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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.

We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 20,000 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. Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

Vegan Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies
Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies by Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer

Source: Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

We can’t think of a better way to kick-start a day than with these nutritious power cookies are packed with fiber, apples, carrots, and nuts and just happen to be vegan, giving you the right kind of energy to start your day. This recipe for Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies by Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer makes a large batch of cookies that you can store in the freezer for those rushed mornings or moments when you need a quick healthy snack. Follow the nut-free substitutions to make them lunchbox-friendly.

2. Garlic Noodles

Vegan Garlic Noodles
Garlic Noodles by Maria Koutsogiannis

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These easy vegan Garlic Noodles by Maria Koutsogiannis are loaded with flavor from the garlic and sesame and can be made in under 15 minutes.

Get the FALL Cookbook!

FALL: Plant-Based Recipes to Celebrate Harvest Season
FALL: Plant-Based Recipes to Celebrate Harvest Season
The ultimate Fall cookbook is here! One Green Planet’s FALL: Plant-Based Recipes to Celebrate Harvest Season features an exciting collection of festive recipes that capture the spirit of fall. Wow, your friends and family with these healthy and delicious seasonal meals. From stunning root veggies to sweet pumpkin, and everything spice, these dishes will be the life of the party! Fall is here, which means it’s time to celebrate this glorious season by sharing scrumptious recipes with family & friends. In this Fall cookbook, you’ll find plant-based from breakfast to dessert, and for every occasion. Featuring indulgent recipes like Pumpkin Velvet Cake with Buttercream, and Spiced Apple Doughnuts With Apple Cider Glaze, to hearty entrees like creamy pumpkin risotto, and Creamy One-Pot Pumpkin Curry, this book is bursting with fall flavors. Whether you’re craving sweet pumpkin classics or savory root veg, there’s a dish to make your mouth water…happy cooking!

3. Beer Butter Mushrooms

Vegan Beer Butter Mushrooms
Beer Butter Mushrooms by Dana Sandonato 

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Beer and mushrooms are an inspirational combination and these Beer Butter Mushrooms by Dana Sandonato are the perfect building block for pretty much anything else you want to do in the kitchen. These mushrooms are textured exceptionally and walk the line between buttery and salty perfection. While this glorious dish is incredibly simple, it is guaranteed to become a house favorite.

4. Beluga Lentil Broccoli Salad

Vegan Beluga Lentil Broccoli Salad
Beluga Lentil Broccoli Salad by Pavani Nandula

Source: Beluga Lentil Broccoli Salad

Beluga Lentil Broccoli Salad by Pavani Nandula is a protein-packed and fiber-rich dish that is perfect as a side dish or a light meal. It takes about 30 minutes to make if you have planned and soaked the lentils overnight. Other than that, it is really simple to make and only needs a few ingredients: broccoli, lentils, red onion, almonds, and the homemade dressing!

5. How to Make Refried Beans

Vegan How to Make Refried Beans
How to Make Refried Beans by Mitch and Justine Chapman

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Refried beans are super easy to make and go in a wide variety of recipes. You can even eat them on their own with tortilla chips. After you learn how to make refried beans at home, you’ll never want to buy canned again! How to Make Refried Beans by Mitch and Justine Chapman is creamy, rich, and perfect to serve as an addition to all your Mexican-inspired meals.

6. Smoked Sweet Potato and Green Bean Bowl

Vegan Smoked Sweet Potato and Green Bean Bowl
Smoked Sweet Potato and Green Bean Bowl by Bila

Source: Smoked Sweet Potato and Green Bean Bowl

This Smoked Sweet Potato and Green Bean Bowl by Bila is such a great lunch! It’s full of flavor and healthy ingredients. Delicious and nutritious!

7. 5-Minute Blueberry Superfood Oats

Vegan 5-Minute Blueberry Superfood Oats
5-Minute Blueberry Superfood Oats by Jillian Glenn

Source: 5-Minute Blueberry Superfood Oats

One of my favorite ways to start the day is with a warm bowl of oatmeal. A lot of people steer away from oats because they are a carb, but this grain is also rich in fiber, important vitamins, and other nutrients that we need to feel our best. Oats have been known to improve heart health, making them one of the healthiest breakfast carbs! This powerhouse bowl of oatmeal goodness is taken to the next level with the addition of superfoods like flax seeds, chia seeds, and blueberries. These 5-Minute Blueberry Superfood Oats by Jillian Glenn will keep you feeling fuller longer and they taste so much better than any store-bought oats you will find. Credit: Reprinted with permission from Healthy Vegan Breakfasts and Lunches by Jillian Glenn. Page Street Publishing Co. 2023. Photo credit: Jillian Glenn.

8. 3 Ingredient Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

Vegan 3 Ingredient Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies
3 Ingredient Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies by Hayley Canning

Source: 3 Ingredient Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

These 3 Ingredient Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies by Hayley Canning are so wholesomely delicious, that you can easily eat them for breakfast or dessert!

9. Saucy Chipotle Black Beans

Vegan Saucy Chipotle Black Beans
Saucy Chipotle Black Beans by Denise Perrault

Source: Saucy Chipotle Black Beans

These Saucy Chipotle Black Beans by Denise Perrault are the insanely simple and delicious recipe that gets you to big bowls of plant-based healthy creaminess in 30 minutes or less.

10. Mediterranean Seed Falafel

Vegan Mediterranean Seed Falafel Dunja Galin
Mediterranean Seed Falafel by Dunja Gulin!

Source: Mediterranean Seed Falafel

A lot of people love falafels but don’t like deep-fried foods, or have difficulty digesting the soaked chickpeas/garbanzo beans that are usually in falafels. Here’s a raw and chickpea-free falafel that is surprisingly easy to make, and will fill you up for many hours! Feel free to use whatever seeds you have on hand for these Mediterranean Seed Falafel by Dunja Gulin! From Falafel: Delicious Recipes for Middle Eastern-Style Patties, Plus Sauces, Pickles, Salads, and Breads. Photograph by Tim Atkins © Ryland Peters & Small 2023

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