Student Budget Meals – How To Go Vegan

Raw vegan meal with radishes

Veganism is slowly become more and more popularised in the Western world. There are many reasons to why people decide to become vegan. For some, it’s because they believe in protecting every animal. Many animal product industries treat animals very unethically and the vegan movement is combating this injustice. Additionally, these ethically aware vegans are also caring for our planet by trying to reduce the carbon footprint that animal farming naturally creates. Apart from the ethical reasons for veganism other people simply transition to a plant-based diet because it is ultimately much better for the human body. If you’re thinking of going down the vegan path, then keep reading for amazing tips on how to go vegan and two great student budget meals.

Veganism is healthy and an easy lifestyle to live so here are some tips on how to go vegan and live with student budget meals:

  • Stock up – Bulk buying makes life so much easier, less trips to the supermarket and it’s cheaper! So stock up on ingredients that are mostly used in your vegan diet: kale, spinach, bananas, lemons, apples and carrots.
  • Find substitutes to fit your student budget meals – Use golden flax mixed with water to replace flax oil or use sunflower seeds to substitute other nuts in savoury meals.
  • Choose the right store to shop from – In London, or England, in general, there are hundreds of supermarkets and stores to choose from. Do your research before deciding to stick to a certain store. Asda, Lidl and Ocado are usually the cheapest. You can also buy online and get some great deals from
  • Grow your own – Growing your own vegetables and herbs. It’s actually quite easy and will give your dorm room a little extra greenery.
    Make it a transition, not a jump – No one is capable of jumping straight to being a vegan coming from a long life of meat and dairy eating. You have to transition your diet slowly to more vegetable and legume based meals.
  • Replace the dairy – Experiment with different alternatives to milk, cheese and butter. Coconut milk is absolutely amazing but there are many other alternatives that can fit your student budget.

Main Meal:

student budget meals - Vegan dish in a blue patterned bowl

Raw Cincinnati Chilli


  • 2 med carrots (45p 1KG)
  • 1 stalk celery (60p)
  • ½ green pepper (98p 3packs)
  • 3 cloves garlic (20p each)
  • ¼ Cup chopped onion (22p each)
  • ½ Cup walnuts or sunflower seeds (£2.50 325G)
  • 3 T chili powder (62p 100g)
  • 1 T salt (29p 750g)
  • 2 T cumin (80p 41g)
  • ½ T oregano (80p 12g)
  • 1/8 T cinnamon (80p 34g)
  • ¼ Cup nutritional yeast (£3.29) 
  • 2 dates (£1 250g)
  • 5 sun dried tomatoes (£1.14)
  • 2 Cup water
  • 2 T chia seeds (£1 150g)
  • 1 Cup coriander (£1)
  •  2-4 T pickled jalapenos (£1.28 370g)
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime(25p)
  • Avocado for garnish (£1.75 2pack)

First of all, soak the dates and sun dried tomatoes in water for 4 hours.
After that is done, process all the vegetables with a food processor or blender. Then add the dates, tomatoes and soaking water. Mix until well combined, finally add chia seeds and season with salt & pepper and lime juice. Serve with zucchini pasta, avocado, nuts, chopped coriander and pickled jalapenos. Can be served hot or cold.

All Products from Asda.
Total: £18.97 Serves 4 = £4.74 each.
*You will likely have most of these ingredients at home already do the price will likely be much lower. Also, with this price this meal can be recreated at least 2.5 times – serving 10 meals. And there will still be ingredients to spare.


Ice cream with strawberry sauce

Poppy Seed & Lemon Ice Cream with Strawberry Sauce


  • 4 bananas, sliced and frozen (95p – 6pack)
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds(£1.50)
  • Juice and zest of one lemon (78p -2pack)
  • 1 cup strawberries(£2.50- 227g)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (£2.99 – 350g)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (£1.75 – 340g)
  • salt

First, make the strawberry sauce. In a blender puree the strawberries until very smooth. Then in a food processor or blender blend the frozen chopped bananas, lemon juice and zest until creamy. Lastly, add the poppy seeds and mix a little more. Serve with the strawberry sauce and walnuts. With any surplus, which I’m sure there won’t be, you can freeze it for later.

All products from Ocado
Total: £9.47 Serves 2 = £4.73
*For this price and ingredients, this dessert can be made at least twice serving 4 or more individual portions. There will still be ingredients to spare after each preparation.

Going vegan isn’t that hard if you take it slowly and have a legitimate reason for changing diet and you enjoy it. There are pros and cons of being vegan and that is up to you to decide, so go out there and try something new. If it doesn’t work out, you can just always try one of our other student budget meals.

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