Budget-Friendly Vegetarian Recipes

Budget-Friendly Vegetarian Recipes

Prep Time: 15 mins            Cook Time: 40 mins          Total Time: 55 mins



Since curry powder is responsible for all of the seasoning in the bowls, let’s take a minute to chat about it. If you’ve never had curry powder, it’s a warm blend of spices that are pre-ground and blended to mimic the fresh spices used in Indian cuisine. This blend usually includes cumin, turmeric, coriander, and other spices. Every curry powder blend is unique, so you may need to experiment with different brands or recipes to find one that suits your palate. If you’d like to try making your own curry powder, try this recipe for homemade curry powder from Spice it Upp.


I kept my curry roasted vegetable bowls simple because I like simplicity, but you can add more to make them a little more fancy, if you’d like. I think a light sprinkle of raisins would add an incredible pop of sweetness to contrast the savory curry powder and tahini dressing.

Slivered almonds would offer an amazing crunch to these bowls without competing with the already strong flavors.

If you want to add some meat, rotisserie chicken would be great, as would some Yogurt Marinated Chicken.


This recipe is super flexible. You can swap out the vegetables for anything you like. Try broccoli, sweet potatoes, asparagus, sweet bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, or whatever vegetable you like.

The same goes for the “bed” for these bowls. If you don’t like brown rice you can swap it out with white rice, couscous, quinoa, your favorite grain, or even salad greens.


Simple bowl meals like this hold up in the refrigerator for about four days, with the dressing kept on the side. Your mileage may vary depending on the freshness of your ingredients and the conditions within your fridge. I’ll link my favorite meal prep containers for meals like this in the recipe below.

Side view of a fork lifting a bite out of the curry roasted vegetable bowls



  • 1 cup long grain brown rice (uncooked) ($0.40)
  • 1 head cauliflower ($2.29)
  • 3 carrots ($0.24)
  • 1 red onion ($0.37)
  • 1 cup frozen peas ($0.60)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.32)
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder ($0.30)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02)


  • 1/3 cup tahini ($1.13)
  • 1/3 cup water ($0.00)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice ($0.18)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.16)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin ($0.05)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)


  • Begin the rice first because it takes the longest to cook. Combine the uncooked rice in a pot with 2 cups water. Place a lid on top, turn the heat onto high, and allow the water to come up to a full boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and let the rice simmer for 45 minutes (no stirring). After 45 minutes, turn the heat off and let it rest with the lid in place for an additional five minutes.
  • Once the rice is started, move on to the curry roasted vegetables. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Chop the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Peel and slice the carrots. Slice the red onion into ¼-inch wide slices.
  • Place the cauliflower, carrots, and red onion on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over top, then add the curry powder and salt. Toss the vegetables until everything is evenly coated in oil and spices. Spread the vegetables out over the baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Transfer the seasoned vegetables to the oven and roast for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes give them a good stir, then roast for another 15 minutes. Next, add the frozen peas and toss together with the roasted vegetables, then return the baking sheet to the oven for the an additional 5 minutes. Taste the vegetables and add additional salt, if needed.
  • While the rice is simmering and the vegetables are roasting, make the lemon tahini dressing. Place the tahini, water, lemon juice, minced garlic, cumin, cayenne, and salt in a blender then blend until smooth. Set the dressing aside.
  • When the rice has finished cooking, fluff with a fork. Place about ¾ cup rice into each bowl or meal prep container. Top with ¼ of the roasted vegetables. Drizzle with a few tablespoons of dressing just before serving.



Serving: 1serving ・ Calories: 480.38kcal ・ Carbohydrates: 66.68g ・ Protein: 14.18g ・ Fat: 20.38g ・ Sodium: 579.93mg ・ Fiber: 12.85g

Nutritional values are estimates only. 



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 Level: Easy

Total: 1 hr 30 min 

Prep: 20 min

Inactive: 1 hr

Cook: 10 min 

Yield: 12 servings





  1. In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir, lightly frying for about a minute, removing before the garlic gets too brown (it can be golden). Pour the garlic and oil into a mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly. 
  2. Add the red and yellow tomatoes, balsamic and basil to the bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine, and then taste and add more basil if needed, and more salt if needed (don’t over salt, though!) Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two if you have the time. 
  3. Cut the baguette into diagonal slices to allow for the most surface area possible. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet and grill half the bread on both sides, making sure they’re nice and buttery. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Repeat with the remaining 4 tablespoons butter and the other half of the bread. 
  4. To serve, give the tomato mixture a final stir, and then spoon generously over the slices of bread. Serve on a big platter as a first course or appetizer.

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Savory Leek and Kale Galette

Savory Leek and Kale Galette

True happiness has nothing to do with making everything perfect, or denying the imperfections of things. It’s often the imperfections that make something or someone so loveable, so beautiful, so memorable, and even so forgivable.  ~Jeff Foster

There is so much flavor bursting from this Savory Galette. A flaky tender crust made with a bit of earthy rye flour, perfectly complimented with creamy leek and kale filling with just the right amount of tang.  The crust is made with “rough puff” pastry dough, a galette dough you’ll want to keep in your back pocket for down the road, and your own creative fillings.

What I love about this galette dough, is that it comes together much faster than traditional puff pastry, yet it is still flaky and tender.  You can make it a couple of days ahead for less prep time and even keep some in the freezer for spontaneous inspiration.  Alternatively, it is also totally fine to use pre-made puff pastry dough!

While it may look as though there are a lot of steps here, it all comes together fairly easily, especially if you make the rough puff dough a day or two ahead.  It is so worth the effort!  And once you get the hang of it, it is fun to make.  This is a much requested special occasion dish in our house.

making the galette dough

what is rough puff pastry?

It is a faster variation of a classic puff pastry dough- (think croissants).  Traditional puff pastry consists of laminating one big block of butter between the dough, which is a process that takes several hours of rolling, refrigerating and patience.  Ruff Puff gets its flaky layers by using large chunks of butter in the dough.  Instead of rolling out by hand, we let the food processor do some of the work of incorporating the butter into the dough. Though it is not quite as delicate as traditional puff, it still yields a flaky dough in significantly less time.  Thirty minutes of hands-on time will have you on your way to a lovely tender pastry crust.

why should i make galette dough?

It is not as difficult as you may think and it will elevate the overall dish.

It makes a perfectly flaky crust for tarts, galettes, and other delicacies.

You can make it a few days ahead of time, making prep time easier.  It also freezes well!  Store for up to a month in the freezer.

how to make the galette dough:

It starts with chilled flour and very cold butter.

The make the best galette dough, pulse the flour and butter in a food processor.

In a food processor pulse just a little- you want the chunks of butter to be visible, more of a pinto bean size rather than the usual pea-size.

pluse the flour and butter.

Empty flour into a cold bowl.  Keep all ingredients chilled!  This makes for a more flaky crust.

Add cold water and vinegar. Vinegar helps tenderize the dough by inhibiting gluten development and keeps the dough from oxidizing and turning gray.

Bring together as best you can with just a couple of stirs.  VERY important not to over mix.

combine gently

The dough is very shaggy!  You will probably have some dry flour bits, but don’t worry!  With a little patience and trust, it will come together.

rough puff pastry

Pat it into a 4×4 block as best you can.  Refrigerate, sealed in plastic, for half an hour.  In this time the flour will begin to hydrate.

fill out the rough puff pastry dough

Lightly flour as needed for the rolling pin and on top of the dough.  Roll out into a 5×11 rectangle- approximately.

it will be really shaggy

Let it be cracky and rough.

fold in thirds

Fold the galette dough over on itself in thirds.  Also called a letter fold.

tri-fold the galette dough

Square up the sides and ends with a bench scraper by just lightly tapping in.

square up the sides

Turn the dough so the short side is towards you and repeat the rolling process 2 more times.

tri fold the dough

This is what gives you the luscious flaky layers of dough.

how to roll out galette dough:

  1. roll the dough out to a 5 x 11 rectangle
  2. letter fold the dough
  3. turn short side toward you and repeat this 2 more times.

On the third turn fold the dough in half.  At this point refrigerate for 45 minutes or up to 3 days.  Or freeze up to one month!

ingredients for the savory galette filling

Once the galette dough is chilling you can start on the filling.  It comes together pretty fast!

chop the kale

Chop up the leeks, garlic and kale.

saute the leeks and kale

Saute them with olive oil.  Set aside when tender.

roll out he galette dough

Pull the galette dough out of the fridge.  Let it rest 20 minutes before rolling.

Roll out to ⅛ inch thick and 14 inches wide.

Roll the galette dough out on a piece of parchment to 1/8 of an inch thick and in an approximant 14-inch circle.

smear with mascarpone- the base.

Spread a little mascarpone cheese on the rolled out dough all but the outer 2 inches.

Add the filling, leaving 2 outer inches of the galette bareTIP: Cutting the edges of the dough with a sharp knife will make them puff up more.

Lay filling and grated gruyere cheese on top of the mascarpone.

Brush inside dough with egg wash.

Brush the outside 2 inches with egg wash.

fold up the edges, crimping every 2 inches.

Fold the dough over the filling, pinching together every 2 inches, try not to push the dough into the filling.  No need to be too fussy it’ll puff up when it bakes losing a lot of the definition.

Pour the beaten egg mixture over the filling.

Pour in the egg batter and brush the outer crust with egg mixture.

Brush top with egg wash.

TIP: For a better bottom crust, bake on a pre-heated pizza stone or pre-heated cast iron pan.  Carefully transferring- lifting the parchment and tart on to the stone.

Sliding onto a pizza peel or cutting board can help with the transfer.

When it comes out it will be puffed up and gloriously fragrant and golden.

Beautiful and delicious Savory Leek Galette.   Made with a free-formed tender flakey crust enclosing a luscious melt in your mouth succulent filling. Leeks and kale marry with gruyere and mascarpone making the perfect balance of decadent and wholesome! The Galette dough is the secret here! #galette #savorygalette #tart #leeks

Serve the savory galette like quiche for brunch or lunch with a hearty leafy green salad.  Also makes a lovely appetizer.

A Savory Galette filled with a luscious mixture of leeks, kale and mascarpone, enclosed in a free-formed, tender, extra flakey crust. #galette #savorygalette #tart #leeks

Serve warm or at room temperature.

A Savory Galette filled with a luscious mixture of leeks, kale and mascarpone, enclosed in a free-formed, tender, extra flakey crust. #galette #savorygalette #tart #leeks

Hope you enjoy this Savory Leek Galette!  Let us know what you think in the comments below and show us your beautiful galettes on Instagram.



Rough Puff Pastry Dough  (allow 2 1/2 hours, can be made ahead)

  1. Pulse flours, sugar, and salt in food processor to mix.
  2. Add chilled butter pieces.  Pulse 3-4 times until butter is still the size of pinto beans.  Dump mixture out into a bowl.  Place the bowl in the fridge for about 15 minutes to get it cold.
  3. Remove from fridge.  Add vinegar and the ice water.  Gently, carefully mix the dough just until it seems well distributed.  It will be very craggy and may have dry flour bits.
  4. Dump the dough onto a piece of parchment or plastic wrap.  Form dough together, as best as you can, into about a 4 x 4-inch square.  Wrap up and place in the fridge for 45 minutes.
  5. Roll out into a rectangle approximately 5 x 11.  Fold the pastry in thirds widthwise, like a business letter, resulting in 3 layers of dough.
  6. Turn the short end toward you and repeat step 6 two more times.
  7. After the third turn fold the dough in half.  Refrigerate for one hour or up to 3 days.
  8. Rest the dough for 20 minutes at room temperature before rolling out.

Leek and Kale Filling and Galette Assembly 

    1. Set oven to 425 degrees.  If using a pizza stone or cast iron pan, place in the oven now while preheating.
    2. Saute’ kale, garlic and leeks in olive oil with the 1/4 teaspoon of salt over medium heat for about 8 minutes.  Turn off heat and cover with a lid for 5-10 more minutes until tender.  Add sage and parsley.  Set aside.
    3. Meanwhile in another bowl combine eggs, anchovy paste, dijon, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper.
    4. Roll out dough on a piece of parchment to 1/8 of an inch thick and in an approximate 14″ circle. Trim the edges of the dough with a sharp knife to allow them to puff up.
    5. Spread mascarpone cheese on the rolled out circle, all but the outer 2 inches.
    6. Lay filling and grated gruyere cheese on top of the mascarpone.
    7. Whisk together egg wash.  Brush the outside 2 inches of dough with the wash.
    8. Fold the outer 2 inches of dough in over the filling, overlapping dough every 2-3 inches gently pinching just enough to secure.
    9. Pour the seasoned beaten egg mixture evenly over the filling.
    10. Brush top of the crust with egg wash.
    11. Carefully transfer, lifting the parchment and galette onto the stone, cast iron or baking sheet.  Sliding onto a pizza peel or cutting board can help with the transfer.
    12. Bake 10 minutes then turn oven down to 375 and bake another 25-35 minutes until puffed and the crust is golden.  Cool 20 minutes before cutting.


Freeze rough puff pastry dough up to one month, thawing completely before using.  Letting it sit in the fridge over night works great.

For a better bottom crust, bake on a pre-heated pizza stone or pre-heated cast iron pan.

To garnish with leek rounds; brush thin slices of leeks with oil and sear for about 4-5 minutes on a hot pan.  Gently remove with a metal spatula and arrange on top of baked galette.




Rough Puff Pastry Dough:

  • 1 ¼ cups (6 ¼ oz) all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (2 ¾ oz) rye or wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut and chilled
  • 7 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (white or apple cider)

Leek and Kale Filling

  • 1 bunch kale, about 4 oz, ribboned and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • 3 medium leeks, cleaned and chopped into 1/4 inch half moons
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional can sub miso paste)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup 3-4 oz Comte or Gruyere or Emmental cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
Savory Leek and Kale Galette
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A free-formed tender flakey crust enclosing a luscious melt in your mouth succulent filling. Leeks and kale marry with gruyere and rich mascarpone making the perfect balance of decadent and wholesome!
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 140 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 140 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Savory Leek and Kale Galette
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A free-formed tender flakey crust enclosing a luscious melt in your mouth succulent filling. Leeks and kale marry with gruyere and rich mascarpone making the perfect balance of decadent and wholesome!
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 140 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 140 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
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Crunchy Mandarin Orange-Chicken Salad

Crunchy Mandarin Orange-Chicken Salad

This recipe was semi-inspired by the Chinese Chicken Salad at The Cheesecake Factory. I fell in love with dish in eighth grade—it made me feel grown up and sophisticated. Twenty something years later, I still find the salad delicious. It’s sweet, savory, refreshing, and extremely crunchy. (I’m a huge sucker for iceberg lettuce.)

The History of Chinese Chicken Salad

The exact origin of “Chinese Chicken Salad” is unknown. However, legend has it that it was invented in the 1960s at Madam Wu’s in Los Angeles because Cary Grant requested it. Sunset magazine published a recipe in 1970, and Wolfgang Puck created his own version of it in the 80’s.

The salad itself is much more American than it is Chinese. In her book, The Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey From Beijing To San Francisco, chef Cecilia Chang says, “In China, lettuce was imported and rare and salads were things that were pickled.” Because my recipe is based on a American chains version of a very American dish, I decided to change the name to more accurately describe what it is: a crunchy salad with chicken and mandarin oranges.

The Crunch Factor

Many restaurant versions of the dish, including The Cheesecake Factory use wonton strips and crispy rice noodles. I sub in a block of broken up ramen—the cheap, dried stuff, not the fresh noodles that come refrigerated. Broken up, the crunchy, wavy noodles act as croutons. The almonds can be easily swapped for cashews or roasted peanuts.

The Chicken 

Leftover rotisserie chicken works wonderfully for this recipe, but if you have chicken breasts on hand, follow our easy guide to poaching chicken.

Mandarin Oranges

I’m a sucker for the syrupy sweetness you get from a can of mandarin oranges. But fresh mandarin oranges (aka clementines) will add the perfect pop of brightness to your salad.



YIELDS: 8 SERVINGS              PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 15 MINS             TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 20 MINS





  • 3 c. finely chopped romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • 2 c. shredded red cabbage
  • 2 c. shredded chicken
  • 1/2 c. jarred mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 instant ramen packet, crushed (flavor packet discarded)
  • 1/2 c. shredded carrot
  • 1/3 c. sliced green onions
  • 1/4 c. sliced almonds


  • 3 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil



  1. Make salad: In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, red cabbage, chicken, mandarin oranges, crushed ramen noodles, carrots, green onions, and sliced almonds.
  2. Make dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, honey, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Slowly drizzle in vegetable oil, whisking constantly until emulsified.
  3. Before serving, drizzle dressing over salad and toss to combine.



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Vegetarian Lasagna With Spinach and Broccoli

Vegetarian Lasagna With Spinach and Broccoli

This tasty veggie lasagna will fill you right up.

Your search for an easy vegetarian lasagna stops right here! This particular recipe, which features spinach lasagna with a healthy dose of broccoli, three cheeses, basil, and your favorite red sauce (store-bought or homemade marinara sauce work perfectly!) will make you forget all about meat. We opted for frozen veggies because they are already cooked, but you can load this lasagna with other vegetables, too. Sauté peppers and mushrooms, and then stir into your tomato sauce for an extra boost of nutrients. We also picked Pecorino Romano instead of your classic Parmesan for a sharper flavor (no bland vegetarian recipes, thank you very much!). P.S. If you’re looking for the best meat lasagna, try our favorite lasagna with meat sauce.



YIELDS: 4                      TOTAL TIME: 0 hours 50 mins




1 10-oz package frozen leaf spinach, thawed
1 10-oz package frozen broccoli florets, thawed
1 16-oz container part-skim ricotta
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 c. fresh basil, chopped
6 oz. part-skim mozzarella, grated (about 1 1/2 cups), divided
1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp grated Pecorino Romano cheese, divided
1 1/2 c. marinara sauce
6 no-boil lasagna noodles
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Heat oven to 425°F. Squeeze spinach of excess moisture and pat broccoli as dry as possible. Chop both and place in large bowl. Add ricotta, garlic, basil, 1 cup mozzarella, and ¼ cup pecorino and mix to combine.

Spread ½ cup marinara on bottom of 8-inch square baking dish. Top with 2 noodles. Spread one-third (about ⅓ cup) of remaining sauce over top. Dollop with one-third (about 1 cup) of ricotta mixture. Repeat. Place remaining 2 noodles on top; spread with remaining sauce and dollop with remaining ricotta mixture.

Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup mozzarella and 2 Tbsp pecorino, cover tightly with an oiled piece of foil (to prevent sticking) and bake 15 minutes. Uncover and bake until noodles are tender and top is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.


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