Every New Year, I spend some time reviewing my budget from the previous year and generally making some resolutions about food: cook at home more so that I can eat out less, waste less food with better meal planning and consume more vegetable and whole-grain rich foods.

The problem is that without a good plan or source of recipes, plans like this tend to fail. So I’m excited that I received some resources this Christmas to help keep these plans on track, like a cookbook with healthy budget-friendly recipes. I still tend to always significantly alter recipes according to my taste preferences and the items I know I keep on hand, so this recipe was loosely based on one I found in my new cookbook.

There’s so many things to love about this budget vegan recipe. It’s easy to make and shouldn’t take you more than 20-30 minutes to cook, it’s rich in vegetables and whole grains, low in fat and shouldn’t cost more than $3 per serving. It should serve between 6-8 people depending on what else you serve alongside it and of course, how hungry everyone is. This meal is a winner in my book, so I hope you enjoy it as you welcome the year 2014!

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20 Minute Vegan Sauteed Vegetables Over Whole Grain Pasta

  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 cups canned bruschetta or diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can cooked cannellini beans)
  • For garnish: fresh herbs, freshly cracked black pepper, parmesan cheese
  • 1 16-oz package whole grain penne pasta


  1. Mince garlic and dice onion, pepper and zucchini.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  3. In a medium saute pan, heat oil and add garlic, onion and pepper. Saute over medium heat, stirring occasionally until onions are tender, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add zucchini and cook until tender.
  5. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  6. Add salt, thyme, and tomatoes and cook over medium heat just until it starts to bubble, add beans and heat one minute longer. Remove from heat after one minute.
  7. Serve over pasta. If you have additional leftovers, vegetable stock can be added to the vegetable mixture to make a delicious vegan soup.

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