Vegan Recipes: Quick, Budget-Friendly, Great for Weight Loss!

Hey beauties! Today I have some yummy vegan recipes to share with you today! All of these meals were featured in my most recent What I Ate Today video, so feel free to watch along below!

I’ve done many What I Ate Today style videos on my channel over the last year or so, but sometimes you guys have questions about cook time, heat settings, ingredients, and food swaps. While I do my best to answer all your questions in the comments of my videos, not everyone may see those! So I thought a great way to help you guys out would be to make a blog post for every future recipe video, so you can easily see what I’m using, how I’m cooking it, and any other tips I have for the meal!

Before I get on to the recipes, I want to update you guys on where I’ve been, and why I haven’t posted much on here in the last week. In case you don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may not know I was in Cape Cod for a Bachelorette party, and back home in Minnesota briefly before I flew back to LA! I won’t touch too much into it because I have a full post coming about the Cape, but it was ah-mazing. I also hit a huge spark of inspiration while I was traveling, so I’ve been creating and designing behind-the-scenes and will revamp my blog soon! I know I just launched it, but it was never the final look! While I love how my blog is clean and easy to navigate, it’s missing my creative touch! I’m so excited for you guys to see this baby transform!

Lastly, I just want to thank all my newsletter babes, those subscribed to the blog, for all your wonderful feedback from the survey I sent out not too long ago! I have made a comprehensive list of all of your responses, and will be taking your feedback into account when creating content! It’s so helpful to see what you guys like seeing from me, as I want you guys to love what you’re seeing here, and help you in all aspects of our crazy, young-adult lives! I am also so incredibly happy to see you guys are loving my surprise goodies I sent to your inbox! I smile so big whenever you tweet me a photo of your phone background, desktop screensaver, or my printables on your walls! I hope all of you are sticking with your August challenge! Make sure you tweet/instagram me your progress using #BeautiesChallenge! If you missed this month’s goodies, don’t fret! I’ll be sending out new goodies every first of the month, including a new challenge! Make sure to enter your email in the sidebar to the right to make sure you won’t miss out!

Quick Cook Steel Cut Oatmeal
Serves 1
A filling, plant-based breakfast with macronutrients to provide lasting energy!
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
4 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
4 min
  1. 1/2 cup Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats
  2. 1/2 cup Water
  3. 1/4-1/2 cup Almond Milk
  4. 1 tbs Organic Almond Butter
  5. 1 Banana (ripe & spotty recommended)
  6. 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  1. Measure the oats into a microwavable bowl.
  2. Add water and almond milk to oats. You can do just water or almond milk, or mix them like I do! If you go with one or the other, make sure to double the amount! Stir with spoon.
  3. Microwave oats for 1 min. Take out, stir, let liquid absorb for another 30 seconds.
  4. Chop up banana and stir into bowl of oats.
  5. Microwave for another 1-2 min.
  6. Once done, add almond butter and cinnamon. Yum!
  1. Tip: I enjoy my oatmeal more on the dryer side. If you prefer more liquidy, you can always add more water or almond milk!
Caitlin Bea

Along with my morning oats, I enjoy a cup of coffee! I know a lot of vegans do not consume caffeine, as carbohydrates are often their main energy source, but I truly love the taste. I don’t have one every morning, but I’m not against it by any means. My current way to enjoy my cup o’ joe is below:

A cup of coffee with the ability to regulate your hormones and improve brain function? Yes, please!
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  1. Organic Coffee Beans (quantity varies)
  2. Water (quantity varies)
  3. 1 tsp Organic Maca Powder
  4. Barista Blend Almond Milk
  1. Make your coffee following the instructions on the bag. This will vary depending on how much you make, hence why there is no quantity listed! Fill coffee maker with water and brew away!
  2. Pour cup of coffee.
  3. Add maca powder and stir thoroughly.
  4. Optional: Add a splash of almond milk or plant-based creamer if desired. I prefer my coffee black, but sometimes it's fun to switch it up!
  1. Tip: While maca is considered safe for most, please consult your doctor before consuming if you suffer from thyroid issues, are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Caitlin Bea

After posting this video, a lot of you asked me about what the heck maca powder is and why I consume it! I will definitely explain this more thoroughly in an upcoming video, but maca powder has a range of health benefits! I started integrating the powder in my daily routine due to the hormone regulating effects, as I recently have been suffering from acne, especially PMS! It’s super easy to incorporate into oatmeal, smoothies, coffee, or sprinkled in your meals!

I also try to get in a big glass of lemon water in the morning! 

Healthy Vegan Oil-Free Stir Fry
Serves 1
An easy to make, quick lunch favorite of mine!
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
18 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
18 min
  1. 1 package Trader Joe's Frozen Brown Rice
  2. Trader Joe's Frozen Multigrain with Vegetable Blend
  3. Trader Joe's Frozen Roasted Corn
  4. 1 Zucchini
  5. 1/4 White Onion (chopped/diced)
  6. Green Onion (topping)
  7. 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  8. 1/3 can Organic Black Beans (rinsed, drained)
  9. Nutritional Yeast (amount differs)
Suggested Sauces
  1. Trader Joe's Island Soyaki
  2. Sriracha
  3. Organic Dijon Mustard
  1. Add onion and minced garlic to a medium non-stick pan over medium heat. Cook for 1-2 min.
  2. Add zucchini, roasted corn, and multigrain/vegetable blend. Add as much corn and multigrain blend as you desire! Cook for a few min.
  3. Add a splash of Island soyaki sauce and stir. Add any other seasonings at this point as well (I love smoked paprika, onion/garlic powder) Cook for another minute.
  4. Add drained/rinsed black beans to pan.
  5. At this time, microwave the rice according to directions. If using the Trader Joe's brand, cut 1/4 in. slit and cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Add rice to the pan. Amount will differ depending on how much you are making. If you want leftovers, I suggest the whole package.
  7. Add sauces! I love organic dijon mustard and Sriracha!
  8. Sprinkle nutritional yeast over stir fry! Amount depends on how much you made.
  9. Serve in bowl! Top with chopped green onion, sriracha, and salt if desired.
  1. Tip: I try to not cook with oils, but if you do, you can add a little in the beginning with the onion and garlic. If you find your veggies are sticking to the pan, keep water on hand and add a splash whenever you desire!
  2. Tip: If you can't get your hands on these Trader Joe's items, you can substitute any soy or teriyaki sauce for Island Soyaki, any frozen or canned corn, any kind of rice you like, and omit the multigrain/vegetable blend! You can add as much variety of vegetables you want, get creative with it!
Caitlin Bea

I absolutely love making this lunch! In fact, I probably make a version of it 3x/week! I switch up the veggies depending on what I have on hand and what’s in season, but it is so delicious and satisfying! When going plant-based, you have to shift your mindset a bit to not worry about portion-control. Vegetables are so low-cal, you’d have to eat a ton of them to equal the calories of meat, oil, or dairy. This is all about caloric-density, which I want to talk more about in a video soon! It changed my life guys! To put it more visually, I love this graphic provided by! If you haven’t seen this documentary, add it to your list!

For dinner, Alex and I love to get creative and try new recipes all the time! As fun as it is to go out to dinner in LA (I mean, the options are endless!) it gets really pricey, really quickly. Ratatouille is a delicious meal that is honestly so inexpensive to make! It’s all vegetables, so you can buy a lot for a really good price!  In fact, ratatouille was initially known as the poor man’s dish! How true for college students?! Only kidding…kind of.

Obviously we did not create this recipe, so we scoured the internet for ratatouille recipes! We’ve made a few different ones over the years, and improvise it now to our liking, and to keep it exciting! You can find some yummy versions here, here, or here! As with any recipe, feel free to switch it up to your liking! If you prefer to cut it in medallions versus chopped, do it! Don’t like eggplant? Use more zucchini instead! You can always make it your own! Ideally I would omit the oil, as I stay away from it whenever possible, but this recipe would be rather dry without it. I can live a little sometimes, okay?!

That’s about it for my first accompanied post to my What I Ate Today video! I hope this is helpful for you guys who need a little more info, or like to save the recipes for later! I’ll make sure to take some photos of the meals next time around! Let me know what meals you want me to make next, or your go-to recipes, in the comments below!

Let’s socialize! Instagram: @caitlinbea / Twitter: @itscaitlinbea / Snapchat: @caitbea





  1. Michelle
    08/11/2017 / 12:04 am

    I made the ratatouille tonight for dinner tonight after watching this video last night and it is absolutely amazing! It’s so tasty and filling and made my house smell delicious! So glad you posted this recipe and I definitely want to try the stir fry soon!

    • caitlin bea
      08/11/2017 / 6:27 pm

      Hey Michelle! Thanks SO much for your feedback! I’m so happy you tried it out already and loved it! I agree, it’s super filling and so delicious! Can’t wait for you to try the stir fry, it’s one of my staples! xx

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    Can’t wait to try the ratatouille, looks so yum! Just wanted to say that I discovered veganism by watching your channel during the eco emi days(wow so long ago😭) and it has changed my life in so many amazing ways! Love your channel and can’t wait to see what’s in store with the blog!💕

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  3. Mekenna
    08/14/2017 / 11:28 pm

    I picked up some ingredients at Trader Joe’s today! Can’t wait to start making LOTS of food. I love the idea of not having to worry about portion control. Thanks, Caitlin!

  4. Justyna
    08/22/2017 / 1:08 pm

    I love the lunch stir fry! I switched the sauce to a different one because I’m allergic to pineapple but it still tastes delicious!! I’ll def. be making this again! I always find it hard to find good vegan receipts eapecially with out apple/pineapple. Thanks for sharing! I hope you share more 🙂

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    Thank you for leaving the note about the maca powder! I’m breastfeeding so I’ll have to see if I can eat it, but I hope I can! I’ve been doing my own variation of the oatmeal (old fashioned oats, almond milk, banana, almond butter, and agave nectar) for a week or so now and I LOVEEEE it!! I’m not vegan but I love your food ideas! ❤️

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