Easy Vegan Meals on a Budget

I love being Vegan, and I love Vegan food! I even occasionally enjoy cooking it.

I like my meals to be cheap, tasty and easy to make. And I would like to share my favorite Easy Vegan Meals on a Budget with you! These are my go-to meals for lunch or dinner (or breakfast, whatever floats your boat) when I just can not be bothered to cook… which is pretty much all the time.

Raw Vegan Rice Rolls & A Clean Noodle Soup

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I started craving this after watching Freelee The Banana Girl’s Mukbang video where she eats a whole load of noodles and rice rolls whilst doing a Q&A!

I had to try it and I was very, very surprised at how cheap and easy it is to make!

 What you need

Rice Wraps (raw not frozen) £1.09 for about 50, from my local Asian Supermarket

Any fresh fruits and veggies you want to fill them with, avocado is a MUST!

Any fresh veggies you want for the broth. I use Broccoli, Carrots and Cauliflower

A vegan vegetable stock – Kallo is a great one! about £1.20 for 6 cubes

1/4 of a pack of rice noodles, any kind will do!

How to make it 

To make the rice wraps you just soak them in a dish of warm water for 10 seconds (the packet says 2 but this is not nearly long enough) then lay it out on a plate and let it get sticky for a few seconds, fill it with vegan goodness and wrap it up! It really is that simple. I like to have mine with soy sauce but I would also recommend Teriyaki or Mango Chutney!

And for the soup, add the stock cube to boiling water along with any other herbs or spices you like and let it simmer. Then throw in the carrots and let them cook for about 2-3 minutes before adding the other veggies and rice noodles. I like to do this because it means the carrots aren’t rock hard when the soup is done but the broccoli and cauliflower is still crunchy. But obviously you can judge how long you want to cook your veggies for!

And there you have it! Delicious, Clean, Filling & Healthy all made in under 15 minutes!

Red Onion, Tomato and Vegan Cream Cheese Gnocchi Bake

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I cant even remember where I got the idea of this from! I think I was just extremely hungry one day and craving Creamy Cheesey Gnocchi

 What you need

1 pack of fresh Gnocchi (make sure it does not contain egg) I get mine from Tesco 70p for 500g

1/2 carton of Passata – Tesco 35p 500g

1 Tbsp Tomato puree

1 large red onion

2 tbsp of Violife Creamy Soft Vegan Cheese – Tesco £2.20 200g

How to make it 

Boil the Gnocchi for its stated cooking time, this is usually no longer than 5 mins. Then once the pasta is cooked drain out the water and place it back into the dry saucepan. Mix in the red onion, passata, tomato puree and spread evenly onto a baking dish.

For the cheese sauce I melted it first in a microwave so it was pour-able onto the pasta. Once you have added your desired amount of cheese and any other toppings you want put it into the oven for max 5 minutes.

This is a  perfect meal if you want something carby and a little bit naughty!

Vegan Roast Dinner

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Fancy a roast this Sunday but don’t know how to Veganise it? Check out my Awesome combination that is budget friendly and super tasty!

 What you need

1 Sweet Potato medium or large

2 large parsnips

1tbsp Vegan butter – I use Vitalite from Tesco £1 a tub

2 Tesco Meat Free Nut Cutlets – 4 for £1.50 (or 8 for £2.50)

A selection of fresh veggies. I use broccoli, copped carrots and green beans

Vegan Gravy – either Kallo stock cubes or Tesco’s own vegetable gravy 75p for 200g

How to make it 

First poke some holes into your sweet potato (be careful) wrap it in foil and pop it in the oven for 40 minutes. While that is cooking prepare the parsnips. I cut mine up into fry shapes and coat them in lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Then put them into the oven with the potato after the first 10 minutes of cooking.

You will now need to prepare your fresh veggies and boil the kettle. Once the potato and parsnips have been in the oven for 20 minutes put the 2 nut cutlets into the oven. And then in the last 10 minutes boil up the veggies and make your gravy.

Plate it all up, cut open the potato and throw some Vegan butter on it! I recommend having this with wholegrain mustard and cranberry sauce. This is one of my all time favorite meals!

Baked Sweet Potato with Homemade Baked Beans & A Crunchy Sweet Side Salad (that was a mouthful)

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 What you need

1 Sweet Potato

1 tin of canellini beans

3tbsp tomato puree

1tbsp soy sauce

1tbsp brown sugar

1 medium red onion

2 handfuls of spinach

1/4 fresh chopped pineapple

1/2 courgette

2 large salad tomatoes

1 fresh corn on the cob

How to make it 

This one is pretty self explanatory apart from the beans, so I will tell you how to make those first

Empty the whole tin of beans into a saucepan and boil for about 5 minutes, In the mean time peel and chop your onion, and fry it off with the brown sugar until caramelized, then add in the soy sauce and tomato puree. Once the beans have softened add them into the sauce and mix until fully coated. I also threw on some Oregano to make it look a bit fancy

To prepare the salad chop all the veggies and pineapple and throw it together. Easy as peas!

While doing all that, your potato should have been cooking! I recommend doing the beans about 5 minutes before your potato is ready to come out… hopefully I don’t need to tell you how to bake a potato!

Tomato & Avocado Penne, Topped with Linda McCartney’s on a Whole Load of Spinach

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 What you need

Brown Penne Pasta

5-6 Sundried tomatoes – I get mine from Aldi for 99p a jar

1 Large ripe avocado

1/2 lemon

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 Linda McCartney sausages – found at most supermarkets for around £1.50 for 6

2 handfuls of spinach

How to make it 

Put your pasta on to boil and your sausages in the oven (max 20 mins) while this is cooking start the avocado sauce for the Penne

In a bowl mix together the avocado, lemon and garlic powder to make a sort of guacamole. You can also add in chilies or coriander!

Once pasta is cooked, drain it and mix in the avocado sauce and chopped sundried tomatoes and cut up your sausages. Throw it all on a bed of spinach and Hasta La Pasta! (yes i did just make that up)

What are your favorite vegan meals on a budget? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to follow my blog, I post new lifestyle blogs every Tuesday and new Debatables every Friday! 

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