How To Make A Week’s Worth of Vegan Lunches for $15 at Trader Joe’s

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A lot of college kids spend the majority of their money on food. Unfortunately, if you’re living the life of a broke college student, it’s hard to find food that won’t break the bank. Nowadays, it seems that you can’t enter any food establishment without spending at least $10 (unless of course you opt for the always faithful pizza and bagels).

 

Whether you follow the vegan diet or are just sick of spending all your money on food, these recipes are perfect for you. With only $15, you can make an entire week of delicious vegan lunches, all of which take less than 10 minutes to prepare. If that isn’t reason enough, then the fact that you will have a week of healthy and protein-filled vegan meals PLUS leftovers, should be.

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Here’s your shopping list:

  • Black Beans ($0.89)
  • Chickpeas ($0.79)
  • White Beans ($0.89)
  • 2 Avocados ($1.98)
  • Cucumber ($1.29)
  • Spinach ($1.99)
  • Bread ($2.49)
  • Onion ($.69)
  • Pepper ($.99)
  • Rice ($1.69)
  • Tomato ($0.79)

For a total of 14.48, assuming that you already have olive oil, salt and pepper.

Now embrace yourself for a week of tasty and cheap meals.

Monday: Open-faced Homemade Hummus and Veggie Sandwich

Ingredients
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 cucumber slices
  • 1/4 red pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced
  • Prep Time: <10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: <10 minutes
  • Servings: 1
  • EASY

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STEP 1

Place chickpeas, olive oil, and garlic into food processor. Pulse until smooth.

STEP 2

Toast slices of bread, then spread hummus on top.

STEP 3

Top with cucumber, red pepper, avocado or any other veggies you want.

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STEP 4

Enjoy!

Tuesday: Black Bean and Chickpea Salad

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tomato, cubed
  • 1/4 avocado, cubed
  • 1/4 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Prep Time: <10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: <10 minutes
  • Servings: 2
  • EASY

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STEP 1

Place all ingredients into a bowl.

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STEP 2

Mix together and enjoy.

Wednesday: Black Bean and Brown Rice Bowl

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • cup Brown rice, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 red pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 onion, sliced
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 1
  • EASY

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STEP 1

Cook brown rice.

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STEP 2

Saute sliced pepper and onion in a pan with olive oil.

STEP 3

Place all ingredients into a bowl and enjoy.

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Thursday: Smashed White Bean Sandwich

Ingredients
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1/2 cup white beans
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 8 cucumber slices
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • Prep Time: <10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: <10 minutes
  • Servings: 1
  • EASY

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STEP 1

Toast slices of bread.

STEP 2

Smash white beans onto one slice and avocado onto the other

STEP 3

Top one side with spinach and avocado.

STEP 4

Place other piece on top.

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STEP 5

Slice and enjoy!

Friday: White Bean Salad

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup white beans
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 red pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 tomato, cubed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Prep Time: <10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: <10 minutes
  • Servings: 1-2
  • EASY

Photo by Sasha Kran

STEP 1

Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix together.

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STEP 2

Enjoy!

Saturday: Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich

Ingredients
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • 10 cucumber slices
  • Prep Time: <10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: <10 minutes
  • Servings: 1
  • EASY

Photo by Sasha Kran

STEP 1

Toast slices of bread.

STEP 2

Smash together chickpeas and avocado in a bowl.

STEP 3

Spread across bread.

STEP 4

Add on cucumber and any other desired veggies.

STEP 5

Slice and enjoy.

Sunday: Avocado Toast

Ingredients
  • 1-2 slices of bread
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Olive oil, drizzled
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Prep Time: <5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: <5 minutes
  • Servings: 1
  • EASY

Photo by Rachel Piorko

STEP 1

Toast bread.

STEP 2

Place mashed avocado with salt and pepper onto bread.

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STEP 3

Feel free to add extra toppings, and enjoy!

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