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15 of our Top Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipe Picks from 2020!


These 15 budget-friendly vegan recipes from the Food Monster App are so good and so cheap! A big concern about transitioning to a vegan diet is the price of groceries and food, but these budget-friendly recipes prove that it’s so easy to eat well without spending a ton of money. Eventually, you will remember how to make these amazing dishes by heart and learn how to create your own budget-friendly dishes from scratch!

We understand the struggle, so we put together a list of the ultimate 15 plant-based budget-friendly recipes of 2020. Don’t forget to check out our budget-friendly recipe archives and also our top budget-friendly recipes from 2019!

1. Holiday Stuffing

Vegan Holiday Stuffing

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Chop the Veggies and get to Sauteing! The magic in this Holiday Stuffing by Trudy Geneus lies in how well you saute the vegetables. You don’t want to overcook the vegetables but make sure to saute the onions until they are translucent before adding the remaining vegetables.

2. Coconut Santa Pots

Vegan Santa Pots

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These Coconut Santa Pots by Holly Jade are made with a cookie base, with a coconut whipped cream filling, topped with a berry swirl. These little Santa pots are the perfect after-dinner treat, they’re not super sweet or too rich. The cookie base along with the coconut cream filling is scrumptious! Ultra creamy and great for the whole family to get involved in making!

3. ‘Honey’ Mustard BBQ Brussels

Vegan ‘Honey’ Mustard BBQ Brussels

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This ‘Honey’ Mustard BBQ Brussels by Gabrielle St. Claire is one of my current faves for countless reasons! It’s easy, affordable, packs flavor, a hint of sweetness, a hint of heat, goes perf with my classic cauliflower wings, puts a modern spin on classic Brussels sprouts, perf for any season, and is nonvegan approved! If you love classic veggies with a modern spin, you have to try this recipe for vegan “Honey” Mustard BBQ Brussels.

4. Roasted Corn and Potato Salad

Vegan Roasted Corn and Potato Salad

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This fresh and delicious Roasted Corn and Potato Salad by Angelina Papanikolaou is coated with a healthy and light olive oil lemon dressing.

5. Mushroom and Walnut Ragu

Vegan Walnut Ragu

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This Mushroom and Walnut Ragu by Ella Woodward is hearty, warming, really rich, and just a dream dinner. The leftovers work brilliantly too. You can make a double portion and have the second serving with baked potatoes later in the week, or take it to work with some quinoa or salad for an on-the-go option.

6. Rainbow Cake

Vegan Rainbow Cake

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The coolest ever vegan cake! The Rainbow Cake by Melanie Kröpfl is vibrant and fun in blue, green, yellow, and red. The cream is a delicate vanilla. You’ll want to dig in right away!

7. Plant-Based Carrot Cake

Vegan Plant-Based Carrot Cake

Source: Plant-Based Carrot Cake

Made with lots of grated carrots, oats, and whole wheat flour, this Plant-Based Carrot Cake by Julie Zimmer is packed with fiber and vitamins. It’s also sweetened with 100% apple sauce, maple syrup, and fresh dates. If you don’t like dates, no worries, you cannot taste them — they just give a natural sweetness and moisture to the cake. Great for dessert or a mid-day snack, a serving can also be enjoyed at breakfast.

8. Italian Chickpea Burgers

Vegan Italian Burgers

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Please don’t let the longer list of ingredients scare you away from this recipe! The ingredients for this Italian Chickpea Burgers by Wholesome LLC are simple and tend to be household staples–perhaps with the exception of fresh basil. You’ll end up with an amazing burger!

9. Peanut Chickpeas

Peanut Chickpeas

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ThesePeanut Chickpeas by Alexandra/Eian Kelly are one of the quickest, easiest, and most nutritious recipes! Packed with plant protein from the chickpeas and lots of vitamins thanks to the spinach, this makes an awesome weeknight meal!

10. Sweet & Sour Cashew and Chickpea Fried Rice

Vegan Sweet & Sour Cashew and Chickpea Fried Rice

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Savory, sweet, and sour fried rice topped with glazed cashews and chickpeas. This recipe for Sweet & Sour Cashew and Chickpea Fried Rice by Taavi Moore is so simple, easy, and will be ready in no time.

11. Baked Potatoes With Mushroom and Spinach

Vegan Baked Potatoes With Mushroom and Spinach

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Ultra lush, comforting, and cozy, these Baked Potatoes With Mushroom and Spinach by Hannah Sunderani are stuffed with spinach and mushrooms. With vegan gravy to drizzle. Perfect as a stand-alone dish, or a decadent side dish.

12. Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice with Crispy Onions

Vegan Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice with Crispy Onions

Source: Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice with Crispy Onions

This traditional Lebanese dish, also known as Mujadara, is made with lentils, rice, and crispy golden onions. This Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice with Crispy Onions by Rouxbe is easy to make and full of flavor and nutrition.

13. Mediterranean Chickpea Spinach Stew

Vegan Mediterranean Chickpea Spinach Stew

Source: Mediterranean Chickpea Spinach Stew

Everyone needs a back-pocket recipe that they can pull out at a moment’s notice—this one is mine. Made up of fairly basic pantry staples that I almost always have on hand, this Mediterranean Chickpea Spinach Stew by Sarah Nevins is especially great when I know I’m due for a grocery shop. Unlike most traditional stews that take hours to cook, this one is ready in about twenty minutes. But the best part? It’ll still taste like you’ve been working on it all day.   Reprinted with permission from Effortless Vegan by Sarah Nevins, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Sarah Nevins

14. Kitchen Sink Cookies

Vegan Kitchen Sink Cookies

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Salty, sugary, sweet, and totally addicting, these Kitchen Sink Cookies by Kristen Genton are packed with anything and everything you have in your pantry that needs a new home. Some ideas include chocolate chips, toffee, candy pieces, nuts, coconut, graham crackers, marshmallows, pretzels, dried fruit… the list goes on. These cookies are totally customizable!

15. Maple Glazed Carrots

Vegan Maple Carrots

Source: Maple Glazed Carrots by Alexandra/Eian Kelly

These Maple Glazed Carrots by Alexandra/Eian Kelly are tender, sweet, and the perfect side dish to any holiday dinner! Made with Canadian maple syrup, these maple carrots are perfect for fall and pair so well with peas, stuffing, and mashed potatoes.

Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home

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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects. Learn about some Common Health Concerns That May Disappear Once You Ditch Dairy and 10 Calcium Supplements For Healthy Living on a Dairy-Free and 10 Carrageenan-Free Non-Dairy Products!

For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, plant-based, vegan and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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