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26 Budget-Friendly Dinners With No Meat Or Dairy

Plant-based meals on a budget.

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1. Ten-Minute Pasta

This simple recipe of only four ingredients cooks up fast. Get the recipe here.
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This simple recipe of only four ingredients cooks up fast. Get the recipe here.

2. Blackened Tempeh, Avocado, and Charred Corn Salad

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Corn, avocado, and tempeh are what salad dreams are made of. Get the recipe here.

3. Protein Packed, Twice-Baked Potatoes

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*Drools over these potatoes.* Get the recipe here.

4. Easy Vegetable and Dumpling Soup

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Do you have a bag of flour lying around the house? Then you've also got soup dumplings. Get the recipe here.

5. Almond Butter Noodles

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This recipe costs a total of $7.35 for the ingredients, which equals about $1.84 per serving. Get the recipe here.

6. Corn Fritters

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Eat them over greens, on their own, or in a bun like a burger. Get the recipe here.

7. Veggie and Black Bean Enchiladas

The only ingredient that could potentially be pricey is the raw cashews used for the cream — save yourself some $$ by buying the 1/3 cup required for this recipe from the bulk bins so you can pay for the amount you need. Get the recipe here.
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The only ingredient that could potentially be pricey is the raw cashews used for the cream — save yourself some $$ by buying the 1/3 cup required for this recipe from the bulk bins so you can pay for the amount you need. Get the recipe here.

8. Roasted New Potatoes and Lentils

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Use this as a side or an entire meal over greens. Get the recipe here.

9. Sheet Pan Mexican Veggie Dinner

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Make your entire meal at once in your oven on one sheet pan. Get the recipe here.

10. Vegetable Fried Rice

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Simple, comforting, delicious. Get the recipe here.

11. Pizza Pockets

This recipe uses pita bread for the base of these Hot Pocket–like sammies. Get the recipe here.
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This recipe uses pita bread for the base of these Hot Pocket–like sammies. Get the recipe here.

12. Buffalo Chickpea Wraps

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You can, of course, use taco shells for this recipe as well, but consider the cheapness of lettuce as a wrap! Get the recipe here.

13. Loaded Nacho Plate

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What's better than nachos? Nachos for dinner. Get the recipe here.

14. Ultimate Vegan Chili

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Beans + more beans = an inexpensive, hearty meal. Get the recipe here.

15. Pita Tostadas With Butternut Squash, Black Beans, and Avocado

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The exciting part about this recipe is that the crust is made from pita bread — how easy is that? Get the recipe here.

16. Chickpea Salad

Spice up your lunch game with a faux-chicken–like salad made from chickpeas. Get the recipe here.
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Spice up your lunch game with a faux-chicken–like salad made from chickpeas. Get the recipe here.

17. Mexican Tortilla Roll Ups

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Otherwise known as pinwheel sandwiches. Get the recipe here.

18. Sloppy Joes

Make them personal size by using English muffins for bread. Get the recipe here.
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Make them personal size by using English muffins for bread. Get the recipe here.

19. One-Hour Shepherd's Pie

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This masterpiece takes only nine ingredients to make and is ready within 60 minutes. Get the recipe here.

20. Pad Thai

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Use whatever vegetables you have in your kitchen. Get the recipe here.

21. Quinoa Tacos

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The trick here is to use a lot of spices in the quinoa so that it tastes smoky and savory. Get the recipe here.

22. Creamy Black Bean Taquitos

The taco version of a roll up. Get the recipe here.
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The taco version of a roll up. Get the recipe here.

23. Falafel Burgers

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Make your own falafel patties with chickpeas and spices. Get the recipe here.

24. Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas

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You can choose any vegetables you like. Get the recipe here.

25. Tomato and Arugula Balsamic Pasta

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Just a handful of ingredients make this tasty recipe. Get the recipe here.

26. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

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The perfect (vegan) comfort food. Get the recipe here.

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