21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food

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 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food

It’s not always easy to cook for families, especially as a vegan or vegetarian. It often gets expensive, too.

To help out, we’ve compiled a collection of our favourite cheap family meals. As well as being budget and wallet-friendly, each of these recipes does something else to assist at dinner time.

They’re either some or all of the following:

  • Use simple ingredients that are easy to get hold of
  • Liked by kids and teenagers
  • Are easy to make big batches of
  • Are full of nutritional benefits – high-protein, fiber and vitamins
  • Suitable for freezing and/or reheating to save time and effort
  • Use just one or two pots and pans to save on dreaded washing up!

Ready? Let’s get started!

1. Irish Bombay Potatoes (Vegan)

Irish Bombay Potatoes - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

We guarantee you’ve never eaten curried potatoes this good – they’re the perfect fusion of Indian curry and Irish ingenuity. They will not be beaten.

Ready in: 35 minutes
Family bonus: cheap ingredients, easy to cook a large family batch
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

2. High Protein Black Bean and Corn Summer Salad (Vegan)

High Protein Black Bean and Corn Summer Salad - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

Simple recipe ready in just 10 minutes, bursting with summery flavours, protein, fiber and iron. One of the quickest cheap family meals!

Ready in: 10 minutes
Family bonus: cheap ingredients, quick to make, can be stored for a while in the fridge
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

3. Irish Potato Farls (Vegetarian)

Irish Potato Farls - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

Potato Farls (also known as potato bread) – an authentic Irish recipe that’s great for breakfast and perfect with any Ulster fry.

Ready in: 35 minutes
Family bonus: super simple and cheap ingredients, uses just a pan to cook, kids like it 😉
Recipe by:  HurryTheFoodUp

4. Easy Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup (Vegan/Vegetarian)

Easy Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

Make the most out of your veg with this Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup – tasty, easy, healthy, full of vitamins and only five mins to prep! This is vegan, or can be topped with cheese.

Ready in: 25 minutes (prep time 5 minutes)
Family bonus: simple ingredients, quick and easy, can be frozen and reheated
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

5. Noodle Omelette (Vegetarian)

Noodle Omelette - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

Noodle omelettes made with ramen and eggs – cheap, nourishing, and inexpensive. Cut the complicated cooking steps and get food to plate, fast! Definitely another one for the cheap family meals scrapbook!

Ready in: 10 minutes
Student bonus: super-quick and easy to make, cheap ingredients, perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner, liked by kids
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

6. Spanish Beans with Tomatoes (Vegan)

Spanish Beans with Tomatoes - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

These vegan gluten-free Spanish beans are packed with flavour, but are so easy to make in less than 20 minutes with just 7 ingredients! Perfect served with rice or fresh bread and only 125 calories per serving.

Ready in: 25 minutes (prep time just 5 minutes)
Student bonus: 7 simple ingredients, easy to make a big pot, can be stored for a while in the fridge, needs just a saucepan for cooking
Recipe by:  VeggieDesserts

7. The Ultimate Avocado Sandwich (Vegetarian)

The Ultimate Avocado Sandwich - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

A healthy and nutritious sandwich filled with avocado, cheese, tomatoes and rocket for a juicy and unbeatable taste!

Ready in: 5 minutes
Student bonus: quick to make, perfect for breakfast or lunch boxes!
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

8. Red Pesto Pasta (Vegan)

Red Pesto Pasta - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

Red Pesto Pasta – The natural evolution of a classic dish. The pesto is all vegan and has received so much praise already you won’t believe it!

Ready in: 20 minutes
Student bonus: quick preparation, cheap and simple ingredients, super-yummy
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

9. Mashed Potatoes (Vegan)

Mashed Potatoes - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

The simple yet incredibly effective aromatised oil makes these vegan mashed potatoes better than any of their contemporaries. Creamy without the cream.

Ready in:  30 minutes (prep time just 5 minutes)
Student bonus: quick preparation, cheap ingredients, easy to make a big pot, absolutely liked by kids
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

10. African Peanut Soup (Vegan)

African Peanut Soup - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

Healthy African peanut soup with rice. High in vitamin C, fiber and potassium. High in vitamin A, C, fiber and iron. Vegetarian and even vegan. Cheap family recipes at their best – and healthy, too!

Ready in: 25 minutes
Student bonus: simple ingredients, use just a pot to cook, super nutritious meal
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

11. Low Carb Egg Breakfast Muffins (Vegetarian)

Low Carb Egg Breakfast Muffins - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

Delicious and Healthy Breakfast Egg Muffins. Simple recipe, great taste. Low carb and high in protein. Perfect as a full meal or filling snack.

Ready in: 25 minutes
Student bonus: simple ingredients, suitable for freezing and reheating, liked by kids, good for lunch boxes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

12. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad (Vegetarian)

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

This healthy Mediterranean Chickpea salad is one of my top vegetarian recipe picks! It’s simple to prepare, packed full of nutrients and bursting with flavour!

Ready in: 15 minutes
Student bonus: quick and easy to make, cheap ingredients, can be stored for a while in the fridge
Recipe by: HauteAndHealthyLiving

13. Comforting Leek Risotto with Cream Cheese (Vegetarian)

Comforting Leek Risotto with Cream Cheese - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

This creamy leek risotto is easy to make, filling and oh-so comforting. We show you how to speed it up, too – good food shouldn’t be slow!

Ready in:  35 minutes (prep time 5 minutes)
Student bonus: can be stored for a while in the fridge, quick preparation, creamy and yummy
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

14. Vegetarian Toad in the Hole (Vegetarian)

Vegetarian Toad in the Hole - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

Vegetarian toad in the hole paves the way for a meat-free future – why eat meat when you can have this instead? One of our favourite cheap family meals.

Ready in: 50 minutes (prep time 10 minutes)
Student bonus: suitable for freezing and reheating, liked by kids, awesome holiday family dish 🙂
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

15. Vegetarian Baked Beans (Vegan)

Vegetarian Baked Beans - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

Thick and full flavoured with a moreish tang. Low in calories, ready in 15 minutes and just as good as the ‘original’ from Heinz!

Ready in: 15 minutes
Student bonus: quick recipe, cheap ingredients, easy to make a big pot, can be stored for a while in the fridge
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

16. Delicious Fake Lo Mein (Vegan)

Delicious Fake Lo Mein - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

You’ll find all ingredients in a regular supermarket. Just as delicious as the original and ready in only 20 minutes. Definitely a good cheap family meal choice!

Ready in: 20 minutes
Student bonus: just 5 minutes to prepare, suitable for reheating, easy to surprise your family 🙂
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

17. Grilled Veggie Quesadilla With Black Beans (Vegan)

Grilled Veggie Quesadilla With Black Beans - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

This Grilled Veggie Quesadilla with Black Beans takes only 25 minutes, is gluten-free, vegan, quick and easy to make, and a family-favorite! With cheap family meals like this, you know life as a vegetarian is good.

Ready in: 25 minutes
Student bonus: quick recipe, can be stored for a while in the fridge, family favourite
Recipe by: VegetarianGastronomy

18. Melted Feta and Veggie Bake (Vegetarian)

Melted Feta and Veggie Bake - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

Easy and quick. 10 minutes prep time, then for 20 minutes in the oven. High in vitamins A, C and B6, protein and fiber. Cheesy cheap family meals 😀

Ready in: 30 minutes (prep time just 10 minutes)
Student bonus: quick preparation, suitable for reheating, perfect warm family dinner
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

19. Quick Spanish Omelette (Vegetarian)

Quick Spanish Omelette perfect for breakfast - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

A modern update to a Spanish classic with less time, less oil and same great taste. Clear and easy instructions mean you’ll nail this Spanish wonder in no time.

Ready in: 25 minutes
Student bonus: absolutely cheap and simple ingredients, family favourite
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

20. Chickpea Wraps (Vegetarian)

Chickpea Wraps - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

Chickpea Wraps – these firm faves are really easy to make, super tasty and oh-so satisfying. We’ll even show you how to roll them properly! A great cheap family recipe.

Ready in: 30 minutes
Student bonus: easy to impress the family, liked by kids, amazingly tasty!
Recipe by:  HurryTheFoodUp

21. Quick and Creamy Avocado Pasta (Vegan)

Pasta Salad With Peanut Butter Dressing - 21 Cheap Family Meals – Healthy Vegetarian Budget Food | hurrythefoodup.com

Quick and creamy Avocado Pasta that’s healthy and vegan. High in fiber, vitamin C, iron and good fats. Easy to make in under 15 minutes.

Ready in: 15 minutes
Student bonus: cheap and simple ingredients, easy to make a big batch, liked by kids
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

We hope you enjoy our compilation of healthy and cheap family meals. We would also like to thank the others who contributed to this set of recipes, there are some great budget recipes out there. And most of all – enjoy your vegetarian family meals together!

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4 comments

  1. Thank you all for the effort you put in making us healthy – and the world too.

  2. Delicious, All the 21 meal looks healthy. As a health conscious I thought Red Pesto Pasta is best and cheapest family meals. One of the best thing that I love about this meal is quick and easy to cook. Thanks for the sharing amazing post with us.

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