56 Easy Budget-Friendly Recipes

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If you’ve been in a grocery store lately, you’ve likely noticed some sticker shock when it comes to food prices (thanks, inflation!). Meat, eggs, oils, and seafood have seen the biggest increases (source), but your overall grocery bill has likely taken a hit, too. To help ease the strain on your wallet, we’ve compiled our top budget-friendly tips and easy recipes including breakfasts, snacks, sides, dinners, and desserts.

Budget-Friendly Menu Tips

  • Buy fruits and veggies that are in season, and include frozen as needed
  • Opt for plant-based sources of protein like tofu, lentils, and other beans/legumes
  • Shop in the bulk section for lower prices on items like grains, beans, dried fruit, nuts and seeds, and spices
  • Prepare more meals at home instead of eating out
  • Plan ahead so ingredients get used in multiple meals each week and don’t go to waste (pro tip: you can sort by ingredient in our recipe index)

Now, let’s put these tips into action with some delicious plant-based recipes!

(Note: Dietary symbols listed throughout for easy navigation!)

Breakfasts

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Instant Pot Oats (Fast, Creamy Oatmeal!)
A quick and simple method for making PERFECT, creamy oats in the Instant Pot. Just 1 ingredient and 20 minutes required!
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Chocolate Protein Shake (Protein Powder-Free!)
Simple 7-ingredient, plant-based shake made with protein-rich whole food ingredients and NO protein powder. Creamy, chocolaty, naturally sweetened, and just 1 blender and 5 minutes to prepare.
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Creamy Carrot Cake Smoothie
A dreamy, creamy smoothie infused with the flavors of carrot cake! Just 7 wholesome ingredients required, including banana, carrot, plant milk, and spices.
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Peanut Butter Overnight Oats (5 Ingredients!)
EASY peanut butter overnight oats made with just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes prep time. Naturally sweetened, vegan, gluten-free, and so delicious.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola
6-ingredient crispy peanut butter granola sprinkled with dark chocolate chips! Simple, fast, and seriously satisfying.
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How to Make Oat Milk
A quick and easy 2-ingredient, 5-minute way to make homemade oat milk! Naturally creamy and sweet, and perfect for smoothies, granola, and more!
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My Favorite Green Smoothie
A creamy, sweet vegan green smoothie with banana, peanut butter, spinach, flaxseed, berries, and almond milk. The perfect healthy breakfast or afternoon snack.
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Vegan Carrot Coconut Pancakes
Vegan pancakes made with whole-wheat flour, carrots, coconut, and walnuts. Light, fluffy, and flavorful. Perfect with walnuts, coconut, and hot maple syrup.
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Easy Baked Beans on Toast (British-Inspired)
Flavorful, British-inspired baked beans on toast! An easy, versatile, and delicious plant-based meal. Just 1 pot and 30 minutes required!
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Mini Sopapilla Pancakes
Fluffy cinnamon-scented pancakes that are both dairy- and egg-free. Topped with cinnamon-sugar, butter, and a little honey or maple syrup, these taste JUST like a sopapilla, only no frying required.
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Fluffy Chickpea Scramble (30 minutes!)
A hearty chickpea scramble in 30 minutes with a secret ingredient that binds the chickpeas and makes them fluffy! A delicious, nutritious (10-ingredient), plant-based meal.
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Southwest Tofu Scramble
Savory, Southwest-inspired tofu scramble for 1 with lots of veggies and a simple 5-ingredient sauce. Just 10 ingredients, 30 minutes, and 1 pan required!
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Chipotle Tofu Chilaquiles
30-minute Vegan Chilaquiles with 5-ingredient chipotle sauce, DIY baked chips, and a hearty tofu scramble on top! Flavorful, fast, and seriously satisfying.
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Snacks

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Super Seedy Sunflower Butter
Super seedy sunflower butter with chia, hemp, flax, and pumpkin seeds — perfect for toast, baked goods, oats, and more! Creamy with a slight crunch, six ingredients, and vitamin and mineral-rich!
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Vegan Cheez Its
30-minute cheesy vegan crackers that taste just like Cheez Its! Simple, fast, and surprisingly close to the original. So cheezy!
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Sunflower-Coated Cheesy Kale Chips
Amazingly cheesy, crispy kale chips baked in a sunflower seed-nutritional yeast coating! Healthy, simple ingredients, BIG flavor and nutrients!
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Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins
These one-bowl pumpkin apple muffins include plenty of pumpkin puree and sautéed cinnamon apples. Plus, they're vegan, ridiculously moist, and positively scrumptious.
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Vegan Banana Crumb Muffins
Super moist, flavorful vegan banana nut muffins with a crumb top! 30 minutes and one bowl required, and so delicious!
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Easy 5-Minute Microwave Hummus
6-ingredient hummus that comes together in 5 minutes and is magically transformed into the best hummus thanks to the MICROWAVE! Trust me. It’s the best hummus I’ve ever made at home!
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Crispy BBQ Roasted Chickpeas
Easy to make, crispy chickpeas roasted until golden brown and tossed in smoky BBQ spices! Just 8 ingredients required, naturally vegan, and gluten-free!
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Baked Sweet Potatoes 2 Ways!
Easy, healthy baked sweet potatoes two ways — savory and sweet! The perfect 30-minute, plant-based meal or snack when you don't feel like cooking.
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Sides

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Perfect Roasted Potatoes
Perfect roasted potatoes every time! No boiling required, 1 pan, 30 minutes, perfectly crisp edges, and tender inside. The ultimate brunch side!
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Perfect Roasted Cabbage (Quick & Easy!)
A quick and easy tutorial for making PERFECT roasted cabbage every time! Crispy, delicious, and versatile. Just 3 ingredients, 1 pan, and 25 minutes required.
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Simple Patatas Bravas
Classic patatas bravas, only healthier! Baked crispy potato wedges topped with a spicy tomato sauce. Keep vegan by omitting aioli and cheese. Fresh herbs make a bright, earthy finish. 10 ingredients. Perfect for a crowd.
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Perfect Roasted Carrots (Quick & Easy)
Perfect roasted carrots that are tender with caramelized, crispy edges. Simple ingredients and methods required, plus options for adding flavor with spices or herbs!
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Perfect Vegan Cornbread
Easy-to-make, fluffy, perfectly sweet vegan cornbread made with 10 ingredients. The perfect comforting side to soups and chilis, or to bake into croutons for salads or stuffing.
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Easy Vegan Naan
Fluffy, tender, vegan naan made with 7 simple ingredients! The perfect snack or side for Indian dishes like curry, lentil soup, or chutney. Also makes a delicious wrap!
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Easy Vegan Polenta (Super Creamy!)
How to make vegan polenta in 1 pot with 3 ingredients! Creamy, comforting, versatile, and so delicious!
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Dinners

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15-Minute Miso Soup with Greens and Tofu
An inspired take on Japanese miso soup with tofu, green onion, and loads of greens. Just 15 minutes from start to finish, and so flavorful and comforting.
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1-Pot Chickpea Shakshuka
Savory, flavorful shakshuka with chickpeas made in 1 pot in 30 minutes! A hearty yet healthy dish suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
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The Best Vegan “Pulled Pork” Sandwich!
Healthy, 10-ingredient vegan "pulled pork" sandwich with tons of smoky, sweet flavor and 17 G PROTEIN per serving!
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Creamy Vegan Potato Leek Soup
Creamy, comforting, flavorful potato leek soup that’s plant-based, gluten-free, and easy to make. Made in 1 pot with just 9 simple ingredients!
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Easy Vegan Fried Rice
Easy, 10-ingredient vegan fried rice that’s loaded with vegetables, crispy baked tofu, and tons of flavor! A healthy, satisfying plant-based side dish or entrée.
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Vegan Sloppy Joes
Hearty, flavorful Vegan Sloppy Joes made with fresh, simple ingredients, naturally sweetened, and they require just 30 minutes! Savory, smoky, perfectly sweet — a delicious plant-based meal!
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Tomato and Vegetable White Bean Soup
A hearty 1-pot winter soup that's brothy and tomato-infused and chock-full of hearty veggies like squash, kale, and potatoes. White beans provide extra protein and a buttery finish. The perfect healthy lunch or dinner for colder months.
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Easy Penne Arrabbiata
Perfect arrabbiata sauce made in 1 pot with 8 pantry staples. Incredibly spicy, garlicky, vibrant tomato flavor. Gluten-free friendly and naturally vegan.
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1-Pot Spiced Sweet Potato Lentil Soup
1-pot lentil soup made with sweet potatoes, green beans, and warming spices! The ultimate easy meal to enjoy throughout the week or to please a crowd. 
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Creamy Yellow Split Pea Soup (Instant Pot Friendly!)
Creamy, Ethiopian-inspired yellow split pea soup made in the Instant Pot. A delicious, comforting plant-based side or main. Just 1 pot and 9 ingredients required!
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Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes
Simple, 30-minute baked sweet potatoes topped with roasted chickpeas, a simple garlic-herb sauce, and a parsley-tomato salad. Delicious, fresh, healthy, and naturally vegan and gluten-free.
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Warming Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup (Instant Pot!)
Creamy sweet potato and red lentil soup infused with coconut milk and warming spices. The ultimate fall and winter dish. Made in the Instant Pot and perfect for meal prep!
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Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich
30-minute Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich with smashed chickpeas and roasted sunflower seeds in a simple dressing. Sandwiched between two slices of bread and topped with my secret garlic sauce, this is healthy lunch perfection.
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1-Pot Red Lentil Chili
Hearty red lentil chili made in 1 pot with simple ingredients! A smoky, flavorful, protein- and fiber-rich plant-based meal perfect for cold nights and feeding a crowd.
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1-Pot Vegan Minestrone (Gluten-Free)
Easy, 1-pot vegan and gluten-free Minestrone! Simple, wholesome ingredients, 30 minutes to prepare. SO delicious and perfect for fall and winter!
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Lentil Mushroom Stew over Mashed Potatoes
Crazy delicious and hearty mushroom lentil stew gravy over mashed potatoes! Entirely vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free. A delicious and easy-to-make 10-ingredient meal or side!
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Curried Kale, Potato & Lentil Soup (1-Pot!)
Hearty, comforting curry lentil soup with potatoes and kale! Big curry flavor in this 1-pot soup that comes together in less than 45 minutes. The perfect satisfying, healthy, plant-based meal.
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Easy 1-Pot Black Bean Soup
Easy-to-make, comforting black bean soup made with simple ingredients in 1 pot! A 30-minute meal or side that’s customizable and incredibly satisfying.
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1-Pot Smoky Lentil Vegan Taco “Meat”
Easy vegan taco “meat” made with lentils, carrots, and TONS of smoky spices! Just 30 minutes required for this flavorful, 1-pot dish!
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1-Pot Everyday Lentil Soup
An easy, everyday recipe for lentil soup with potatoes, carrots, kale, and simple herbs and seasonings. The perfect plant-based main or side that requires just 10 ingredients, 1 pot, and about 30 minutes to make.
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Desserts

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Classic Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (1 Bowl!)
The perfect classic vegan chocolate chip cookie made in 1 bowl! Salty-sweet, buttery, slightly crisp edges, tender center, and gooey chocolate chips. Just 9 ingredients and simple methods required!
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Easy Banana Ice Cream (Tips + 10 flavors!)
The ultimate guide to making EASY, perfect 1-INGREDIENT banana ice cream every time! We’re sharing our top tips and tricks, plus 10 delicious flavors!
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Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Brownies
10-ingredient vegan gluten-free brownies that are naturally sweetened, fudgy, rich, and studded with chocolate chips and nuts!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake
Easy, 5-ingredient chocolate peanut butter banana shake with a thick, creamy texture and tons of chocolate-peanut butter flavor! A perfectly healthy vegan breakfast, snack, or dessert.
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One Bowl Vegan Funfetti Cupcakes
1-bowl vegan funfetti cupcakes that taste JUST like the real thing! Fluffy, sweet, and loaded with vegan buttercream and sprinkles.
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1-Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake
1-bowl vegan chocolate cake made in less than 1 hour with simple ingredients. A 2-layer buttercream-frosted cake that’s moist, fluffy, and rich with chocolate flavor.
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The World’s Easiest Cinnamon Rolls
Easy cinnamon rolls with just 7 ingredients and no complicated steps. Just proof, roll out, and bake! Plus, they’re vegan and SO delicious, fluffy, and gooey!
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Coconut Sugar Caramelized Plantains
5-ingredient, 15-minute coconut sugar caramelized plantains! Refined sugar-free, vegan, gluten-free, and so delicious.
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