10 of Our Top Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Meals From August 2021!

These budget-friendly vegan recipes mean you don’t have to break the bank to have flavorful, healthy, seasonal meals that are 100% plant-based. These meals are simple and cheap, so you don’t have to spend your entire paycheck to enjoy being plant-based!

We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based, and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our Budget-Friendly Archives!

1. Chick’n Satay

Vegan Chick’n Satay

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This Chick’n Satay by Lena Novak makes a wonderful dish for lunch or dinner!

2. Chia Jam and Oat Breakfast Pot

Vegan Chia Jam and Oat Breakfast Pot

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If you’re a fan of the peanut butter and jelly combination, then you will love this for sure. This Chia Jam and Oat Breakfast Pot by Vicky Coates is one tasty, high-protein, satisfying breakfast that will keep you full until lunch! The combination of oats, chia seeds, peanut butter, and protein powder makes for a perfectly balanced breakfast packed with carbs, healthy fats, and protein within this breakfast pot.

3. Peanut Butter Granola Clusters

Vegan Peanut Butter Granola Clusters

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This Peanut Butter Granola Clusters by Robin Browne will have you reaching for seconds and thirds. You have to try these Peanut Butter Granola Clusters!

4. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bars 

Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bars

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These No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bars by Medha Swaminathan are naturally sweetened with maple syrup and vanilla extract. Packed with peanut butter and coconut flavor, they are satisfying and healthy while killing a chocolate craving in a flash!

5. Bean Nuggets

Vegan Bean Nuggets

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This recipe for Bean Nuggets by Aaron Calderis basic, cheap, and great to make during busy weeks. Ideal for kids to make when they’re bored and it will get them eating more veg.

6. Mongolian Lentils & Broccoli

Vegan Mongolian Lentils & Broccoli

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Are you missing the Mongolian beef & broccoli from your favorite Chinese restaurant? Time to get reacquainted with your long-lost lover, because you’re going to want to make this recipe over and over. It’s half the calories, twice as filling and just as delicious! Instead of beef, I use lentils, which are as flavorful as they are healthy. And, when the broccoli, rice and lentils soak up that sweet and savory Mongolian sauce in this Mongolian Lentils & Broccoli by Jillian Glenn —you’re going to feel like you’ve entered a vegan paradise!   Reprinted with permission from Easy Low-Cal Vegan Eats by Jillian Glenn, Page Street Publishing Co. 2021. Photo credit: Maureen Onda

7. Vegan “Crab” Rangoons

Vegan “Crab” Rangoons

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These vegan “crab” rangoons are the perfect appetizer for you! These Vegan “Crab” Rangoons by Sarah Ottino have the classic creamy filling with a very crunchy outer layer. They can be folded a few different ways and will be a hit at your next get-together!

8. Cauliflower “Fried” Rice

Vegan Cauliflower “Fried” Rice

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Completely grain-free grated cauliflower is perfect to replace rice for a more nutritious and vegetable-packed meal. Add whatever vegetables you have on hand. Kids will be a big fan of this Cauliflower “Fried” Rice by Lena Ropp.

9. Easy Buñuelos

Vegan Easy Buñuelos

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What’s one thing you’ve been missing in your life? An easy buñuelos recipe! These Easy Buñuelos by Mitch and Justine Chapman are golden and crispy on the outside, but light and tender on the inside. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar for the perfect holiday-inspired treat no matter what time of year!

10. Healthier Vegan Almond Flour Banana Bread Muffins

Vegan Healthier Vegan Almond Flour Banana Bread Muffins

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Bring the bakery into your home with this healthier twist on banana bread muffins. These Healthier Vegan Almond Flour Banana Bread Muffins by Katherine Vaught are vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar free, and filled with plenty of chocolate chips!

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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.

For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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