Vegan lunch ideas that won’t break the budget. Eating a healthy vegan lunch doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. You can replace your boring lunch with low budget vegan lunch ideas that are delicious. Ingredients like pasta, beans, tofu, and lentils are budget-friendly.

Vegan lunch ideas that won't break the budget
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According to Livestrong research, people who skip lunch tend to gain more weight because skipping lunch will increase their appetite and cause them to overeat.

Vegetables like sweet potatoes and cauliflower will help you stretch your money. You can keep yourself full for a longer period with any of these creative vegan lunch ideas.

Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese recipe

This low budget vegan lunch idea is easy to make and very tasty. Vegan spaghetti Bolognese is a healthy meal to have as lunch, and you will not feel bloated after eating it.  The ingredients are available in supermarkets or food shops. Boil for twenty-five minutes, and you are done with the cooking.


  • Olive oil                      (1tbsp)
  • Onion                          (1 medium-size)
  • Sliced celery               (1stick)
  • Crushed garlic             (3 cloves)
  • Sliced courgette          (1 medium-size)
  • Mushrooms                 (100g)
  • Cooked lentils             (225g)
  • Red pepper                  (½)
  • Tomato puree              (2 tbsp)
  • Tomatoes                    (400g)
  • Bay leaves                   (2)
  • Vegan syrup                (½ tbsp)
  • Dried basil                  (3 tsp)
  • Pepper                         (1 tbsp)
  • Oregano                      (2tsp)
  • Salt                              (1 tsp)

How to Make Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese:

To make vegan spaghetti Bolognese, chop the onions, red pepper, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Heat oil and add these ingredients. Leave to cook until the mushrooms turn golden brown. Add garlic, and other ingredients (except lentils).

Allow it to simmer for fifteen minutes over low heat. Add lentils and cook for few more minutes while stirring occasionally. Serve on already cooked spaghetti. You can add vegan parmesan or fresh basil for a richer taste.

Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Curry Roasted Cauliflower is a creative vegan lunch idea that is healthy for your body. It is simple to prepare and well balanced with caramelized onions and curry powder. The recipes are affordable, and it takes a few minutes to get it done and served.


These are the ingredients you will need to get your roasted cauliflower ready.

  • Cauliflower                 (one head)
  • Curry powder              (1tbsp)
  • Olive oil                      (2tbsp)
  • Crushed red pepper     (1 medium-size)
  • Onion                          (1 medium-size)
  • Frozen peas                 (1)
  • Pepper and salt.

How to Prepare Curry Roasted Cauliflower:

To prepare, remove stem and leaves from the cauliflower and cut into florets. Slice the onions, spread it on the cauliflower. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the seasonings and toss until the ingredients coat very well.

Put the baking sheet inside the oven and let it roast for forty-five minutes. Thaw the frozen peas and add it to the cauliflower as it is roasting.  Toss them until it is coated in the spices and oil. Serve and enjoy.

Sweet Potatoes Quinoa Soup

Sweet Potatoes Quinoa Soup

Sweet potatoes combo has a rich taste of quinoa and vegetables that make it one of the perfect low budget vegan lunch ideas. If you are struggling to come up with a savoury vegan lunch recipe, this has you covered.


  • Olive oil                      (2tbsp)
  • Chopped onions          (1 medium-size)
  • Red pepper                  (1 medium-size)
  • Sweet potatoes            (2)
  • Carrot                          (3)
  • Garlic powder                         (1tsp)
  • Ground cumin             (1tsp)
  • Red quinoa
  • Fresh cilantro leaves   (2)
  • Frozen spinach
  • Vegetable broth          (8)
  • Salt                              (½ tsp)
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Smoked paprika.

How to Make Sweet Potatoes Quinoa Soup

To fix this delicacy, fry the onions and red pepper in hot oil, add unpeeled and diced potatoes, garlic, carrots, and the seasonings. Leave to cook together for a few minutes.

You can add ¼ cup of water to prevent sticking. Add the vegetable broth, quinoa, water, and cover. Boil over medium-high heat and adjust heat once the soup is boiled to let it simmer.

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Cook for more minutes and stir it occasionally until the quinoa is soft. Blend half of the soup, add some frozen spinach and season. You can serve immediately or leave to cool. Also, you can top it up with pumpkin seeds.

Curried Lentils

Curried Lentils recipe

This creative vegan lunch idea is a healthy meal that keeps you going and full of energy during the day. Curried lentils are low in calories and have a savoury taste. You can prepare in a few minutes.


  • Brown lentils              (250g)
  • Curry powder              (1 tbsp)
  • Olive oil                      (2 tbsp)
  • Garlic                          (3 cloves)
  • Onion                          (1 medium-size)
  • Carrots                        (3)
  • Tomato sauce              (400g)
  • Fresh cilantro  
  • Salt.

How to Prepare Curried Lentils:

To make this, remove stones or dirt from the lentils and pour into already boiled water. Cook for twenty minutes or until the lentils are tender and drain. Mince the garlic, and dice the carrots and onions.

Saute the three in a skillet with olive oil for about five minutes. Add curry, the cooked lentils, and tomato sauce. Cook and stir for five more minutes. You can add salt if you want. Top it with fresh cilantro and enjoy it with crusty bread.

Noodles with Teriyaki Sauce

Noodles with Teriyaki Sauce recipe

If you want a fast-to-cook and healthy but low budget vegan lunch ideas, this teriyaki-noodle combo gives you just that. It takes only twenty-five minutes to get it ready.

Teriyaki’s ingredients

  • Soy sauce                    (100g)
  • Rice vinegar
  • Brown sugar                (80g)
  • Toasted sesame oil      (2tbsp)
  • Freshly grated ginger (2)
  • Cornstarch
  • Minced garlic              (3 cloves)
  • Red pepper                  (1 medium)

Ingredients for noodles and vegetables 

  • Buckwheat soba noodles        (2)
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Vegetable oil                           (1 tbsp)

How to Make Noodles with Teriyaki Sauce:

To get this delicious recipe ready, mix all the ingredients for teriyaki together in a bowl. Add a little quantity of water and stir very well. Boil the noodles until they are soft and drain in a colander.

Heat the oil, add the frozen vegetables, and cook for around two minutes in a skillet. Stir the teriyaki a little and pour it into the skillet. Allow simmer for some minutes or until it is thick. Add the noodles and stir until they coat in the sauce. Serve and enjoy.

Now you can enjoy nourishing and healthy vegan dishes. These low budget vegan lunch ideas will make your afternoon any day.

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