Two of the biggest misconceptions of veganism is that it's too expensive and too hard. Well, as a vegan on a college-student budget, I am here to tell you that being vegan can be as inexpensive and easy as you make it. I will admit, options are limited as a vegan, but being adaptable is an important quality.
As a college student, sometimes I have limited time and I need a quick meal or sometimes I’m just too lazy to cook something. Fast food, although not always the healthiest, does just the trick. Early on in my vegan journey, I learned ways to veganize fast food. I found semi-healthy, inexpensive, and satisfying meals that I can quickly grab on-the-go and I’ve compiled a list of six ways you can order vegan meals at some of the most popular fast food chains.
Surprising, yet doable. Here, you can get the Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap which is $6.15. Just ask to remove the chicken, cheese, and dressing and add tomato for extra bulk and you’re good to go! Fries and ketchup are almost always vegan, so those are pretty much a vegan staple. Also, their Polynesian and Barbecue sauce are vegan. Foodie hack: add the sauce of your choice to the wrap for more flavor. Total cost of pictured meal: $8.74
This menu is fairly easy to veganize. For most items, just remove the meat, cheese, and sour cream and it can be vegan. In the place of meat, just substitute for beans. Pictured above is their crunchy taco and Crunchwrap Supreme. For the taco, substitute the meat for beans and ask for no cheese. For the CrunchWrap Supreme, substitute the meat for beans and ask for no sour cream and cheese.Foodie hack: ask to add guacamole for another flavorful and satisfying element and use their hot sauce packets for more flavor.Total cost of pictured meal: $7.25
In-N-Out may have limited menu, but it doesn’t completely exclude vegans. Here, you can get a veggie sandwich with lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, and pickles (basically every veggie they have). The grilled onions give it that unique In-N-Out taste. Also, substitute the spread for ketchup and/or mustard.
Foodie Hack: add fries to the sandwich for extra bulk.
Total cost of pictured meal (plus drink): $5.49
Pieology is a great option because they actually have vegan cheese! Their crust is vegan and so is their marinara. Then just ask for their vegan cheese (Daiya brand) or you can get no cheese at all, which is just as tasty. Then, load up the pizza with your veggies of choice and it’s that easy!
Total cost of pictured meal: $9.19
This is one of the healthier fast food meals. Order a plain baked potato and a garden side salad (ask for no cheese and don't use the croutons it comes with because they contain milk) for a perfectly filling meal. Also, The light balsamic vinagrette is vegan. Add whichever sauces (that are vegan) to your baked potato.
Total cost of pictured meal: $4.22
Chipotle! One of the easiest places to veganize your meal. Chipotle is great because you can get everything they have to offer, as long as it doesn’t have meat, sour cream, cheese, or the salad dressing. Instead of meat you can get veggie fajitas or their sofritas (tofu) in bowls, tacos, salads or burritos. This place is a little pricier, but it’s a nice treat.
Total cost of pictured meal: $12.51
This goes to show that anyone who wants to adapt to the vegan lifestyle can and it’s not as difficult as it seems. You can still be vegan and get your fast-food fix!