Cheap Vegan Recipes: Yes, you can afford to be Vegan.

Cheap Vegan Recipes: Yes, you can afford to be Vegan.

Cheap Vegan Recipes

I’m often asked if I know of any cheap vegan recipes. Or, more often than not, I am told by others that veganism is too expensive for them.  At times like these I have to resist rolling my eyes so far into my head that they become stuck. In this post I will be outlining some very cheap vegan recipes that pretty much anyone can make.

Vegan Stir Fry


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For this cheap vegan recipe you will need:

1 – 2 servings of whole wheat spaghetti (about $1.50 for an 8 serving box. Or save even more by buying the 48 oz box)

Your favorite blend of frozen veggies. ( I like the California blend that has broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots)

1 T vegetable oil ( any plant based oil will work)

1 T hoisin sauce or to your taste

1 clove garlic minced

1/4 tsp of garlic powder

1/4 tsp of onion powder

1/4 tsp of cayenne (optional)

black pepper to taste

2 tsp of soy sauce  or to taste

A few drop of sesame oil (optional)

Cubed tofu (optional)

Green onions to garnish (optional)



1. Boil pasta until al dente

2. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave your frozen veggies until they are fully defrosted. Drain out all excess water.

3. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add your vegetable oil and minced garlic.  Saute the garlic until golden. If  you have tofu pieces, add them during this step.

4. Add your cooked pasta and frozen vegetable. Saute until any excess water has cooked out.

5. Add everything else and continue to saute for an additional 2-3 minutes.


Price Breakdown:

You use around 32 cents worth of pasta in this recipe.

16 cents in hoisin sauce

5 cents in soy sauce

10 cents in vegetable oil

25 cents in frozen vegetable.

10 cents in garlic

Without any of the optional ingredients or seasonings, this dish would cost you around a dollar.


This recipe is also the most versatile of my cheap vegan recipes. You can add pretty much any vegetable that you’d like. If you don’t feel like pasta, switch the pasta out for rice. If you want to make the meal less calorie dense, use less pasta and add more veggies.

Cheap Vegan Recipes I’ve already written:

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

Vegan Collard Greens

Vegan Corn Bread (replace the maple syrup and other sweeteners with just plain brown sugar or white sugar)

Meatless Soup (Vegan)


Cheap Vegan Recipes that don’t require a recipe:

Peanut Butter and Jelly  sandwich

Oven baked fries ( slice the potatoes, put them on parchment paper, and bake)


Oatmeal w/ fruit on top

Banana based smoothies

Avocado Toast ( toast bread, put avocado on the toast, season to your liking)

Vegan Burrito (beans, rice, avocado, corn, and whatever you want)


Mashed Potatoes




When you are shopping,  buy frozen vegetables, rice, pasta,  and potatoes. Those will be the cheapest items at the supermarket for you and they are incredibly versatile if you have a little imagination. If you’re looking for fruits, bananas are cheap all year. Buy fresh produce that is on sale. You might also consider buying frozen fruits as well. They are awesome in smoothie and go great in oatmeal as well. If you shop smart, you can 100% do this.

If you have any questions or want any advice, leave me a comment or shoot me and email!



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