Many people think that being on a vegan diet can be very expensive, but that’s definitely not the case at all!
There are plenty of cheap vegan meals out there with super cheap ingredients, that are really easy to make.
We’ve done our research and found some vegan recipes that you can easily cook in your student accommodation and impress your mates.
So, without further ado, get your apron and chef hat on, because it’s time to impress with your fab culinary skills!
1. Vegan Mushroom Risotto
Everyone loves a risotto, right? It’s a filling dish, and really easy to make! Let’s take a look at how it’s done.
- 20g dried porcini mushrooms
- 2l vegan vegetable stock
- 4 tbsp Flora Plant Butter
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 long shallot
- 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
- 250g chestnut/mixed mushrooms
- 250g risotto rice
- 125ml vegan white wine
- ½ small bunch of parsley or chives (chopped)
- Firstly, put your dried mushrooms and stock in a saucepan over a high heat and bring them to a boil, lower the heat to keep them warm.
- Heat your 2 tbsp of Flora Plant Butter and oil in a shallow, wide pan and fry the shallot for 6-8 mins.
- Stir in the garlic, add your chestnut mushrooms and strain the rehydrated mushrooms from the stock.
- Add the other mushrooms, fry for 8-10 mins, stir in the rice and make sure you coat it in vegan butter and oil.
- Next, add your white wine and simmer until it reduces.
- Add the stock a ladleful at a time and repeat this for 20/25 minutes until most of it has been absorbed.
- Remove from the heat, stir in the remaining butter and herbs and enjoy!
2. Kidney Bean Curry
This yummy kidney bean curry is perfect for when you’ve got nothing in the fridge, and very tasty too!
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- Thumb sized piece of ginger (chopped)
- 1 small pack of coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground paprika
- 2 tsp garam masala
- 400g chopped tomatoes
- 400g kidney beans
- Basmati rice
- Heat your oil in a large frying pan over a low-medium heat, add your onion and a pinch of salt and cook slowly.
- As it starts to colour, add the garlic, ginger, and coriander stalks, and cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Add your spices and mix your kidney beans and chopped tomatoes to the mix.
- Turn down the heat and simmer for 15 mins until the curry is nice and thick, then serve with basmati rice!
3. Falafel Burgers
There’s nothing like a cheeky burger on a Friday night, and these juicy falafel burgers are filled with goodness, perfect for our cheap vegan meals!
- 400g chickpeas
- 1 small red onion
- 1 garlic clove (chopped)
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- ½ tsp harissa paste
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- Toasted pita bread
- 200g tub tomato salsa
- Drain your chickpeas and pat dry with some kitchen paper, tip them into a food processor along with onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, coriander, harissa paste, flour, and some salt.
- Blend until smooth and shape the mixture into patties.
- Heat your oil in a non-stick frying pan, fry for 3 minutes, and serve with toasted pitta bread, tomato salsa and a green salad!
4. Vegan Fry-Up
Had a big night and in need of a vegan fry-up to start your day off right? Look no further! This recipe is scrumptious.
- 1 large potato, unpeeled
- ½ tbsp peanut butter
- 14 cherry tomatoes
- Sunflower oil
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika
- 1 large portobello mushroom
- 349g pack of silken tofu
- 2 tbsp yeast
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 1 clove garlic
- 4 vegan sausages
- 1 can of baked beans
- Cook your potato whole in a large pan of water and once it’s done, peel it, grate it, and mix with the peanut butter.
- Once mixed, season well and pop it in the fridge until you need it.
- Heat the oven to 180C fan, put your cherry tomatoes on a baking tray, drizzle with sunflower oil and bake for 30 minutes.
- At this point, you need to cook your beans and sausages, so they are ready at the same time as your tofu!
- Next, get your maple syrup, soy sauce, and ¼ tsp of smoked paprika together in a large bowl, add the sliced mushroom and toss to coat the mixture.
- Fry your mushrooms and add spoonfuls of your potato mixture, fry, and set aside.
- Finally, crumble the tofu into your frying pan and sprinkle over the remaining ingredients with salt & pepper.
- Divide everything onto plates for your flatmates and serve with a hot cuppa – enjoy!
5. Vegan Lasagne
Another one of our cheap vegan meals is this vegan lasagne, perfect for freezing and great for batch cooking when you can’t be bothered to cook one night!
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion
- 1 small aubergine
- 1 medium courgette
- 1 red pepper
- 250g small chestnut mushrooms
- 2 garlic cloves
- 100g dried red split lentils
- 2 x 400g chopped tomatoes
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 vegan vegetable stock cube
- 150g spinach leaves
- 9-10 dried lasagne sheets
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 3 tbsp sunflower oil
- 100g plain flour
- 800ml unsweetened almond milk
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 bay leaf
- ¼ ground nutmeg
- Firstly, preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan!
- Heat the oil in a large pan and fry your onion, add the aubergine, courgette, pepper, and mushrooms and fry for 12 minutes.
- Add your garlic, then stir in red lentils, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, sugar, and a crumbled stock cube.
- Refill the tomato tin with water, add it to the mix, stir well and cook for 15 minutes. Then add your spinach leaves and cook for ½ minutes more.
- Whilst your veggies are simmering, it’s time to make the white sauce! Heat your oil, add the flour and cook for 1 minute – stirring always.
- Stir in the milk, yeast, bay leaf, nutmeg, and season well.
- Bring to a simmer until smooth and thickened.
- Spread a third of the veggie mix over the base of the ovenproof dish and cover with a single layer of lasagne sheets. Top with another third of veggie mix and another layer.
- Pour over under half of the white sauce and top with the remaining veggie mixture. Finish the final layer with the white sauce.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes and the top is nicely brown and bubbling, serve and enjoy!
6. Vegan Pizza
Did somebody say pizza? This is another one of our cheap vegan meals you need to cook with your mates ASAP – great for a movie night.
- 500g strong white bread flour
- 1 tsp dried yeast
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 1 ½ tsp olive oil
- 100ml passata
- 1 tbsp fresh basil
- 1 garlic clove
- 200g vegan style mozzarella cheese
- 2 tomatoes thinly sliced
- Fresh basil
- Put your flour, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl, measure 150ml cold water and 150ml boiling water in a jug and mix them together.
- Add the oil and 1 tsp salt to the warm water, then pour it over the flour.
- Stir well with a spoon then knead the mixture together until it forms a sticky dough.
- Dust off some flour on the work surface and knead the dough for 10 mins. Put it back in the mixing bowl and cover with cling film, leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour until its doubled in size.
- Heat your oven to 220C/200C and put a baking sheet on the top shelf to heat up.
- Once your dough has risen, knock it back with your fist and knead it again on a floured surface – it should be less sticky.
- Divide your dough into 2 or 4 pieces, shape into balls, flatten the pieces into pizza bases, add your toppings, and pop them in the oven for 10-12 minutes!
- Serve your pizzas with basil or chilli oil if you fancy a kick and enjoy.
7. Curried Tofu Wraps
This cheeky vegan supper is perfect if you fancy a quick bite to eat, another fabulous addition to our cheap vegan meals you’ve got to try.
- ½ red cabbage
- 4 heaped tbsp dairy-free yoghurt
- 3 tbsp mint sauce
- 3 x 200g packs tofu, each cut into 15 cubes
- 2 tbsp tandoori curry paste
- 2 tbsp oil
- 2 onions, sliced
- 2 large garlic gloves
- 8 chapatis
- 2 limes
- Mix your cabbage, yoghurt and mint sauce, season and set aside.
- Toss your tofu with the tandoori paste and 1 tbsp of the oil.
- Heat a frying pan and cook the tofu in batches, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside!
- Add the remaining oil to the pan, stir in the onions and garlic, cook for 8-10 minutes, and return the tofu to the pan.
- Warm the chapatis, top each one with cabbage, followed by the curried tofu and a good squeeze of lime.
8. Satay Sweet Potato Curry
There’s always time for a curry night, and this one is super easy to make, bound to impress your mates.
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves
- Thumb-sized piece of ginger
- 3 tbsp Thai red curry
- 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
- 500g sweet potato
- 400ml can of coconut milk
- 200g bag spinach
- 1 lime, juiced
- Cooked rice to serve
- Melt your coconut oil in a saucepan and soften your chopped onion, add 2 grated garlic cloves and a thumb-sized piece of ginger.
- Stir in 3 tbsp of Thai red curry paste, 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter, 500g of sweet potato peeled and cut into chunks, 400ml of coconut milk and 200ml of water.
- Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer uncovered for 25-30 mins or until the sweet potato is soft.
- Stir through 200g of spinach and the juice of 1 lime, season well and serve with cooked rice.
Are you feeling hungry yet? We thought so! These easy cheap vegan meals are bound to make your stomach rumble and please your uni mates too. Which one was your favourite? If you’re a student wondering what blended learning is and how to make the most out of it, check out our latest blog here.