5 budget friendly plant based recipes

plant based recipes

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There are a few common concerns people have about switching over to a plant based diet.

  • Getting the proper nutrients.
  • Keeping their shopping list budget friendly.
  • Making meals that don’t taste boring.

Fortunately, the idea that a vegan diet is expensive, bland and light on essential nutrients is a myth.

Benefits of Plant Based Meals

Plant based foods are nutritious, packed with plenty of vitamins and minerals yet have minimal unhealthy elements. There are many inexpensive foods that fit into a vegan diet.

And as far as the taste goes, you need to find recipes that you like.

Instead of thinking about what you can’t eat on a vegan diet, check out what you can eat. The following are all common, healthy foods that you probably eat regularly and would fit into a vegan diet:

Beans – How can you get enough protein without meat? Beans are an excellent alternative, as they’re rich in protein and very inexpensive.
Rice – This is a good source of carbohydrates and other nutrients, with brown rice being especially beneficial for your heart.
Green vegetables – The health benefits of veggies are common knowledge.  What you may not have known is that cooked spinach and peas are also great protein sources.
Nuts and nut butters – These provide protein and healthy fats. Opt for unsalted nuts to avoid excessive sodium.
Quinoa – This is similar to rice, but has higher protein content and is gluten-free.
Potatoes – There are so many ways to cook potatoes, and just one provides half your daily vitamin C along with more potassium than a banana.

Now that you have an idea of some food options on a vegan diet, let’s look at a few delicious meals you can make.

We looked for recipes that were good on their own merits, and weren’t simply substituting vegan products for meat and dairy in other recipes.

Here are five of our favorite plant based recipes that you can make with budget friendly ingredients.


1. Thai Peanut Noodles

Source: Thai Peanut Sesame Noodles | The Recipe Critic

You only need a handful of ingredients like noodles, peanut butter, soy sauce, and some spices. There’s no need to be a Gordon Ramsay to make this dish, either. Just cook the pasta, chop the onions, and toss a few other ingredients into the sauce. That’s it.

2. Vegan Mexican Tortilla Roll-ups

The ingredients required for this recipe are tortillas,  hummus, and a variety of beans and vegetables. Add some jalapenos for some spice and flare. Put everything inside the tortilla, cut them, and roll them. Easy.

These Mexican tortilla roll ups are vegan and make a great easy snack or appetizer. They’re perfect to throw together before having guests over.

Source: Vegan Mexican Tortilla Roll Ups | The Stingy Vegan

3. Vegan Mac and Cheese

Do you love cheese?  Me too but unfortunately I can’t eat it anymore.  Check out this vegan recipe that taste great without dairy cheese.

Source: Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese

4. Basil Pesto Zoodles With Tomatoes and Roasted Red Peppers

This recipes is low in carbohydrates  by substituting regular pasta with zucchini noodles, or zoodles. Add some cashews for a little protein, and you’ve got a great, hearty dish with a lot of great flavor.

The zucchini noodles created the perfect base for my creamy pesto. The addition of tomatoes and roasted red peppers really pulled the dish together to make it a healthy, light meal that is perfect for the season.

Source: Basil Pesto Zoodles with Tomatoes & Roasted Red Peppers | Peppers and Peaches

5. Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Mushroom rice pilaf just tastes great.

Source: Mushroom Rice Pilaf – Feasting on Fruit


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