Hi everybody, Megan, VP Community here! 👋
I've collected a quick list of some super cheap vegan alternatives for those of you who are already vegan, those trying it out for the first time, or if you're giving Veganuary a go! 🤩💚🌱🥬
A lot of food is already vegan, such as all veg and fruit, pulses, pasta, rice, quinoa, the list goes on… but if you want to find the perfect alternative for a dish that isn’t inherently vegan, take a look at what’s available right now!
There are so many plant-based milk – soy, oat, pea, almond. I recommend trying each one to find your favourite! Any major supermarket will carry plant-milk, such as co-op or Sainsburys. These are the top three cheapest, however:
Morrison’s Savers unsweetened soya milk alternative £0.65
Morrison’s oat milk £0.85
Alpro soya milk chilled £0.95
🧈 Butter 🧈
Butter is essential if you like toast or baking and you don’t have to give that up if you go vegan! Here are some cheap vegan butter brands:
Flora Plant butter alternative - £1
Vitalite Dairy Free spread £1.40
Pure Dairy Free Buttery Spread £1.50
🍳 Eggs 🍳
Eggs are a trickier one and most brands focus on how the texture of eggs are used for baking, but the selection is growing!
Oggs Vegan Aquafaba Egg Substitute £1.65
Free and easy egg replacer (ASDA) £1.99
The Vegan Box also do a vegan free egg omelette mix
🍯 Honey 🍯
Usually, one that some people forget about, but as it is an animal product, a vegan diet wouldn’t include honey. Good news though – there are alternatives, usually in retailers with the use of agave syrup!
Clark’s organic agave syrup - £2.50
Groovy food agave light and mild - £2.50
🥩 Meat 🥩
Finally, vegan meat substitutes. When I first became vegan it was very eye-opening to find out not all meat-free substitutes are vegan. For example, some of Linda McCartney's range has egg in the ingredients. Right now there are TONS of vegan meat-alternatives, but I will be listing the top three cheapest for any student on a budget!
Birds eye green cuisine succulent meat-free sausages – £1.50
The meatless farm co2 meat-free burgers - £1.50
Tesco’s plant chef 12 meat-free balls
I hope you’ve found this useful, obviously, there is a whole range of vegan alternatives to explore, these were the ones I thought were particularly good for a budget! It’s getting much easier to be vegan now, but if you ever struggle, there are resources to help whether it’s finding a vegan version of your favourite food, figuring out the nutrition quality of your meals or anything else. Be sure to pay a visit to https://veganuary.com/
💛 Stay safe and be kind to yourself in these difficult times.
Your VP Community Engagement, Megan Hill
*Disclaimer: all prices shown are accurate at the time of publishing