Vegan Grocery List

When I was first transitioning to a vegan diet I was a little bit overwhelmed with how many products have dairy or eggs in them and trying to find new meal ideas felt a little daunting. I would be ashamed to add up all the nights I just boiled some white pasta and dumped sauce on it as a “nutritional” meal for myself, but things grew easier. I’ve compiled a list of our home’s vegan staples with hopes that it can help others transition a little smoother.

Beans, beans, beans.

We love beans and legumes in our home, with so many different varieties it’s impossible to get bored with them. Try stocking up on some or all of the following:

  • Black beans.*
  • Cannellini beans.
  • Chickpeas.*
  • Baked beans.
  • Kidney beans.
  • Butter beans.
  • Pinto beans.
  • Split red lentils.*
  • Green lentils.*
  • French lentils.
  • Split green peas.
  • Shelled edamame (frozen).

* Items we try to never run out of.

Honestly, I am my happiest in my kitchen when I have an abundance of different beans because the possibilities are endless. For the few of you out there that aren’t huge fans of beans, I suggest retrying them and cooking them a few different ways before avoiding them altogether.

Grains and starches!

This one is a no brainer, whole food options are going to be extremely easy to incorporate and affordable for just about anyone’s budget.

  • Brown rice.*
  • Red rice.*
  • Quinoa (all kinds).*
  • Couscous.
  • Barley.*
  • Noodles.*
  • Oatmeal.

* Items we try to never run out of.

Cooking rice wasn’t my favorite thing to learn how to do and I stuck with instant white rice for way longer than I should have just because it was comfortable. Don’t do that. Another thing to try to stay away from is white pasta, even though it’s delicious you definitely don’t want to be sitting down to a bowl of white pasta every night. Try some of the other options the market carries like chickpea pasta, edamame pasta, or lentil pasta (these usually have slightly different cooking instructions).

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Vegetables.

When it comes to vegetables we eat a decent amount of frozen vegetables because they’re often on sale and pretty handy. Our local grocery store often runs deals of 10 for $10 which comes out to more than 10lbs of vegetables for that price. However, we also like to keep a lot of fresh vegetables on hand so I’ve separated this part into two sections.

Frozen

  • Cauliflower.
  • Spinach.
  • Corn.
  • Peas.
  • Stir fry mixes.
  • Broccoli.
  • Green beans.

Fresh

  • Tomatoes.
  • Bell peppers.
  • Onions.
  • Carrots.
  • Celery.
  • Lettuce.
  • Cabbage.
  • Bok choy.
  • Potatoes.
  • Sweet potatoes.
  • Zucchini.
  • Squash.

The produce section and the freezer section are both so packed with diversity this is only a small fraction of the options available to you. We try to never run out of anything on these lists because it’s about 70% of our diet.

Fruit!

Fruit is so vitally important to your body but I am a firm believer that fruit is even more important to your mood, I mean have you ever been upset while eating a juicy clementine? No.

  • Bananas.*
  • Clementines.
  • Apples.*
  • Grapes.
  • Lemons.*
  • Limes.
  • Oranges.
  • Strawberries.*
  • Mango (frozen, unsweetened).

* Items we try to never run out of.

Other fun vegan stuff.

  • Nuts.
  • Nut butters.
  • Whole grain breads.
  • Nondairy ice cream.
  • Hemp hearts.
  • Chia seeds.
  • Flax seeds.
  • Hot sauce.
  • BBQ sauce.
  • Tahini.
  • Hummus.
  • Oat milk.*
  • Soy milk.*
  • Vegan cheese.
  • Vegan butter.
  • Meat substitutes.
  • Cereals.
  • Tofu.
  • Tempeh.
  • Tortilla chips.
  • Salsa.
  • Potato chips.
  • Chickpea puffs (Hippeas).
  • Granola.
  • Vegan freezer pizza.

Just make sure you read your labels and try not to rely too heavily on substitutes. I really hope that this little cheat sheet helps you on your vegan journey. It was a bit difficult to compile this list without leaving off any of the major foods that we rely on at home so if you have anything you’d like to add to the list enter it into the comment section.

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Stay tuned for interesting meal ideas and as always, thanks for reading.