Is being a vegan expensive?

How long is a piece of string?

I’m sure the majority of the people you know are meat eaters. And I’m sure among them, there are those who enjoy an expensive rump of steak for dinner and those who choose to buy a pack of £2 chicken nuggets which will last them the week…

And there’s your answer.

Before becoming Vegan you constantly hear myths that the diet is expensive or requires maximum effort, but as with any diet, it’s all about the choices you make. If anything, meat is usually one of the most expensive elements of someone’s shopping list, and the Vegan diet can be just as kind to your purse as a diet which includes meat.

Our best advice: Cook in bulk. Bulk cooking is as essential on a vegan diet as it is on a meat-based diet if you’re looking to cut back on those extra costs. We advise cooking it up on the weekend and splitting the rest into containers in the freezer for the rest of the week (especially for students or busy workers)!

Below is a favourite bulk recipe of ours which will help save those pennies … (last time we made this it made eight portions!).

Note: This technique can be adapted to other Vegan Meals (e.g. Vegan chilli).

For more cheap meals try our trusted garlic and mushroom risotto or Red Lentil Curry

Mince and Onion

Time: 30/45 minutes
Serves: 6+


  • 3 onions
  • Punnet of Mushrooms
  • Vegetable stock cubes
  • 600g meat-free mince (Supermarkets own brand meat-free mince is usually Vegan (Sainsbury’s/ Asda/ Tesco) – Caution: Quorn meat-free mince contains egg whites so avoid!)
  • Peas
  • Corn Flour (to thicken)
  • Season
  • Courgettes/ Sugar Snaps to serve (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a pan and add the diced onions on a low heat
  2. When onions are part-soft, add the mushroom and leave till soft
  3. In the meantime, make up a jug of gravy
  4. When (2) is complete, add the packet of mince and jug of gravy, stir until all mince is broken
  5. Add the frozen peas
  6. Season and leave to simmer for about 15 minutes
  7. With five minutes to go, put the sugar snaps in a pan of boiling water and spiralise a courgette onto your plate
  8. Mix two tablespoons of corn flour into a jug of cold water (about 100/150ml)- stir continuously
  9. Bring the mince to the boil, gradually stirring in the cornflour to thicken mixture
  10. Take the mince off the heat and serve on top of courgette
  11. Add sugar snaps … and enjoy!


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