Under $10 Vegetarian Meals at 10 U.S. Restaurants

Sometimes it’s nice to skip cooking at home and take yourself out for a nice meal. If you tend not to eat meat on a regular basis, though, that’s easier said than done — especially if you’re looking for a meal under $10. Well, you’re in luck.

I’ve tracked down 10 meals from 10 major U.S. chains that will set you back no more than $10, before taxes, and they’re all certifiably vegetarian. Some might even be vegan. Prices may vary a bit based on your location.

Whether you are heading to a drive-thru, fast-casual or sit-down chain restaurant, ordering plant-based and vegan has never been easier or more and budget friendly!

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Subway

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It’s easy to eat fresh and plant-based at Subway. For $9.62, you can order a 6-inch Veggie Delight sub with chips and a drink. Skip the drink and your total drops to $6.98.
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Olive Garden

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You can enjoy a lunch or dinner at Olive Garden that’s totally satisfying for under $10. For just $8.99, you can order Olive Garden’s lunch special which includes minestrone soup, salad without dressing or parmesan — substitute with oil and vinegar — and their famous breadsticks. For dinner, order a bowl of the minestrone soup. It comes with 2 breadsticks and costs you $8.49. Also, sign up for the Olive Garden rewards programs so you can get free food on your birthday.
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Moe’s Southwest Grill

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Budget meal seekers love that Moe’s includes chips and a variety of salsa types to choose from with every order. Plant-based diners can enjoy a burrito, bowl or tacos with a choice of fillings that includes tofu, seasoned or cilantro lime rice, black or pinto beans, pico de gallo, roasted corn salsa, black olives, jalapenos and lettuce.
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Burger King

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The Impossible Whopper is one of my favorites when ordering fast food. It tastes so much like real meat that you can enjoy the taste and texture of a hamburger yet you’re eating plants. At Burger King, you can order an Impossible Whopper, hold the cheese, and a small French fries for $9.48.
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Panera Bread

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Panera Bread is known for their “clean eats,” so when looking for budget-friendly, plant-based food, this is a great choice. Get there before 10:30 am and you can order their hardy steel cut oatmeal with strawberries and pecans for just $5.89. Stop in for lunch and enjoy a Mediterranean sandwich with a side for $7.49.
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Chili’s

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Chili’s offers several plant-based sides; black beans, corn on the cob, fries and broccoli. Order 3 of these for $8.97 and you’ll be plenty full. Also, sign up for the Chili’s rewards programs so you can get free food on your birthday.
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Tropical Smoothie

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Smoothies, at Tropical Smoothie range from light and refreshing to thick and filling. If you’re hungry, choose the chia banana boost smoothie. For a lighter option, go for the detox island green. For something in between, the “avocolada” is a great choice. Each of these will set you back $6.19.
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Chipotle Bowls or Tacos

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Chipotle is a fast-casual favorite, especially among plant-based folks since there are so many great options. Order a veggie or sofritas bowl, burrito bowl, salad or tacos. You can add as many of the fillings as you want, so load up on black and/or pinto beans, Sofritas, mixed fajita veggies, four different salsas including fresh tomato salsa and roasted chili-corn salsa and lettuce. Add guacamole for an extra $2.65 or, if you skip the Sofritas, it’s free.
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Panda Express

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At Panda Express, order either a bowl for $8.60 or 2 a la carte menu items for $9.20. A bowl comes with an entree and side. The super greens is an available entree at all Panda Express locations while at select locations, you may also find eggplant and tofu. Or go with a simple shrimp and noodles meal for about the same price.
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Taco Bell

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Taco Bell is not going to surprise many of you for being budget-friendly. What you may not know is how plant-based friendly they are. So friendly, in fact, that many of their ingredients are certified vegan. The most budget-friendly meal at Taco Bell is their veggie build-your-own cravings box. You’ll choose one specialty item, one classic item, a side and a medium fountain drink — all for just $5.99.
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Portions of this article originally appeared on Food Drink Life.

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