QUICK, LOW-BUDGET VEGAN MEAL: Oil-free Black Bean Chili Salad and Avocado Kale Smoothie

Avocado Kale Smoothie


Did you know that avocados have more potassium than bananas? It is also a good source vitamin K and unsaturated (healthy) fats, and it is a great fruit because of its low sugar levels.


  • 1 pitted avocado
  • 1 cup of vanilla almond milk
  • Handful of kale
  • Ice


Blend all of the listed ingredients together, and drink. Das it!

Oil-free Black Bean Salad


Not only are black beans cheap (usually $1 per can), but they are a great source of nutrients. HALF a cup of black beans contains 9g of fiber and 7g of protein. In addition, it is a good source of folate (vitamin B) which is essential for red blood cell formation. Turmeric is also great for its anti-inflammatory effects, and addition of black pepper enhances its bioavailability.


  • 1 can of black beans
  • Half of a cauliflower
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • Seasonings: garlic powder, turmeric, smoked paprika, and black pepper


Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and dice the Roma tomatoes. In a medium-heated pot, place the cauliflower with a splash of water in order to cook the vegetable through. Add turmeric, black pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic powder, and mix. Cover the pot.

After four minutes, add the black beans and Roma tomatoes. Cook for six minutes, making sure to mix periodically.

Serve over a bed of kale and multigrain chips if desired!

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