23 Vegan Foods That Are Cheaper Than Animal-Based Ones
Looking to save money during lockdown and beyond? Going vegan can be a great move for your bank balance. Plant-based staples like bread, pasta, rice, oats, couscous, fruit, and vegetables are affordable and super-healthy. And the cost of vegan meat, cheese, and egg alternatives keeps on dropping. Check out our guide to the top plant-based supermarket savings:
Acti Leaf Unsweetened Soya Drink, 59p (59p/litre)
Cowbelle Semi-Skimmed Milk, 80p (70p/litre)
You’re not still drinking milk from another animal, are you? Soya milk tastes great and can be used in tea, on cereal, or in cooking or drunk straight from a glass.
Sweet Harvest Red Kidney Beans, 39p (98p/kg)
Ashfield Farm Lean Beef Mince, £4.99 (£4.99/kg)
Kidney beans are versatile, healthy, and packed with protein – perfect in a warming chilli.
ASDA Olive Spread, 90p (£1.80/kg)
Clover Spread, £1.80 (£3.60/kg)
Cows would thank you for choosing dairy-free spread. Enjoy it smothered on crumpets, or use it in baking.
Squeaky Bean Fishless Fingers, £2.50 (£11.57/kg)
Birds Eye Cod Fish Fingers, £3.41 (£12.18/kg)
If you’re avoiding plastic straws to save turtles, take the next step to protect all the inhabitants of our oceans: ditch fish and go for fishless fingers.
ASDA Plant Based Meat-Free Mince, £1.75 (£3.85/kg)
ASDA Beef Mince, £2.50 (£6.25/kg)
Don’t have a cow. Vegan mince is so versatile – it’s excellent in spaghetti bolognaise, lasagne, pies, and samosas.
ASDA Good & Balanced Green Lentils, £1.15 (£2.30/kg)
ASDA Butcher’s Selection Lean Pork Mince, £3 (£6/kg)
Tiny but mighty, lentils are rich in iron and protein and are easy to cook. Try them in homemade plant-based meatballs or burgers.
Co-op Fairtrade Bananas Pack, £1
Co-op British 6 Large Free Range Eggs, £1.30
Most hens in the egg industry are kept in cramped, filthy conditions and considered to be “spent” at just 1 year old – and that’s when many are killed to go into pies and pet food. Replace eggs with mashed banana in your baking to say no to cruelty.
GRO The Sausage Roll, £0.85 (£6.66/kg)
Ginsters Large Sausage Roll, £1.20 (£9.23/kg)
All iconic sausage rolls are vegan. Full stop. The Co-op has made its GRO vegan range cheaper so that it doesn’t cost more than meat equivalents, a great move that will help even more people buy vegan.
Chicago Town Takeaway Vegan Medium Stuffed Sticky BBQ Jackfruit Pizza, £3 (£6.12/kg)
Chicago Town Tiger Crust Double Pepperoni, £2.50 (£7.46/kg)
Choosing meals with vegan meat alternatives like jackfruit instead of animal flesh is always better for animals, your health, and our planet.
No Bull Cottage Pie, £2 (£5/kg)
Iceland Luxury Slow Cooked Cottage Pie, £2.69 (£5.98/kg)
Did you know that animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions than all cars, planes, ships, and trains combined? Feel good about minimising your carbon footprint every time you choose a plant-based meal.
Sainsbury’s Deliciously Free From Garlic & Herb Coconut-Based Alternative to Soft Cheese, £1.80 (£10.60/kg)
Boursin Garlic & Herbs £2.40 (£16/kg)
Reduce your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer by putting dairy-free cream cheese on your crackers.
Cauldron Organic Tofu, £2 (£5.05/kg)
Sainsbury’s Diced Chicken Breasts, £2.40 (£5.85/kg)
Marinate tofu in spices for an hour before cooking to make a delicious curry. Unlike chicken flesh, which may be contaminated with campylobacter and can make you unwell, there’s minimal risk of food poisoning with tofu.
Alpro Yogurt Alternative – Strawberry & Banana and Peach & Pear, £1.90 (£3.80/kg)
Activia No Added Sugar 0% Fat Peach Yogurt
Top your dairy-free yogurt with fresh berries, agave nectar, or granola to make a perfect breakfast for which no calves had to suffer.
Plant Pioneers Meat Free Mince, £1.75 (£3.50/kg)
Sainsbury’s Lamb Mince, £5.25 (£10.50/kg)
Many playful, sensitive lambs are killed for their flesh at just 10 weeks of age. Try vegan mince instead – it makes a gorgeous shepherd’s pie.
Sainsbury’s Chickpeas, £1.15 (£2.30/kg)
Sainsbury’s Battered Chicken Breast Chunks, £3 (£8.57/kg)
Use chickpeas in a Caesar salad (instead of chunks of birds’ flesh), to make falafel or hummus, or to bulk out a curry – the possibilities are endless.
Tesco Plant Chef Cumberland Style Bangers, £2.20 (£6.29/kg)
Tesco Finest Cumberland Pork Sausages, £2.75 (£6.88/kg)
Pigs have been known to outperform dogs in learning tests, but on UK farms, they are denied everything that’s natural and important to them and endure the frustration of extreme confinement. Go for vegan bangers for a perfect sausage butty.
The Tofoo Co Smoked Organic Tofu, £2.50 (£11.20/kg)
Tesco Ready to Eat Flamegrilled Chicken Chunks, £2.50 (£13.90/kg)
Did you know that chickens raised on farms are often crammed into sheds so tightly that they’re caked with faeces? You wouldn’t want any of that on your plate, would you? Opt for tofu in curries, stir fries, and salads as a cleaner and leaner option.
Tesco Plant Chef Vegan Mayonnaise, £1.25 (£4.60/kg)
Hellmann’s Light Mayonnaise, £1.50 (£6/litre)
This vegan mayo is absolutely delicious on salad or with chips, and choosing it helps spare male baby chicks slaughter in the cruel egg industry.
Tesco Free From Basil Pesto, £1.50 (£7.90/kg)
Saclà Classic Basil Pesto, £2.50 (£13.20/kg)
Here’s an Italian classic minus the cruelty of dairy cheese.
Tesco Plant Chef Mushroom Stroganoff, £2.50 (£6.25/kg)
Tesco Finest Beef Stroganoff with Rice, £3.50 (£7.78/kg)
Have you watched The Game Changers yet? Eating just two servings of meat a week increases your risk of suffering from heart disease. Protect your health by choosing a stroganoff made with mushrooms instead of beef.
Oatly Strawberry Ice Cream, £4.50 (£9/litre)
Häagen-Dazs Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, £4.80 (£10.50/litre)
Ice cream made of cows’ udder secretions or ice cream made of oats? The choice is yours.
Vivera Plant Steak, £3.09 (£15.45/kg)
Waitrose Aberdeen Angus Beef Rump Steak, £4 (£20/kg)
This plant-based steak proves that going vegan doesn’t mean going without.
Waitrose Vegan Spanish Style Whirls, £2.99 (£9.97/kg)
Waitrose Chorizo Ring, £3.39 (£14.20/kg)
The World Health Organization states that the consumption of red or processed meats such as chorizo causes cancer. Perfect for your barbecue, these whirls offer tons of flavour with zero cruelty to animals.
Disclaimer: The prices stated above are those displayed by the retailers on their websites at the time of writing.
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The meat, fishing, egg, and dairy industries are a nightmare for animals, who are treated like a collection of body parts rather than the sentient individuals they are. With so many tasty, affordable, and healthy plant-based options available, going vegan is now easier than ever. Take our 30-day vegan pledge to get vegan recipes and more tips from PETA.