25 Budget Friendly Vegan Recipes

By Jessica Hylton -

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!

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 


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


One Pot Hearty Minestrone Soup


One Pot Red Lentil Chilli 

This One Pot Red Lentil Chili takes only ten minutes of prep! It makes an absolutely delicious vegan chili and it incredibly easy to whip up for you and your family! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

Vegan Kings Shepherd’s Pie

This Vegan Shepherd's Pie will be the beautiful centre piece of any table! Loaded with a flavourful lentil filling and a buttery mashed potato topping, it's a definite crowd pleaser! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

Cauliflower & Potato Curry

This Cauliflower and Potato Curry dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner! It's loaded with delicious spices and comes together so easily! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

Vegan Crockpot Chili

This Vegan Crockpot Chili is made with quinoa and black beans, needs only 10 minutes prep then right into the crockpot! It results in a thick, filling and delicious chili. via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

15 Minute Sesame Noodles 

Lightly sautéed sesame noodles tossed in a maple ginger sauce that makes a quick and easy take-out style dinner in 15 minutes! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

Coconut Chickpea Curry

This Creamy Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry is the BEST curry I've ever had! It's loaded with homemade grinded spices and incredily flavorful!-5

Red Lentil Curry

This Red Lentil Curry is SUCH a delicious curry recipe made in under an hour! It's made easily in one pot, is vegan and freezes so well! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

Easy Lentil Soup

This Easy Lentil Soup is loaded with delicious spices and very simple to put together. It tastes wonderful alone or as a side dish and is vegan, gluten free and loaded with whole food ingredients. via jessicainthekitchen.com

Parsley Pesto


Easy Baked Tofu 

substitute the liquid aminos for light soy sauce 


Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

This Vegan Shepherd's Pie is the ultimate healthy comfort dish! It's made with mushrooms and lentils, is very filling and is so incredibly easy to make! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

Cauliflower Soup


Butternut Squash Soup 

This Vegan Butternut Squash Soup is made in just one pot, blended to creamy perfection and done in 30 minutes. It's vegan, gluten free, and made with all natural ingredients! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip 


15 Minute Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

(leave out the vegan cheese)
This 15-Minute Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is loaded with delicious and filling veggies, made in just 15 minutes and is perfect for meal prep! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

Gentle Morning Kitchari

This Gentle Morning Kitchari is loaded with protein to help start your day off right! It's flavourful, warming, comforting and so easy to make in one pot! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

15 Minute Vegan Pasta Salad

This 15 Minute Vegan Pasta Salad is perfect for lunch, a quick weeknight dinner, and so much more! It's loaded with flavour and topped with a flavourful homemade Italian vinaigrette! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com #veganrecipes #vegans #vegetarians #recipes #plantbased #veganmeal #meals #healthy #sauce #jamaica #veganlife #veganeating

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup


Mushroom Wild Rice Soup

This Mushroom Wild Rice Soup is creamy, made in one pot, and perfect for a weeknight meal! It's so comforting, filling and incredibly easy to make. via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

Lentil Balls 

These Lentil Balls with Zesty Rice are so versatile! They're easy to make, filled with flavour and so meal preppable! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

Quinoa and Black Bean Burgers

 (omit strawberry bbq sauce, you can also sub rice for the quinoa)

Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry 

This Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry in Sweet Ginger Sauce is perfect for a weeknight meal! It's great for meal prep and a crowd pleaser! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

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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