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58 Cheap Vegetarian Meals (great recipes for students!)

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Whether you’re new in college, at uni, or just looking for nutritious, quick and filling food that won’t break the bank, these student-inspired cheap vegetarian meals are the perfect place to start!

Vegetarian recipes for students - cheap, healthy and easy! | Hurry The Food Up

Not gonna lie, food can be pretty expensive. Speaking from experience, a monthly grocery bill can run you up to 20% of your entire budget and sometimes even far more.

As a young and (very) broke student at uni, finding healthy but cheap options that I’d enjoy was a huge pain.

There were days I’d just settle for a medley of raw veggies, arranged into a smiley face to make it less sad (which didn’t help by the way) and on others, store-bought snacks I’d have stocked up on.

I know what you’re thinking and I totally agree, those were dark times indeed. But hey, don’t be like this guy!

Even when you’re trying to cut costs, there’s absolutely no reason to starve yourself or miss out on any essential nutrients especially when affordable vegetarian meals like these are available.

It might sound too good to be true but trust me guys, great and cheap vegetarian meals ARE real! So don’t deny yourself the good stuff just to save up money.

Gotta keep it healthy but fun. Your brain will thank you for it too.

What is a vegetarian?

A vegetarian is basically just about anyone who doesn’t eat any kind of animal meat, including poultry and fish. There are many forms of this diet but most people who practise it follow the basic rule of only consuming meatless meals.

Most people do so for ethical reasons, taking animal cruelty or the environmental impact of the meat industry into consideration. It could also be for religious reasons.

Lacto vegetarianism is one form of this diet, and it excludes meat, fish and eggs but includes milk, cheese, butter and all other kinds of dairy products.

Ovo vegetarians on the other hand exclude all meat and animal products except eggs.

Lacto-ovo vegetarians just exclude meat and fish, they can have all kinds of dairy products and even eggs.
Vegans follow a much stricter diet, excluding all kinds of meat, fish and animal-derived products.

Check out this vegan meal plan to have a look at what a typical vegan menu is like!

But what’s even more intense is the plant-based diet, a branch of veganism that does away with all kinds of highly-refined foods and only allows fresh plant based ones like legumes, nuts, fruits grains and veggies.

How many people are vegetarian around the world? Is it growing?

It’s estimated that roughly a billion and a half people all over the globe are vegetarian and the numbers are set to grow.

While those are encouraging stats, there’s also something I’ve gotta put out there; most of the vegetarians today are vegetarians for economic reasons and not because they want to, they’re having cheap meals without meat because they have to.

Yikes.

That being said, there’s still a long way to go till many people are willingly adopt this lifestyle.

What makes delicious vegetarian recipes cheap and nutritious?

There’s no mystery behind these cheap vegetarian recipes, just a few simple things:

  • cooking from scratch without wasting money on processed foods
  • inexpensive plant-based proteins like beans and legumes
  • lots of vegetables and fruit (best if they’re in season, they should be low cost)
  • fresh herbs and spices for extra flavours
  • whole grains
  • eggs and dairy

Why is nutrition important for students (or anyone)?

To learn well, you need to eat well. Following a nutritious vegetarian diet is an easy way to improve your cognitive skills and maintain a healthy weight.

This article on brain-boosting foods explains how certain nutrients influence your memory, concentration and mood.

Foods high in protein, fibre and healthy fats provide the much-needed energy to focus and process information throughout the day.

So let’s increase your brain power with some of the best vegetarian meals!

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Affordable recipes for breakfast

1. Scrambled Eggs with Cheese

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4.64 from 109 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 327kcal
Ready in:5 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: just needs a frying pan, perfect for lunch

Make the best scrambled eggs you’ve ever had with our quick & easy but simple to follow recipe – so good you’ll never look elsewhere again!

It’s a simple and quick breakfast you can throw together with easy-to-find ingredients that are super cheap too.

A pack of six eggs would run you $2 and you only need two for this recipe. The cheese should cost somewhere between $1-$2 dollars for a quarter pound depending on the brand (maybe even cheaper).

A loaf of some yummy quality wholegrain bread would be about $2-$4 and the salt, pepper and oil are staples you should have in your kitchen.

One of my favorite cheap veggie meals that’s pretty economical if you ask me!

2. Delicious Mocha Oatmeal

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4.78 from 22 votes
Protein: 12g
Calories: 392kcal
Ready in:7 minutes

Bonus: quick to make, cheap ingredients, needs only one pot, the perfect start to a student’s day 😉

A hearty way to start the day. Simple coffee and oatmeal breakfast to fill you full of fuel ready to take on the day. Tastes great too.

3. 2 Ingredient Banana Egg Pancakes

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4.57 from 571 votes
Protein: 12g
Calories: 241kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: simple ingredients, quick to make, perfect for a student’s budget, amazingly healthy

This world’s simplest pancakes recipe contains just two ingredients (egg and banana) and is super quick – just minutes from bowl to plate! Simple and tasty.

4. Easy Tomato Omelette

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4.73 from 44 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 304kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: a high protein meal, quick to make, few ingredients

There is a trick to making the perfect omelette – and it’s weirdly easy. We’ll show you how. You’re gonna love this one!

5. Vegan Breakfast Potatoes

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4.79 from 41 votes
Protein: 16g
Calories: 407kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: perfect as a student’s breakfast, a high protein meal, can be stored for a while in the fridge

Vegan Breakfast Potatoes – the best way to start the day. Animal-friendly, high in protein and even higher in taste. Yes please!

6. Speedy Vegan Burrito

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4.79 from 23 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 431kcal
Ready in:20 minutes

Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp
Bonus: easy meal anytime, just 5 minutes prep

The new vegan burrito is here, paving the way and setting the standard. Mega quick and perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

7. Couscous Kaiserschmarrn Recipe

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4.75 from 4 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 376kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: a speedy and filling recipe that makes a beautiful breakfast

Love pancakes, but looking for something new? Try our couscous kaiserschmarrn recipe- healthy, delicious shredded pancakes!

8. Bread Pudding Breakfast

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5 from 7 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 414kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: a high protein dessert for breakfast, minimal prep time

Looking for a new breakfast treat? Try our bread pudding breakfast – a healthy, high protein take on the classic dessert!

9. Avocado Toast with Cottage Cheese

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4.93 from 13 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 352kcal
Ready in:5 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke

Bonus: a super simple recipe with just a few ingredients

Avocado Toast with a creamy, cheesy twist! Cottage cheese is the perfect partner to mashed avocado and makes lunch healthy and tasty.

10. Great British Eggy Bread

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4.28 from 11 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 367kcal
Ready in:10 minutes

Bonus: quick to make, cheap ingredients, just needs a frying pan

Simple but satisfying, and so very tasty. Ready in just a few minutes – why wait longer for a delicious and healthy breakfast?

11. Low Carb Breakfast Egg Muffins

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4.60 from 146 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 219kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: a super filling and quick breakfast idea

Looking for a high-protein, low-carb breakfast? Try these breakfast egg muffins – 1 recipe, 4 amazing flavours!

12. Microwave Mug Omelette

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5 from 2 votes
Protein: 23g
Calories: 322kcal
Ready in:5 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: an easy recipe, just needs one microwavable cup

Looking for a protein packed start to your morning? Whip up our healthy & tasty microwave mug omelette in minutes!

13. Swiss Bircher Muesli

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5 from 5 votes
Protein: 16g
Calories: 379kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: an easy and healthy breakfast idea, minimal prep time

Ever heard how powerful a good oat breakfast can be? Try our Swiss Bircher muesli recipe – super easy and yummy!

14. Breakfast Beans and Eggs

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4.88 from 8 votes
Protein: 24g
Calories: 406kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: a high protein meal, quick to make, perfect for an easy breakfast

Try breakfast beans and eggs, for a hearty breakfast that will satisfy you until lunchtime, and quench the urge to snack!

15. Egg on Avocado Toast

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4.89 from 9 votes
Protein: 12g
Calories: 271kcal
Ready in:8 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke

Bonus: incredibly speedy, just a few affordable ingredients

Our take on the tried and true combo of egg on Avocado Toast. It’s high-protein and delicious with just a hint of spice!

16. Vegan French Toast

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5 from 7 votes
Protein: 6g
Calories: 232kcal
Ready in:12 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: super speedy, you can choose any fresh toppings you like

This vegan French toast should be on every food radar. Our simple guide with the dos and don’ts of French toast means breakfast has never been easier!

17. Raspberry Low Calorie Pancakes

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4.78 from 9 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 329kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: a quick and healthy recipe you can really impress your friends with

Win over the crowd at your next brunch without hurting your waistline with these raspberry low calorie pancakes!

18. Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich

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4.89 from 17 votes
Protein: 15g
Calories: 442kcal
Ready in:8 minutes

Bonus: a healthy and tasty hangover cure, the best breakfast sandwich recipe ever

Anti Hangover Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich. Simple to make and refuels those important nutrients and amino acids to have you feeling better in no time.

19. Best Easy Omelette Recipe

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4.37 from 11 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 220kcal
Ready in:7 minutes

Bonus: nutritious and easy vegetarian lunch or breakfast, cheap ingredients

Searching for the perfect omelette? This protein packed, easy omelette recipe has got your back!

Cheap and healthy lunch ideas

20. Vegan Broccoli Salad

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4.79 from 33 votes
Protein: 8g
Calories: 210kcal
Ready in:13 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: just needs a frying pan, can be stored for a while in the fridge, a protein and vitamin bomb

Quick and delicious veggie side dish. High Protein, low carb, vegan and done within 10-12 minutes. In my opinion a must-have recipe.

21. Crazy Quick White Bean Salad

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4.71 from 31 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 362kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: quick to make, healthy ingredients, needs only one pot and no additional appliances, excellent after a hangover

High Protein White Bean Salad that’s healthy and vegan. High in fiber, vitamins A, C, E, B2 and B6 as well as iron and calcium. Takes less than 10 minutes.

22. Buckwheat Salad with Kale & Feta

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4.86 from 7 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 411kcal
Ready in:32 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: minimal prep time, easy ingredients, salad in a jar

Looking for an easy gluten-free lunch you can bring to work or university with you? Try our vegetarian kale, feta and buckwheat salad!

23. Vegetarian Ramen Noodle Salad

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4.84 from 6 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 461kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: a high protein lunch idea with numerous health benefits

Looking for healthy, straight forward lunch options? Try our ramen noodle salad – it’s veggie, high protein & gluten free.

Try the recipe right away 😉

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:20 minutes
Servings:2
Calories:521kcal

Ingredients

Optional toppings:

Instructions

  • Cook ramen noodles according to package instructions.
    4.5 oz ramen noodles, dried
  • In a small pot with boiling water, cook eggs for 7 minutes. Remove from heat and place in cold water to cool. When cold enough to handle, peel.
    2 eggs
  • Prepare veggies: Grate or shave with a mandoline the carrots. Halve the cherry tomatoes. Slice into thin strips the green zucchini. Slice the scallions.
    1 medium carrot, 8 cherry tomatoes, ½ small zucchini, 2 green onions
  • In a small bowl mix until incorporated the sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, rice vinegar, peanut butter , ¼ tsp of salt and 1 ½ to 2 tbsp of water.
    1 tsp sesame oil, 3 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 ½ tbsp rice vinegar, Salt and pepper to taste, 1 ½ tbsp peanut butter
  • If serving immediately place the noodles in a bowl and drizzle over the sauce. Top with all the veggies and eggs and generously season with salt and pepper. Optionally, add other toppings like sesame seeds, chilli flakes and shred nori leaves.
    Sesame seeds, Chili flakes, Shred nori leaves
  • If storing in a mason jar to eat later, first add the noodles once they are cold and drizzle with the sauce. Then add in layers the corn, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, eggs and scallions seasoning with a little salt and pepper each layer before continuing with the next. Finally add the optional toppings if using. Close and store in a cool place before serving. When ready to eat, mix a little and serve in the jar or dump into a plate, mix and eat.
    ¼ cup corn

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
58 Cheap Vegetarian Meals (great recipes for students!)
Amount per Serving
Calories
521
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
23
g
35
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
10
g
Cholesterol
 
164
mg
55
%
Sodium
 
2902
mg
126
%
Potassium
 
643
mg
18
%
Carbohydrates
 
62
g
21
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
13
g
14
%
Protein
 
20
g
40
%
Vitamin A
 
5781
IU
116
%
Vitamin C
 
20
mg
24
%
Calcium
 
84
mg
8
%
Iron
 
5
mg
28
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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24. Tomato Mozzarella Bread

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4.50 from 8 votes
Protein: 23g
Calories: 353kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: quick to make, perfect for lunch box, excellent appetizer for any event

Easy to make Italian tomato and mozzarella bread. High in calcium and Mediterranean flair. Delicious.

25. Healthy Huevo Rancheros

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4.91 from 11 votes
Protein: 16g
Calories: 360kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: super healthy and quick veggie breakfast or lunch, common ingredients

Huevos rancheros are a quick and easy traditional mexican breakfast that make a great healthy option for vegetarians.

26. Chickpea Salad Sandwich

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4.86 from 14 votes
Protein: 23g
Calories: 432kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: super speedy and filling lunch option, kind of like a tuna salad but better

Upgrade your sandwich offerings with this chickpea salad sandwich! This healthy vegetarian recipe is simple and speedy with 20g of protein!

27. Vegan Lentil and Potato Salad

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4.91 from 10 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 435kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: a healthy high protein salad, minimal prep time, easy ingredients

This protein packed vegan lentil and potato salad is a perfect weight loss recipe. It’s filling, healthy and nutritious, while still tasting amazing!

28. Easy Sweetcorn Fritters

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4.76 from 33 votes
Protein: 16g
Calories: 325kcal
Ready in:20 minutes

Bonus: needs just a frying pan, perfect for lunch and dinner, can be stored for a while in the fridge

Make these sweetcorn fritters your new go-to recipe with ingredients you’ll always find in your kitchen. They’re vegan-friendly, too!

29. Fitness Sandwich For Runners

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4.78 from 44 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 374kcal
Ready in:10 minutes

Bonus: a highly nutritious meal, quick to make, perfect for lunch box, excellent for sports lovers

A tasty AF sandwich that hits all your nutritional post run needs – carbs, protein, healthy fats and electrolyte replenishment.

30. Crispy Potato Lentil Buddha Bowl

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4.82 from 11 votes
Protein: 23g
Calories: 491kcal
Ready in:40 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke

Bonus: a healthy and filling lunch or dinner, just 10 minutes to prep

Four easy steps to a delicious and nutritious crispy, crunchy potato lunch. Make your colleagues jealous!

31. Avocado Tomato Salad

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5 from 14 votes
Protein: 7g
Calories: 374kcal
Ready in:8 minutes
Recipe by: Dave Bell

Bonus: a refreshing and quick salad, fresh vegetables, you can use any leafy greens you prefer

This fresh avocado tomato salad is healthy and delicious, perfect for adding to a weight loss meal plan, or just as your new favourite go-to lunch!

32. Avo Cheddar Sandwich

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4.72 from 7 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 528kcal
Ready in:15 minutes

Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp
Bonus: a mega tasty and quick lunch idea

It’s time to make the humble cheese sandwich something to be proud of for lunch again!

33. Healthy Refried Beans and Tortillas

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5 from 3 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 432kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: healthy toppings, you can enjoy the beans alongside different meals

These healthy refried black beans are our take on the traditional Mexican dish, with a health-conscious twist!

34. White Bean Salad

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4.95 from 18 votes
Protein: 20g
Calories: 438kcal
Ready in:17 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke

Bonus: a great way to save some $$$, and ideal for lunch on the go or at university

Speedy White Bean Salad – this tangy take on the classic is super-quick and super-tasty. It’s time to make lunch a thing to look forward to again.

35. Lentil Tabbouleh

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4.80 from 5 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 460kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: super easy and customizable – choose how you want to serve it

Looking for an easy tabbouleh recipe? Get a load of our lentil tabbouleh – a protein packed take on the classic dish!

Easy vegetarian dinners

36. Pasta Salad With Peanut Butter

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4.77 from 51 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 600kcal
Ready in:15 minutes

Bonus: a simple pasta dish, quick to make, easy to impress your mate 😉

Pasta Salad with an unbelievable Peanut Butter Dressing. Did we mention it’s actually healthy too? Ready in 15 minutes, and packed with fiber and protein.

37. Sexy Vegan Lentil Stew

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4.80 from 49 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 434kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: Cristina Parés & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: a nutrient-rich powerhouse, quick preparation, cheap ingredients, helps your body to stay sexy 😉

The sexiest lentil stew you have ever eaten. A nutritional powerhouse, this recipe is here to kickstart your year – and your health.

38. Creamy Broccoli Pasta

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4.69 from 82 votes
Protein: 25g
Calories: 537kcal
Ready in:25 minutes

Bonus: one of the best pasta dishes on a budget, a versatile recipe for any time

Creamy Broccoli Pasta. This vegetarian combo is a real nutrition powerhouse. Ready in 25 minutes, super versatile, and sooooo tasty! Enjoy!

39. African Peanut Soup

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4.70 from 39 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 517kcal
Ready in:25 minutes

Bonus: a fast and healthy soup recipe, can be kept in the fridge for 3 to 4 days

Healthy African peanut soup with rice, based on a traditional West African recipe that’s packed with protein, vitamins and, best of all, flavour.

40. Meatless Chili Sin Carne

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4.75 from 91 votes
Protein: 15g
Calories: 367kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: a super delicious meatless meal, you can add your favourite toppings, switch up sides and even store it in the freezer for up to 3 months

Who said meatless meals can’t deliver? This vegetarian chili proves that you can still enjoy your favourite meals, but in a new, animal friendly way.

41. Smooching Mushrooms on Toast

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4.74 from 23 votes
Protein: 20g
Calories: 409kcal
Ready in:12 minutes

Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp
Bonus: a tasty and quick toast, cheap and easy ingredients

Our delicious vegan take on the trendiest cafe food of the moment, Mushrooms on Toast. It’s perfect for everything from a savory breakfast to a light dinner.

42. Vegetable Stir Fry

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4.83 from 69 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 604kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: super quick and easy, you can choose your favourite vegetables and noodles

A delicious peanut sauce compliments this fantastic stir fry with simple to follow cooking tip. Beginner friendly and super quick to make!

43. Lentil Tacos

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4.89 from 17 votes
Protein: 29g
Calories: 599kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: healthy tacos to impress someone, minimal prep time

These veggie lentil tacos are our new go-to meal. SO TASTY and stacked with lentil protein and fiber, it’s time to take dinner up to the next level.

44. Perfect Pizza Pancake Recipe

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4.68 from 31 votes
Protein: 24g
Calories: 394kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: Dave

Bonus: minimal prep time, a huge choice of toppings, you can enjoy it with a bunch of friends

These pizza pancakes are perfect for lunch or dinner – super simple and full of the most exciting base and taste combos make it the best of both worlds!

45. Asian-style Creamy Corn Soup

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4.78 from 9 votes
Protein: 9g
Calories: 395kcal
Ready in:20 minutes

Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp
Bonus: light and filling, easy ingredients

This speedy and roasted creamy corn soup is here to show the world just how much vegan food rocks. Why should vegans have all the fun?!

46. Tomato Shakshuka

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5 from 5 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 357kcal
Ready in:25 minutes

Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp
Bonus: great for busy weeknights, super simple and filling

This easy vegetarian shakshuka recipe breaks everything down into simple steps for a great Shakshuka result every time!

47. The Veggie King

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4.69 from 16 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 438kcal
Ready in:20 minutes

Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp
Bonus: a nutritious, speedy and healthy microwave-baked potato, lots of veggies

So many vegetables, so little time to make. Hit your nutrient and vitamin count for the day with ease. No need to spend loads of time doing it, either.

48. Bean and Pasta Casserole

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4.53 from 21 votes
Protein: 23g
Calories: 483kcal
Ready in:40 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macias

Bonus: a healthy and filling dinner option, that can be made in bulk

A dump and bake dish that will please everyone, this bean and pasta vegetarian casserole makes a perfect healthy dinner.

49. Vegan Vegetable Lo Mein

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4.76 from 29 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 466kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: just 5 minutes prep, you can swap ingredients or add extra veggies

Looking for a speedy noodle dish, packed with vegetables and flavour? The search is over with this easy vegetable lo mein!

Side dishes, snacks and treats

50. Avocado Deviled Eggs

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5 from 4 votes
Protein: 6g
Calories: 107kcal
Ready in:17 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: a healthy and easy snack, quick prep, affordable ingredients

How do you want your deviled eggs? Check out our stuffed eggs recipe – complete with special taste boosters.

51. Tortillas with Tangy Guacamole

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4.88 from 8 votes
Protein: 5g
Calories: 442kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: homemade tortilla chips, little fuss, cheap ingredients, can be stored for a while in the fridge

Tangy and tasty guacamole with crispy nachos that are healthy, vegan and very easy to make. High in good fats, fiber, vitamin C, and iron. 10 minutes.

52. Custard Pudding with Strawberries

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5 from 1 vote
Protein: 8g
Calories: 187kcal
Ready in:55 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: quick prep, perfect after-dinner treat, common ingredients

After a modest but delicious dessert recipe? Try our custard pudding, flavoured with cardamom & topped with strawberries!

53. Crispy Tortilla Pizza

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4.72 from 39 votes
Protein: 13g
Calories: 253kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: perfect appetizer, feel free to change the toppings according to your tastes and budget

Crispy Tortilla Pizza. A healthier way to eat pizza with the same great taste that you love. Ready in just 25 minutes, you won’t look back!

54. Banana Oatmeal Fitness Cookies

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4.61 from 185 votes
Protein: 1g
Calories: 43kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: an easy low calorie snack, just two affordable ingredients

There is no better snack than these healthy oatmeal banana cookies! They’re full of nutrients but they’re still easy and quick to make.

55. Soy Sauce Eggs (Shoyu Tamago)

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5 from 3 votes
Protein: 13g
Calories: 186kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: minimal prep time, easy ingredients, can be used in salads, soups, as toppings for bread or toast

More high-quality protein and flavour? Check. These flavourful soy sauce eggs with jammy yolks are beyond addictive!

56. Gluten Free & Vegan Banana Bread

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5 from 6 votes
Protein: 6g
Calories: 300kcal
Ready in:1 hour 10 minutes

Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp
Bonus: the perfect comfort food for the whole family

Love banana bread, but want to make it vegan? Our vegan banana bread recipe is simple made with store-cupboard staples.

57. Cucumber Sandwiches with Cheese

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4.69 from 67 votes
Protein: 7g
Calories: 307kcal
Ready in:5 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: a mainstay of any excellent British garden party, an elegant guest-pleasing recipe

The ultimate guide to cucumber sandwiches. Know the traps to avoid and the tricks to making the best cucumber sandwiches available in polite (and even student) society.

Appetizers

58. Quick White Bean Spread

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4.81 from 47 votes
Protein: 13g
Calories: 327kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: it’s gluten-free too

Quick White Bean Spread (vegan pâté). A super fast recipe that works as an appetizer, snack or party dip. Surprise your guests with this awesome spread!

Cheap vegetarian meals FAQ

How do vegetarians eat on a budget?

Eating on a budget as a vegetarian is pretty simple if you pick up some wallet-friendly habits:
– buy in bulk;
– keep frozen fruits and veggies;
– practise seasonal eating;
– cook from scratch;
– pay attention to sales;
– don’t focus on everything organic.

It’s also important to get enough protein. Vegetarians can obtain it from a variety of inexpensive sources like beans, legumes, eggs, oats, nuts and seeds.

If you’re interested in following a high-protein diet, check out our free 7-day vegetarian high protein meal plan.

Is vegetarian food cheap?

If you’re afraid vegetarian food will cost you a bundle, we assure you it won’t.

Skipping meat alone can help you save some major cash.

A whole food plant-based diet is actually cheaper than meat and provides more health benefits if you make smart swaps, skip processed foods, eat in season and learn to love beans and legumes.

Check out this article, if you’re interested in saving some serious cash on a vegetarian diet.

What is the best meal for students?

The best meal for students is easy, quick, nutritious and affordable. As a student, you should consider incorporating some brain foods into your meals and aim to eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins and dairy.

More tips for saving cash on great meals

You didn’t think I was going to leave you without some extra tips now did you?

There are so many frugal practices you could employ to help you make the most out of your veggie meals on a budget, have a look at them below:

  • Get a meal plan: Make sure you have every single vegetarian budget meal you’re going to make per week figured out before you go shopping.
  • Budget for every single item: I know I know, shopping lists sound hella cliche but they’re actually great in making sure you get what you need and just those without falling into temptation.
  • Shop and cook in bulk: You can get the most out of your money for food items when you get them in bulk. Since they can go bad super easily without proper storage, it’s best you just make them into inexpensive meals and store them in your freezer. You can then have them all during the busier days of the week, and restock over the weekend.
  • Keep waste to a min: Overestimated your hunger and made a tad too much? Binning it should be the last thing on your mind. Pop it into a container and store it properly in the fridge or freezer.
  • Bag those deals: As a seasoned couponer, I say there’s no shame in collecting coupons or taking advantage of promos, loyalty cards or even discounts. Make use of them whenever you get the chance to save up on a few.
  • Compare prices: Go around a couple of stores and shop where you get better deals. The cent or two you save by purchasing stuff from there could amount to something decent over time!
  • Use leftovers! We have some brilliant recipes using leftovers right here.

With these simple steps in mind and those recipes above to try, you should be cutting costs and saving big like a pro in no time!

If you haven’t tried eating less meat yet, but want to, how about a meatless Monday for a fresh start? We hope these cheap vegetarian meals will help you with that!

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27 comments
  1. 5 stars
    I’m new to the whole vegetarian thing and I’m going to college soon and these recipes look really great! I can’t wait to try them! I’m also excited because most of these look gluten-free as well.

    1. Although I am no longer a student, honestly I still love these recipes! Enjoy!! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I am a student and you have no idea how helpful these all recipes are for me. Thanks, man!

  3. 5 stars
    I’m a baby vegetarian (it’s only been 5 months) and about to enter college next fall, so having a list of recipes to help save money and also be healthy and easy is a blessing. Thanks guys!!!

    1. You’re very welcome, always happy to help. Enjoy college!

  4. 5 stars
    So many great and easy recipes. Thank you so much! I am going grocery shopping and will try these.

    1. Really good to hear you’ve found some good one for you!! Enjoy 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Just spend ages crawling through vegetarian diet plans with so many ridiculously fancy ingredients that in these times would be impossible to get (ie lockdown!)…thank you for giving recipes that can be made without having to rush to the shops. My daughter and I have now got to the point where we make our own quick meals ie something on toast as we can’t find things we like together but with this list I think I have a chance of cooking for her again…so thank you

    1. Happy to help, Ann! Really glad you found something. We also have this compilation of quarantine recipes that may help you in lockdown – the recipes are based around easy items you’re liking to find in the cupboard 🙂 https://hurrythefoodup.com/50-vegetarian-quarantine-recipes/ – good luck, stay healthy!