It’s been a rough year all around, and I think many of us are tightening our belts financially. Some people think that vegan is synonymous with expensive, and while that can be true, it’s most definitely not the rule. There are plenty of cheap easy vegan meals you can make.
Obviously, prices vary based on city, state, country and even season but as a general rule, more processed vegan foods like vegan cheeses/meats and prepared frozen foods tend to be expensive, and naturally vegan foods like produce, legumes and more tend to be cheaper.
The more local and seasonal you can shop, the cheaper the groceries will usually be. Stocking up on whatever produce is cheapest that week and planning your meal around it is always a good way to save costs. Eating cheap is also a great way to keep your eating healthy and plant based, the local, less processed food is much better for you.
You can also purchase grains and legumes from bulk stores which will generally save money. And of course the internet is a great place to do price comparison! So many places deliver straight to your home, so shopping online is a great option.
Frozen produce, choosing dried legumes over canned, and shopping sales are also great way to whip up some cheap vegan meals.
No matter where you are doing your shopping, check out some of these amazing easy cheap vegan recipes below for inspiration!
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Cheap Vegan Recipes
These cheap vegan recipes will satisfy you and keep things interesting. Mix some of these cheap vegan meals into your recipe plan!
Add this vegan shakshuka to your vegan breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner meal! Yes, it's really that good, you can enjoy it for any meal! It's also naturally low carb, gluten free, plant based, healthy and unbelievably delicious.
It has optional tofu eggs but you can simplify it by leaving these out or just cutting some tofu cubes or grabbing some chickpeas and throwing them into the shakshuka when the 'eggs' normally would go in.
Try this Cauliflower Potato And Leek Soup for the soul. It's a perfect vegan lunch for a cold day and also really good in a flask on the go. At only 132 calories per serving this soup is super filling and kind on the waste line.
It only has basic ingredients making it kind on the wallet as well!
This delicious soy Greek yogurt is perfect for breakfasts, snacks, baking and more. It's super easy, only three ingredients and no special equipment required to make vegan Greek yogurt! With fun flavoring options as well, you wont get sick of this homemade vegan yogurt anytime soon!
Make a big batch of it to enjoy throughout the week - the first time you make it you'll need a starter but from then on a huge batch of yogurt will only cost as much as a container of soy milk. You don't even need to follow the instructions and strain it if you are happy with a looser yogurt.
This delicious vegan chickpea salad is quick and easy to pull together and uses bright, healthy ingredients to form a tasty, well rounded salad. Get a punch of protein, fats, and fresh vegetable in one yummy bowl.
Perfect as a summer chickpea salad, or to help detox heavy holiday foods, this salad will make you feel as good as it tastes!
This vegan portobello burger makes an amazing meal, whether you are throwing it on a grill, or pan cooking it to perfection for a healthy dinner. Paired with vegan pesto and a creamy sun dried tomato spread, this is a definite crowd pleaser but if you don't want to spend the money making extra condiments, use what ever you have on hand! (Ketchup, bbq sauce, whatever you like!)
These sweet potato waffles (vegan) are so crispy and delicious while also being sneakily healthy vegan waffles. Packed with delicious fall flavors, these easy waffles are filling and pretty light on calories and will fill any waffle cravings with flair!
With only basic ingredients it's also cheap to throw together!
Vegan pesto pasta salad is packed with flavor, incredibly easy to throw together and a sure crowdpleaser! You can easily make a big batch of this cold vegan pasta salad ahead of time and store in the fridge for a great vegan meal prep option and packed lunches.
You can also easily make some small swaps or inclusions to incorporate your favorite vegetables into this delicious vegan pasta salad.
These burgers are pretty much just a can of chickpeas and frozen spinach, so it'll only cost you a couple bucks to make 10. Depending on your store and sales, you shouldn't pay more than $4 to make 10 burgers.
Do you ever have one of those nights where you want just want everyone to sit at the table and happily eat dinner, no complaining? This Instant Pot Vegetable Chow Mein recipe is my go-to recipe for that night. When I make these noodles everyone gobbles them up . Serves 6 people under $10
Delicious Ethiopian cabbage stew (Atakilt Wat) made with simple, seasonal ingredients. It's vegan, gluten-free and comes together in just 30 minutes. This meal can be made for under $3.00 using mostly staple, pantry ingredients.
This mushroom curry recipe is quick and easy to prepare either on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker. It is healthy, creamy, and very delish, making a hearty weeknight meal. It’s also keto, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian. It costs about $1.50 per person.
Minestrone Soup is a perfect family-friendly meal hearty enough for even the biggest appetites. It’s the easiest, and best Instant Pot Minestrone Soup recipe ever and full of protein-packed beans and loaded with veggies. This soup is filling comfort food in a bowl. Your family will love this soup for dinner. Skip the trip to Olive Garden! Meal under 5$ for 4-6 servings.
Vegan/Vegetarian feijoada is the meatless version of Brazil's national dish, Feijoada. It is a black bean and vegetable stew loaded with plant-based protein. Learn how to make this feijoada recipe in the Crockpot, Instant Pot, and on the Stovetop. It costs only $0.50 cents per person.
Jamaican Pumpkin Rice with Black Beans are so simple and make for a dish that is both comforting and exciting at the same time. And the best part is both recipes are simple to make and great for a simple dinner. Most ingredients are pantry staples, everything additional needed comes out to around $5, making it less than a dollar a serving. Recipe feeds 6.
This vegan shepherd’s pie is packed with plant-based protein and such incredible flavors! It’s so easy to make, and ready in under an hour. Serve this for special occasions, a wintery dinner, or pack it for lunch. Great for meal prep, and suitable for freezing.
Sopa de Fideo - a savory Mexican Noodle Soup made with toasted noodles and a flavorful tomato-based broth. It's easy to make, requires simple ingredients and it's budget-friendly, too! The whole family will love this hearty and comforting meal!
Scrumptious vegan chili recipe made for the stove, Instant Pot, or slow cooker. 3 beans, everyday veggies, tomatoes, and classic chili seasonings make this plant-based vegetarian chili budget friendly, rich with chili flavor, and loaded with texture.
Mushroom Rice Pilaf, is a easy, flavorful rice dish made with long grain rice, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and some herbs. This dish is delicious, one-pot meal, cooked to perfection in under 30 minutes. Great for weeknight dinner or even for a gathering.