How To Cook Plant-Based On a Budget
Cooking meals at home can be a great way to save money, but it’s not been feeling all that ‘cheap’ at the grocery store lately. If you're looking to embrace a plant-based diet without breaking the bank, you're in the right place.
With a little creativity and some savvy shopping, you can create delicious and nutritious meals that won't make you doubt your choice to eat plant-forward.
Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Staples
Before we jump into the recipes, it's essential to stock your kitchen with some budget-friendly plant-based staples. These ingredients will form the foundation of your affordable meals.
Plan to keep beans, lentils, rice/grains, frozen veggies, canned tomatoes, tofu and tempeh, and plenty of spices and seasonings well-stocked at home. Read our blog post, “New To Plant-Based Cooking? Always Have These Things On Hand” for a full list, and recommendations on how to store each.
Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Meal Ideas
Creamy Tinga Pasta (Approx. $16 for 4 servings)
Cauliflower Wings (Approx. $12 for 2 servings)
Tinga Brussel Sprouts (Approx. $8 for 4 servings)
Remember to buy ingredients in bulk, plan ahead, and minimize food waste to maximize your savings. Don't be afraid to experiment with different flavors and ingredients to keep your meals exciting, and search on social media to find accounts that align with budget-conscious cooking. One of our favorites is Trader Joe's 5 Items or Less Recipes on Instagram, by Anna Lisa.
Cooking plant-based on a budget is not only good for your wallet but also for your health and the environment. So, roll up your sleeves, put on your favorite apron, and get ready to savor delicious, wallet-friendly comida 🌱