While saving for travel, it’s important to me to eat healthy but not spend a ton of money on food. Enter my new series: cheap vegan food! I’ll be sharing more recipes on the blog that are healthy, easy, and best of all – cheap. In the past, I’ve shared my famous taco recipe; but today, we are going Asian for a quick and easy veggie stir fry! This is my cheap vegan Asian stir fry.

Cheap Vegan Asian Stir Fry

This stir fry requires minimal ingredients, and is perfect for a lazy weeknight dinner. It’s quicker than ordering takeout and so much healthier too! Nutritional yeast adds a savory texture, and gives you a full daily dosage of vitamin b12.

Most humans are naturally deficient in vitamin b12, as it comes from rich soil – and most of the soil we use to farm vegetables today either gets fully washed off of our produce, or is so depleted in vitamins that we cannot acquire b12 from it. B12 is necessary for energy, prevents memory loss, and boosts your mood. It’s also said to aid in creating healthy skin and hair, and nutritional yeast is one of the few foods rich in b12. Try out nutritional yeast if you haven’t yet! It really rounds out this cheap vegan Asian stir fry.

Cheap Vegan Asian Stir Fry

Cheap Vegan Asian Stir Fry : Ingredients

The ingredients for this cheap vegan Asian stir fry are:

I start by throwing the mixed veggies in a stir fry style pan and adding a tiny bit of water. By using a non-stick pan and a tiny bit of water, I can eliminate the need for oil.

Cheap Vegan Asian Stir Fry

After a few minutes of cooking those on medium-high heat, I start boiling some water for the noodles. Soba noodles cook very fast, so make sure your veggies are almost finished cooking when you put the noodles into the boiling water.

Cheap Vegan Asian Stir Fry

Once your noodles are cooked, drain them and toss into your cooked vegetables.

Cheap Vegan Asian Stir Fry

Cheap Vegan Asian Stir Fry

Cheap Vegan Asian Stir Fry

Turn the heat off of the stir fry, and mix the vegetables in with the noodles, with the pan on the burner still. This is my trick for getting a tiny bit of fry-like consistency in the noodles without totally crisping them.

Cheap Vegan Asian Stir Fry

Once they’re all mixed, add in some lemon juice and soy sauce to taste.

Cheap Vegan Asian Stir Fry

Et viola! Pour it into a bowl and top it with nutritional yeast. I even added lentils to the top of mine for some extra protein (and to avoid wasting the lentils from my fridge 😉 ).

Cheap Vegan Asian Stir Fry

Cheap Vegan Asian Stir Fry

Cheap Vegan Asian Stir Fry

Let me know if you’d try this simple Asian stir fry, and what you think of it if you have tried it.

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I’m always saving for my next trip, but something I still really enjoy is food. I’ve been cooking at home more than ever lately in an effort to bulk up my savings. But that doesn’t mean we have to eat boring food. Since cooking more at home, we’ve really increased our cooking skills. Michael and I cook a lot of Indian and Mexican food. I thought it may be fun to share some of our favorite recipes! This is cheap vegan food that is quick, easy and delicious.

Cheap Vegan Food Recipes

Cheap Vegan Food

One thing we eat at least once a week is tacos. I am a huge fan of Mexican food, as I grew up in California. I am practically made of tacos and burritos! These are mexican style, easy vegan tacos. They’ll satisfy any picky eater, and even meat eaters.

Cheap Vegan Food Recipes

The ingredients for these mouth watering tacos are:

  • 1-2 blocks firm tofu (we usually use 2)
  • Half to 1 full packet taco seasoning (depending on qty of tofu)
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Corn tortillas
  • Cilantro (or Coriander for you Aussies)
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Hot sauce of your choice (I like sriracha and Cholula)
  • Salad greens
  • 1 avocado

Start off by opening the tofu and pressing as much water out of it as you can. Next, crumble the tofu into a bowl by squishing it in between your hands. This is the fun part! When it’s the same consistency as a ground beef, add in the taco seasoning (use only half a packet if you are using 1 block of tofu). Then, cook the tofu in a non-stick frying pan for about 20 minutes on medium, letting it brown on each side before flipping.

Cheap Vegan Food Tacos

While the tofu is cooking, arrange your corn and beans. Chop the cilantro and tomatoes. Get your dishes out and do a little dance. About 15 minutes in, turn on another frying pan to medium heat and start cooking your tortillas. I don’t add any oil to them, I just cook them in the pan. This way is much healthier.

When the tofu is finished cooking, arrange your tacos and dig in! The combination of taco seasoning, hot sauce, creamy avocado, fresh cilantro and crisp salad greens is so satisfying. My favorite part of this recipe is that it’s so healthy.

Cheap Vegan Food Taco Recipe

This is such a simple and easy recipe. It’s perfect for weeknight dinners. But don’t expect leftovers! No matter how much we make, we never have leftovers from this recipe. It’s just too good.

Like this recipe? Check out my recipe for blueberry vanilla pancakes for brekky. And make sure to take a peek at my food account on Instagram for vegan food around the world!

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Epic Vegan Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

I spent some time cooking at my place in Melbourne a bit to save up money for my next round of traveling. Though I usually keep it pretty simple, sometimes I like to create something a bit more special. This weekend, I treated myself with {healthy} vegan blueberry vanilla pancakes.

Vegan Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

Vegan Blueberry Banana Pancakes

These babies were super easy to whip up! They took me less than 5 minutes and I already had all of the ingredients on hand. They are super healthy but taste amazingly decadent.

Ingredients

To make these pancakes, you’ll need: 

  • 1 cup oats (measure, then blend into a flour)
  • 1 whole, very ripe banana (brown spots preferred)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup soymilk – depending on how thick or thin you like your pancakes
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries, heated in the microwave
  • maple syrup
  • optional toppings: coconut flakes, chia seeds, banana slices
Recipe

Once you’ve blended your oats into a flour, add the banana, soy milk, baking powder, and optional cinnamon and vanilla. Blend until it is batter consistency – but don’t over blend.

Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

Pour your batter onto a hot pan, using coconut oil to prevent sticking. Wait until bubbles rise on top to flip your pancakes.

Once your pancakes are perfectly cooked, layer your warm blueberries in between the stacks. Top with coconut flakes and maple syrup, and enjoy your decadently healthy breakfast!

Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes Vegan Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

Enjoy these vegan blueberry vanilla pancakes, and let me know in the comments if you love them as much as I do!

If you’re into vegan food, check out my list of the best vegan restaurants in Melbourne, Hong Kong, or some of my favorite places around the world. If you’re in Melbourne and feeling too lazy to cook, check out one of my favorite breakfast spots, Urban Projuice.

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