Pay-day might seem like a long way off but that doesn't mean you have to scrimp on delicious, flavour-forward, veg-tastic meals – these recipes will show that vegan cooking on a budget doesn't have to be difficult. Whether you're trying out Veganuary this year, you're attempting to reduce your meat intake or simply trying to embrace more seasonal winter vegetables, these recipes celebrate a huge bounty of beans, pulses, grains, root veg and storecupboard staples that are not only affordable but incredibly delicious too.
Fried rice, shredded, zingy Brussels sprouts and umami-ific sauces, this is what Meera terms "all the joy of a takeaway, but without the wait or delivery charge". Yes please!
Rachel has reinvented her mum's favourite Sierra Leonean stew, pairing a nutty sauce with sweet potato and everyday storecupboard staples. Hearty and warming.
With only five ingredients, this creamy, nutritious one-pan pie is incredibly easy to throw together and with minimal washing up, it's a great one for midweek. Pack up any leftovers for work the next day!
This clever recipe uses cashews and mustard to create a vegan version of a classic mac 'n' cheese – pack it up to take to work for a tasty lunch al-desko.
Raid your storecupboards to make this comfort pie with spiced kidney beans and chickpeas and a crisp mashed potato topping. It's a wonderful winter warmer.
Avoid grabbing a pricey salad on the go, prep your work lunches ahead to save cash, reduce your plastic and eat well too.
Embrace lentils and seasonal cauliflower in this freezer-friendly meal, with deep spices to warm your belly on a cold day. "The flavour gets better as it sits, so I tend to enjoy the leftovers even more", says Angela – make a double batch on Sunday and store the leftovers to eat over the week ahead.