30 Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Meals – Sharon Palmer, The Plant Powered Dietitian


Try these 30 Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Meals recipes that provide balanced, healthy, delicious meals for under $20 for a family of four. 

With food costs soaring, it’s time to focus on plant-based meals that don’t break the bank. Easy, nutritionally balanced meals that provide your key food groups and nutrients in one simple recipe. That means fewer ingredients and fewer dishes to clean up too! Many people have the idea that plant-based eating is costly, but it can be very budget-friendly, because many plant-based foods, such as beans, lentils, peas, grains, and seasonal vegetables, can be very economical. Plus, these foods are shelf-stable, and so easy to stock in your pantry. I know that I love to put together meals like this at least a few times per week to keep our food costs down. That’s why I asked some of my favorite food bloggers to share their top plant-based recipes that provide a balanced, nutritious meal for under $20 for a family of four. And these 30 Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Meals deliver all that and more. Let me know which is your favorite in the comment section! 

Eat and Live Goodness, 


30 Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Meals


Baked Hummus Casserole, Rini Desai, Dizzy Busy & Hungry
Sweet and Spicy Vegan Enchilada Casserole, Kelsey Lorencz, Graciously Nourished


Baked Mac and Cheese (Vegan), Lyn Croyle, Cook Eat Live Love (shown above)
Creamy Paprika Pasta, Keri Bevan, The Daily Dish

Garlicky White Beans & Greens Pasta, Louise-Claire Cayzer, The Vegan Larder (shown above)

One Pan Pasta with Chickpeas and Tomatoes, Melissa Traub, Melissa Traub Nutrition (shown above)

One-Pot ‘Baked’ Feta Pasta, Rachel Lessenden, Healthy My Lifestyle (shown above)

Vegetable Bolognese, Gus & Joaco, Our Plant-Based World (shown above)

Tacos, Burgers, Fajitas

Beet Burger, Clara Jane Bjorkman, Baking Ginger (shown above)

Black Bean Tacos, Larisha Bernard, Make It Dairy-Free (shown above)
Breakfast Burritos, Nisha, Rainbow Plant Life

Chickpea Tacos, Jennifer Thurman Sebestyen, Veggie Inspired (shown above)

Easy Quorn Fajitas, Jessica Saunders, Vegan Punks (shown above)

Kidney Bean Burgers, Melanie McDonald, A Virtual Vegan (shown above)

Quinoa, Grilled Corn & Black Bean Tacos, Andrea Mathis, Beautiful Eats & Things (shown above)
Vegetable Fajitas, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian 


Burrito Bowls with Rice and Black Beans, Nicole Stevens, Lettuce Veg Out (shown above)

Cauliflower Chickpea Pozole Verde, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian (shown above)

Easy Quinoa Black Bean Salad, Laura Lawless, The Recipe Well (shown above)

Szechuan Tofu with Vegetables, Lori Rasmussen, My Quiet Kitchen (shown above)

Vegetarian Beans and Rice Dinner, Jenna Braddock, Jenna Braddock (shown above)

Chili, Stews, Soups

Chili Sin Carne, Shena Rose, Peace & Nutrition (shown above)

Tortilla Soup, Sophia DeSantis, Veggies Don’t Bite (shown above)


Crispy Tofu Satay Stir Fry, Priya Tew, Dietitian UK

Lemony Herb “Orzotto” with Garlicky Chickpeas, Jackie Newgent, Jackie Newgent (shown above)

Miso Green Beans and Tofu, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian (shown above)

Spanish Vegan Paella, Rebecca Pytell, Strength and Sunshine (shown above)

Stuffed Veggies

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers with Black Beans and Quinoa, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian (shown above)
Stuffed Butternut Squash with Sage Lentil Filling, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian
Stuffed Peppers with Butternut Squash and Quinoa, Melissa Traub, Melissa Traub Nutrition


For other budget-friendly eating tips, check out the following:

9 Tips for Plant-Based Eating on a Budget
Insider Tips for Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Eating
4 Ways to Eat Organic on a Budget


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