6 Easy Healthy Meals on a Budget (Vegan & Veggie Options)

6 Easy Healthy Meals on a Budget (Vegan & Veggie Options)

♪ ♪ What’s up, beautiful people? It is your homegirl, Ms.
Shameless, all up in your video. And this video is all about
how to eat healthy on a budget, because you do not need to be
a baller, shot-caller, brawler to eat healthier. All you need is some
creative inspiration, your homegirl, Chef
Shameless, in the building to break it down for you. So this video is perfect
for vegetarians, vegans, pescetarians, meat-eaters
— feel free to substitute. And really, I am gonna be
sharing with you six meals — two breakfast options,
two lunch, two dinner, with snacks in between. I got you. I got you. So let’s get into
this video now, shall we? First up is
breakfast of champions, and this one’s
perfect for vegans. It’s a Quinoa Cereal. All you’ll need is quinoa, which is a great
cereal or rice substitute, almond milk, some fresh
blueberries and bananas, which taste great and have
naturally occurring sugars, walnuts, some cinnamon
and vanilla for added flavor, and if you have a sweet
tooth, a splash of honey. Now, I’ve already
precooked the quinoa, and I store that in the fridge, which makes it a quick fix
first thing in the morning and a good source of protein
fiber and essential amino acids. Almond milk, which is
perfect for those of you that are lactose-intolerant. So I can throw everything
in: the vanilla, the cinnamon. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Then I add all my fixings
and make it look real cute for my Instagram
stories or my Snapchat. And padow. The second option is super cute. It’s Mini Egg
McMuffins sans bread. All you’ll need are
eggs, between six and 12, depending on how many
muffin trays you have, some red peppers, spinach,
onions, some salt and pepper, olive oil for the muffin trays, and I like to start by
cutting all my veggies down into small
bite-size portions that will fit
easily into the tray, and the eggs will
go on top of that. What I like about this is
it’s really easy and quick. And this is good for a
meal prep for a few days. You can make a few at a time. Then, I will get to cracking
and scrambling those eggs, adding in some salt and pepper. Next, I’m gonna
spray the tray down. I’m gonna go ahead and
add my veggies on the bottom, because those will
cook and rise to the top. Then I’m gonna take my scrambled
eggs and top that off, but not all the way to the top, because they do
expand in the oven. I’m gonna let that
cook for 20 minutes. Once cooked, I’m
gonna remove and let cool between five and ten minutes so they hold the
form of the muffin tray. And this will last you for a
few days, and it’s super cute, and I discovered this
when I was in New Orleans. Snacks are key. This one is a Chia Pudding, for
all my vegan-heads out there, and chia seeds are a
great source of omega-3. A milk of your choice.
Some cinnamon and vanilla and fresh blueberries, and honey for all my sweet-teeth,
sweet-tooths out there. I like to soak the
chia seeds overnight, but sometimes I do
forget to do this, so I do it first
thing in the morning before I head out to work. By the time I’m hungry, this is
already soaked and good to go. I can throw everything in:
the vanilla, the cinnamon, and I like to add
the blueberries after. And shablam! That is it. That is what I eat
instead of fruit yogurts. You can go ahead and
add honey if you’d like. Now for some lunch. I’m gonna go with this
vegan-friendly Pesto Salad. All you’ll need is some
zucchini, walnuts or pine nuts — walnuts were cheaper —
fresh basil, olive oil, some salt and pepper for the pesto,
and tomatoes and cucumbers, a food processor —
this Ninja is so good — and a spiralizer. And I
got this one from Amazon. I like to cut the
zucchini in half. Then I get my arm
workout in with the spiralizer. And look! Low-carb
noodles. It’s so cute. Okay, once you have
your zucchini noodles done, we’re gonna go
ahead and make the pesto. You’ll need some olive oil.
Again, I like to eyeball things. I’m starting off with two
tablespoons of olive oil. Then I’m adding in my
walnuts, which was half a cup. Some salt and pepper. Then I like to blend this first
before I add my basil leaves, because the
basil leaves are soft, unlike the
walnuts, which are hard. Once the nuts are all blended, then I go ahead and
add in my basil leaves, and then I like to
add in more olive oil if the walnuts are
dry. Again, eyeballing it. I think in total I
used five tablespoons, and this pesto was
enough for two servings. Once that’s
done, you’re gonna cut your tomatoes and your cucumbers
down into bite-size pieces. You’re gonna mix it all together for a fresh veggie pasta salad. And this is raw, which means
it’s jam-packed with nutrients that weren’t lost in
the cooking process. And it’s super
colorful and cute. Perfect for those
food flat-lays [ph.], you know what I’m saying? I actually don’t
even like zucchini, let alone zucchini raw,
but this — I love this. So beautiful. So bootyful. Another lunch option
is this Chickpea Salad with red peppers, chickpeas. You’ll need carrots,
beets and avocado and cucumber. And for all the
info on ingredients, make sure to check the
info box below. I got you, boo. I like to shred my
carrots with my mandolin. Now, you can
meal-prep this for the week by cutting everything
down into bite sizes. I think meal prepping is
great for veggie options. And cut everything down. I discovered this
late in life, beets. I never had this growing up. This is a very added sweetness.
It’s kind of sweet-sour. I like it a lot. Mix it all up. And that is a super
hearty salad topped with quinoa that I pre-made
earlier for my breakfast. Bam. And now for
some salad dressing. You can use whatever you like. I like to make mine with some
balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, and
I didn’t add it here, but I do throw in some
honey sometimes mustard. And voila. That’s your lunch. Afternoon snack:
This is my go-to. I bring it with me to work.
Super simple and super filling. And that is rice cakes
with peanut butter and banana. I like to bring a knife.
You can use a butter knife. And half a banana. And I like to bring
the peanut butter with me. And I just build it and
eat it when I’m hungry. And this is filling. I guess we can add other things. What would you guys add on this
rice cake? I’d like to know. Let me know in the
comments below, boo. And that’s it. Okay, now for some dinner. I picked up this
Chickpea Fennel Stir-Fry from my friend’s
boyfriend, who’s a chef. His name is
Craig. Thank you, Craig. This is super
quick, easy and delicious and vegan and super cheap. The first thing you’re
gonna do is cut the fennel into bite-size pieces. My onion that I cut down — I’m gonna add my
olive oil onto my pan, cover that ish up. And once the pan is hot,
I’m gonna throw in some onions. My fennel bite-size pieces. Stir that around
with the stir-fry. Stir it around, add
some salt. Add some pepper. This is super simple. All you need is olive oil,
salt and pepper for seasoning? What is life? Then go ahead and
add in your chickpeas. These are canned chickpeas. Cook it until
the fennel is soft. Go ahead and cover that up. And then plate it. Once
plated, add some quinoa. I like using quinoa because
it’s like my rice substitute. And again, it’s
jam-packed with nutrients. I’m gonna go ahead and
add some fennel leaves. And shablam. That’s it.
She is done. That is dinner. Next up is this
Coconut Peanut Shrimp Stir-Fry that you will die for
if you love peanut butter. You’ll need all
these ingredients: olive oil, peanut butter,
onions, broccolini, carrots, red pepper, chopped up
into bite-size pieces. I’m gonna go ahead
and heat up my pan, and again add my
olive oil first. Once the pan is hot and heated, I’m gonna add my onions,
followed by the carrots, which are hardest, so
those need to cook the longest, so those go in first. I do put in onions first
because they add the taste. Broccolini. A
marinade of your choice. I’m using this teriyaki.
You can use soy sauce. You can actually skip the
coconut milk, but I like it, because it
creates all this sauce. Stir it around. Red peppers are soft, so I
put them in toward the end. Then I’m gonna go
ahead and cover everything, and once those
are halfway cooked, I’m gonna add the peanut butter. I’m only using a teaspoon,
and that is very buttery. I put the shrimp in last
because it cooks super quick, and if you cook shrimp
too long it does get rubbery. A few minutes, and that’s it. Plate that ish up.
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89 thoughts on “6 Easy Healthy Meals on a Budget (Vegan & Veggie Options)

  1. Polina Kharenko says:

    Honey isn't vegan <3 Try Agave syrup!

  2. Syndaisa Liggins says:

    Take a shot every time she says "bite-sized pieces".

  3. Lucy MK says:

    honey and eggs are not vegan at all!

  4. Caulfield says:

    thank you so much for this!!!!!

  5. Joana Ferreira says:

    I literally subscribed your channel just by watching your intro! Damn I love your energy!!! Ready to learn healthy meals with you!

  6. Courtney’s Curl Room says:

    About to start this vegetarian life. THanks for this!

  7. Vivienne Dejvongsa says:

    i love you so much! you make me smile and laugh 🙂 hahaaha <3

  8. darlzzday says:

    Add chia seeds to the rice cakes!!

  9. t v says:

    U look like jada pinkett smith

  10. Nala Nunes says:

    OMG! The coconut shrimp looks so good 😍

  11. vanessa rivers says:

    Girl you have me Lol! I’m totally subscribing 😋

  12. Elenia Charalambous says:

    In terms of using oil I'd recommend using a different oil like sunflower or rapeseed instead as extra virgin olive oil burns when heated in a pan 🙂 its something so subtle and I didn't know this and switched and I can definitely taste the difference! Just a little advice if you wanted to try it sometime! ☺️

  13. Anza Forbes says:

    This video is so help!!! I can’t wait to make some of these meals

  14. Christina Inez says:

    I loved all of those! Thank you.

  15. Stacey Padron says:

    I love how much you love honey😂

  16. Assia Benslimane says:

    Eggs not vegans lol
    But I love the the reciepe

  17. Melissa Mills says:

    Hi shameless i am new to your channel! Let me just say I love your energy and your personality. I love rice cakes with peanut butter i actually ate that this not big for breakfast but instead of banana i had an apple☺

  18. Cee Ivy says:

    thank you i dont eat yogurt and the cashew and coconut milk ones can be pricy at whole foods aka whole pay check i finally found a substitute with the chia pudding

  19. Althea Winters says:

    I would add blonde raisins

  20. Kristen Reid says:

    Get the quinoa without the black ones in it. You’ll thank me later 😂.

  21. Ally Diloy says:

    You are so fucking beautiful i’m done!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. bananana79 says:

    amazing !

  23. Melinda Lopez says:

    how does the chia pudding taste? I want to make it but I'm not sure if ill like it

  24. ACS402010 says:

    Awesome! I plan to try them all.

  25. Victoria Alexis says:

    Honey isn't vegan. You should've put maple syrup in it instead.

  26. Summer Rose says:

    the peanut butter banana rice cakes, i get all the same brands and i love it!!

  27. Lucia Trsťanová says:

    Love your outfit and hair!fits you perfectly

  28. Alicia Bolingbroke says:

    even though it was supposed to be healthy i would defo add choc spread and rasberries onto the rice cakes mnmmm

  29. Maria L says:

    she sounds like j lo

  30. Mina Whitfield says:

    You’re really fucking annoying

  31. DethurSha • †rash Ca† • says:

    I would personally add Cinnamon and Raisins to that Peanut butter, banana rice cake. 🙂

  32. Allison says:

    your hands are so beautiful!! how

  33. Tony Espinoza says:

    The eggs made me puke.

  34. Fatuuu West says:

    The last recipe is a much

  35. Phoephoey says:


  36. Phoephoey says:

    Go ethnic and show us your take on Filipino food..

  37. Krystle Grayson says:

    Never thought of using quinoa as a cereal. Definitely going to try that!!

  38. Martyn Waddell says:

    That was the first time I've seen someone cook some shit on these type of "fast, cheap quick meal" searches that I actually liked. F'kn subbd.

  39. Omar A. Razak says:

    You should also try cottage cheese, tuna & mayo, hummus. Basically you can add anything on top of those rice cakes. they are awesome with very low carbs. I usually add all natural crunchy peanut butter, some cinnamon, slices banana, a bit of honey on top of the bananas and some almonds to crush it up.

  40. Yiqiao Zhang says:

    love the last one! amazing!

  41. Paula Salinas says:

    Honey is not vegan!

  42. Amy says:

    You said it was cheap haha. But chia seed , avocados,shrimps and walnuts are crazy expensive here :/

  43. Benazir Memon says:

    I don’t like vegetables except for some of them

  44. Josephine Crane says:

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR PERSONALITY AND PASSION FOR FOOD!! I am a vegan and a fibromyalgia warrior and want to thank you for making this video. I am excited to try your recipes. My family eats meat so I will be making the shrimp healthy dish for them:)

  45. steven coffman says:

    how cruel have to kill a living thing such as fruits and vegetables to stay alive

  46. FoolyLiving says:

    If you measure something, it's not eyeballing it lol.

  47. germainm82 says:

    Just finished making the Coconut Stir fry and it came great 👍 Thanks 4 putting me on Mya!

  48. K Mo says:

    Will try all of them… was looking for some Veggie ideas….. yours are the best by far! 😘

  49. teresa grant says:

    Is it tottaly strange I had no idea the chia seed idea was so simple lol

  50. Sam says:

    Is it weird if I use lettuce instead of spinach?

  51. Phoephoey says:

    What is thr temperature of your egg muffin recipe ? I think this was left out of the video

  52. xXEssie Xx says:

    Great recipes but some of the ingredients are a little pricey. Still great though, will try it out❤️

  53. MilesXoxo : says:

    That lid fit that pan beautifully! Loved it!

  54. Mia Rose says:

    Omg rice cakes with peanut butter, spinach, cucumber and red onion is the best thing ever, you have to try!!!

  55. TheKikikiwi32 says:

    I love all the meals I def will be trying them , I do peanut butter with the rice cakes too !!! I also use a salmon spread sometimes with strawberry jam and sun flowers seeds

  56. Sharice Bryant says:

    Your fingers pointing during the titles cracked me up lmaooo. Great vid, i love making egg muffins for the work week.

  57. Gabriella Dagher says:

    What temperature for the egg McMuffins?

  58. Mina Wow says:

    I subbed! I just love your energy it’s wonderful and uplifting!

  59. Tashs.Health says:

    looks amazing, have to try these!!

  60. Kathleen H. says:

    Love it! I'm a pescatarian so I love the fact you have shrimp in there. Keep 'em coming!

  61. Elizabeth says:

    Love your video! New sub!!! I love to put honey on my peanut butter rice cakes, sooooo good!

  62. AyeMarieee says:

    I love your energy and personality!

  63. em_ _jk126 says:

    Chai seeds and greens on rice cakes! SO GOOD

  64. Lisa R says:

    3 commercials goddammmm🙄🙄

  65. Amber L says:

    Honey drizzled on top would be good on the rice cake

  66. Mindful Moments says:

    Loving the vegan options! Thank you for that. 🙂

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  68. Shanti'Jae says:

    Ima try all these dishes cause I seriously need to eat healthier. Thank you for these quick meals xx

  69. Andre Amey says:

    I love the energy

  70. Coco H says:

    These all look so yummy can't wait to try them!

  71. mike brosky says:

    after a while the magic fingers are getting annoying

  72. Tangie K says:

    That coconut shrimp doe!! Can’t wait to try it 😍

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  75. Orangelover8 says:

    Omg your food looks delicious 🤤 love your positive energy & vibes 🤗

  76. MissMayhem 1129 says:

    I would add a dash of cinnamon and a little honey to the peanuts utter banana rice cake

  77. Alex Allen says:

    These are AWESOME meal ideas on a budget!

  78. DeNay Jalese says:

    I’m making that last dish tomorrow! It looked so good! 😍 Maya your outfit is so bomb❤️

  79. Saba Beauty & Health says:

    Lady, I like your style :-). Thumbs up and + a new subscriber.

  80. Raven Whitechapel says:

    The hand movements for a minute I thought she was deaf

  81. Anne Noel says:


  82. seashell87 says:

    This was such an inspiring video thank you so much for this!! Also your hair and outfit is everything!!! 💕

  83. Jeanmarie Market says:

    You are too cute. Thanks for this. Looks yummy

  84. EisAngel says:

    I'm not a vegan nor a vegetarian but the way she presents all this… girl, kudos!!! I will definitely be trying the eggs.. add some cheese & bacon bits.. yum!!! Thank you;-)

  85. LoveOne 1Love says:

    I would drizzle some honey on that rice cake

  86. GracieTheGiraffe says:

    awesome vid!

  87. Phaedra Harden says:

    This killed! Thanks- 2 years later 👊🏽💥 can’t wait!

  88. nina bel says:

    I love your recipes straight to the point !

  89. demeah janae says:

    Never noticed but you sound just like J Lo!

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