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If you’re looking for delicious cheap vegan meal ideas, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, I’m sharing some of the best cheap vegan meals that you can make at home without breaking the bank. From hearty pastas and soups to flavorful stir-fry dishes, these recipes are not only budget-friendly, but easy to prepare with minimal ingredients. So grab your apron and let’s get cooking!

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5 Types of Cheap Meals

To keep these recipes organized, I’ve organized them into 5 categories. These meals are some of the most affordable you can make and can help you lower your grocery bill every month by hundreds of dollars.

  1. Pasta dishes: Pasta is a budget-friendly meal that can be cooked in a variety of ways with different sauces and toppings.
  2. Soups and stews: Soups and stews are hearty and filling meals that can be made with inexpensive ingredients like beans, lentils, and vegetables.
  3. Rice dishes: Rice is one of the most affordable and versatile ingredients that can be used to make a variety of dishes like fried rice, risotto, paella, and rice pilaf.
  4. Sandwiches and wraps: Sandwiches and wraps are quick and easy meals that can be made with a variety of cheap vegan fillings. You can never go wrong with a simple peanut butter and jelly.
  5. Stir-fry dishes and Buddha bowls: Stir-fry dishes are a great way to use up leftover vegetables and can be made with a variety of proteins like tofu, tempeh, or seitan.

Tips for Cooking Cheap Meals

  1. Shop your own pantry first: Before heading to the grocery store, take a look in your pantry, fridge, and freezer to see what ingredients you already have on hand. This will help you avoid buying unnecessary items and make use of what you already have.
  2. Plan your meals: Planning your meals for the week can help you stay organized and avoid buying too much food. Look for recipes that use similar ingredients, so you can buy in bulk and save money.
  3. Buy in-season produce: Buying fruits and vegetables that are in season is not only cheaper but also more flavorful and nutritious. Check out your local farmer’s market or grocery store flyer for deals on seasonal produce. New deals at grocery stores usually come out every Wednesday!
  4. Buy in bulk: Buying staples like rice, beans, lentils and pasta in bulk can save you money in the long run. Look for discounts at bulk stores like Costco or Sam’s Club or purchase larger packages at regular grocery stores.
  5. Use canned or frozen fruits and vegetables: Canned or frozen fruits and vegetables are often cheaper than fresh produce and often just as nutritious. They are also convenient since they have a longer shelf life and can be used in a variety of recipes.
  6. Make your own plant-based milk and cheese: Plant-based milk and cheese can be expensive, but they are easy to make at home with ingredients like nuts, seeds, and oats (my personal favorite!).
  7. Get creative with leftovers: Don’t let leftovers go to waste! Turn them into new meals by adding fresh ingredients or repurposing them into different dishes. Check out the Buddha bowls section below for inspiration on pairing flavors together.

Now use these tips and the recipe ideas below to cook delicious vegan meals on a budget.

And for more meal planning inspiration, check out my free vegan meal plans.

Cheap Vegan Meals to Try

Pasta and Noodle Dishes

1. 10 Minute Peanut Noodles

10 Minute Peanut Noodles by From My Bowl


10 Minute Peanut Noodles by From My Bowl

These easy 10 Minute Peanut Noodles are tossed in a delicious peanut sauce and served while warm and creamy. They’re wholesome, comforting, and my favorite last minute dinner! Vegan, Gluten-free option, Oil-free option. These Peanut Noodles are made with your favorite noodles, a few simple sauce ing…
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2. One-Pot Pasta


15-Minute One-Pot Pasta by Sweet Simple Vegan

This One-Pot Pasta is the fuss-free, easy dinner that’ll save the day on busy weeknights! It’s easy to make, packed with fresh flavors and made with 10 simple ingredients in just 15 minutes.
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3. Vegan Tofu Bolognese

Bolognese served over pasta in a gray shallow bowl.


Vegan Tofu Bolognese Sauce

This vegan tofu bolognese sauce is so flavorful yet so quick and simple! All you need is 10 ingredients and 30 minutes.
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4. Pasta with Lentils


Pasta with Lentils by The Clever Meal

This Italian pasta with lentils is the best nourishing meals you can cook using cupboard staples such as dried lentils and pasta. Healthy, cheap, delicious!
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5. Cauliflower Alfredo


Cauliflower Alfredo by Feel Good Foodie

Cauliflower Alfredo sauce is a creamy vegan, gluten-free, nut-free homemade Alfredo sauce with less fat & less calories as compared with the original recipe
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6. Creamy Vegan Lemon Pasta


Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta by Eat with Clarity

This creamy vegan lemon pasta is an easy high protein dinner that the whole family will love. Plus, it’s ready in 20 minutes!
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7. Garlic Sesame Noodles


Easy Garlic Sesame Noodles by Eat With Clarity

Noodles are a girls best friend and these garlic sesame noodles are no doubt my favorite recipe to date and they’re both vegan & gluten free!
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8. Vegan Broccoli and Pepper Ramen Noodles


Easy Vegan Broccoli and Pepper Ramen Noodles by Make it Dairy Free

This easy vegan broccoli and pepper ramen noodles are a budget friendly vegan meal that is great for lunch or dinner. Instant noodle recipe.
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9. Vegan Baked Ziti


Vegan Baked Ziti by Running on Real Food

This easy vegan baked ziti is made with ziti and vegetables in tomato sauce, topped with homemade tofu ricotta and baked to perfection.
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10. Vegan Lo Mein


Vegan Lo Mein by Running on Real Food

This vegan noodle dish is inspired by veggie lo mein! Try this quick and easy 30-minute recipe for a delicious dinner any night of the week.
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Soups and Stews

11. Creamy Lentil Vegetable Soup


Creamy Lentil Vegetable Soup by Budget Bytes

This Creamy Lentil Vegetable Soup is a medley of colors, flavors, and textures all in a hearty and inexpensive bowl. It’s vegan, too!
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12. Vegan Split Pea Soup


Vegan Split Pea Soup by Budget Bytes

This vegan split pea soup is fast, easy, and comforting. It’s the perfect cozy meal for chilly fall and winter days.
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13. Cabbage Soup


Cabbage Soup Recipe by Budget Bytes

Forget the cabbage soup diet, you’ll want to eat this super healthy vegetable-filled cabbage soup just because it tastes incredible!
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14. Black Bean Soup


Instant Pot Black Bean Soup (10 Ingredients!) by From My Bowl

This Instant Pot Black Bean Soup is healthy, hearty, and easy to make! It’s perfect for Meal Prep and freezes well. All you need is 10 plant-based ingredients, an Instant Pot, and an empty stomach.
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15. Vegan Taco Soup

Bowl of taco soup topped with sour cream, cheese, and cilantro.


Healthy Crockpot Taco Soup Recipe

This Healthy Crockpot Taco Soup recipe is a quick and easy weeknight meal made from simple ingredients and pantry staples. It's rich in flavor, high in protein, and easy to customize to suit your family's taste buds. Throw the ingredients in your crockpot tonight and set it and forget it!
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16. Sopa de Fideo (Mexican Noodle Soup)


20-Minute Sopa de Fideo (Mexican Noodle Soup) by From My Bowl

This Sopa de Fideo is a comforting Mexican Noodle soup made with fideo pasta, tomato broth, and simple aromatics. Oil-free option. This Sopa de Fideo recipe is made in just 20 minutes, in one-pot, with only 8 plant-based ingredients. This flavorful Mexican noodle soup recipe is everything you’re loo…
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17. 5-Ingredient Vegan Chili


5-Ingredient Vegan Chili by Sweet Simple Vegan

Learn how to make this 5-ingredient vegan chili with just 1 pot and less than 30 minutes of your time. It’s hearty, full of flavor, and easy!
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18. Cozy White Bean Mushroom Stew


Cozy White Bean Mushroom Stew by Minimalist Baker

Cozy, hearty, and comforting — what more could you ask for in a winter meal? Easy, too? You’ve got it! This 1-pot white bean and mushroom stew is all that
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19. Vegan Leek & Potato Soup

Bowl of soup topped with chives, pepper, and yogurt.


Vegan Leek and Potato Soup

This Vegan Leek and Potato Soup only requires 7 healthy ingredients, one pot and less than an hour! It's ultra creamy, oil-free, and gluten free. Make this soup in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop for the best creamy comfort food!
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20. Vegan Sweet Potato Stew


Vegan Sweet Potato Stew by Make it Dairy Free

Vegan Sweet Potato Stew is the perfect easy, fall vegan dinner idea. Ready in 30 minutes and completely Top 8 Allergen Free.
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Rice Dishes

21. Butternut Squash & Brown Rice Casserole (Dump & Bake)

Butternut Squash & Brown Rice Casserole (Dump & Bake) by From My Bowl


Butternut Squash & Brown Rice Casserole (Dump & Bake) by From My Bowl

This Butternut Squash & Brown Rice Casserole is packed w/ seasonal veggies, brown rice, & white beans for a well-balanced vegan meal!
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22. Vegan Fried Rice


Vegan Fried Rice by Nora Cooks

This Vegan Fried Rice is better than take out and ready in 20 minutes! A great way to use up leftover rice and the perfect weeknight dinner.
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23. Coconut Chickpea Curry


Chickpea Coconut Curry by Vegan Richa

Vegan Chickpea Coconut Curry – Instant Pot or Saucepan. 1 Pot Coconut Chickpea Curry made w/ dried chickpeas, coconut milk.Glutenfree Tomatofree Nutfree Soyfree Recipe
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24. Instant Pot Rice and Beans


Instant Pot Rice and Beans by A Mind Full Mom

The EASIEST way to prepare red beans and rice! Made with brown rice, dried beans, and a perfect combination of seasonings.
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25. Enchilada Rice


Enchilada Rice (Quick + Easy Recipe) by The Simple Veganista

Enchilada Rice is a tasty Mexican inspired recipe featuring veggies, black beans, rice and enchilada sauce! Instant Pot + stovetop methods. Vegan recipe.
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26. Crispy Peanut Tofu

Blue serving bowl of crispy peanut tofu with brown rice, green onions, lime wedge and chopsticks.


30 Minute Crispy Peanut Tofu Recipe

This 30-Minute Crispy Peanut Tofu is made with tofu that's been air fried until golden brown and crispy, then tossed in a quick and easy vegan peanut sauce. Oven-baking and pan frying methods included!
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27. Instant Pot Kitchari


Instant Pot Kitchari Recipe by Vegan Richa

Learn how to make Kitchari in your Instant Pot – a traditional ayurvedic recipe for easy vegan basmati rice with red lentils and spices
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28. Vegan Japanese Curry


Vegan Japanese Curry by Sweet Simple Vegan

This Vegan Japanese Curry is thickened with a curry roux, made with hearty vegetables, and lightly sweetened with grated apple.
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29. Tofu Edamame Buddha Bowl


Tofu Edamame Buddha Bowl by Running on Real Food

These colourful vegan rice bowls feature tofu, edamame, brown rice, cabbage, carrot and delicious almond satay sauce. Enjoy for a filling, flavourful and nutritious plant-based meal.
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30. Sweet Potato Lentil Curry


Sweet Potato Lentil Curry by Running on Real Food

This creamy coconut and sweet potato lentil curry is easy to make in 40 minutes, full of flavour and perfect for warming up on a cold day.
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Sandwiches, Wraps and Burgers

31. Buffalo Chickpea Wraps


Buffalo Chickpea Wraps by Food Sharing Vegan

This Buffalo Chickpea Wrap is a super simple and flavor-packed meal that is incredibly easy to put together! It’s great on the go, even as a quick snack, or post workout meal. Enjoy!
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32. Vegan Tofu Egg Salad


Vegan Tofu Egg Salad by Sweet Simple Vegan

This Vegan Tofu Egg Salad is perfect for quick lunches and high-protein vegan meal prep. Make in just 5 minutes with 10 simple ingredients.
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33. Vegan Black Bean Burgers


Vegan Black Bean Burgers by Sweet Simple Vegan

These Easy Vegan Black Bean Burgers are made with only 5 pantry staple ingredients, yet are guaranteed to satisfy any burger craving.
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34. Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger


Chickpea Burger by Nora Cooks

This Chickpea Burger is so delicious and easy to make, no one will miss the meat! Ready in less than 30 minutes.
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35. Vegan Black Bean Burrito


Best Black Bean Vegan Burrito Recipe by Namely Marly

This easy Crispy Black Bean Burrito recipe is made with brown rice, potatoes, corn, and salsa. Served in a crispy burrito shell!
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36. Vegan Sloppy Joes


Vegan Sloppy Joes by Minimalist Baker

Hearty, flavorful Vegan Sloppy Joes made with fresh, simple ingredients, naturally sweetened, and they require just 30 minutes! Savory, smoky, perfectly sweet — a delicious plant-based meal!
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37. Vegan Cheesy Potato Burritos


Vegan Cheesy Potato Burritos by Make it Dairy Free

These super easy vegan cheesy potato burritos pairs deliciously seasoned roasted potatoes, with cilantro lime rice and our vegan nacho cheese sauce.
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38. Crunchy BBQ Chickpea Salad Sandwich


Crunchy BBQ Chickpea Salad Sandwich by Veggie Fun Kitchen

Made with canned chickpeas, mayo, BBQ sauce, red onion, packaged coleslaw, and panko bread crumbs. This BBQ Chickpea Salad Sandwich is quick and easy.
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39. Vegan Meatball Sub Sandwich


Vegan Meatball Sub Sandwich by Veggies Don’t Bite

This vegan meatball sub is the ultimate comfort food! It’s filled with protein, has hidden veggies and is easy to freeze and pull out for those busy nights!
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40. Spicy Lentil Wraps with Tahini Sauce


Spicy Quinoa-Lentil Wraps + Tahini Sauce by The Simple Veganista

Spicy Quinoa-Lentil Wraps are a Trader Joe’s copycat recipe and perfect for lunch, dinner or make ahead meals! Vegan and gluten-free.
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Vegan Buddha Bowls and Stir-Fry Recipes

41. Quick Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry


Quick Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry by Food Sharing Vegan

This Vegan Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry is the perfect quick mid-week meal that you can enjoy in just 20 minutes! It’s packed with plant protein, tons of flavor, and healthy veggies!
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42. Frozen Vegetable Stir Fry


Frozen Vegetable Stir Fry by Nora Cooks

Frozen Vegetable Stir Fry is an effortless one-pan, 20-minute meal. All you need are pre-cut frozen vegetables, my homemade stir fry sauce, and some rice!
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43. Peanut Noodle Stir Fry

Bowl of spicy peanut noodle stir fry.


Spicy Vegan Peanut Noodle Stir Fry Recipe

This Vegan Peanut Noodle Stir Fry is a great takeout style dish that takes just 30 minutes to make and is made with the easy at home vegan peanut sauce. All you need is 11 ingredients, including udon noodles, soy curls, shredded cabbage and carrots.
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44. Falafel Bowl


Falafel Bowl by Feasting at Home

How to create a delicious Falafel Bowl! Loaded up with veggies,grain of choice, olives, herbs and greens, with Tahini Sauce.
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45. Vegan Taco Salad

Taco salad bowl garnished with salsa and lime wedges in white bowl.


Vegan Taco Salad with Tempeh

This Vegan Taco Salad is inspired by the Southwestern Tex-Mex flavors in the Santa Fe Salad. Crispy romaine lettuce, black beans, cherry tomatoes, corn, crushed tortilla chips, and tempeh taco meat all drizzled with the best creamy, vegan taco salad dressing. Try this recipe for easy vegan meal prep or quick weeknight dinners!
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46. Vegan Burrito Bowl

Burrito bowl topped with cilantro and creamy sauce.


Easy Vegan Burrito Bowl

Vegan Burrito Bowls with Roasted Sweet Potato and Creamy Jalapeno Dill Sauce! Great for meal prep and easy weeknight dinners!
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47. Dijon Garlic Veggies & Chickpeas


Dijon Garlic Sheet Pan Veggies & Chickpeas by From My Bowl

These Sheet Pan Veggies & Chickpeas are tossed in a quick and easy dijon garlic marinade, then roasted until crispy.
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48. Vegan BBQ Bean Bowl with Corn & Coleslaw


BBQ Bean Bowl with Corn and Coleslaw by Minimalist Baker

A vegan BBQ bowl with smoky BBQ baked beans, creamy coleslaw, and grilled corn or cornbread! A hearty, flavorful, protein- and fiber-rich entrée!
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49. Vegan Loaded Mashed Potato Bowls


Vegan Loaded Mashed Potato Bowls by Jar of Lemons

Vegan loaded mashed potato bowls! So delicious and perfect for holiday leftovers. Vegetarian and gluten free, also. Grab the recipe on Jar Of Lemons!
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50. Roasted Vegetable & Quinoa Harvest Bowls


Roasted Vegetable & Quinoa Harvest Bowls by Minimalist Baker

Hearty and flavorful harvest bowls with roasted vegetables, quinoa, and a creamy, 3-ingredient tahini dressing! A healthy, plant-based, gluten-free meal!
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