Vegan on a Budget

There is a big misconception that being vegan is more expensive – this needn’t be the case!

Of course, if you choose to purchase and consume lots of the fancier meat-alternatives and vegan Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, yes, you may end up spending more money that you would have previously. But it is important to remember that the cheapest foods in shops are usually vegan foods – beans, rice, vegetables, fruits, legumes, pulses – and it is possible to make delicious and nutritious meals out of cheap wholefoods.

Animal Aid has a booklet – Plant-based Cooking on a Budget – which contains lots of useful tips and information about eating vegan whilst on a budget. You can download it for FREE by clicking here.

Vegan staples!
Ensuring you always have the following ingredients in your kitchen will enable you to make delicious plant-based food for cheap!

Beans: Red kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, butter beans.
Lentils: Red lentils, green lentils
Rice: White rice is cheaper, but brown rice is higher in protein, fibre and other nutrients.
Dried pasta
Peanut butter
Plant milks: Soya, oat, almond, coconut.
Cans of chopped tomatoes
Vegan margarine
Oil: Olive, rapeseed, sunflower
Baked beans
Dried mixed herbs
Chilli powder
Frozen mixed vegetables
Seeds: Chia, flax, sunflower, sesame, pumpkin.

Cheap, easy and nutritious recipes!

Simple rice and beans

Lentil Spaghetti Bolognese

Mixed bean chilli

Bean and vegetable soup

Chickpea and lentil curry