Get creative in the kitchen with seven days of top-rated budget vegetarian main meals. The majority of the recipes in this plan serve four adults, and any leftovers can be eaten the following day. We’ve also added a selection of budget-friendly side dishes for larger portions or to stretch the recipes to feed more people.


Find more ways to eat well on a budget with our 5-ingredient budget meal plan, family budget meal plan and quick budget family meal plan.

7-day budget veggie meal plan

Monday: Vegetarian fajitas

A woman holding an open wrap with avocado, peppers, black beans and yoghurt inside

Tuesday: Leek & pea soup

leek pea & watercress soup

Wednesday: Harissa aubergine kebabs

Harissa aubergine kebabs on flatbread with a minty carrot salad

Thursday: Veggie yaki udon

Yaki udon in wok with pickled ginger

Friday: Saag paneer

Saag paneer in a grey bowl on a grey background

Saturday: Vegetarian bolognese

Vegetarian bolognese served on a plate

Sunday: Carrot pilaf

Carrot pilaf with coriander chutney


Crusty garlic bread
Broccoli with garlic & lemon
Warm lemony courgette salad

Shopping list

Shopping list for vegetarian budget meal plan (side dish ingredients not included)

Smart planning and cooking will help you make nutritious meals that taste great. We calculate a budget meal at a cost of approximately £1.50 per serving for ingredients used or less, however the price of many ingredients is constantly fluctuating. (You may have to spend a little more if you need to replenish staples such as a full bottle of cooking oil or a bag of flour or buy a pot of spices, but you will use these up over time and we will give you ideas for how to do this.) You may also have access to markets and local shops that offer savings. With energy costs in mind, we’ve favoured the more energy-efficient hob cooking method.

For more budget recipe inspiration, money-saving tips and useful guides, take a look at our budget family meal plan and budget recipe hub. We'd love to hear how this meal plan goes for you and, if we were to repeat it, what you'd like to see more of, or done differently. Please use the comment box below to let us know, or tag us on social using #gfcooksmart.

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