One Pot Taco Elbow Pasta done in 20 minutes and on a budget (only $1.50 per serving). Healthy vegan dinner recipe that is simple, family friendly, oil free, high protein (28 g), and weight loss friendly (430 calories).
Today I would like to share a very healthy and frugal dinner meal for a whole food plant based diet. There is no oil added to the meal and you can leave out the salt. This recipe is also great for weight loss as it is high in protein, fiber, and filling. It will fuel and restore your body with important vitamins and minerals and it is great if you are on a budget.
You can use whole wheat or gluten free elbow pasta, and even make your own taco seasoning instead of buying the package. I do prefer the homemade seasoning, but sometimes I don’t have the time and grab the package mix instead.
Nutrition of the vegan one pot meal
One serving of the vegan one pot taco elbow pasta contains about 450 calories and makes a great weight loss meal. This serving size also provides 35 g of fiber and 28 g of plant based protein which makes this meal very filling. The recipe is also high in iron, and vitamin C.
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You can always increase the serving size to meet your fitness goals. If you need to increase your protein or caloric intake, multiply all ingredients and serving size times 1.5 or 2. You can also add another can of black beans.
Cost of the Vegan One Pot Taco Elbow Pasta Recipe
- 12 oz elbow pasta $0.72
- 1 can black beans 0.58
- 3 green bell peppers $2.40
- 4-5 tomatoes $2.00
- 1 taco seasoning mix $0.44
One serving of this recipe (~2.5 to 3 cups) costs about $1.50. Please note that these numbers depend on season and store. I got all my ingredients at Walmart with the Walmart grocery pick up and made this meal in August. This cost does not include the optional avocado topping.
- 3 cups dry elbow pasta
- 3 cups veggie stock (or just water)
- 1 can black beans drained, rinsed
- 2-3 bell peppers, diced
- 4-5 tomatoes, diced
- 1 taco seasoning mix
- avocado slices (optional)
- You can simply add everything into one pot and cook until noodles are soft (about 10 minutes).
- Add water if desired.
- You can top your bowl with avocado slices (nutritional value not included).
- To make this in the instant pot, add all ingredients and set on stew - high - 5 minutes (closed valve).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2-3 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450Total Fat: 1.6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 540mgCarbohydrates: 80gFiber: 35gProtein: 28g