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.
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1. One-Sheet Bbq Mushroom Jack ‘n Peaches Sandwiches
This One-Sheet Bbq Mushroom Jack ‘n Peaches Sandwiches by Epic Vegan Quick and Easy by Dustin Harder is a variation on pulled pork sandwiches with the addition of peaches. Adding peaches to any BBQ situation, or even just eating BBQ peaches, is delicious! The sweetness paired with the spices of the BBQ sauce makes for a super tasty flavor combo. Mix that up with savory and chewy mushrooms and jackfruit and it’s a sandwich that even your non-vegan friends will be asking you to make every Fourth of July! Speaking of which, you can turn this into sliders with smaller buns for a breezy appetizer.
2. Easy Black Bean Burger
Source: Easy Black Bean Burger
This Easy Black Bean Burger by Caroline Doucet is yet nutritious, yet delicious! The black bean patty is high in protein thanks to the beans, nuts, and seeds. It’s also filled with fiber due to the beans, vegetables, whole wheat bread, and again, the nuts and seeds. It’s flavored with smoked paprika, garlic, and onions to give you a BBQ-flavored burger, without any BBQ sauce. Make a few batches and keep them in the freezer for easy weeknight dinners!
3. Rainbow Tofu Kebabs
Source: Rainbow Tofu Kebabs
Kebabs aren’t just for outdoor summer barbecues; these Rainbow Tofu Kebabs by Toni Okamoto and Michelle Cehn are an anytime meal-on-a-stick you can make in the oven, rain or shine! We like to serve these atop a bed of fluffy rice, but you might slide the tofu and veggies off the skewer and serve them on a salad or stuffed in a pita.
4. Fresh and Healthy Blueberry Muffins
Packed with wholesome ingredients, these muffins are great for breakfast or as a mid-day snack. No need to add any sugar because when it comes to sweetness, the blueberries and maple syrup do all the work. These Fresh and Healthy Blueberry Muffins by Julie Zimmer are moist, they’re healthy and they’re bursting with blueberries!
5. Tempeh & Black Bean Burgers
Source: Tempeh & Black Bean Burgers
Burgers are a must for any good BBQ feast- but just because you don’t eat meat, doesn’t mean you should ever miss out. Try out these Tempeh & Black Bean Burgers by Ross Bearman, Great Taste Judge and Founder of Ross & Ross Gifts!
6. Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies
These Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies by Megan Calipari are everything. Soft, chewy, rich, and fudgy. They have a hefty dose of cocoa powder in the dough and are packed with chocolate chips. And the sprinkle of sea salt on top is the finisher. It makes the chocolate flavor pop and makes these cookies irresistible. Even to double chocolate cookie haters. Make a batch of these Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies for the chocolate cookie skeptics out there. They deserve to know what they are missing.
7. Cowboy Caviar with Quinoa and Zesty Lime Dressing
Cowboy caviar is typically made with a mixture of black beans, black-eyed peas, loads of fresh veggies like corn, red pepper, tomato, and avocado, and flavored up with some onion, cilantro, and jalapeño then tossed with a vinaigrette style dressing. This Cowboy Caviar with Quinoa and Zesty Lime Dressing by Carol Clayton is fresh and filling!
8. Grilled Cauliflower Doner Wraps
Source: Grilled Cauliflower Doner Wraps
These Grilled Cauliflower Doner Wraps by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez are a fireworks display for your mouth. They are fun to make, quick to assemble, and perfect for all your summer entertaining needs. Here, thick cauliflower “steaks” are brushed with Turkish marinade, an intensely flavored Mediterranean sauce made with an exotic blend of garlic, tomatoes, cumin, and middle-eastern spices.
9. Chocolate Chunk Espresso Cookies
Source: Chocolate Chunk Espresso Cookies
These Chocolate Chunk Espresso Cookies by Katherine Henderson are wonderful to make when you’re craving something sweet. Plus, there are a few ways to make these, depending on when you want to bake them.
10. Cilantro-Lime Corn Salsa
Source: Cilantro-Lime Corn Salsa
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! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, and prostate cancer, and has many side effects.
For those interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend purchasing one of our many plant-based cookbooks or downloading the Food Monster App which has thousands of delicious recipes making it the largest vegan 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 resources to get you started:
- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
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