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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Strawberry-Rhubarb Buckle

Strawberry-Rhubarb Buckle

Prep: 20 mins    Cook: 40 mins    Total: 1 hr     Servings: 8     Yield: 8 servings


Growing up in Wisconsin, we had a patch of rhubarb growing in our backyard, and I loved all of the delicious desserts my Mom would make when it was in season. This recipe is my spin on her strawberry-rhubarb cake. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of sweetened whipped cream, if desired.



Strawberry-Rhubarb Filling:
Cake Batter:



Instructions Checklist
  • Combine rhubarb, strawberries, 1/2 cup sugar, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of water in a saucepan. Cook, covered, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until mixture begins to boil, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low.

  • In a small bowl, stir together remaining 2 tablespoons of water with cornstarch until cornstarch is dissolved. Add mixture to the saucepan and continue cooking fruit until mixture begins to thicken, about 2 minutes. Remove from stove and set aside to cool.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9-inch deep dish pie pan with non-stick cooking spray, and place on a baking sheet.

  • Beat 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of sugar with an electric mixer in a bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, and yogurt. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix until just combined. Spread 2/3 of the batter into the prepared pan. Pour strawberry-rhubarb filling on top of the batter. Spread remaining 1/3 of the batter in small mounds atop the filling. Set aside.

  • Combine brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour, and 2 tablespoons of butter in a small bowl. Mix using a fork, a pastry blender, or your hands, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle on top of the batter and filling.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cake topping is nicely browned, about 35 minutes.



Nutrition Facts

386 calories; protein 5g; carbohydrates 57.4g; fat 15.7g; cholesterol 62.3mg; sodium 379.7mg.
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Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary

Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary


We used the Breville Boss To Go blender to make this marinade.

Combine all marinade ingredients into the Breville Boss to Go Blender. Pulse for 5 – 10 seconds until smooth (makes 1 cup)

Tips & Hints:

To freeze the marinade: Pour into a small snap lock bag. Seal. Gently flatten bag and label. Freeze (flat) on a freezer shelf. Use within 1 month.



  1. Season lamb. Place lamb into a large snap – lock bag. Add marinade. Seal bag
  2. Massage lamb to coat evenly with marinade. Marinate in the fridge for 4 hours, or overnight if the time permits
  3. Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan forced. Place lamb and marinade into a baking dish. Pour 1 cup water into dish. Cover with a sheet baking paper and then cover pan with foil. Bake for 2 hours
  4. Uncover lamb. Add an additional 1 cup water to pan. Reduce heat to 160°C/140°C fan forced
  5. Bake uncovered for a further 2 hours or until lamb is very tender and falls off the bone. Remove from oven
  6. Shred and slice lamb. Serve with roasted vegetables and green beans


Lemon, Garlic & Rosemary marinade

6 garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice

Slow-roasted lamb shoulder

1 x 2kg lamb shoulder (bone in)
1 quantity of Lemon, Garlic & Rosemary marinade
Roasted vegetables and green beans to serve


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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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Roast sea bream with fennel, sourdough and preserved lemons

Roast sea bream with fennel, sourdough and preserved lemons

SERVES  2                    HANDS-ON TIME 10 MIN, OVEN TIME 35 MIN


Enjoy the classic fresh flavours of this quick and easy sea bream recipe for two with a crisp glass of white wine – it’s a great dish for Friday night as there’s minimal washing up involved.

Alternatively, this Friday fish supper for two will bring the restaurant experience to your dinner table and is indulgent and sophisticated enough for date night.



             CALORIES    788KCALS
                         FAT    40.5G (4.1G SATURATED)
                PROTEIN    74.5G
                      FIBRE   6.7G
                       SALT    3.8G



1 large fennel bulb, sliced (fronds reserved)
4 tbsp olive oil
2 x 450g sustainable sea bream or other round fish such as sea bass, gutted and scaled (see tip)
6 bay leaves
1 large slice sourdough bread, cut into chunks
2 preserved lemons (see Know-how), pith discarded, peel finely sliced, plus 1 tbsp brine
100ml Noilly Prat or other white vermouth
Handful chopped fresh parsley
½ bunch fresh dill, chopped
100g pitted large green olives, roughly sliced (such as halkidiki)
Juice ½ lemon



1. Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. Arrange the fennel slices in a shallow roasting tin or dish big enough to hold the fish. Drizzle with 1 tbsp of the oil, season with salt and pepper, then roast for 15 minutes until starting to soften.

2. Slash one side of each fish 3 times with a sharp knife, then tuck a bay leaf into each slash. Remove the fennel from the oven and scatter the sourdough over it. Sit the fish on top, slashed-side up, then sprinkle with the sliced preserved lemons. Drizzle the fish with the brine, 2 tbsp of the olive oil and the vermouth, then season with black pepper only (the brine and lemons are salty).Return the dish/tin to the oven and roast for 20 minutes or until the flesh is opaque and comes away easily from the bones when you test the fish with the point of a knife.

3. Meanwhile, mix the reserved fennel fronds, parsley and dill with the sliced olives, remaining olive oil and the lemon juice. Spoon the herb/olive mix over the fish and serve with buttered potatoes or more sourdough.


delicious. tips

Use the best fish available from your fishmonger on the day. Currently the Marine Conservation Society suggests good quality farmed sea bream are the most sustainable choice.

Preserved lemons have been pickled in brine and add a citrussy boost to dishes. You’ll find them in delis and large supermarkets.



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