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6 Tips to Eat Vegan on a Budget

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3. Cooking Low Maintenance Meals

What’s a low maintenance meal? It’s one that doesn’t necessarily cook quickly, but it doesn’t involve a lot of standing over the stove, either. Your food can cook unattended while you handle household chores and spend time with your family or friends. Here are some low maintenance meal ideas:

  • Put your grain of choice with enough water to cook into the bottom of your rice cooker, then layer veggies and beans or tofu into the top. Turn the cooker on, and it makes the whole meal while you do other things.
  • Toss beans, veggies, broth, onions, garlic, and spices into the slow cooker and let it go. Savvy Vegetarian has a great roundup of vegan slow cooker recipes to get you going!
  • Cook up some pasta on the stove and toss with a quickie vegan pesto for a fast meal. Up the health value by tossing in some steamed veggies, like broccoli or carrots.

4. Cook Big Batches

If you’re going to spend time in the kitchen, make it productive! Instead of cooking enough for just one meal, make enough so that you’ll have some leftovers. You can bring these for lunch the next day or reheat them for a super quick dinner later on in the week.

You can also do batch cooking on the weekends, preparing a few dishes to keep in the fridge for busy evenings. Casseroles, pasta salads, sandwich fillings, and roasted veggies are a few great staples to have on hand for weeknight meals. While roasted veggies might not make a whole meal, Robin Shreeves has some great tips for turning those leftover veggies into a number of easy, healthy, delicious dishes.

>>Next: Grow your own and shop the farmers market and buy in bulk

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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11:27AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

thanks for article

1:12PM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

I try to minimise preparation and energy use by choosing basic foodstuffs not requiring cooking. Simple, fast, and the lack of taste-temptation caused by recipies helps my portion control. It costs less too.

10:14AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Thanks for the tips.

4:27AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

for all of you who don't have a farmers' market nearby: order your produce online and have it shipped once a week or every other week. much more cost effective and energy-friendly and driving around finding local sources that simply don't necessarily exist.

2:20AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

so glad I found these! :)

2:46AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Starting a small trading group (especially for those who do not have a green thumb) each of us having a stronger ability in growing, fermenting, pickling, or drying. We all use our strengths and it is beneficial financially and for our bodies.

6:23PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011


8:05AM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Excellent suggestions. As a long-time vegan on a strict budget, I also recommend buying one or two vegan cookbooks to make cooking from scratch fun! Two of my faves are "Vegan on the Cheap" and "10000 Vegan Recipes," both by Robin Robertson.

10:21PM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

heh, I really need help with eating on a budget. Thanks for the article

6:23PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Being a vegan, I think there are more creative recipes using vegan ingredients than there is for using meat.

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