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. Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup
Source: Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup
Red bell peppers and tomatoes become sweet and smoky when roasted, either in the oven or, in this case, an air fryer. The rich taste of this Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup by Michelle Anderson is deepened even further with the addition of garlic and balsamic vinegar You can certainly substitute yellow or orange bell peppers instead, but the color will not be a luscious red If you happen to have leftovers (unlikely!)!
2. Bean, Kale and Butternut Stew
Source: Bean, Kale and Butternut Stew
Just a plant-based stew with white beans, butternut squash, and kale. This Bean, Kale and Butternut Stew by Julie Zimmer is made with fresh ingredients!
3. Veggie Packed Thai Pasta Salad
Source: Veggie Packed Thai Pasta Salad
This eggie Packed Thai Pasta Salad by Hayley Canning is a 20 minutes healthy dinner recipe full of flavor. It’s filling, incredibly satisfying, and healthier than you might imagine! Fresh veggies add that needed crispy crunch. The cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, and green onions are all added to the salad raw which means less cooking time.
4. Jaffa Cakes
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These Jaffa Cakes by Aimee Ryan have a spongey base, orange jelly center, and are topped with crisp chocolate.
5. Apple Cider Donuts
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These Apple Cider Donuts by Maggie Wescott are a moist, healthy, and flavorful breakfast or dessert. These gluten-free donuts are made with oat flour, apple cider, and cinnamon and come together quickly for an easy treat any time of day!
6. Lentil Pancakes with Leftover Vegan Dal
Source: Lentil Pancakes with Leftover Vegan Dal
These Lentil Pancakes with Leftover Vegan Dal by Priya Lakshminarayan are a power-packed nutritious recipe using leftover dal. They make a healthy vegan breakfast/snack recipe!
7. Oil-Free Chocolate Mug Cake
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Any day is a good day to treat yourself, your loved one, or your friends — so why not start with this Oil-Free Chocolate Mug Cake by Annie Markowitz? This one takes just 5 minutes to make, it’s oil-free, and low in sugar but it tastes so indulgent, especially with the optional sugar-free frosting on top! Make one for you and one for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day and enjoy your guilt-free chocolatey sweet treat!
8. Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms and Ramen Noodles
Source: Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms and Ramen Noodles
This Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms and Ramen Noodles by Jenn Sebestyen and Kelli Foster Kelli Foster is everything: cozy, comforting, healthy, easy, and so delicious. Make it when you feel yourself coming down with a cold. It’s soothing and nourishing.
9. Creamy Yellow Bean Soup
Source: Creamy Yellow Bean Soup
This Creamy Yellow Bean Soup by Lena Novak is an Eastern European-inspired comfort food. However, my recipe is a healthier version, yet equally satisfying and delicious.
10. Blueberry-Crammed Banana Oat Bread
Source: Blueberry-Crammed Banana Oat Bread
This Blueberry-Crammed Banana Oat Bread by Katia Martin lived true to its name! It is definitely crammed with blueberries. In every bite, you get those yummy little explosions of baked blueberries goodness. It is also fluffy, chunky with fruit, healthy, and oh so yummy. You could easily have these for your on-the-go back-to-school breakfast or as a yummy dessert.
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! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.
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