15 of our best budget-friendly plant-based recipes from 2021!

15 of our best budget-friendly plant-based recipes from 2021!

These 15 budget-friendly vegan recipes from Food Monster app are so good and so cheap! A major concern in the transition to a vegan diet is the price of groceries and food, but these budget-friendly recipes prove that it is so easy to eat well without spending a ton of money. Finally, you will remember how to make these amazing dishes by heart and learn how to make your own budget-friendly dishes from scratch!

We understand the battle, so we put together a list of the ultimate 15 plant-based budget-friendly recipes in 2021. Don’t forget to check out our budget-friendly recipe archives and also our best budget-friendly recipes from 2020!

1. Sweet potato lentil stew

Vegan sweet potato lentil stew

Source: Sweet Potato Lentil Stew

This sweet potato lentil stew by Nele Liivlaid is a delicious plant-based dinner that is ready in 30 minutes. It is one of those delicious recipes that is perfect for cooking.

2. Miso soup with Shiitake mushrooms and Ramen noodles

Vegan 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 you have a cold. It is soothing and nourishing.

3. Veggie Package Thai Pasta Salad

Vegan Veggie Pasta Thai Pasta Salad

Source: Veggie Packed Thai Pasta Salad

This eggie-wrapped Thai pasta salad by Hayley Canning is a 20-minute healthy dinner recipe full of flavor. It is filling, incredibly satisfying and healthier than you might imagine! Fresh vegetables add the necessary crispy crunch. Cabbage, carrots, cucumbers and green onions are all added to the salad raw, which means less cooking time.

4. Turmeric Cauliflower rice

Vegan Turmeric Cauliflower Rice

Source: Turmeric Cauliflower rice

This turmeric cauliflower rice from Daphne Goh is a simple twist to the cauliflower rice with aromatic scent from the turmeric powder and cumin. Easy to make and so delicious!

5. Crispy Thai-inspired Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

Vegan crunchy Thai-inspired quinoa salad with peanut dressing

Source: Crunchy Thai-inspired Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

This crispy Thai-inspired quinoa salad with peanut dressing by Molly Thompson is filled with flavor (hey, red chili paste!), Vibrant colors and lots of vitamins and nutrients that help fight inflammation. We love doing this on a Sunday and throwing several servings in meal containers to take to lunch during the week. You can add fresh herbs to brighten up – my favorites are cilantro and Thai basil.

6. Peanut Butter Bars

Vegan peanut butter sticks

Source: Peanut Butter Bars

These Peanut Butter Bars by Harriet Porterfield are super delicious, filled with protein and will surely delight any peanut butter lover. Quick and easy to prepare with just five ingredients! These are a no-bake treat, so easy to whip up in an emergency with snacks.

7. Pumpkin Brownies

Vegan pumpkin brownies

Source: Pumpkin Brownies

These Pumpkin Brownies by Kirsten Kaminski are super easy to make as you simply throw it all in your food processor and after 30 minutes of baking you have a tray of these delicious treats!

8. Sesame cauliflower bite

Vegan sesame cauliflower bite

Source: Sesame cauliflower bite

These sesame cauliflower bites by Annie Kimmelman are sweet, filling, sticky and so flavorful.

9. Fruit-sweetened peanut butter & jelly muffins

Vegan fruit sweetened peanut butter & jelly muffins

Source: Fruit-sweetened peanut butter & jelly muffins

Fruit-sweetened peanut butter & jelly muffins. These fruit-sweetened peanut butter & jelly muffins by Caroline Doucet are sweetened with bananas and jelly and are made with whole wheat flour for a nutritious snack!

10. Blueberry Chia Pudding

Vegan 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!

11. Mushroom shawarma

Vegan mushroom 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.

12. Coconut waffles

Vegan coconut waffles

Source: Coconut waffles

These coconut waffles from Rouxbe are airy and spongy and can be perfectly paired with seasonal fresh fruits and drizzled with maple syrup for an extra delicious kick.

13. Barley and potato soup in a saucepan

Vegan barley and potato soup

Source: One-Pot barley and potato soup

Vegetable Soup got an upgrade: this One-Pot Barley and Potato Soup by Katherine Vaught is solid, comforting and flavorful!

14. Simple French onion soup

Vegan simple French onion soup

Source: Simple French onion soup

French onion soup is usually prepared with beef broth, but it can easily be made vegan with a combination of different sauces and spices! This simple French onion soup by Sarah Ottino is super close to the real thing. I prefer to use croutons in my soup as I am not a fan of soft bread. It is also easy to make for anyone who does not own French onion soup ramekins as this does not require the dishes to be baked in the oven. This simple vegan soup can be whipped up in under an hour, making it a great option for dinner!

15. Cinnamon Turmeric sweet potatoes

Vegan cinnamon turmeric sweet potatoes

Source: Cinnamon Turmeric sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be garnished with all sorts of delicious things, from sweet maple tahini to airy marshmallows to cauliflower cheese. These sweet potatoes with cinnamon turmeric by Holly Bertone for sweet potatoes let the natural taste of sweet potatoes shine and elevate it with a few selected spices: cinnamon, turmeric, thyme, salt and pepper. Just a quick toss, some time in the oven, and voila! A delicious accessory you will use time and time again.

Learn how to make plant-based meals at home

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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help chronic inflammation, heart health, mental well-being, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, good health, and more! Unfortunately, milk consumption has also been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, Cancer, prostate cancer, and has many side effects.

For those interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend purchasing one of our many plant-based cookbooks or downloading Food Monster app which has thousands of delicious recipes, making it the greatest vegan recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and stay healthy! And while you’re at it, we encourage you to learn about it as well environmental and health benefits of one plant-based diet.

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