. Fried ‘Riced’ Broccoli Bowl

Vegan Fried ‘Riced’ Broccoli Bowl

Source: Fried ‘Riced’ Broccoli Bowl

A grain-free, fried “rice” perfect to add some color to your stir-fry. This Fried ‘Riced’ Broccoli Bowl by Mitra Shirmohammadi is simple, beautiful, and low in calories. A delicious alternative to cauliflower rice.

10. Sweet and Sour Glazed Chickpeas with Mango Salsa

Vegan Sweet and Sour Glazed Chickpeas with Mango Salsa

Source: Sweet and Sour Glazed Chickpeas with Mango Salsa

Top Sweet and Sour Glazed Chickpeas with Mango Salsa by Taavi Moore over brown rice or spice it up by serving them as tacos. This recipe will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied after a long summer’s day. It is perfect for the heat and will satisfy your tastebuds with all the right flavors.

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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammationheart healthmental wellbeingfitness goalsnutritional needsallergiesgut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acnehormonal imbalancecancerprostate 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.

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