Cheap and healthy vegetarian recipes 

Hello Dear Reader,

There are days when opening and warming up a tin of beans would require me to invoke the spirit of Keigh Floyd and days when I just love cooking for the week ahead. Today was the latter.

Lunch was avocado on rye bread with tomatoes and a poached egg and it was delicious. Well, if you buy ripe ready to eat avocados, they need to be eaten. It was drizzled with balsamic glaze, i used 50ml Lidl’s balsamic vinegar and a heaped teaspoon of soft brown sugar I had leftover from Christmas cake and popped it in the microwave in a plastic jug on high heat for two minutes. It reduces it and makes it sticky. Try it on just about anything.

I then made some mini savoury muffins. I sprayed the muffin tin with oil and heated the oven to 180, well I think 180 as I’ve cleaned the numbers off. I then chopped and dry fried (for the sake of my health, not my taste buds) chopped onion, courgette and mushrooms. In a bowl, I beat three eggs, half a cup of milk, a heaped dessert spoon of corn flour, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, 2 leftover slices of ham (not vegetarian but you can leave this out) and 20g of finely grated Parmesan and a handful of baby spinach leaves. I combined everything and added it all to the muffin tins and cooked it for fifteen minutes. I left them to cool and will freeze them when they are entirely cool. They will defrost in thirty minutes and reheat in a hot oven in five minutes.

Next, I made quinoa, spinach and cauliflower burgers.


1/2 head of cauliflower- rice in the food processor 

Handful of spinach finely chopped, I used half a bag of baby spinach.

Onion finely chopped

1 cup of quinoa, washed and then cooked in two cups of water for 15 minutes.

2 garlic cloves, finely grated.

20g grated Parmesan 

2 heaped dessertspoons of gluten free flour,

3 beaten eggs.

Combine the lot, leave to stand for fifteen minutes. 

Soup – a real favourite for us, sweet potato and lentil with a hint of spice.


1 large onion, 1 tablespoon of oil and gently fry


1 peeled and chopped sweet potato 

1 cup of lentils

1 chopped red chilli

1 tin of tomatoes

1.5 litres of vegetable stock

Simmer for twenty minutes. 

I blend mine. It’s really thick and substantial. 

I then divide it up into old marg tubs, each pot is enough for two of us. We just have a small bowl as part of a meal. 

Back to my burgers. Firstly, I heated the oven to 200 degrees and oiled a baking tray. 

I used my cookie cutter and spooned the mixture in, lifted it off and there were my burgers. 

I made ten burgers. We’ll eat two each per meal. I cooked them for thirty minutes and checked them every fifteen minutes.

They are really chunky and tasty. I bagged some and froze them. 

Here they are up close.

Butter bean dip goes really well with any sort of veggie burgers.

Here’s my recipe

1 tin of butter beans

Zest and juice of one lemon

Good pinch of chilli flakes of chilli powder

2 cloves of garlic – very finely chopped

1/4 cups water/ 50ml 

Small handful of coriander finely chopped.

I blended it with my hand stick.

Here’s the result. A fresh and zesty dip, veggie burgers and we had ours with shredded buttery greens. It’s a really tasty supper and really fresh and healthy.

We are not vegetarians but eat meatless meals throughout the week. It stretches our budget and helps us to eat healthily. 

I’ve got some more lovely veggie recipes this week.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxx 


21 thoughts on “Cheap and healthy vegetarian recipes 

  1. Those dishes look lovely! We also try to do vegetarian at least twice a week, if possible. More, if I can. I didn’t grow up eating much meat, so I do not feel deprived in any way, additionally, I have always loved beans, lentils, barley etc.


  2. I thought i struggled with my daughter being vegetarian and then she turned vegan.

    Now I truly struggle as even honey is off the list! Thanks for sharing.


  3. Hello
    I’ve been following you for ages, but not brave enough to comment! When I need keeping on the straight and narrow, it’s your website and advice I turn to. I have now added a savings jar where I put any cash saved on food each week; there’s just £20 in it this week, but it’s a start.
    What I really wanted to say is that I think your food is amazing. I’m sure you said in an earlier post that you’re not a “foodie”, but your food ideas are excellent. I’m a big fan of veggie food, fish and soups. Slow cooker and pressure cooker are becoming vital pieces of equipment in my kitchen, and my trusty stick blender, of course.

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  4. Awesome recipes!
    I found an old commercial vita mixer that still works really well and I make soups by putting either sweet potato or some kind of squash for the texture then just about any other veggies and greens I have, garlic ginger and pepper. I then add boiling water and blend making sure the top is on tight. I am really amazed at how good this soup is and so easy! Vita mixers are great money savers because you can use up all your vegetables and make a really healthy soup every day. They are expensive new but you can get them used at a reasonable price. They last for a long time, I think the one I found must be 20 years old and still going strong!

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  5. Hey Froogs! I’m new to your site and to blogging myself and after looking through some of your old posts and reading about your plans I can’t get over how similar we are! Your blog is awesome and it’s going to take me a while but I’ll enjoy reading it, particularly all the recipes. Just wanted to reach out and say hi 🙂


  6. You have been busy! The burgers look really good and I am going to reach for the quinoa jar at the back of the cupboard this week and have a go. Actually, all that food looks lovely.


  7. Glorious recipes. Perfect for me as I am a veggie. I love the burgers. They look delicious. Not keen on meat and never have been. Will however eat meat if I am a visitor and it has been cooked for me. Always clear my plate just like when I was a child. Waste not want not. xx


  8. Hi,Those burgers look delicious!Love seeing all these Vegetarian recipes on your Blog this month,usually I just omit the meat from any of your recipes that I fancy,so these are a real treat!Have you ever thought about writing a cookbook featuring all your lovely Frugal recipes at all ?Love your Blog 🙂
    Jenna xxx


    • Really good idea, I would definitely buy 6 copies of it, at least. Would make a really good gift for family members especially the younger ones. What do you think Froogs? Crowdfunding? I would contribute for sure.

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