I’m in budget mode. We struggled a bunch financially last year so I figured by we’d struggle by design this year so that there’s at least a reward at the end of it.
I just made 5 Vegan Breakfasts Under 50 Cents to pledge my allegiance to the cheap budget lifestyle. Granted we’re already cheap because our income has been so low but I needed to tighten our our food budget (while running a food blog). If I was rich I wouldn’t give a fuck but until then I need an ever running list of ways to eat beans.
Own a bag of red lentil and want to try something other than soup with them? I have 4 Vegan Red Lentil Recipes (not soup) that you might like! Seriously, I need to think outside of the box if I’m in it to win it with cheap ass beans.
There are some ingredients I used in the recipe video for this post that’s not particularly cheap but my eyes will bleed if I don’t try to take attractive food pictures at least some of the time.
Things like vegan yogurt (which takes it’s place of sour cream here) is more to dazzle you. If it’s in your budget then knock yourself out and buy it. If not then go take a hike. I will say this one thing about having the staples of your meals being so cheap is you can garnish with more expensive tasty ingredients. Think a fine dusting of vegan cheese or drizzle of plain vegan yogurt, not a heavy helping.
This! YESSSSSS! I’ve made this falafel recipe on the blog before and it’s such an easy recipe. Tortillas and beans, what could be cheaper and more versatile?
Falafel recipe: 150 grams dry chickpeas, water for soaking, 1 ts coriander powder, .5 cumin powder, sprinkle of onion & garlic powder, salt, handful parsley, sesame seeds, 4 TB flour, oil for frying + wrap ingredients (tortilla, vegan yogurt, pickles, etc)
- Soak chickpeas in a ton of water for 12 hours. Then drain.
- Add chickpeas to the food processor along with everything else EXPECT flour and oil
- Processes and pulse til everything is chunky and broken down. Not into a paste.
- Once broken down add 1 TB of flour at a time until the mixture starts to hold shape when you pinch it in your fingers. I used 4 TB but you may need more or less.
- Pour in mixing bowl and place in the fridge for 2 hours
- Once chilled scoop 1 TB at a time and form into balls or patties
- Heat skillet to med or med-high and cook in oil til golden on each side. I used 2 TB oil total.
- Plate with wrap ingredients (tortilla, vegan yogurt, pickles, etc) ENJOY
Vegan Chickpea Blondie Brownie Bars
This isn’t exactly a budget recipe but I really wanted to make a dessert dish with beans. Sometimes I buy a bunch of beans and get tired of all the options then can sit on the shelf forever. Dessert is a light at the end of a long bean road when you think to just leave the can to collect dust forever.
So I made a Vegan Smores Blondie Bars version of this recipe a long time ago. I cooked the smores version in an 8×8 pan and they come out fully cooked. I wanted these thicker so I cooked them in a 5×8 pan. The edges came out perfect but the inside come out gooey like cookie dough batter. It’s your call if you want these coming out perfect or messy. I vote you use an 8×8 pan 🙂
I used almond butter in mine because of my allergy issue but I highly suggest you use peanut butter in yours to make these more budget friendly. Obviously brownies make with flour is the cheapest option of all.
1 can chickpeas rinsed, 1/2 cup nut butter, 4 TB agave, 4 TB brown sugar, 1/4 ts baking soda, 1/4 ts baking powder, 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- Put chickpeas, nut butter, agave, brown sugar, both powders in a food processor and blend til smooth. Hand mix in most of the chocolate chips.
- Pour your blondie batter into your oil sprayed tin and top more chocolate chips.
- Bake for 25 minutes (or so) at 350 degrees. Let completely cool before cutting up. ENJOY
Vegan Bean Burger
I think this is my new favorite veggie burger recipe. I have a bad habit of making them super thick but I don’t think it improves the eating process. The thicker they are the more crumbly they seem. This is the ultimate cheap recipe too since it’s just rice and beans! You can bake these or cook in a skillet.
One of my most popular recipe is 6 Veggie Burger Recipes
1/2 cup cooked rice (I used brown), 1 cup cooked beans (I used canned black beans), 1/2 cup vegan breadcrumbs (I used whole foods brand Italian flavored), couple TB ketchup, 2 TB oil + oil for cooking, burger buns & garnishes
- Put everything in a food processor. Processes to desired texture. My goal is chunkier than a paste but broken down enough to retain a shape when the dough is rolled into a ball.
- Form patties and cook on the stove top or oven flipping til each side is golden. ENJOY
Inspired by The Buddhist Chef
Vegan Bean Nachos
I’m sure you don’t need a recipe for nachos as much as a reminder that nachos exist. Vegan nachos are the cheap meal you’ve forgotten all about. Dude one big bag of tortilla chips from aldi is 89 cents and has 13 servings which to me translates into 4 servings of nachos. 20 cents for some chips, 30 cents for some beans. Dude, you’re winning the day! Throw in some pickled jalapeno and you’re golden.
I did put one serving of vegan shredded chz on top which was about 50 cents.
I vote you take the time to a make a batch of THE BEST VEGAN NACHO CHEESE SAUCE. It likely won’t cost you more than a dollar and you’ll have a HUGE batch of the stuff unlike a tiny sprinkle of chz from the store. And it’s made from whole foods. I’ve gotten so many compliments on the sauce ( I found the recipe on pinterest). I urge you to try it. It’s cheap and will blow your mind.
chips, refried or whole beans, vegan cheese, jalapenos, tomatoes, vegan plain yogurt (for sour cream effect), lettuce, etc
- Layer everything up except yogurt and lettuce and bake for 15 minutes. I did 400 degrees. Top with more garnishes before serving. ENJOY
Vegan Chipotle Bean Burrito
If you haven’t seen my Cheap Vegan Meal Hacks for Travel & College post I showed exactly how you can get a Buy One Get One Free burrito at chipotle every time you go there 🙂
But today we’re making our own!
Oh side note: I do have a Chipotle Red Salsa recipe here on the blog. That stuff is sooo good. I’m glad I just remembered about it. I’ll have to make a batch again some time soon.
large vegan tortilla, beans (I used canned black beans), rice (I used brown), tomatoes, pickled jalapenos, lettuce, vegan plain yogurt (for sour cream)
- Heat tortilla. Start with rice on the bottom then beans. Layer everything so that lettuce is on top. Roll burrito then wrap in foil. ENJOY