These ideas for cheap vegan meals are perfect for when you want great taste but don't want to spend much. All recipes are made with fewer than 10 ingredients and are both flavoursome and satisfying.
Lots of people believe that cooking vegan recipes is expensive, this is a common misconception. But the reality is that you can create delicious, vegan 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 (minus salt, oil, and water), 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 meals will suddenly become a lot easier.
1. Vegan Mac and Cheese
This mac and cheese recipe is so simple to make and will please even the pickiest of eaters!
2. Vegan Lentil Bolognese
This easy vegan bolognese recipe uses store cupboard items like dried lentils and spices to create a cheap vegan meal that makes great leftovers to enjoy the next day too.
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3. 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.
4. Vegan Lentil, Pepper & Spinach Balti
This vegan Balti recipe is packed full of flavour and is perfect to cook in bulk to have later or to share with friends.
5. Vegan Sweet Potato Cakes
For something a bit different, try these sweet potato cakes topped with smashed avocado.
6. Vegan Potato, Beetroot & Bean Boulangere
This blend of potatoes, veggies and beans is great for a filling family dinner on a cooler summer evening.
7. Vegan Roasted Vegetable Tart
Perfect for sharing, this delicious vegetable tart is one of those cheap vegan meals that’s pleasing on the eyes and the mouth. You can also swap out the veggies for whatever you have in the fridge.
8. Vegan Jerk Smoked Tofu
This Jerk Jamaican tofu is paired with pineapple salsa and coconut rice for a meal packed with flavour.
9. 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.
10. Vegan Chimichangas with Smoky Beans
If you love burritos then this vegan chimichangas recipe is a must-make. It uses affordable ingredients like black beans and chipotle chilli paste to make a wallet-friendly meal that’s full of flavour.
11. Vegan Sausage Casserole
For a hearty classic family meal at home, try this sausage casseroles that is full of flavour.
12. Vegan Korean Aubergine & Sesame Spinach
Although the exotic flavours of this dish will take your tastebuds on a journey, you only need a few easy-to-find, affordable ingredients to make this Korean-inspired dish.
13. Vegan Turmeric Tofu & Wild Rice
When cooking on a budget, it’s important to ensure your meals keep you fuller for longer. The vegan protein-packed dinner with tofu and wild rice is simple but utterly delicious and totally satisfying.
14. Miso Aubergine with Tofu & Brown Rice
Any recipe with miso is guaranteed to make your mouth water! Here it’s used to infuse the aubergine with flavour, and combined with a sticky miso sauce it’s real winner.
15. Easy Roasted Cauliflower Curry
Not only does this recipe contain just 10 ingredients (including oil!), it’s ready to eat in a speedy 30 minutes.
16. Vegan Butternut Squash & Almond Butter Curry
This creamy butternut squash & almond butter curry is one of the most comforting and easy cheap vegan meals you will ever make. The sweetness of the squash paired with the nuttiness of the almond butter make it so utterly moreish you’ll be back for a second bowl.
17. Vegan Seitan Saag
Easy to make, jam-packed full of healing spices and positively bursting with flavour – this seitan saag is perfect for a cheap vegan dinner.
18. Aubergine, Tomato & Fenugreek Curry
This curry might sound fancy but it’s actually made from just a few simple, wholesome ingredients for a tasty but healthy meal.
19. Vegan Curried Leek & Lentil Soup
This cosy curried leek and lentil soup will keep you feeling full and satisfied until dinner as its packed with satiating lentils and chickpeas for extra protein.
20. Vegan Winter Stew
This comforting vegan winter stew is packed with immune-boosting veggies to help keep you feeling great in the colder months without breaking the bank.
21. Vegan Mediterranean Tuscan Soup
This recipe is perfect for a light lunch or served with freshly baked bread for something more filling.
22. Vegan Lentil Soup
This soup-er recipe is so simple to make, but it has a whole rainbow of flavours coming from the mixture of amazing spices, stewed lentils and creamy coconut milk.
23. Vegan Leek & Sundried Tomato Quiche
You might think making a vegan quiche would be difficult and expensive but in reality this is an easy recipe that only needs a few ingredients to make.
24. Tofu & Mushroom Pie
With energy bills on the rise, we’re on the lookout for comforting dishes to keep us warm, and this vegan tofu mushroom pie is just the thing!
25. Vegan Teriyaki-Glazed King Oyster Mushrooms with Sticky Rice
Don’t be fooled by the impressive appearance of this recipe – it’s actually a quick and easy vegan meal that won’t leave you out of pocket.
26. Vegan Jackfruit Tuna Mayo
Few dishes are more affordable or versatile than the humble jacket potato. Take yours to the next level with a dollop of jackfruit tuna mayo for a filling meal that’s oh-so easy to make.
27. Vegan Potato Bake with Broccoli & Peanut Sauce
This potato bake recipe may seem simple, but the best things often are! The combination of broccoli and peanut butter in this vegan potato bake recipe make this a real crowd-pleaser.
28. Vegan Asparagus Risotto
This creamy risotto is perfect for asparagus season and easy to make in bulk to feed the whole family.
29. Vegan Broccoli and Blue ‘Cheese’ Pasta Bake
This pasta bake recipe is loaded with carbs and cheesy goodness, perfect for a family dinner.
30. Banana Blossom ‘Crab Fish’ Cakes
Crab might be a pricey ingredient, so making this affordable version of crab cakes with banana blossom is both kinder animals and lighter on your wallet too.
Being vegan doesn’t have to cost the earth.
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