Vegan on a Budget Part 4

vegan on a budget part 4

One of the biggest problems I encounter while trying to cook on a budget is what to do when you either like to eat a lot yourself or live with someone who needs big portions. If you have a big family you might also struggle with finding ways to cook in bulk.

By having a boyfriend that eats a lot, I taught myself a few recipes that allow me to cook huge portions that feed both of us (for both lunch and dinner), taste good, and are definitely budget friendly.

The first recipe I would like to introduce is one that I would like to call “Vegan Mish-Mash”. If you are looking for another recipe, you can find all vegan recipes here.

Vegan Mish-Mash

This is one of my original recipes inspired by a dish called Jambalaya (a popular dish of West African, French, Spanish and Native American influence, consisting mainly of meat and vegetables mixed with rice.)

The Mish-Mash is quite simple and apart from having to cut up some vegetables it is also a fairly quick meal that you can do on a work night.


  • Oil of choice
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 carrots
  • any leftover vegetables you may have? (if you have leftover vegetables you can put them in this meal to avoid throwing out food).
  • 3 spoons soy sauce
  • any spices you like (cumin, paprika, oregano, basil, whatever you like with rice), as much as you like
  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 can beans
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • water or vegetable stock, up to you, you need enough to cover the pan with rice
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
Ingredients for vegan food

Note: If you don’t have beans but have chickpeas or vice versa, you can do it with whatever you got! Remember to be creative, what I offer here is just 1 example. This meal is versatile so if you change up vegetables and beans you might find new amazing results.

How to make Vegan Mish-Mash

  1. Heat up oil in a big wok pan or whatever big pan you own.
  2. Add all vegetables and stir for as long as you like (I do for around 5 minutes)
  3. Add the canned tomato and cook for 5-7 more minutes.
  4. Add the soy sauce and spices and then stir around.
  5. Add the rice and stir it around.
  6. Add water/stock just enough to cover the rice and let it simmer until the water disappears, stirring occasionally.
  7. Check if it tastes good, if the rice isn’t done, add a bit more water and stir.
  8. When the rice is done, add the chickpeas and beans and stir around for 1 minute or 2.
  9. Then you are done! Enjoy!

Health tips:

  • You can use real tomatoes instead of canned.
  • You can also add lentils or whatever you got in the cupboard to experiment.

For the ultimate lazy meal – check out easy vegan rice.

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