Plant-Based Eating on a Budget: Nourish Yourself with Delicious Vegan Meals

There’s a growing interest in plant-based eating, and for good reason. Plant-based foods have proven often to be healthier and more sustainable than animal-rich diets. However, many people believe that plant-based eating is more expensive.

In this blog post, I’ll debunk that myth and show you how to eat plant-based on a budget. I’ll cover everything from stocking your pantry and meal planning to cooking in bulk and using a plant-based meal-kit service. I will give you the tools you need to eat plant-based on a budget and still enjoy delicious and nutritious meals.

Stocking Your Pantry

One of the best ways to save money on a plant-based diet is to stock your pantry with affordable plant-based staples. These staples can be used to create a variety of delicious and nutritious meals, and they’re easily accessible.

Here are some of my favourite affordable plant-based pantry staples:

  • Beans: Beans are really good value for money, they are cheap and are a great source of protein, fibre, and nutrients plus they can be used in a variety of dishes.
  • Lentils: Lentils are another great source of protein, fibre, and nutrients. They’re also very affordable, and they can be cooked quickly.
  • Peanut butter: Peanut butter is a great source of protein and healthy fats. It’s also very versatile, and it can be used in a variety of dishes, from sandwiches to smoothies, make sure to get the real deal and not the highly processed ones you find in the supermarket.
  • Oats: Oats are a great source of fibre and nutrients. They’re also very affordable, and they can be cooked quickly and give you a perfect start to the day. Oats release their energy slowly, due to having a high content of complex carbohydrates and soluble fibre. If you start your day by eating porridge, you’ll stay fuller for longer, avoiding the urge to snack before lunch.
  • Whole grains: Whole grains are a great source of fibre and nutrients. They’re also very affordable, and they can be used in a variety of dishes.
  • Spices: Spices can add a lot of flavour to your meals, and they’re a great way to make your food more interesting. Spices are generally also very affordable, and you can often find them on sale.

Once you have a stocked pantry, you’ll be well on your way to eating plant-based on a budget. You will always have great plant-based alternatives ready to go.

Planning Your Plant-Based Meals

Another great way to save money on a plant-based diet is to plan your meals ahead of time. This will help you to avoid impulse purchases, and it will also help you to make sure that you have all of the ingredients that you need on hand.

There are a few different ways to plan your meals ahead of time. You can create a weekly meal plan, use a meal-kit service or you can simply make a list of the ingredients that you need for the next few days.

Once you have a plan, it’s important to stick to it. This will help you to stay on track and avoid overspending.

Here are a few tips for planning your meals ahead of time:

  • Start by brainstorming a list of your favourite plant-based meals.
  • Consider your dietary restrictions and preferences.
  • Plan your meals for the week or for the next few days.
  • Make a list of the ingredients that you need.
  • Shop for groceries once a week or once every few days.
  • Stick to your meal plan as much as possible.

Cooking in Bulk

Cooking in bulk is a great way to save time and money on a plant-based diet. When you cook in bulk, you can cook a large quantity of food at once, and then you can freeze the leftovers for later.

This is a great way to have healthy and affordable meals on hand at all times.

Here are a few tips for cooking in bulk:

  • Choose dishes that freeze well. Some good options include soups, stews, chilli, and curries.
  • Cook in large batches. This will help you to save time and energy.
  • Label and date your frozen meals. This will help you to keep track of what you have and when it needs to be eaten.
  • Thaw your frozen meals overnight in the refrigerator. This will help to prevent them from getting too watery.

Using Meal Kits

Meal kits are an excellent way to get started on a plant-based diet. These kits provide you with all of the ingredients that you need to cook delicious and nutritious meals while continuing to surprise you with new recipes.

Some people think that meal kits are expensive, but the opposite is true. You save a lot of time not having to think about what to eat, you don’t have to go shopping plus there is no waste. The recipes are pre-portioned so you won’t have to throw out half-used vegetables. Using a meal-kit for 3 or 4 days a week can really help in our busy day-to-day life and save you money.

Here are a few tips for using meal kits:

  • Choose a meal kit that fits your budget. There are many different meal kits available, so you’re sure to find one that fits your budget.
  • Find yourself a meal kit with a wide variety of dishes so you can always discover and enjoy new recipes.

Cook at Home

Eating out can quickly become a financial burden, regardless of your dietary choices. Instead, opt for cooking at home, where you have full control over your ingredients and portion sizes. By preparing your meals from scratch, you can save a substantial amount of money. Get creative with spices, herbs, and condiments to enhance the flavours of your plant-based dishes. Cooking at home also gives you the freedom to experiment with different ingredients, allowing you to discover new favourite meals.

Grow Your Own Food

If you have a small garden or even a balcony, consider growing your own herbs, vegetables, and fruits. This can be a rewarding and cost-effective way to incorporate fresh produce into your plant-based meals. Start with easy-to-grow plants like herbs, leafy greens, and cherry tomatoes. Not only will you save money on groceries, but you’ll also experience the joy of harvesting and eating your homegrown produce.


Plant-based eating doesn’t have to be expensive. By implementing these budget-friendly strategies, you can nourish yourself with delicious vegan meals while saving money. don’t let budget constraints hold you back. Embrace the plant-based lifestyle and enjoy the benefits it brings to your health, the planet, and your wallet!

Here are some additional tips for eating plant-based on a budget:

  • Buy in bulk. This can save you money in the long run, especially on items like beans, rice, and oats.
  • Be creative with your meals. There are many different ways to cook plant-based meals, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
  • Plant-based meal-kit services like VegMeUp offer discounts on sign-up, so make sure to grab these benefits.

I hope this blog post has helped you to learn more about how to eat plant-based on a budget. With a little planning and creativity, you can enjoy delicious and nutritious meals without breaking the bank.

With Love,