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Create a nutritious vegetarian meal with our simple, budget-friendly recipes. These cheap, filling dinner ideas are easy to make and packed full of veg.

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Many of us are having to think extra carefully about how to get the most out of our shopping and fuel budgets. Smart planning and cooking will help you make nutritious meals that taste great.We calculate a budget meal at a cost of £1.50 or less per serving for ingredients used, 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.


Embrace the storecupboard, celebrate tinned treats and make the most of fresh veg with our easy pocket-friendly veggie meals. Discover how to turn a can of chickpeas, a roll of puff pastry or a bunch of broccoli into a stunning supper in just a few simple steps. Treat yourself to a warming curry, a hearty soup or a cheesy cottage pie that won't break the bank.

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1. Paneer stuffed pancakes

Pancake topped with paneer and yoghurt

We dream of having pancakes for dinner. Our paneer-stuffed pancakes make a simple 20-minute meal for two, topped with cooling coconut yogurt and a dollop of sweet mango chutney. You're likely to have most of the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard so no need for a last-minute supermarket dash. Chickpeas and paneer are a match made in heaven!

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2. Green pesto minestrone

Green pesto minestrone in a bowl topped with parmesan

Go green with our healthy pesto minestrone. A generous grating of cheese balances out the punchy citrus flavour in this fresh veggie supper. We recommend serving with fluffy garlic flatbreads for an easy autumnal treat. If you're bored of standard soup flavours like tomato or carrot and coriander, try mixing it up with a dash of pesto and filling orzo.

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3. Winter greens puff pie

Vegetable pie

When cold nights set in, our winter greens puff pie is the perfect antidote to the chills. The luxurious mascarpone filling and simple crisp pastry lid look impressive but don't take hours to make. Serve a slice alongside tatties of your choice – creamy mash or golden roasties – and a spear or two of broccoli for a hug on a plate.

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4. Long-stemmed broccoli bake

Dish of tenderstem broccoli and cheese

Whoever said broccoli is boring clearly hasn't experienced our long-stemmed broccoli bake. Get your greens with our luxurious cheesy bake for two. This is comfort food at its simplest. Make sure you have chunks of crusty bread for mopping up the moreish sauce or you'll regret it.

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5. Spring green fried rice & eggs

Fried rice with greens in a bowl topped with a fried egg

Everything is better topped with a fried egg, including a bowlful of spring green fried rice. Fried rice is a fantastic and versatile dish – throw in any veggies languishing in the fridge and dish up in just 20 minutes. Use a pouch of ready-cooked rice for a quick cooking hack and be sure to season with plenty of soy sauce.

6. Halloumi flatbreads

Flatbreads topped with halloumi and veg

Say hello to your new favourite supper in the form of our easy halloumi flatbreads with a crunchy slaw and generous slathering of hummus. Crispy, golden slabs of cheese on a bed of creamy hummus make for an instant win in our book. Kids and adults alike will love this delicious DIY dinner.

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7. Courgette & caramelised red onion tart

Pastry topped with courgette and caramelised onion

Serve up a taste of summer with our vibrant veggie courgette & caramelised red onion tart. Turn a boring block of puff pastry into a filling family supper with sweet and sharp caramelised red onions, ribbons of courgette and creamy goat's cheese. We can't resist sticky balsamic onions paired with blobs of tangy cheese. Serve with a simple green salad.

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8. Roasted aubergine & tomato curry

Aubergine and tomato curry on a plate next to rice

Sometimes, only a curry will do. Our roasted aubergine & tomato curry is an ideal family midweek fix and can be prepped in just 15 minutes. This rich curry is vegan-friendly, too, so it's great for feeding everyone. Serve up spoonfuls with fluffy basmati rice or warm chapatis. Freeze any extra portions for a quick, low-cost meal.

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9. Italian shepherd's pie

Vegetable pie topped with mashed potatoes

There's nothing like a warming cottage pie topped with creamy mashed potato when the nights start to draw in. Our hearty Italian veggie cottage pie is a twist on an English classic and is packed with nutritious ingredients. This cheesy, golden-brown masterpiece is perfect for feeding a crowd and you can throw in any veggies you prefer.

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10. Satay noodle soup

Bowl of noodles with pickled ginger and other veg

Need speedy veggie comfort food in a flash? Whip up our easy budget-friendly satay noodle soup with just a handful of storecupboard ingredients. Create a moreish sweet and savoury sauce with a spoonful of peanut butter, a dash of soy sauce and rich creamed coconut. Add some ribbons of carrot and crunchy spring onions for a colourful bowlful of goodness.

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