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How To Make A Balanced Vegan Meal With Only £4 In Your Bank Account

Written by EmilyC

We've all had one of those uni moments when you're really hungry and mere pounds away from the end of your overdraft, and for vegetarians and vegans, often finding a cheap meal is even harder than for carnivores.  

Well, the good news is, you don't need fancy ingredients like kale or hemp powder to make a decent meat-free meal, and by using pulses and beans in your food, it's easy to get loads of protein in your diet without spending a lot of money.

The meal below is an easy way to get loads of veggies into your diet, as well as enough rice to last at least a week or two. If you've got enough cash to spare, why not double the recipe and treat your housemate to a home-cooked meal as well?

All you need to have to create this recipe is £4 and a basic oven; all of the prices were calculated from the Tesco website, and the price accounts for all of the ingredients in full, so you'll have plenty left over for the rest of the week. 

Without further ado, here is my recipe for a simple roasted vegetable and rice meal. You can jazz it up with halloumi cheese, chillies or bacon if you want, but if you're looking for a super-cheap vegan dinner, look no further!


  • One carrot, peeled
  • Half a red pepper, diced
  • One tablespoon of sweetcorn
  • About a quarter of a head of broccoli
  • One tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 200g of chickpeas
  • A pinch of salt
  • 75g of white rice


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  2. Chop up one peeled carrot, half a red pepper, a tablespoon of sweetcorn, and a few “trees” of broccoli, and toss them in vegetable oil with half a tin of chickpeas and some salt.
  3. Roast them all for about 20 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, cook a portion of white rice. Then, serve them together.

Cost: £3.88

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