Many people think that being vegan is not cheap. But in fact there are lots of ingredients that are not expensive at all so you can prepare plenty of cheap vegan recipes. Since the summer has arrived, it is the perfect time for cheap vegan recipes because markets are full of veggies and fruits that offer cheaper deals. Here are some suggestions that you can try out or that can, at least, give you idea to create your own recipes.
1. Bean And Butternut Chili
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 garlic, crushed
- 1 chili pepper, seeded and diced
- 2 cans of chopped tomatoes ( 1/2kg. fresh tomatoes that you will chop yourself)
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar (or white)
- 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
- 15 oz red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
Heat olive oil in a saucepan and saute a chopped onion, 2 crushed garlic cloves and chopped red chili. Add chopped tomatoes, brown sugar and butternut squash. Bring to the boil then simmer for 30 minutes until tender. Stir in beans and corn kernels, heat for 10 more minutes, and serve.
2. Vegan Tortillas
Tortillas are always interesting to make because you can fill it with whatever you like. For this recipe we chose some cheap ingredients that combined together taste very nice.
- 4 tortillas (one pack)
- 1 tomato
- 1 can of corn
- 1 onion
- 1 zucchini
- 1 or 2 fresh peppers (if you like)
- little olive oil
In a frying pan fry chopped onion in olive oil until it gets soft and then add zucchini and peppers chopped into cubes. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add fried vegetables and, in the end, shape tortillas into desired form. Stab tortillas with toothpicks so they keep the form.
Same as tortillas… you can mix spaghetti with whatever you like. This is just one of many of ideas:
- 200g green beans
- 50g frozen peas
- 120g jar of vegan pesto
Cook spaghetti in a pan of boiling water. In trimmed green beans add frozen peas. Cook for a couple of minutes. Drain, reserving a little of the water. Place in a pan and stir in jar of vegan pesto. That is it. You can replace vegan pesto with fresh tomatoes. Procedure is same.
4. Sugar Snap Pea and Mushroom Easy Meal
- 10 ounce crimini mushrooms
- 10 ounce sugar snap peas
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 scallions, white and light green parts cut them all
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 pepper
Warm oil in a pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add mushrooms, snap peas and scallions and cook, stirring constantly, until snap peas are bright green and mushrooms have released their liquid (3 to 4 minutes). Add garlic and cook for about 30 minutes, stirring, until golden. Add soy sauce and cook for 3 to 4 minutes more, stirring, until snap peas are crisp-tender. Sprinkle with red pepper, if desired. Serve.
5. Hob Top Chickpea Stew
- 2 onions
- 2 garlic
- bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 150ml veg stock
- 1 tomato
- 400g chickpeas
- 1 teaspoon of parsley
Saute 2 sliced onions in a little oil until soft. Add 2 chopped garlic cloves, bay leaf, paprika, pinch of cayenne pepper, chopped tomato and 150ml veg stock and simmer gently until well cooked and starting to thicken. Stir in tomato puree chickpeas and parsley. Simmer for 5 min more and serve.
- 7,5 dl flour
- 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
- a pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon of vinegar
- some water
- oil for frying
Mix all dry ingredients, add the vinegar and some cold water. Leave the batter to rest for at least 15 minutes. Heat up some oil on a pan and pour a little of oil on a pan for every pancake. Fry the pancakes on both sides until golden brown. Serve however you want and with whatever you have.
7. Green Beans With Tomato
This is an excellent light and cheap meal, especially during the summer, when it can be also cooked in advance, so that the next day it can be served cold. You can find full recipe here
Many smoothies are cheap and because you need only few ingredients. You can find lot of cheap and great smoothies here. For this list, we chose this one:
- banana (peeled and frozen)
- 2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1/3 cup water
Place banana, peanut or almond butter, cacao powder and water into a blender. Blend until smooth.
If you have some cheep vegan recipe feel free to post it in comments and will add it 🙂