These budget-friendly vegan recipes mean you do not have to break the bank to get tasty, healthy, seasonal meals that are 100% plant-based. These meals are simple and inexpensive, so you do not have to spend your entire paycheck to enjoy being plant-based!
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1. Cacio and Pepe Summer Pasta Salad
Source: Cacio e Pepe Summer Pasta Salad
Colorful and delicious, this simple pasta salad gathers in minutes. You should try making this Cacio e Pepe summer pasta salad by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez!
Source: Cauliflower Nachos
This recipe for Cauliflower Nachos by Hannah Sunderani, Two Spoons replaces traditional nacho chips with cauliflower so you get a healthy vegetable-filled dish that packs flavor.
3. Kale, sweet potato and tempeh breakfast hash
Source: Kale, sweet potato and Tempeh Breakfast Hash
Breakfast hash is a hearty breakfast, but they are often served with eggs, but this kale, sweet potato and tempeh breakfast hash from Plant Protein Recipes That You’ll Love takes a twist. As a plant-based alternative, you can use tempeh, which not only provides a good source of protein, but also helps to make the dish more hearty. And if you run out of time, you can always put the sweet potato in the microwave instead of baking it, which will reduce your cooking time by about 15 minutes.
4. Avocado Pasta
Source: Avocado Pasta
Vegan avocado pesto pasta topped with crispy chickpeas. This Avocado Pasta by Caroline Doucet is made in under 30 minutes with just a few ingredients.
5. Lentil Quinoa Burger
Source: Lentil Quinoa Burger
The season for outdoor and BBQ dining is in full swing. This delicious and super healthy Lentil Quinoa Burger from Lena Novak is for you who prefer to make veggie burgers at home from scratch.
6. Creepy chickpeas
Source: Uncanny Chickpeas
I gladly admit that I love the convenience of canned beans. But I had a bad experience with my favorite brand, which remains unnamed: they sold large cans of beans cooked to perfection, but then something happened and the cans had much more liquid than actual beans. After recurring problems and some very weak customer service responses, I decided to make my own. I’m grateful because they’re even better. And it does not even take that long. Not to mention, these Uncanny Chickpeas from Celine Steen are cheaper. In your face, nameless brand.
7. Blueberry Chia Pudding
Source: Blueberry Chia Pudding
Chia seeds are a superfood, filled with health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids – almost five grams in a serving of one ounce! They are also an excellent source of fiber at 10 grams per ounce (about 2 tablespoons), and contain protein and minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Try this Blueberry Chia Pudding by Helyn Dunn!
8. Sponge shawarma
Source: Mushroom Shawarma
This Mushroom Shawarma by Kirsten Kaminski is a combination of kitchens. In Thailand, I was inspired to use oyster mushrooms as a juicy meat alternative, and in Israel, I learned to love the scent of shawarma. Combining the two creates a mouth-watering dish that is one of my most popular recipes among family and friends. Take a bite of the hot pita filled with creamy hummus, tahini, lettuce, sour amba and crispy mushrooms, and fly to heaven! Reprinted with permission from The Traveling Vegan Cookbook by Kirsten Kaminski, Page Street Publishing, Co. 2021. Photo credit: Kirsten Kaminski.
9. Fried ‘Rised’ Broccoli Bowl
Source: Fried ‘Riced’ Broccoli Bowl
A grain-free, fried “rice” perfect for adding a little color to your stir-fry. This Fried ‘Riced’ Broccoli Bowl by Mitra Shirmohammadi is simple, beautiful and low in calories. A delicious alternative to cauliflower rice.
10. Sweet and sour glazed chickpeas with mango salsa
Source: Sweet and sour glazed chickpeas with mango salsa
Top sweet and sour glazed chickpeas with Mango Salsa by Taavi Moore over brown rice or spice it up by serving them as tacos. This recipe will leave you fresh and satisfied after a long summer day. It is perfect for the heat and will satisfy your taste buds with all the right flavors.
Learn how to make 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 well-being, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Consumption of dairy products has also been linked to many health problems including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.
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