A Weeks’ Worth Of Rich&Yummy Vegan Meals For Under $5 Each (Grocery List+Recipes Included)

Vegan on a budget?

We’re on the same boat here! Despite the common opinion that plant-based eating is expensive, with proper planning and the right type of recipes, you can actually save a lot! Plus, if you’re just transitioning into this type of eating, setting out your menu a week in advance does helps. This way you won’t be surprised by unexpected hunger bangs and an empty fridge that leave you with nothing else but the thought of falling back into your old habits (i.e. grabbing a packaged snack packed with lactose and other scary stuff).

Cooking under time constraints is hard.

That’s why competitors get so sweaty and frazzled during cooking competition shows. In real life, when you’re a student or busy working adult, or just not feelin’ up to spending hours in the kitchen, assembling a healthy meal in a short amount of time can be a challenge.

Luckily, shortcuts exist. Like pre-cut, pre-bagged vegetables and squash, quick-cooking grains, and frozen pre-cooked grains (thanks, Trader Joe’s).

Here are 7 healthy, plant-based meals, all of which take less than 15 minutes start to finish, are budget-friendly (less than $30 total), and most importantly, delicious! You can customize these to your liking (such as by picking your favorite vegetables and beans).

Make one trip to the grocery store, and for the price of 2 cocktails in Manhattan, you can have an entire week’s worth of fast, nourishing meals at your fingertips

(assuming you have cooking oil and salt and pepper at home already).

#SpoonTip: All of these meals are gluten free friendly if you use corn tortillas and swap quinoa for farro.

Grocery List:

  • 1 package cut and cubed butternut squash or sweet potatoes, can substitute 3 large sweet potatoes ($2.29)
  • 1 package kale or romaine ($1.99; $2.29 for organic)
  • 1 package arugula or spinach ($1.99; $2.29 for organic)
  • 1 tomato ($0.29)
  • 1 apple ($0.69-$0.79; $0.99 for organic)
  • 1 avocado ($0.99)
  • 1 lemon ($0.49)
  • 1 lime, optional ($0.29)
  • 1 bag Vegetable Medley with broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, can substitute broccoli-cauliflower blend, Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix, or Stir-Fry Vegetables ($2.29)
  • 1 large cucumber ($1.49)
  • 1 package firm tofu ($1.69)
  • 1 package Organic 3 Grain Tempeh ($1.99)
  • 1 box frozen Microwaveable Brown Rice, can substitute frozen quinoa, Rice Blend, jasmine rice, or frozen Organic Cauliflower Rice ($2.99; $3.49 organic)
  • 1 can black beans ($0.89; $0.99 for organic)
  • 1 can chickpeas ($0.89; $0.99 for organic)
  • 1 jar salsa of choice ($1.99-2.29)
  • 1 package 10-Minute Farro, barley, or quinoa ($1.79)
  • 1 package Taco Seasoning ($0.79)
  • 1 package seaweed snacks ($0.99)
  • 1 package corn tortillas can substitute whole wheat or white flour ($0.99)
  • 1 bag cilantro, optional ($1.79)
  • 1 bag frozen edamame, optional ($1.79)

Total: $30.00 (+ tax), Organic Total: $31.50 (+ tax)

Day 1: Black Bean and Butternut Squash (or Sweet Potato) Tacos

A Weeks' Worth Of Rich&Yummy Vegan Meals For Under $5 Each (Grocery List+Recipes Included)(Photo by Katherine Baker, Spoon University)

Beans and squash make for a filling, delicious twist on conventional tacos. Find out how to make these plant-based tacos here.

Day 2: DIY Sofrita Bowls (or Tacos)

A Weeks' Worth Of Rich&Yummy Vegan Meals For Under $5 Each (Grocery List+Recipes Included)(Photo by Katherine Baker, Spoon University)

A home-made sofrita bowl with tofu is the perfect thing to cozy up with in the evening! Learn how to prepare it here.

Day 3: Farro Salad with Chickpeas, Sweet Potato (or Butternut Squash), and Apple

A Weeks' Worth Of Rich&Yummy Vegan Meals For Under $5 Each (Grocery List+Recipes Included)(Photo by Katherine Baker, Spoon University)

Soothing, crunchy, filling, and the sweet-savory texture leaves you with nothing but a feel-good aftertaste. Here’s the recipe.

Day 4: Protein-Packed Kale Salad With Tempeh and Lemon Dressing

A Weeks' Worth Of Rich&Yummy Vegan Meals For Under $5 Each (Grocery List+Recipes Included)(Photo by Katherine Baker, Spoon University)

Kale salad with a protein punch. Chickpeas and tempeh give this salad major staying power. Add whatever nuts and dried fruit you have in your pantry for extra yums. Find out how to make it here.

Day 5: Vegetable Stir-Fry with Tofu and Sesame Ginger Sauce

A Weeks' Worth Of Rich&Yummy Vegan Meals For Under $5 Each (Grocery List+Recipes Included)(Photo by Katherine Baker, Spoon University)

Way tastier, faster, and healthier than take-out? Triple win. Recipe here.

Day 6: Deconstructed Vegan Sushi Bowl

A Weeks' Worth Of Rich&Yummy Vegan Meals For Under $5 Each (Grocery List+Recipes Included)(Photo by Katherine Baker, Spoon University)

It’s like sushi you can justify eating with a fork. Directions here.

Day 7: Farro, Bean, and Vegetable “Clean out the Fridge” Soup with Microwave Tortilla Chips

A Weeks' Worth Of Rich&Yummy Vegan Meals For Under $5 Each (Grocery List+Recipes Included)(Photo by Katherine Baker, Spoon University)

As the week ends, use up all your leftover veggies, beans, and grains and make this delicious soup. Extra tortillas can make tortilla chips for dipping in 3 minutes flat. Make it like this.

Here you go! Quick, tasty cheap vegan cooking at its finest! Found this helpful? Pass it on to a friend in need!

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