6 Vegan Meals Under $15

There is a huge misconception that eating vegan does not equate to eating cheap. This is largely due to the myth that vegans are eating fancy, processed versions of what everyone else eats. Well, I’m here to dispel that rumour. When you think about it, foods that often form the staples of vegan diets (bananas, rice, potatoes, lentils, greens) are some of the cheapest ingredients on earth! While I know that it is 100% cheaper to cook at home, there’s much to be said for a quick takeout meal when you’re tight on time, or just not in the mood to cook. For times like those, it’s great to have places in mind where you can go to grab a quick and easy meal without breaking the budget.

Thankfully the vegan burger scene in Sydney is taking off. My number 1 recommendation would have to be Soul Burger, a burger joint that is 100% plant based and has locations in Parramatta, Glebe, Newtown and Randwick. If that’s not convenient for you, Grill’d is another great alternative that has recently released a bunch of vegan options.

There’s been a healthy debate across Sydney about where to get the best Vietnamese Banh Mi for several years now. If you ask me, it’s Hong Ha in Mascot. There’s just something about the crispy bread roll that melts in your mouth which makes it hard to go past. Banh Mi is definitely the most budget friendly on this list, and is a good option if you’re after something on the healthier end of the spectrum. Check out this list of top Banh Mi in Sydney - just make sure to let them know you’re vegan!

I couldn’t write this list and not include kebabs. Too often vegans forget about Middle Eastern food, but in fact it is one of the cuisines with the most options for us. It’s also one of those convenient pitstops that always happens to be in the right place after a night out! Check out this page of top Kebabs shops in town.

Mexican has always been a staple for me. It’s the perfect go-to meal that is filling, satiating and healthy. It’s also really high in protein so is a great one to pick up after the gym! Guzman y Gomezwould be my favourite Mexican chain – order a veggie burrito (no cheese, no sour cream) or a naked burrito bowl for less than $12!

If pizza is what you’re craving, all the major pizza chains in Sydney have options to cater for vegan diets.  Dominos, for example, have recently introduced a vegan menu, complete with vegan mozzarella. If you’re hungry, the garlic bread is vegan too. The best part? These pizzas are under $10!

Last but not least is your old favourite, Thai cuisine. Thai menus have an abundance of (cheap) options that are vegan friendly. My staple meal here is a basil tofu and vegetable stir-fry. Most of the time, the curries can be made vegan too, as can the noodle dishes. All you have to do is ask!

I hope this list is helpful when you find yourself in a time bind, or having one of those lazy Sundays. This list, of course, is not exhaustive. Other favourites of mine include Lord of the Fries, sushi and a simple salad. All these options are readily available at multiple restaurants for under $15. Some are super clean eats, others better for when you’re craving a greasy feed - there really is something for everyone! There is an abundance of budget-friendly vegan food in Australia – most of the time we just don’t realise the options all around us.


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