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Whether you’re a new college or university student, or just looking for nutritious, quick and filling food on a budget, these student-inspired cheap vegetarian meals are the perfect place to start.

63 Cheap Vegetarian Meals (great recipes for students!) | Hurry The Food Up

Even when trying to keep food on the cheap, there’s no reason to starve yourself or miss out on any essential nutrients or vitamins.

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

What keeps delicious vegetarian recipes cheap but still nutritious?

Not gonna lie, food can be pretty expensive. Based on my experience, a monthly grocery bill can take up nearly 20% of a budget. And sometimes far more!

Luckily, cheap vegetarian meals ARE real! So don’t deny yourself the good stuff just to save up money.

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 cheaper)
  • fresh herbs and spices for extra flavours
  • whole grains
  • eggs and dairy

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Onto our budget-friendly, cheap meals and recipes!

No need to break the bank for these beauties.

Affordable Recipes for Breakfast

Scrambled Eggs with Cheese

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4.63 from 103 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!

Delicious Mocha Oatmeal

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4.77 from 21 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.

The 2 Ingredient Banana Egg Pancakes

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4.56 from 513 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.

Easy Tomato Omelette

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4.74 from 41 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 254kcal
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!

Vegan Breakfast Potatoes

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4.78 from 40 votes
Protein: 15g
Calories: 423kcal
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!

Speedy Vegan Burrito

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4.82 from 22 votes
Protein: 11g
Calories: 316kcal
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!

Couscous Kaiserschmarrn Recipe

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5 from 3 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!

Bread Pudding Breakfast

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5 from 4 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 405kcal
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!

Avocado Toast with Cottage Cheese

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4.91 from 10 votes
Protein: 10g
Calories: 257kcal
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.

Great British Eggy Bread

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4.30 from 10 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?

Low Carb Breakfast Egg Muffins (25 Minutes, Vegetarian)

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4.59 from 141 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!

3 Ingredient 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!

Swiss Bircher Muesli

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5 from 4 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!

Breakfast Beans and Eggs

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4.84 from 6 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!

Egg on Avocado Toast

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4.89 from 9 votes
Protein: 11g
Calories: 312kcal
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!

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!

Raspberry Low Calorie Pancakes

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4.86 from 7 votes
Protein: 12g
Calories: 262kcal
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!

Anti Hangover Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich (8 Min, Vegan)

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4.88 from 16 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.

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

Vegan Broccoli Salad

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4.79 from 32 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.

Crazy Quick White Bean Salad

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4.68 from 28 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 416kcal
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.

Buckwheat Salad with Kale and Feta

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4.75 from 4 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 437kcal
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!

Vegetarian Ramen Noodle Salad

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5 from 3 votes
Protein: 20g
Calories: 521kcal
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
63 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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Tomato Mozzarella Bread

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4.43 from 7 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.

Healthy Huevo Rancheros

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5 from 8 votes
Protein: 15g
Calories: 412kcal
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.

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

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4.86 from 7 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!

Vegan Lentil and Potato Salad

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5 from 7 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!

Easy Sweetcorn Fritters

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4.76 from 33 votes
Protein: 12g
Calories: 237kcal
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!

Post-workout Healthy Fitness Sandwich For Runners

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4.76 from 41 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 447kcal
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.

Crispy Potato Lentil Buddha Bowl

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4.78 from 9 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 478kcal
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!

Avocado Tomato Salad – A perfect summer salad

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

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!

Have a Good Avo Cheddar Cheese 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!

Healthy Refried Beans and Tortillas

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5 from 3 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 402kcal
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!

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.

Lentil Tabbouleh

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5 from 4 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

Pasta Salad With Peanut Butter Dressing

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4.78 from 49 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 492kcal
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.

Gordon Ramsay’s Mac And Cheese

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Protein: 21g
Calories: 425kcal
Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: TheFoodXP
Bonus: prep and forget (for 20 mins), easy!

This Chef Style Mac and Cheese is one of those dishes that make you think ‘I knew it all along I’m a 3 star chef.’ The breadcrumbs are really the ‘secret sauce’ here. Give it a shot, your family will love this one.

Sexy Vegan Lentil Stew

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4.81 from 46 votes
Protein: 16g
Calories: 420kcal
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.

Creamy Broccoli Pasta

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4.65 from 74 votes
Protein: 25g
Calories: 571kcal
Ready in:30 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!

African Peanut Soup

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4.68 from 37 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 521kcal
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.

Mouthwatering Meatless Chili Sin Carne (vegan)

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4.74 from 87 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.

Smooching Mushrooms on Toast

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4.80 from 20 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.

Easy Vegetable Stir Fry with Creamy Peanut Sauce

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4.81 from 63 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 tips. Beginner friendly and super quick to make!

Lentil Tacos

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4.88 from 16 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.

Perfect Pizza Pancake Recipe

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4.68 from 28 votes
Protein: 25g
Calories: 405kcal
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!

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?!

Tomato Shakshuka

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5 from 5 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 354kcal
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!

The Veggie King

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4.85 from 13 votes
Protein: 12g
Calories: 415kcal
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.

Bean and Pasta Vegetarian Casserole

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4.67 from 15 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 512kcal
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.

Vegan Vegetable Lo Mein

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4.74 from 26 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 430kcal
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

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.

Crispy 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.

Homemade 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!

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!

Banana Oatmeal Fitness Cookies

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4.63 from 174 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.

Soy Sauce Eggs (Shoyu Tamago)

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5 from 2 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!

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.

High Society Cucumber Sandwiches with Cream Cheese

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4.74 from 60 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.

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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!

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.

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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  1. Thanks a lot for the amazing recipes. I am a vegan and these recipes will help me a lot.

    1. You’re very welcome, Mary! I’m sure you’ll find some great ones on this compilation 🙂

  2. These recipes look so yummy. Can’t wait to try it. Love all the tips and recommendations listed above it. I copied them also. Thanks so much!!

  3. In what universe is an egg or omelette considered vegetarian?

    1. That topic again! Show me on what definition of vegetarianism you refer to and I’m happy to talk. Greetings

    2. That would be an vegan – you obviously do not know the difference.

    3. Um….In this universe I guess? Rather than showing everyone how completely ignorant you are, why not do the ABSOLUTE LEAST AMOUNT OF RESEARCH required answer that question for yourself. Oh wait, that doesn’t feel as good as making a snarky comment online, does it Nimit? DOES IT NIMIT???

    4. The Indian version of vegetarian is called lacto vegetarian dear. In the west, vegetarians eat eggs, milk, cheese

    5. An egg is not meat. Meat is the flesh of an animal, whereas an egg is a byproduct of a bird’s bodily functions. Vegans still will not eat eggs because they come from an animal, but often they will also not eat honey for the same reason, and we couldn’t say that honey is meat because of that. vegetarians will indeed still eat eggs because vegetarians also eat milk and etc, vegetarians are willing to eat what comes from an animal but not the animal itself. This is truly something that has been a question for me because I’m very new to being a vegetarian but “‘m here to inform you that eggs aren’t meats. Vegetarians do not eat fish, meat or poultry, but do eat eggs and dairy. Vegans also follow the no-meat rule, but also exclude animal products or by-products such as eggs, dairy and honey. In the past, eggs have had a bad reputation, as their yolks contain a lot of dietary cholesterol.

      some of this information came from many websites including http://www.quora.com and numerous others.

    6. Everywhere except India…

  4. 2 of my children are vegetarians. I am so glad that I stumbled across your site. I have printed several of these recipes, and have purchased the few ingredients that I didn’t already have. This site is now my daughters go-to site when planning out her meals for her family, also! Thank you so much!!

    1. Hi Chevy, thanks for the warm comment!! And cool to hear you’re supporting your children, I have the feeling they’re very lucky to have you!! 🙂

  5. Ovo-lacto vegetarians

  6. The official definition of vegetarianism is ‘The practice of not eating meat or fish’.

    eggs are not meat or fish, yes, it comes from an animal, but it is nor actually the animal itself, therefore eggs are not vegan, but they are vegetarian.

    unless you are an ovo-lacto vegetarian, most vegetarians eat eggs
    vegans on the other hand do not eat eggs s they come from animals

    1. Yep, this is the definition we follow as well. There are various arguments for and against, but for simplicity’s sake this one works well 🙂

  7. they sexy lentil stew realllllyyy did it for me 😉

    1. Haha awesome, glad to hear it, Nidhi!

    2. For us too, Nidhi 😉

  8. 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!

  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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!

  11. 5 stars
    I am a student and you have no idea how helpful these all recipes are for me. Thanks, man!

  12. 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!! 🙂