Healthy vegetarian and vegan student recipes that won't break the bank

On the hunt for budget-friendly, student meals that are easy to make and free of meat too? It can be tricky to find delicious recipes that tick all the boxes, so we've put together the best recipes to help you. These are dishes that will teach you to embrace leftovers, adapt to whatever's in your fridge and use those storecupboard basics to their full potential. From hungover breakfasts to hearty suppers, these student recipes won't break the bank. 

mexican chilaquiles

Hangover Cure Mexican Chilaquiles from Student Eats by Rachel Phipps

This Hangover Cure Mexican Chilaquiles from Student Eats is a quick and easy way to turn leftovers into a substantial and flavoursome breakfast on a budget.

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peanut butter noodles

Peanut Butter Noodles from The Cornershop Cookbook by Caroline Craig & Sophie Missing

Peanut butter doesn't just work well on toast! These Peanut Butter Noodles from The Cornershop Cookbook are cheap comfort food at its best. And what's more, all the ingredients can be found in your local cornershop too.

Get The Cornershop Cookbook here.

jamie oliver veggie feijoada

Smoky Veggie Feijoada from Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver

From Jamie Oliver's Everyday Super Food, this Smoky Veggie Feijoada is a super-healthy student supper that's easy to make too. With super-protein-packed black beans, Jamie says, "they're are a great base to this veggie version of the classic Brazilian dish, and with all the veg we get loads of fibre and four of our 5-a-day too!"

Get Everyday Super Food here.

vegan sweet potato curry

Sweet Potato, Red Lentil and Coconut Curry from Britain's Best Home Cook by Jordan Bourke

A hearty and healthy vegan curry, this Sweet Potato, Red Lentil and Coconut Curry from Britain's Best Home Cook is well worth a go. Once you've stocked up on the few basic spices you need to make it, this recipe requires only a few extras for a delicious student supper.

Get Britain's Best Home Cook here.

veggie bean burger

Mexican Veggie Bean Burgers from The Hot Sauce Cookbook by Heather Thomas

These Mexican Veggie Bean Burgers from The Hot Sauce Cookbook use chickpeas as the base in this cheap-to-make dinner. If you don’t want to bother making the Sriracha ketchup you can now buy it ready bottled in some supermarkets, or just swap in plain ketchup (although it won’t taste quite so good).

Get The Hot Sauce Cookbook here.

pasta frittata

Pasta Frittata, Lots of Ways from Jamie's Food Tube: The Pasta Book by Gennaro Contaldo

A wonderful way to use up leftover pasta, this Pasta Frittata, Lots of Ways from Gennaro Contaldo's The Pasta Book is a budget-friendly supper. Use a vegetarian Parmesan cheese to make this dish vegetarian-friendly.

Buy Jamie's Food Tube: The Pasta Book here.

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