25 Budget Friendly Vegan Recipes

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

Here are 25 Budget Friendly Vegan Recipes! They are family-friendly and provide a wide variety of recipes and flavours, so you won’t ever get bored!

A montage of different photos of vegan food.

One of the things that’s really been on my heart for this last part of the year is how inaccessible eating healthy can be for many people. I’ll admit, I don’t usually think of “budgeting” in most of my recipes, although I always try and make recipes that are very affordable for my family and our budget. After I got quite a few readers asking for budget friendly recipes this summer, it really made me think:

“Wait, how many budget friendly recipes do I have?”

Vegan on a Budget

I looked up a standard budget (not mine) and went from there. I’m happy to say that I was able to find lots of recipes! Not the majority, but many that with no substitutes were very budget friendly; and several that with a few substitutes definitely were. That led me to this roundup.

If you’re a reader here I never want you to feel like you can’t make my recipes. I know depending on where you live, certain items are unavailable, but 90% of the time there’s a substitute we can come up with for you. You don’t need to feel like you must be this one speciality item to cook this one meal and that you’ll never use it again! It’s part of why I stay away from fancier ingredients, and re use so many of my seasonings.

For example, Garam Masala? It’s in SO many recipes that you’ll definitely be finishing that whole container. Also know that moving forward – I’m keeping budget friendly in mind and will do my best to make a more budget friendly substitute on recipes. I’m also including a long list of cheaper substitutions at the bottom of this post that you can use at any time throughout my site. 

Okay, off my soapbox now. Long story short, yes you can eat plant based on a budget, and more importantly, without going broke! It’s why I do my best to represent affordable brands, too!

Here are 25 Budget Friendly Vegan Recipes, friends! Also, if you have any questions – let me know please!

 

25 Budget Friendly Vegan Recipes

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas 

A baking dish of black bean enchiladas.

 

 Vegan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Chili (Slow Cooker)

Quinoa chili in a bowl topped with diced avocado, cheese and sour cream.
 

One Pot Hearty Minestrone Soup

A spoon scooping out some minestrone soup from a bowl.
 

One Pot Red Lentil Chilli 

Overhead view of red lentil chili in a bowl, topped with avocado and cream.
 

Vegan Kings Shepherd’s Pie

A portion of vegan shepherd's pie on a plate and in a baking dish.
 

Cauliflower & Potato Curry

A fork digging into cauliflower and potato curry with rice on the side.
 

Vegan Crockpot Chili

A bowl of vegan crockpot chili, topped with sliced avocado.

15 Minute Sesame Noodles 

A fork pulling some sesame noodles from a bowl.
 

Coconut Chickpea Curry

Top down view of creamy vegan coconut chickpea curry in a skillet.
 

Red Lentil Curry

 
 
Top down view of red lentil curry in a skillet with naan bread on the side.
 

Easy Lentil Soup

 
Spoon scooping out some lentil soup from a bowl.
 

Parsley Pesto

 
Parsley pesto in a jar.

Easy Baked Tofu 

substitute the liquid aminos for light soy sauce 

Overhead shot of baked tofu with dipping sauce on the side.
 

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

 
Vegan shepherd's pie on a plate and in a baking dish.
 

Cauliflower Soup

 
Top down view of cauliflower soup in two blue bowls.
 

Butternut Squash Soup 

 
Top down view of vegan butternut squash soup in three bowls, with gold spoons on the side.
 

Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip 

White bean dip in a ramekin, surrounded by chips.
 

15 Minute Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

(leave out the vegan cheese)
 
Mediterranean chickpea salad next to a bowl of cheese.
 

Gentle Morning Kitchari

Gentle Morning Kitchari in a bowl with lime wedges.
 

15 Minute Vegan Pasta Salad

Top down view of vegan pasta salad on a plate next to a gold fork.
 

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

 
A spoon dipped into a bowl of roast sweet potato soup.
 

Mushroom Wild Rice Soup

Two bowls of mushroom wild rice soup.
 

Lentil Balls 

Lentil balls with zesty rice in a bowl with salad on the side.
 

Quinoa and Black Bean Burgers

 (omit strawberry bbq sauce, you can also sub rice for the quinoa)
 
Side angle of two black bean burgers on parchment.
 

Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry 

Tofu and broccoli on a bed of rice.
 
 
 

Tips for going more budget friendly on MY recipes:

  • Where you see maple syrup, you can sub more cost friendly agave syrup.
  • For quinoa, you can generally substitute the cooked equivalent of rice.
  • Where you see a speciality oil called for that won’t affect the taste, you can sub the oil you can afford
  • Usually vegan cheese is for taste, so feel free to leave it off or make your own!
  • Stick to the basics – if there’s a seasoning that doesn’t make sense for you to buy cost wise, like sesame seeds, you can skip it. Or, if you buy a new seasoning, look for recipes that it’s featured in often, for example I use garam masala a lot so it’ll definitely go to good use! Similarly, sometimes my recipes call for extra fandangos like a drizzle of coconut cream on top – if it doesn’t affect the recipe itself, you can skip it if the cost doesn’t make sense for that one item based on your budget!
  • Buy in bulk. If quinoa is affordable for you, buy it in bulk! Similarly so for items like coconut milk!
  • Don’t buy breadcrumbs. Toast some bread you already have, and crush/blend that into breadcrumbs.
  • I use walnuts a lot in my recipes, so if you buy a bulk bag, you’ll definitely use it up! It’s why I don’t use pine nuts in my pesto and instead use toasted walnuts!
  • You can definitely substitute red onions for any onions that work for your budget in my recipes.
 

How to Budget While Being Vegan or Healthy

As a last follow up tip, I wrote an entire blog post of all the things that we do to eat healthy affordable. In it I cover my top 15 tips that I really think would help anyone on any budget! Be sure to check out that post: How to Eat Healthy On a Budget.

 
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