The Cheapest Plant-Based Meal Plan Ever

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The Cheapest Plant-Based Meal Plan Ever

Is it too expensive to eat a Plant-Based Diet? This Meal Plan will show you exactly how cheap a Plant-Based Diet can be.

This isn’t the healthiest Meal Plan I’ve ever created; but it is a nutritious Meal Plan for those lean times when you really have to watch your budget.

I’ll assume you have some spices and other pantry staples. This Meal Plan will feed a family of 4 for less than $55 a week. Food prices vary by area but these meals use ingredients that are generally inexpensive, seasonal (for Fall) and available in most places. If someone in your family has food allergies you may need to make a few substitutions. For example, if you can’t tolerate gluten I recommend you skip the bread, pancakes and oats since the specialty (gluten-free) versions will cost more.  I have had good experiences with a gluten-free pancake mix from Walmart called Maple Grove Farms Pancake and Waffle Mix.

The Cheapest Plant-Based Meal Plan


If you have a wheat allergy I recommend you remove the oatmeal and pancakes from the Meal Plan and replace them with Baked Potatoes and Veggie Breakfast Stir-Frys.

  • Oatmeal with Apples
  • Oatmeal with Peanut Butter and Sliced Bananas
  • Overnight Oats
  • Breakfast Rice with Diced Apples
  • Pancakes
  • Pancakes with Peanut Butter and Bananas
  • Pancakes with Baked Apples


Cook extra for dinner each evening so you have enough leftovers for lunch. Eating out for lunch is a big budget buster.

  • Bean and Grain Bowl
  • Baked Potatoes with Leftover Chili
  • Potato Soup with a side salad
  • Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches
  • Taco Salad
  • Bean and Rice Burritos or Bowls


Stick with fresh fruit and veggies, processed foods are expensive. If you need a snack that is a little more filling try leftover soup or baked potato.

  • Carrot Sticks
  • Apple Slices and Peanut Butter
  • Orange Slices
  • Bake Potatoes


These dinners are perfect for cool Fall weather. If you are missing an ingredient just substitute something else.

Here is the Free Printable Shopping List for The Cheapest Plant-Base Meal Plan Ever (Fall Edition). You may spend less than $55 if you already have some items available. I even included what I consider to be luxury items like tortillas and bread, if you omit them you could spend less than $50. I looked at store advertisements and asked around to determine prices. If something on the list is expensive fresh consider buying the frozen version. I also have some duplicate items like “frozen veggies” just to make sure you have enough available. If your family dislikes something on the list just omit it and work around it. We don’t eat a lot of oranges at our house but they are fairly inexpensive in our area now so I included them.


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  1. I buy frozen veggies when on sale – especially when organic is a good buy. They are often more nutrious than fresh (when buying off-season veggies fresh for example) – and allow for better meals on the quick 🙂

  2. This is great! I haven’t kept a food budget in over a year, because a huge portion of our income goes to food. For me, it’s an area where I refuse to compromise and eating at home is always cheaper (and healthier) than eating out.

    I haven’t dived into the numbers, but I spend at least $100 on produce alone a week. I’m inspired to bravely look at my food numbers and see what I can do here!

    • Jacqueline I know you prioritize your veggies! We often spend much more than $55 but I know we could cut back on some things to get it lower. This meal plan is bare bones, getting your family fed, a fairly healthy plant based diet.

  3. Thanks! I’ve just recently begun to take a closer look at our grocery budget. I can wait to give this a try!

  4. Thank you for this plan! We’ve been spending $200-$300 a week on vegan gluten free foods for me and non vegan meals for my husband and kids. I hope we can try this out and hopefully find a more affordable balance.

  5. Is there a winter version?

    • Hi Janie,
      There isn’t a version just like this but there are a lot of meal plans on my site, they just don’t have all the extras like the shopping list. The good new is I’ve got more meal plans in the works that I think will be a big help for people, especially those new to plant-based eating.

What do YOU think?