Lettuce Soup. Perfect for using up that half bag of salad leaves
Vegetable and hummus pie

Are you doing Veganuary, or maybe you’d like some ideas for vegan meals on a budget

Or perhaps you are a new vegan and haven’t really got to grips with what it means yet, many people are turning to plant based eating, not just for veganuary. Do you need or want some ideas of what to eat? I did this post a couple of years ago, and have updated it with new recipes posted since then.This isn’t a veganuary meal plan, but an accumulation of ideas to create your own. In fact, it’s turning into ideas for vegan meals on a budget!

Trawling through the Thrifty Lesley archives, where I knew there were loads of ideas that just happened to be vegan, I extracted some in the hopes that you might like them, or maybe give you inspiration.

My host had major problems with his server and it ended up meaning that the blog was restored to the November 2017 version. This means that some links in this post may not be available yet, until I can get time to get them all back up.They’ll be there eventually!

Table of Contents


1. Vegan Bean & Spicy Katjan Sauce Sandwich Paste

Vegan bean and spicy katjan sauce sandwich paste, 12p a sandwich, LOADS of variations

Bean and Spicy Katjan Sauce Sandwich Paste on 2 x toast, or use in a sandwich for lunch. Or use the drained baked beans and flavour them with many other things eg brinjal pickle, any pesto that is vegan, horseradish, miso paste, jaggery and dates. See the post for more ideas.

2. Can 1 Sausage Make 2 Sandwiches?

3. A Sublime Fruit & Nut Case Paste

Can 1 sausage can make 2 sandwiches? Plus a sublime fruit and nut case paste

Fruit & Nut Case Paste, made using nuts and raisins, use a vegan spread for the butter

4. Breakfast Bhaji’s

Breakfast Bhajis 31p, abortive plans and huge panes of glass

5. Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Broccoli Pesto & Pasta – 28p a serving

6. Carrot & Sultana Loaf

Carrot & Sultana Loaf – 9p per serving

7. Cinnamon Toast For Breakfast

Cinnamon Toast for breakfast, 4p a slice

8. Granola

Granola, 8p a serving, 14p including the milk

use a non-dairy milk

9. Baked Oats – SO Many Options!

Baked Oats

10. Raisin Pancakes

Raisin Pancakes, 8p per serving, Meal Plan 1

11. Gorgeous Granola Breakfast Bars

Gorgeous Granola Breakfast Bars, 24p. Super simple to make

I love these! Substitute a vegan spread for the butter

12. Apple Curd

Apple Curd – a huge jar for 85p, and that’s if you have to buy the apples!

replace the butter with coconut spread or other vegan spread

13. Overnight Oats – LOTS of ideas!

Overnight Oats – squillions of ideas

14. Or baked oats – ALSO lots of ideas

Baked Oats

using nut milks, soya milk or fruit juice

15. Jammy Oat Bars

Jammy Oat Bars, breakfast or a snack. Savoury ones too

a good grab it and go breakfast. Any jam can be used in the middle, or value marmalade or lemon curd. Or a paste made from dried fruit or dates.

16. More Ideas on the Recipes Tab

many other ideas on the Recipes tab under Breakfasts are also vegan


1. Soups

Most of the soups on the Recipes tab are vegan.

2. Tomato & Chive Soda Bread to go with your soup

A chunk of this Tomato and Chive Soda Bread would be lovely with a warming bowl of soup.

Tomato & Chive Soda Bread

3. Roasted Vegetable Soup with a Scone & Roasted Onion Topping

Roasted vegetable soup, with a scone and roasted onion topping, 32p

4. Carrot Hummus, Creamy with Tahini

Carrot Hoummous, creamy with tahini, 31p a serving

change the honey to another sweetener

5. Hummus & Grated Carrot Sandwich

Hoummous and grated carrot sandwich – 9p a serving, Meal Plan 1

this was one of the favourite lunches of my girls

6. Individual Lunchtime Pies

Individual lunchtime pies, a bargainous 20p each. Won’t get these in Greggs 🙂

7. Rocket, Watercress, Basil & Sunflower Seed Pesto

Rocket, watercress, basil and sunflower seed pesto. Nut and gluten free

use a vegan cheese instead of Parmesan

8. Home Made Bread Rolls with Added Stuffing Mix

Home made bread rolls with added stuffing mix

some Stuffing Rolls would go very well with a lovely, warming bowl of soup

9. Home Made Hummus

Things You May Never Need To Buy Again – Hummus

A hummus can be made very cheaply using drained basics baked beans and flavoured with a great many things, giving loads of options for sandwiches, toasty lunches or breakfasts, or with veggie dippers

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1. Avocado, Tomato & Orange Salad

Avocado, Tomato & Orange Salad, 62p

2. Chickpea Crumble

Chickpea Crumble, 46p a serving, Meal Plan 1

3. Vegetable Crumble

Vegetable Crumble. Root veg in a tomato sauce, topped with oats, cheese and salted peanuts

Omit the cheese in the topping

4. Savoury Crumble

https://www.thriftylesley.com/something-different-savoury-christmas-crumble/    post not re-loaded yet

Christmas crumble which uses stuffing mix in the topping for something different    post not re-loaded yet

5. Walnut & Chestnut Crumble

Vegetarian Christmas Meal Plan – Vegan Walnut and Chestnut Crumble

6. Gorgeous Chickpea Mango & Coconut Curry

A gorgeous Chickpea, Mango and Coconut Curry 53p

7. Green Lentil Cottage Pie

Green lentil cottage pie, 4 very generous portions, 56p each

8. Olive Drop Scones, Crispy Fried Onions and Carrot Ribbon Salad

Olive Drop Scones, Crispy Fried Onions & Carrot Ribbon Salad, 24p a pop

9. Puchka Tart

Puchka tart. What’s that? Complete deliciousness on a plate, that’s what

10. Sag Aloo

A delicious Sag Aloo that really hits the spot.

11. Chow Mein

Chow mein, 61p. Lots of variations

12. Beetroot Burgers

Beetroot burgers, 41p

Beetroot Burgers, omit the egg

13. Raw Chickpea Carrot Falafel

Raw chickpea carrot falafel, 15p. Delicious, with sweet variations too

14. Pea Crumb Fritters

A kitchen experiment, Pea-Crumb Fritters, 6p

omit the egg. Very, very cheap!

15. Goan Curry

Goan Fish Curry, made with chicken, 56p. Plus the original fish recipe

Goan Curry, add a vegan protein

16. Fiery Potatoes

Fiery Potatoes, spicy and delicious

17. Stuffed Potato Cakes

Stuffed potato cakes

Stuffed potato cakes, the perfect example of ordinary vegetables made into something interesting

18. Bean & Quinoa, Lemon & Herb Salad

Bean and Quinoa, Lemon and Herb Salad

19. Barley Salad

Barley Salad, 59p. Versatile, delicious and very easy to make

20. Green Lentil, Mushroom, Raisin, Cucumber Salad, with a Brinjal Pickle Dressing

Green lentil, mushroom, raisin and cucumber salad, with a brinjal pickle and yoghurt dressing

21. Gajar Matar – Everyday Vegetables Wearing A Sari

Gajar Matar. Everyday vegetables wearing a sari

22. Sweet Bean Curry

Something I’ve been making for decades – Sweet Bean Curry

23. Vegetable & Hummus Pie

Vegetable and hummus pie

24. Pasta Sauce

Things You May Never Need To Buy Again – Pasta Sauce

25. Gnocchi Made With Dried Mash

Gnocchi made with dried mash! Served with tomato sauce 15p a serving

26. Green Thai Curry

Green Thai Kidney Bean Curry, 59p

27. Vegetable Casserole & Dumplings

Vegetable Casserole & Dumplings, 46p a serving

28. Toasted Nan & Dahl

Toasted Nan & Dahl, 38p a portion

29. Butter Bean, Pepper & Carrot Salad with a Lemon & Coconut Dressing

Butter bean, pepper and carrot salad, with a lemon juice and coconut dressing, 84p

30. Lentil Dumplings with Tomato Sauce

Lentil Dumplings, with Tomato Sauce, 20-30p a serving, + green vegetable

31. Sweetcorn Fritters

Sweetcorn Fritters, 30p a serving

32. Pea Fritters

Meal plan 10 – Pea fritters and chips, 17p, vegan

33. Panzanella

Panzanella – 50p a portion

34. Roast Parsnip & Apple Salad with a Carrot, Peanut & Raisin Jacket Potato

Roast Parsnip & Apple Salad, with Carrot, Raisin & Peanut Salad and Jacket Potato, total of 54p each

35. Spicy Cabbage & Lentils

Spicy Cabbage, Lentils & Nan, 51p per serving

36. Spinach Dumplings with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Spinach Dumplings with Spicy Tomato Sauce, 28p a serving

37. Oaty Fritters

Meal plan 8 – Oaty fritters, veg, chilli & yogort

use vegan yogurt

38. Butter Bean & Vegetable Curry

Butter Bean and Vegetable Curry – 24p a serving

39. Tomato Dhal

Tomato Dhal & Rice – 27p per serving

40. Lemon Dhal

Lemon Dahl from 18p to 24p depending on if you use value or basmati rice

41. Coconut Dhal

Coconut Dahl, from 17p to 23p a portion depending on if you use value or basmati rice

42. Spinach & Coconut Dhal

Spinach & Coconut Dahl, with rice, 37p

43. Parsnip Dahl

Christmas Leftovers – part 3. Turkey Burgers; Cheesy Pasta; Parsnip Dahl; Parsnip soup

44. Dahl Sambar

Dahl Sambar 31p a portion, diet ideas, progress today & other kitchen happenings

45. Chole & Nan

Chole & Nan, 27p a serving, Meal Plan 1

46. Peanut Butter Noodles

Abel & Cole Peanut Butter Noodles, 23p for the veggie version

47. Peperonata

Aldi bargains (1) Peperonata, 53p

48. Courgette Pasta

Courgette Pasta 46p a serving

49. A Valentines Menu

Valentines Day 2015, what are you doing?

Tapas – Patatas Bravas, Spinach Dumplings in Tomato Sauce, Lemony Butter Beans with a touch of Honey.

50. Lentil & Nut Loaf

Lentil nut loaf vegan, versatile & rather delicious

This is an absolute cracker. I’ve had it hot with hot veg or salad, cold in toast and in a sandwich. Very variable, change the veg to whatever you have.

51. Tomato Stewed Cauliflower

Kounoupithi Yiahni or Tomato Stewed Cauliflower. A traditional Greek food

52. Greek Fried Caulflower

Kounoupidi tiganitó or Greek Fried Cauliflower

53. Pancakes

Make pancakes with just water and they are vegan. I can’t tell the difference between these and those made with eggs and milk, although they do have to be eaten fresh, they go a bit flabby if left. This post has many vegan ideas to fill your pancakes

Pancakes, with lemon and sugar, the classic, less than 3p each

54. Pancakes and 101 ways to fill them

Pancakes and not quite 101 ideas, sweet and savoury to fill them

Many of the ideas suggested for this jacket potato round up post are vegan

55. Jacket Potato Fillings

Jacket Potato Fillings

To liven up something plain, try

1. Amazing Gingery Soy Sharp Apples

OMG! These are AMAZING! Gingery soy sharp apples

2. Onions in Sweet & Sour Sauce

Cipolline in Agrodolce (Onions in Sweet and Sour Sauce)

3. Roasted Spiralised Veg

I’ve found a new favourite thing!

4. Magic Dough

You can make many bready things very cheaply using Magic dough – pizza dough, flatbreads and wraps, pittas

Lots of different things you can make, all using Magic Dough kept in the fridge

5. Two Ingredient Cake

How to make a cake with just 3 ingredients, or maybe even 2! For when the SHTF?

A good hollow leg filler

6. Honey Smoked Walnut Butter

Home made honey smoked walnut butter. Easy, cheap, versatile and super delicious

Nut butters can be made with any nuts or mixture of nuts you have available and can be flavoured with things like raisins or miso

7. Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding

Self saucing chocolate pudding. Quick and easy, no complicated method, and a mere 20p a serving

Because we all like a cheeky pudding now and again

8. Mulled Wine Crumble

A brisk Sunday walk and a mulled wine apple crumble

Got any mulled wine leftover? Try Mulled Wine Apple Crumble

9. Homemade Nutella

Home made Nutella. Improved nutrition for the same price!

Home made Nutella is divine, much healthier than shop bought, without any palm oil, and can be made vegan

10. Tomato Scones

Tomato Scones, 5p each

Tomato scones are a very popular recipe

11. Apple & Spice Muffins

Apple and Spice Muffins, using no egg and my apples, 4p each, 9p if you buy the apples

Muffins can be made vegan by simply leaving out the egg, using vegan spread or oil and using a vegan milk. No other adjustments are necessary

The Recipes Tab

There are lots of other vegan ideas too on the Recipes tab. I’m not vegetarian or vegan, although my sister is, it’s just that meat, fish and dairy are the expensive ingredients quite often and when I twiddle a recipe, or find one that prices up, it often works out to be vegan.

So there’s a sample of delicious (I hope you think so too) food, that just happens to be vegan. If you aren’t normally vegan, it might be proving a bit difficult to do Veganuary and these recipes might just help you get through

I’m linking up with the UK Vegan Bloggers for the Veganuary linky.

dozens of ideas and inspiration for Veganuary meals


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Lettuce Soup. Perfect for using up that half bag of salad leaves
Vegetable and hummus pie