Lunch is arguably one of the most expensive meals we eat. Why? Not all of us are organized enough to pack a lunch for work — at least not every single day — which leaves us far more vulnerable to going out and grabbing something fast (which usually costs a lot for what you’re getting). It’s fine to splurge and enjoy a nice lunch out of the office or the house, or off-campus with friends. However, more and more these days people are trying to shop consciously and get as much for their money as possible.

Eating vegan is often thought of as an expensive lifestyle but there’s simply no evidence to suggest that plant based food is more expensive than any other kind of food. In fact, veganism can be incredibly affordable as the staples can often be bought in bulk or from local farmers markets (if you have one in your area).

Below is a weekly layout of nutritious, affordable vegan lunches that will keep you safely under $20. Your wallet will thank you.

Please note, the ingredients for these recipes themselves don’t cost under $20. The under $20 means that per serving every day in the week combined you’re eating less than $20 worth. In the long run, what this means is that you’re getting your money’s worth and your ingredients will go much further. Following this list, you’ll spend a minimum of $9.71 and a maximum of $16.68. Simply put, if you buy these ingredients they will last for a long time and you’ll get a lot of meals out of them. All serving costs are estimates.
>If you’re looking for how to shop for groceries on a budget, check out our video guide here.

7 Vegan Lunch Recipes For When You’re Living On $20 A Week


 

Monday

Option 1: Vegetable Stir Fry With Noodles ($0.74 per serving)

Option 2Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Salad Sandwich ($1.43 per serving)

Tuesday

Option 1Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl ($3 per serving)

Option 2Easy Vegan Pad Thai ($3 per serving)

Wednesday

Option 1Vegan Mushroom Rosemary Stroganoff ($3 per serving)

Option 2Cruelty-Free Chick-fil-A Copy-Cat Recipe ($2.25 per serving)

Thursday

Curried Spinach Rice Lentil Bake 👍👍 What’s your favorite one-pot, gluten-free, and vegan recipe? Our family absolutely adores this one. This is a recipe that my mother-in-law always prepares whenever she has vegetarian/vegan guests over. You never know lentil can taste this amazing. 👏👏 If you haven’t decided what to cook for dinner yet, it’s time to grab the recipe! 👇👇 Search “lentil rice” on the blog (lightorangebean.com) #veganfood #veganfoodporn #veganrecipe #foodporn #foodandwine #veganfoodshare #vegansofig #feedfeed #vegansofinstagram #whatveganseat #veganfoodlovers #glutenfreeliving #foodblogeats #glutenfreefollowme #foodstagram #instafood #instagood #onepotmeal #dinner #foodpics #yummy #instapics #glutenfree #glutenfreevegan #f52grams #vegansalad #feedfeedvegan #lentils #superfood #lightorangebean

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Option 1Curried Spinach Rice Lentil Bake ($0.75 per serving)

Option 2Lentil-Vegetable Soup ($0.50 per serving)

Friday

Option 1Smoky Black Bean Beet Burger ($1.50 per serving)

Option 2Rainbow Zucchini Rolls ($2.75 per serving)

Saturday

Option 1Mujaddara ($0.58 per serving)

Option 2Macaroni-and-‘Cheese’ Casserole ($2.75 per serving)

Sunday