Vegan on the Cheap

Great Recipes and Simple Strategies that Save you Time and Money
by Robin Robertson

cheap-cover-1eYou don’t have to blow your budget to eat great meatless and dairy-free meals every day.

With Vegan on the Cheap, you can enjoy delicious vegan meals every day of the week — and save money. Vegan on the Cheap contains 150 mouth-watering, exciting recipes that cost just 50 cents to $2 per serving—hefty savings to go with hearty vegan meals.

This book presents great options for savory soups and stews, satisfying salads, comforting noodle dishes, first-class casseroles, favorites for the slow cooker, and meatless and dairy-free recipes for classics like pizza, burgers, and sandwiches. Plus, there’s even a chapter for desserts to satisfy every sweet tooth.

Throughout the book, smart tips and creative ideas help you save money by cooking in bulk, prepping meals in advance, and finding tasty ways to reuse leftovers. Includes 150 money-saving recipes for delicious vegan meals such as:

  • Smoky Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie
  • Tuscan White Bean Pizza
  • Skillet Chili Mac
  • Sunday Supper Frittata
  • Tempeh Lettuce Cups
  • Spaghetti and Wheatballs
  • Orange-Chipotle Dressed Salad with Black Bean Salsa
  • Coconut Curry Rice
  • Walnut-Dusted Fettuccine with Caramelized Vegetables
  • Fresh Pear Galette

The book features handy cost-per-serving icons that highlight the cost of each affordable dish. It’s packed with affordable recipes and money-saving tips, this is the ultimate economical resource for every vegan kitchen.

Paperback, 272 pages, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Click Here for Sample Recipes

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1 Michaelyn C. October 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm

This was the first cookbook I bought more than two years ago when I first became vegan, and to this day it is my favorite reference for vegan cooking on a budget. I love to cook and my partner loves to save money, so this is an essential for our household. We’ve learned some great, frugal ways to have wholesome vegan meals on a daily basis, as well as ways to save on expensive packaged convenience items like mayo and sauces. I would buy a copy of this book in a heartbeat for any of my friends that decide to become vegan. Thanks for the awesome resource!


2 Robin October 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Thanks for your kind words about Vegan on the Cheap. I enjoy saving money and eating well, so it was very special to me to share my favorite recipes and tips to do so. I’m really glad to know that you’re enjoying the book.


3 Nancy C November 3, 2012 at 12:46 am

I am currently preparing myself to go vegan. I am doing research which I must admit is quite extensive. I found your book through VegWeb. After reading the reviews, sample recipes, and the above comment I have decided this will be my first cook book. I was looking for a book that would save me money and time and I do believe this will be it. Any suggestions on the best ways to get started going from meat to vegan would be helpful. My partner and two children who are quite young are on board as well.


4 Robin November 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Nancy, Thanks for buying my book! I think you’ll find lots of tips for easy ways to go vegan in that book as well as in many of my others. The first thing I suggest is to make some of your favorite dishes and just swap out whatever non-vegan ingredients are in it for vegan ones. It’s often easier than you think. Good luck!


5 bookwormbethie March 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

I *finally* got a chance to see this book at my local bookstore. It is awesome! I immediately saw tons of recipes I wanted to make and I loved all the budgeting/practical info you included in the beginning of the book. I ordered it online when I came home, hurry up UPS man! Your recipes are so flavorful and tasty, I can’t wait to make proper list of all the ones I want to try!


6 Robin March 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I hope you love using Vegan on the Cheap, Beth. The only thing I like better than eating delicious vegan food is doing it AND saving money! :)


7 Nikkie March 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Hi Robin!

I use Vegan on the Cheap almost daily for my families dinners. It is my go to book when meal planning. I did want to know if there is any way to make the comfort loaf ahead of time and bake it the next day or so? I am starting a full time job but my husband loves this meal and I would like to be able to include it in our weekly meals.


8 Robin March 25, 2013 at 9:26 am

Nikkie, Absolutely yes, you can make the comfort loaf a day or two ahead to bake the next day. I also like baking it and then reheating it. Most of all, though, I love cold comfort loaf sandwiches with the leftovers! :)


9 Alicia August 22, 2013 at 3:26 am

Hi Robin, Thanks so much for putting this book together it’s given me much inspiration. I have a food blog ( where I have mentioned your book and recipes a few times because it is a great combination of thrifty and tasty cooking. This is a book I’ll use for years to come : ) thanks again, Alicia.


10 Felicia September 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I have a household of ten. I would like eat more plant based food, but less starches and I need to budget my money. Can this book help me in my situation?


11 Robin September 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm



12 Tara October 6, 2013 at 8:32 am

I bought “Vegan on the Cheap” a couple years ago and have made many of the recipes (still do). They have all been delicious and I’m so happy to have a cookbook that has so many good recipes that do not cost a fortune to make.

I have two questions:

1) Will you (or have you) be coming out with a second “Vegan on the Cheap” cookbook with new recipes?
2) I have made the seitan and pepperoni (my favorite) a number of times and was wondering if you have tried to make them gluten free and if so, can you share the recipe?

Thank you.


13 Amanda August 2, 2014 at 4:20 am

I love this book, even my dad who is a meat water has enjoyed everything I’ve made. But I have a question when you say crushed red pepper do you mean chilli or sweet pepper?


14 Robin August 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm

I’m glad you love Vegan on the Cheap, Amanda. By “crushed red pepper” I mean dried hot red pepper flakes.


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