Week Three: Budget Week
This week, we’re going to prove once and for all that veganism is affordable!
And just like that, we’re on the last day of budget week! I’ve had fun perusing the internet to find the best budget-friendly vegan recipes and resources, so I thought I’d share them — and offer some tips of my own. Please share your best tips, tricks, and resources here too!
Where to find cheap vegan recipes
- Budget Bytes. Though not entirely vegan (or even vegetarian), Budget Bytes has a great selecction of animal-free recipes for your perusal. The U.S.-based blog breaks out costs in U.S. dollars, so you can see an estimate of what you’ll spend per serving. I like that the focus here is on produce- and grain-heavy dishes; the Coconut Jerk Peas with Pineapple Salsa looks great, and I love the idea of this Parsley Scallion Hummus Pasta.
- Cooking on a Bootstrap. My go-to source this week! Many recipes are vegan or can be made vegan. Jack breaks out the costs in U.K. pounds and is a hardcore budget shopper; your mileage may vary! Some tempting recipes include a Mushroom, Lentil, and Ale Pie, Red Lentil and Mandarin Curry, and Garlic Jam (!). Also be sure to check out this A-to-Z guide of what to do with leftovers so you don’t waste a single scrap.
- Eat Vegan on $4 a Day: A Game Plant for the Budget Conscious Cook. This cookbook and guide by Ellen Jaffe Jones aims to help readers make the most out of simple, basic ingredients by offering both shopping times and weekly meal plans. I haven’t used this cookbook myself; reviews are mixed, so you may want to check it out from the library before investing.
- Plant Based on a Budget. This entire website is devoted to making plant-based eating accessible and affordable. You’ll find free meal plans, individual recipes, and a bunch more resources on topics like parenthood and nutrition.
- The Stingy Vegan. With a tagline like “cheap vegan eats,” how could I not include this blog?! I particularly like that the recipes are sorted by the time they take to prepare, from 15 minutes to an hour, and each one gives a price per serving. Among the 15-minute standouts are Avocado Pasta Salad and Almond Butter Noodles. There’s also a section on money-saving tips.
- Vegan on the Cheap. Written by Robin Robertson, the queen of vegan cookbooks, Vegan on the Cheap features recipes that cost just 50 cents to $2 a serving. Note that there are no photos, which might be a dealbreaker for the visually inclined! (Again, I haven’t used this book, but the reviews are solid.)
I hope these resources are helpful, and I hope you’ll share your own favorites with me!
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