Rethink how you shop for food
Many staples of a vegan diet like grains, beans, and nuts are cheap, and they usually store well if you buy them in bulk. Bechter also suggests you join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture); shop at farmers’ markets an hour before closing for discounts; and visit vegancuts.com for daily deals and discounts on vegan food and lifestyle products. You can also find more grocery shopping tips in the book Eat Vegan on $4 a Day by Ellen Jaffe Jones or at the site Plant-Based on a Budget. These are the 10 best vegan foods to stock up on at Costco.
You can still eat out
Even fast-food places are starting to offer vegan options on their menus. Chipotle serves Sofritas, a shredded, organic tofu cooked with chipotle chiles and roasted poblanos. Tropical Smoothie Cafe will substitute plant-based protein Beyond Meat (which shreds up like cooked chicken) in all salads and sandwiches at no extra cost. You can find other choices on this comprehensive list from PETA.
Try more ethnic foods
Whether you’re eating out or cooking at home, be adventurous. Moran says, “Asian cuisines have tantalizing plant-based options originating from the spread of Buddhism.” She also likes Italian pastas; Ethiopian lentil stews; satisfying and spicy Indian curries; and Mexican veggie tacos, fajitas or burritos (“just hold the cheese”). Check out the reason vegans are using jackfruit as a meat replacement.