Preparing affordable vegan dinners requires a little bit of preparation and planning. Sometimes a vegan meal isn't always the easiest, and neither is filling the vegan grocery list, since no animal or dairy products can be used at all. As a vegan, you may feel that your vegan meal options are limited. There are, however, vegan recipes available that can help you make a delicious vegan meal that your entire family will love.
1. Tofu Scramble
A variation of scrambled eggs, tofu is used instead of eggs. This type of dish is not necessarily just for breakfast - it can be enjoyed at any time of the day, including dinner. This easy, quick meal takes just a few minutes. It is quite affordable because the list of ingredients required is short. Cut up some vegetables of choice, such as zucchini and red peppers, then add tofu. Spice up the dish with jalapeno peppers or chili peppers, some sea salt or even curry. This is one on the easiest and cheapest vegan meals you can make!
2. Black Bean and Chick Pea Hummus with Pita
Using a blender or food processor, blend the black beans with the chick peas until smooth. Add some olive oil, garlic cloves, sea salt and chili pepper to season, and continue mixing until well blended. This makes a healthy, affordable dip that is accompanied by while wheat pita bread to satisfy your hunger and palette.
3. Vegan Chili
This is a very cheap meal that can be made without the ground beef. Adding red kidney beans to the mix will add the texture that the beef would have supplied, so the meat is hardly missed. Ingredients include diced tomatoes, red kidney beans, chopped celery, chopped onions, garlic powder and sea salt. Mix all these ingredients in a large sauce pan over medium heat, and simmer for about half an hour. This is a very hearty dinner that can be made in minutes without breaking the budget.
4. Whole Wheat Penne Pasta with Tomato and Eggplant Sauce
This meal is nutritious, delicious, and very affordable. Pasta is just about the cheapest type of food out there. All you have to do is boil some pasta, and make an easy tomato and eggplant sauce. To make this sauce, chop up some tomatoes and eggplant - in equal proportions - and blend them in a food processor very briefly to make sure the mixture is still slightly chunky. Add some sea salt, garlic powder and fresh basil, and pour over the cooked pasta for a great dish that anyone will love.
5. Mushroom and Pea Risotto
Risotto is a very filling meal, in addition to being very affordable. Besides pasta, rice is one of the least expensive ingredients you can buy. Saute some mushrooms and peas in a little bit of olive oil and sea salt, and set aside. Cook the rice in stages, beginning by adding only a small amount of water and olive oil to a sauce pan, and then adding a little bit of rice. Mix continuously until the rice has absorbed the liquid. Continue to add a little more water and olive oil, then a little more rice, and repeat the process. Doing so will create a creamy, delicious texture on the rice. Add some sea salt and the mushroom and pea dish to the rice, and serve.
Cooking and eating vegan style doesn't have to be difficult if you incorporate some planning and creativity. Not only are these vegan dinner ideas affordable, but they are delicious too!