I always feel completely baffled when I'm asked how to make cheap vegetarian meals. Why, you might ask, does this question baffle me? Well you see, the staples of a vegetarian diet are, by their very nature, cheap. Think about it, legumes, beans, rice, grains, pasta, vegetables and eggs, all of which are really inexpensive.
Why then, do people hunt for cheap vegetarian meals, if they have the herbs, spices, beans, grains etc, practically all the meals they put together will be cheap. Ahh, they haven't invested in the essentials! So many people who wish to learn how to create cheap vegetarian meals have not thought about the fact that the vegetarian pantry needs to contain a few items in order to transform the "cheap" foodstuffs into some great tasting dishes. Another issue which crops up again and again with those people who have recently become vegetarian, is that they feel they need to replace meat with "fake" meat products such as Quorn, artificial bacon or meat free convenience foods. I'm not suggesting for one moment that you shouldn't eat these products, but they are expensive, and in terms of the convenience foods really aren't that nutritious at all.