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. Protein-Packed Chocolate Chia Pudding

Vegan Protein-Packed Chocolate Chia Pudding

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This Protein-Packed Chocolate Chia Pudding by Lenny Wu is creamy, chocolatey, and easy to whip up — the perfect make-ahead vegan breakfast for busy days. You may use whatever protein powder is on hand, or omit it and use less milk. Also, feel free to add different toppings to it

2. Cauliflower Mash

Vegan Cauliflower Mash

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This Cauliflower Mash by Maggie Wescott is a healthy alternative to mashed potatoes.  This mashed cauliflower takes 20 minutes to make and creates a beautiful side dish for any meal.  Enjoy with lentil meatloaf, grilled portobellos, and more!


3. Sweet Carrot Cookies

Vegan Sweet Carrot Cookies

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These Sweet Carrot Cookies by Lenia Patsi are such a delicious fall dessert. They’re made with a few simple ingredients and are full of autumnal flavors!


4. Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes

Vegan Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes

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These Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes by Alexandra Lourdes are wonderful to make during the fall season, or to share at the holidays with friends and family!


5. Chickpea Cutlets with Savory Mustard Sauce

Vegan Chickpea Cutlets with Savory Mustard Sauce

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These Chickpea Cutlets with Savory Mustard Sauce by Denise Perrault are the definition of simple decadence. Whip up these no-fuss cutlets in the food processor and while they bake, whisk up a savory mustard sauce that caters to the mustard lovers’ in your life. You don’t need tons of time to make yummy cutlets.

6. Garlic Knots

Vegan Garlic Knots

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Vegan Garlic Knots by Alexandra/Eian Kelly taken to the next level, in the form of fluffy, buttery, vegan garlic knots! Tie pizza dough into knots and coat with vegan garlic butter; it’s that easy!

7. Chocolaty Yogurt Parfait

Vegan Chocolaty Yogurt Parfait

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ThisChocolaty Yogurt Parfait by Nele Liivlaidis a great afternoon pick-me-up snack that takes only one bowl and less than 5 minutes to make! Besides its simplicity, you’ll enjoy the perfect creaminess combined with fresh flavor that’ll lift you up!


8. Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Vegan Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

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These Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins by Allison Reynaud are soft and fluffy whole-wheat chocolate chip pumpkin muffins. Perfect for a make-ahead breakfast, snack, or healthier dessert.

9. Chickpea and Pumpkin Curry

Vegan Chickpea and Pumpkin Curry

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The sweetness of the pumpkin goes great with spicy foods and vibrant dishes, like this Chickpea and Pumpkin Curry by Honey Salt. Pumpkin is a great source of fiber and also has fewer carbs than potatoes, which are traditionally used for this dish.     Recipe Credit: Elizabeth Blau Photo Credit: Bill Milne

10. Crispy Oil-Free Garlic Fries

Vegan Crispy Oil-Free Garlic Fries

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There are few things in this world that we can safely say everyone agrees on but one of that small collection of objective truths is this: french fries are tasty. Unfortunately, they are not the healthiest of snacks – until now! These Crispy Oil-Free Garlic Fries by Rae have salty, crispy crunchy outsides, soft insides, and none fat and oil that normal french fries have. So go on, indulge yourself.

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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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