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Whether you do Meatless Mondays, simply prefer to cook plant-based at home, or are a full-on vegetarian, there are plenty of easy vegetarian recipes that skimp on cost but never on flavor.
Here are some cheap and easy vegetarian recipes you can make at home.
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1. Pasta with Vegan Cream Sauce
The aptly named Pantry Pasta from Bon Appétit gets its creaminess from smashed white beans. If you have white kidney beans (cannellini), a box of tubular pasta, and a halfway decent spice rack, you’ll likely be able to make this without a trip to the store.
2. Sesame Ginger Tempeh Lettuce Wraps
This protein-packed recipe is low-carb, creative, and delicious. Get the full recipe from Oh My Veggies.
3. Brussels Sprouts Pizza with Balsamic Red Onions
This vegetarian pizza recipe from Cookie and Kate looks crazy easy to make — and crazy craveable, too. I will be making this one soon.
4. One-Pot Curried Chickpea Soup
Anytime a recipe requires only one pot or skillet, I’m in. You just need a Crock-Pot, Dutch oven, or large soup pot to make this savory vegetarian soup recipe from Minimalist Baker.
5. Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
Vegetarians crave comfort food, too. When you’re looking for something cheesy and nostalgic, surely this Skinny Taste baked broccoli mac ‘n’ cheese recipe will hit the spot.
6. Stuffed Sweet Potato with Hummus Dressing
This Eating Well recipe requires only five ingredients — kale, black beans, one sweet potato, and hummus — but is filling and flavorful enough to be a go-to meal for lunch or dinner.
7. Vegetarian Enchiladas with Refried Beans
Cinco de Mayo is coming. Make a whole dang casserole dish of these vegetarian enchiladas in just 45 minutes. Get the full recipe from Ready Set Eat.
8. Easy-to-Freeze Vegetarian Lasagna
This Chocolate Slopes recipe for freezer-friendly vegetarian lasagna is packed with fresh garden vegetables of your choice — think zucchini, summer squash, mushrooms, peppers, or spinach. Not only healthy, but hopefully delicious enough for the kids to be going back for seconds.
9. Indian-Inspired Creamed Spinach
This Budget Bytes recipe is a spin on the hearty Palak Paneer classic and — because it uses only coconut milk for the creamy effect — is vegan, too.
10. Roasted Veggie and Spanish Rice Meal
Aren’t roasted veggies the best? This healthy Tex Mex spin on Spanish rice from Live Eat Learn is cheap to make and perfect if you’re feeding your family or a large group.
11. Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
This Tasty recipe will hit all the right spots if you’re craving chicken wings but want to do without the whole chicken part.
12. Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
Martha Stewart’s vegetarian take on the English classic is just as time-consuming and rewarding as the meat-filled original. Get the full recipe here.
13. 20-Minute Broccoli Cheese Soup
It’s still cold enough in some places for a bowl of cheesy broccoli soup! This recipe takes only 20 minutes to make and uses things you probably already have in your fridge and cupboard.
14. Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
This vegetarian recipe from Damn Delicious is a satisfying and healthy dinner that the whole family can enjoy.
15. Loaded Veggie Nachos
Boy, do I love a big ol’ plate of nachos like this vegetarian nacho recipe from the Sugar Hit. What’s great about making nachos at home is as long as you have tortilla chips and cheese, everything else in your cupboard and fridge is fair game to use as a topping.
16. Vegan Dumpling Soup
Soothe your soul with this 30-minute recipe from Vegan Sandra. Bonus: You probably have most of the ingredients for this vegan dumpling soup in your cupboard.
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