30 Cheap Vegan Meals That Taste Expensive

Author: Rachel Smith

Ideas for cheap vegan meals for when you want great taste but don't want to spend much. All recipes include fewer than 10 ingredients.

Lots of people believe that vegan cooking is expensive, this is a common misconception. But the reality is that you can create delicious, vegan-friendly dishes that don’t have to break the bank and use easy to find ingredients.

Here is a collection of cheap vegan meal ideas that all contain fewer than 10 ingredients, but taste like they should be much more expensive!

Many of these cheap vegan meal ideas make good use of storecupboard ingredients so you don’t even need to go shopping to make them! Simply keep a good stock of all the basics in your cupboard and cooking delicious but cheap vegan food will suddenly become a lot easier.

1. Vegan Asparagus Risotto Recipe

This creamy risotto is perfect for asparagus season and easy to make in bulk to feed the whole family.

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2. Vegan One Pan Gnocchi with Creamy Autumn Vegetables

Perfect for feeding the whole family, this gnocchi recipe is packed with flavour and stirred into a rich and creamy soya cream sauce.

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3. Vegan Lentil, Pepper & Spinach Balti Recipe

This vegan Balti recipe is packed full of flavour and is perfect to cook in bulk to have later or to share with friends.

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4. Vegan Sweet Potato Cakes Recipe

For something a bit different, try these sweet potato cakes topped with smashed avocado.

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5. Vegan Potato, Beetroot & Bean Boulangere Recipe

This blend of potatoes, veggies and beans is great for a filling family dinner on a cooler summer evening.

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6. Vegan Roasted Vegetable Tart Recipe

Perfect for sharing, this delicious vegetable tart is pleasing on the eyes and the mouth. You can also swap out the veggies for whatever you have in the fridge.

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7. Vegan Jerk Smoked Tofu Recipe

This Jerk Jamaican tofu is paired with pineapple salsa and coconut rice for a meal packed with flavour.

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8. Vegan Tapas: Andalusian Spinach & Chickpeas

Popular in tapas bars across Andalusia, this easy recipe means you can enjoy tapas from the comfort of your own home.

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9. Raw Tomato & Basil Courgette

Full of summery flavours, this lunch recipe utilises simple and tasty ingredients for a quick and delicious lunch.


10. Vegan Sausage Casserole Recipe

For a hearty classic family meal at home, try this sausage casseroles that is full of flavour.

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11. Vegan Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

This sweet potato salad would be a great addition for a summer barbeque or a picnic with friends.

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12. Vegan Broccoli and Blue ‘Cheese’ Pasta Bake

This pasta bake recipe is loaded with carbs and cheesy goodness, perfect for a family dinner.

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13. Vegan Tofu Halloumi Recipe

Store-bought vegan halloumi just doesn’t match up to the real thing, but this recipe gets the taste and texture spot on.

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14. Vegan Tomato Basil Soup Recipe

This recipe is perfect for a light lunch or served with freshly baked bread for something more filling.

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15. Vegan Tacos Recipe

This endlessly customisable taco recipe is easy to make for lunches with friends or for on the go.

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16. Vegan Broccoli and Cheese Casserole Recipe

This healthy casserole recipe is packed with delicious vegan cheese and topped with chickpeas.

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17. Vegan Stir Fried Udon Noodles

Ready in just 15 minutes, this stir fry recipe is very versatile. You can swap out the veggies for whatever you have in the fridge.

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18. Vegan Bean and Aubergine Casserole Recipe

This delicious recipe is a great option for a quick and easy dinner. It’s healthy, hearty and completely vegan! A great vegan budget recipe to share.

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19. Vegan Mexican Tortilla Roll Ups

The perfect finger food for your next party. This vegan recipe is very quick to put together and you can easily substitute ingredients for whatever you have in your fridge.

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20. Vegan Mac and Cheese with Zucchini

This mac and cheese recipe is so simple to make and will please even the pickiest of eaters!

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21. Vegan Tofu Nuggets Recipe

If you’re craving some crispy, fried vegan food, try this recipe for a delicious snack or on the side of your dinner.

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22. Vegan Spinach & Potato Rosti with Tofu

Potato rosti are a great source of protein and this recipe from the Vegan Recipe Club is easy to make in bulk and freeze to have later.

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23. Vegan Penne Arrabiata Recipe

For the easiest and spiciest Italian meal at home, try this pasta dish from taste.com. You can also swap out the chillies to make it less spicy.

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24. Vegan Italian Pasta Salad

This recipe by I Love Vegan is perfect for summer dinner and easy to batch cook for weekday lunches on the go.

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25. Vegan Butternut Squash and Chilli Soup Recipe

This delicious vegan soup is simple to make and just perfect for when you need to warm up after an autumn walk.

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26. Vegan Lentil Spaghetti Recipe

With only three ingredients, this recipe is perfect to rustle up when you’re short of time but still want a delicious meal.

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27. Vegan Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup Recipe

For a simple and easy lunch option, try this white bean soup recipe.

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28. Vegan Chicken and Leek Pie Recipe

This traditional vegan chicken pie recipe is perfect for a hearty family dinner.

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29. Vegan Lentil Burger Recipe

Don’t miss out on delicious burgers, this recipe is not only healthy but easy and quick to make.

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30. Vegan Eggplant and Zucchini Curry Recipe

This easy and comforting recipe uses seasonal ingredients that are easy to find.

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Written by

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

Having launched the brand's digital presence in 2015, Rachel shares her love for animals and the planet through her work as Vegan Food & Living’s Digital Editor. As a passionate vegan for over eight years, Rachel loves creating delicious vegan dessert recipes for her award-winning blog, Rawberry Fields. Rachel's recipes and photography have been featured in numerous international print and digital publications including the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Thrive, and Buzzfeed. You can follow Rachel at @rawberryfields

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