Looking for the best cheap plant-based foods and inexpensive plant-based recipes to make vegan meals on a budget? You’ve come to the right place! The idea that vegan food is expensive is a myth. Well, it can be, but it certainly doesn’t have to be! Check out all the budget-friendly vegan foods and recipes below. Money-saving meal ideas galore!
It feels like every week we hear people say that vegan food is for those with huge disposable incomes, or that it’s hard to eat nutritiously on a budget. And we get it, fancy vegan cheese and plant-based meats can be crazy-pricey. But there are plenty of affordable foods that are vegan. Many vegan staples are among the most affordable foods out there!
So, we thought that now would be a good time to show our aspiring plant-based friends how affordable plant-based food can be. We’re going to help you out by sharing 30 of the top budget-friendly foods to stock in your kitchen if you want to save money on food.
While there are more than just these staples out there (you can read about more in our 15 vegan pantry staples post), the ones we’ve talked about below are ones that we tend to use the most frequently and that can be found for reasonable prices at most supermarkets.
These humble fruits are not only inexpensive but also versatile. Use them in smoothies, turn them into homemade banana ice cream, smoothies, milkshakes, popsicles, in muffins, or enjoy them as a quick and budget-friendly snack.
From black beans to chickpeas, these protein-packed legumes are not only budget-friendly but also incredibly versatile. You can whip up affordable and satisfying dishes like refried beans, bean salads, plant-based chili, burritos, and creamy hummus with ease.
Canned pineapple adds a sweet and tropical twist to your dishes, whether you’re preparing stir-fries, sauces, desserts, or fruity salsa. It’s an affordable way to infuse your meals with a taste of the tropics.
Oats are a budget-friendly breakfast superstar. They can be used to make hearty oatmeal, crunchy granola, or even indulgent overnight oats, making them an excellent choice for affordable morning meals.
Onions are an essential ingredient in countless savory dishes and are incredibly budget-friendly. Use them in vegan french onion soup, batter them and make onion rings, or pickle onions for a tasty topping. They add depth and flavor to your meals without breaking the bank.
Budget-friendly pasta, especially whole wheat varieties, is a comforting and versatile option. Whether you’re crafting a vegan alfredo, bow-tie pasta dishes, or vegan carbonara, it’s a cost-effective way to fill your plate.
Affordable store-bought pasta sauces are a budget-conscious cook’s best friend. They provide a flavorful base for quick pasta dishes and budget-friendly meals.
Peanut butter is a protein-rich spread that can be a budget-friendly staple in your pantry. Whether slathered on sandwiches, used to make satay, added to overnight oats, or stir-fries, it’s a delicious and economical choice.
While quinoa may be pricier than rice, it’s a nutrient-dense grain that can be used sparingly to enhance the nutritional profile of your budget-friendly meals. Use it in salads, soups, nuggets, and more.
Rice is a versatile and wallet-friendly staple that can be the base for countless dishes. It’s incredibly affordable and provides a satisfying source of carbohydrates, making it an ideal choice for budget-conscious vegans. Use it to make fried rice, sushi, and more.
Don’t underestimate the power of seasonings to elevate budget-friendly meals. Spices and herbs add flavor and variety to your dishes without significant additional costs, allowing you to experiment and create unique flavors.
Whole grain bread, while slightly pricier than its white counterpart, is an excellent choice for sandwiches and toast. It offers more nutrients and is still a cost-effective option.
Eating vegan on a budget is not only possible but also delicious and nutritious with these 30 wallet-friendly plant-based foods. Mix and match them to create a variety of dishes that won’t strain your finances while keeping your taste buds satisfied. Enjoy the journey of discovering new recipes and flavors while staying kind to your wallet and the planet.
If you need a little help eating healthfully on a tight budget, we’ve got you covered with our Plant-Based on a Budget Meal Plans! In these meal plans, we walk you through everything you need to know to eat vegan without going broke.