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Vegan on the Cheap: Great Recipes and Simple Strategies That Save You Time and Money

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,374 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
You 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. Veteran food writer and vegan authority Robin Robertson provides 150 mouth-watering, exciting recipes that cost just 50 cents to $2 per serving-hefty savings to go with hearty vegan meals.

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Published September 3rd 2010 by John Wiley & Sons (first published January 1st 2010)
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Lisa Vegan
May 31, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody who appreciates inexpensive and easy to prepare meals
Recommended to Lisa by: Lee
I bought this because of the “cheap” description, but much to my delight most of these recipes are easy to make too, and many look incredibly delicious.

I rely too much on convenience foods, which are sometimes less healthy and are almost always more expensive than making things from scratch. I’m fortunate to live in an area with many wonderful vegan restaurants, but it’s expensive to eat out, so I’m trying to spend less on my meals at home and save most of the splurges for when I do dine out.

Jan 26, 2014 Katey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People on a budget who want to feed their family well
Shelves: cookbooks
I have yet to make any recipes from this book, but just perusing them they seem like they'll be decent. The other info in the book is pretty much right on the mark, and definitely provides good and practical advice for those vegans who need to budget, if you haven't already figured it out. I also appreciated the section titled "No Skimping Allowed," which names certain ingredients you should NEVER go the cheap way on, such as extra virgin olive oil, buying pure maple syrup, no imitation vanilla ...more
Jun 24, 2011 Blakely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is good - I recommend it. So far most of the recipes I've tried have been winners and several have been added to our frequently cooked recipe rotations.

Below are our comments on the recipes we've made so far.

Cheezee Sauce - We made this as a sub-recipe for some other recipe. I thought Chreese (from Roads End Organic) is better, I would probably just make that moving forward instead of the sauce

Almost Instant Chickpea Tomato Soup - This was really good! the only bad thing was that even
Feb 07, 2011 Bunnyhugger1 rated it it was amazing
1/31/2011 - I made two recipes from this last night and invited two friends to be my guinea pigs. The Baked Mac and Cheeze recipe looked quite simple but it had a fairly long list of ingredients. To avoid getting flustered, a couple of hours before I started cooking I laid out the ingredients on the kitchen table, measuring some, and making the bread crumbs. When I did start cooking I felt like I was on a TV show where it looks so effortless because all the prep work has been done! Coming out of ...more
Apr 08, 2014 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: delectable
This gem of a cookbook from Robin Robertson starts off with some really helpful tips on how to save money on your grocery shopping and menu planning.`

Recipe Sections are divided into Basics, Soups/Stews, Salads, Noodles, Skillet Dishes, Bakes/Casseroles, Pizzas/Burgers/Sandwiches, Slow-Cooker Dishes & Desserts.

I've been cooking from this book for less than a month and have seen a decrease in my weekly grocery bill. Everything I've tried so far has been pretty yummy.

~French Lentil Chili
Evanston Public  Library
I have been on a cookbook kick lately, and although this one of the least flashy of the bunch (certainly not as hip or cool as Veganomicon), this is one of my favorites. Even though this book has no pictures, it has some simple recipes that do not cost much. The recipe that most made me giggle was "Cheapamole." As Ms. Robertson reiterates, avocados can be expensive, so her unique combination of frozen peas, white beans and other ingredients created an inexpensive faux-mole that can be served to ...more
May 21, 2012 Denni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not ready to take this one back to the library. There are some great meatless recipes- just what I was looking for. Handy Hummus p.44,Pot of Beans p.46, Rice Two Ways p.47, Southwestern Black Bean and Corn Chowder p. 68 (really good),Summer Garden Soup p. 69, Black & White Bean Chili p.78, Salsa Rice and Red (used Black) Beans p. 132 Curried Red Bean Pilaf with Walnuts and Raisins P. 133,Coconut Curry Rice p. 134, Three Bean Loaf p. 155, Very Veggie Burgers p. 179
Ginny Messina
May 03, 2010 Ginny Messina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just reviewed this on the examiner site today. Lots of great recipes and good tips for saving both time and money.
I have several vegan/vegetarian cookbooks, but I know that this one will be my go-to. The premise behind this cookbook is that every recipe ends up costing $2 or less per serving. However, this does assume that you have a decently stocked pantry already. For example, if you are going to be making the Stovetop Cheezee Mac but don't already have nutritional yeast, that alone will set you back about $13.

I've only tried a handful of recipes from the hundreds that are in this book, but I have not bee
West Hartford Public Library
Feb 11, 2016 West Hartford Public Library rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kari
This book lives up to it's title- these are fast, easy, and cheap vegan recipes that everyone will love. You can save a lot of money because most of the ingredients are items that you probably already have at home (if not, they can be easily located at your local supermarket). I liked this so much that I bought a copy to keep at home! Highlights are the stove top mac and 'cheese' and pumpkin cake with chocolate glaze.
Sep 12, 2013 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beganning part about how to save ect I knew most of but for those who arejust venturing into the saving money and cooking I think it was good info to know and have on hand. I like how the recipes are easy and basic and made with basic staples most people have on a regular basis in their home. Even for meat eaters who's out to try something new it has stuff they can easily make and try out with without having to go to whole foods and such stores looking for that random ingredient you've never ...more
Philip Jenks
Jun 12, 2012 Philip Jenks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
incredible: great for vegans, nonvegans - it's a really useful book for whenever I'm broke as hell and that's most of the time. and the food tastes wonderful. I use Molly Katzen's work as well but find her Moosewood recipes more complex and time consuming. Robertson senses time - and economizes it as well. That may sound "capitalistic" of me but hell, I work a lot and cooking taketh time.

another great thing is - this is fantastic for the omnivore with the sort of classic "americana" taste. old
Carrie Schindele Cupples
Only made one recipe so far but love how she makes everything from simple ingredients. Looking through the others, I found plenty to try. Thriftiness in her approach is just an added bonus.

Edit: I've now made the seitan loaf and the cheezy sauce -- very good and balanced takes on staple-type recipes.
I borrowed this book from the library and loved it so much I bought it. It's full of simple, yummy recipes using easy-to-find ingredients I nearly always have on hand.
Joan Pugh
This was a library book and I had to take a photo of the one recipe I'd planned to try because I had to return it. The recipes definitely are inexpensive and I look forward to owning the book so I can try more recipes. I may change the rating when I can try out some of them.
Oct 20, 2011 Karen! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I really liked this book. This is, obviously, a book about saving money on food, and it gives great recipes that cut back on cost without cutting back on variety, fun, or flavor. The top of each page give a approximate amount per serving, with nothing coming out to more than $2 per serving. After the recipe, there are sometimes "splurges" or substitutions that would make the meal more expensive, but might be worth it to some people.

I will definitely be cooking from this book!
Feb 20, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great cookbook! All the recipes so far have been wonderful (except the one I messed up on, totally my fault). Has great money saving tips that should have been obvious to me, but were not. Her seitan recipes are outstanding. After a previous attempt to make it myself, I had given up, but Robin's recipes keep it simple. This is going to be my go-to cookbook for a long time and has definitely helped me save money on vegan food.
David Tan
Many vegan books are great and creative, but they ask for ingredients that are quite expensive. Also, since many vegetables have gone up in price since the publishing of other vegan books, it makes it almost impractical to anyone on even a moderate budget. This book is both simple in preparation and the inexpensive ingredients can be found pretty much in any standard American grocery store.
Some good ideas.
Andrea Dumont
Jul 26, 2014 Andrea Dumont rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vegan
really good salad recipe with a homemade chipotle dressing (spicy!)
Aug 30, 2015 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No photos. Recipes not my taste.
Apr 11, 2013 Davida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
I love the <$2 per serving recipes. All delicious and easy and mostly using ingredients I already have in my house. Very encouraging and friendly tone makes this cookbook even more enjoyable.

Have made savory sausage and peppers, farfalle with cabbage and white beans, hearty lentil stew - all yummy.
Apr 10, 2011 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The French Lentil Chili is easy and delicious (recipe here: and I have several others tagged to make. Next up Lemony Garlic Chickpea Patties I think. A good guide to easy vegan recipes on a budget.
May 30, 2013 F.P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is what it says: low-cost (and mostly easy) vegan recipes.

I cannot stop eating and desiring the Corned Seitan And Cabbage (I modify the recipe because I don't have a slow cooker).

Wish I had a personal chef who could make that dish for me every day lol.
Jul 23, 2012 Kerri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vegan-cookbooks
I tried and loved the following recipes:
- Chocolate Blueberry Crumble - so good and so easy!
- Chocolate Surprise Brownies
- Lemony Garlic Chickpea Patties
- Pumpkin Spice Cake with Chocolate Glaze
- Sesame Shortbread Cookies
- Faux Parm
- Wheatballs
Sep 30, 2012 Deyara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of recipes I want to try, and she gives good tips on how to make nice food cheaply. No pictures, which is a little annoying as I am not a cook and dont really know what half of these things are supposed to look like.
May 23, 2010 Marian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cook
Some of the advice seemed pretty obvious, like make big bathces of dried beans or brown rice. But the tips on where to buy products and the recipes were good. Many vegan cookbooks do not factor in diabetics--
Sep 28, 2010 Bess rated it really liked it
Only deducted a star because there were no recipes in the ENTIRE book...but can't wait to whip up all these delicious and affordable vegan creations...wide range of cuisines which I really appreciate.
Oct 15, 2013 Kelly is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I haven't yet gotten around to reviewing this cookbook - but you can see some of the dishes I've made from Vegan on the Cheap here:
Jun 12, 2012 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cook-books
This is pretty good- no pictures, which I usually hate; but pretty basic, 'doable' recipes. Looking forward to some peanut butter noodles and chocolate glazed pumpkin cake.
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An experienced chef and consultant, Robin Robertson worked for many years in restaurants and catering in northeastern Pennsylvania and Charleston, South Carolina before she began writing cookbooks. In 1988, she left the restaurant business and became vegan for ethical reasons. She then rededicated her life to writing and teaching gourmet vegan cooking.

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