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. Simple Vanilla Oat Milk
Source: Simple Vanilla Oat Milk
This Simple Vanilla Oat Milk by Kelly Williams is the easiest of easy homemade non-dairy milk recipes. To make oat milk, the only equipment you need is a blender and a nut milk bag. Unlike nuts, oats require very little soaking, so you can make a batch in nearly no time. And if you, like me, lack a fancy-Pants blender, you’ll still be able to have creamy, delicious non-dairy milk without a trip to the grocery store.
2. Curry Chickpea Salad
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Curry chickpea salad is an easy and flavorful spread. You can use this Curry Chickpea Salad by Allison Reynaud to top crackers or turn it into a sandwich for a filling lunch. It can be made in advance so it works great for meal prepping. Use either vegan mayo or vegan sour cream to make it creamy, curry powder for lots of flavor, red bell peppers for a little sweetness, and sriracha if you want to kick up the heat level.
3. Shortbread Cookies
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Here’s a gluten-free vegan shortcrust pastry (shortbread dough) that is made of only wholesome ingredients. So, no vegan butter or margarine! Furthermore, you’ll need merely 4 ingredients, one bowl, and less than 10 minutes of your time for these Shortbread Cookies by Nele Liivlaid.
4. Mediterranean Stuffed Sweet Potato Boats
This budget-friendly meal will leave you daydreaming about the next time you can have this for dinner. These Mediterranean Stuffed Sweet Potato Boats by Alexandra Dawson are stuffed with green olives, chickpeas, hummus, and tabbouleh for a filling Mediterranean-inspired meal that will keep you full and satisfied. Serve with greens on the side and top with harissa, if you have it.
5. White Bean Chili
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A lighter spin on the traditional tomato-based chili, this super simple White Bean Chili by Nikki and Zuzana is rich in plant-based protein and just perfect choice for a quick, healthy, and satisfying dinner. It’s made with lots of veggies, including sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and kale. Definitely give this one a try. It just might become of those dishes you will find yourself coming back to over and over again.
6. Roasted Tomato and Pepper Soup
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7. Chickpea Flour Quiche
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The Chickpea Flour Quiche by Chrysta Hiser was ridiculously filling, yet surprisingly light. I was pretty content after just one. If you’re looking for the perfect brunch food or just something easy to take on-the-go, a chickpea flour quiche is exactly what you’re looking for!
8. Frozen Coconut Yogurt Bark
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This Frozen Coconut Yogurt Bark by Teri Macovei is the quickest breakfast you can have, all ready for you in the freezer. And the best part, you can also have it as an “emergency” dessert. On those days, when you have a craving, this healthy treat will satisfy your sweet tooth completely. So, frozen yogurt bark is one of those cold treats that it’s super satisfying. The only downside is that it melts quickly, so you have to keep it chilled or frozen.
9. Italian Rice Salad
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This Italian Rice Salad by ThePlantbasedSchool is adapted from delicious Italian “insalata di riso” and it’s the perfect summer dish, easy to prepare in advance to bring with you for a picnic at the beach. Our rice salad is a fulfilling meal that is nutritious, light, crunchy, colorful, and refreshing. To make it extra healthy and fulfilling we use brown rice, colorful vegetables, and delicious smoked tofu.
10. Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes
Start your weekend with these protein-rich Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes by Tania Pilcher. Whether you’re making them for your family breakfast or a special brunch date, they will go down like a treat! Top them with bananas and maple syrup and enjoy every delicious mouthful.
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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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