Want to eat a vegetarian diet while on a budget? These cheap vegetarian recipes are budget-friendly, easy to make, and delicious!
One of the biggest complaints many people have when trying to eat more plant-based is that it’s expensive. In reality, cooking vegetarian can be inexpensive if you focus on the right ingredients!
Tips for making affordable vegetarian recipes
By avoiding ready-made products (like pricey veggie burgers or meat “alternatives”) and instead focusing on real ingredients (like beans and eggs), you can eat a healthy vegetarian diet while on a budget.
Shop the season: Seasonal fruits and veggies require less resources and transportation to get to your table, so they’re generally cheaper (and have a lower carbon footprint)!
Shop local: Farmer’s markets can be expensive, but if you go around closing time, you can often snag some great deals!
Love the legumes: Chickpeas, beans, lentils…they’re all affordable nutritional powerhouses! Buy them in dry bulk (instead of canned) and boil them yourself.
Grow a garden: Even if it’s just a few pots of your favorite herbs, growing some of your staples will lighten the load on your wallet. Basil, mint, and rosemary are all easy to grow and can brighten up so many dishes!
Budget friendly vegetarian recipes
These recipes are perfect for cash-strapped students, large families, or anyone looking to lighten up their grocery bill each month.
Ditch the store bought smoothies and make your own at home. This Tropical Kale Smoothie recipe is a tropical take on the classic green smoothie, complete with pineapple, orange juice, banana, and kale!
Prepping your meals in advance is a great way to prevent yourself from ordering lunch out. This vegetarian stir fry meal prep idea is packed with flavorful cauliflower fried rice, soy-glazed tofu, steamed broccoli, and sriracha mayo!
Do you cave in to takeout (even when it's not within your budget)? I’m not exaggerating when I say that this Baked General Tso’s Cauliflower tastes better than the Chinese takeout we all know and love (but without the frying or meat!)
This recipe is great for using up those leftover Halloween pumpkins (or canned pumpkin that you find on sale after the holidays). Topped with smoky roasted chickpeas and fresh thyme, making it the ultimate cozy autumn recipe for busy weeknights!
No need to order a pizza when you can make your own for a fraction of the price! This classic Veggie Pizza recipe is loaded with colorful roasted vegetables. Vegetarian pizza night just got an upgrade!
One of my favorite cozy dinners for when I'm craving takeout but don't want to spend the money. This Chickpea Tikka Masala recipe is an easy dinner to whip up when the Indian food cravings hit (plus, it’s vegan!)
Authentic poke bowls can be expensive (sushi grade tuna is no joke)! This Vegan Tuna Sushi Bowl has plant-based tuna made with tomatoes, and all the fixings of your favorite poke bowls (including the spicy mayo)!
This Fresh Tomato Soup recipe uses garden-ripe tomatoes and fresh ingredients (no cans or pastes here)! It’s such an easy homemade tomato soup that’s perfect for using up those those juicy summer tomatoes.
There's nothing wrong with canned vegetables, and beans are a great way of packing in protein. This easy Bean Salad recipe is famous in our house, and for good reason! Quick to make, packed with flavor, and perfect for bringing to potlucks!
Skip the ready-made frozen mozzarella sticks and make your own! Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks are pretty much a dream come true. They’re crunchy, savory, and filled with gooey, stretchy, delicious cheese.
Are you a hopeless hummus addict? Here's how to make homemade hummus in the four best flavors: traditional, roasted garlic, chipotle, and romesco! In just 5 minutes and with minimal ingredients, you can have smooth and creamy hummus.