In the spirit of transparency let me just say, I suck at grocery shopping as a vegan. Even if I make a list, there’s always something I inevitably forget. Then I get home, put the food away, and think to myself, how is it that we still don’t have anything to make for dinner?!
I’m probably so bad at it because I seriously dislike going to the grocery store. There are so many people you have to weave in and out of, thousands of products vying for your attention (distracting you from the few things you went there to buy). It’s just chaos.
[The vegan grocery list I created is as much for me as it is for you guys.]
So this morning when my husband pointed out that we, again, don’t have any food, I thought it would be a good time to make a massive list and share with you guys my vegan Trader Joe’s food haul.
I did my best to think of every possible thing to restock our kitchen. Because of that, my cart was a little fuller than usual but it’ll give you a good idea of what we like to keep in our vegan pantry.
Another thing to note, I buy most of my produce at Whole Foods or Lassens (a local natural food store) so you won’t see much of that here but it is a large portion of what we eat. If you guys would like to see the produce I buy, let me know in the comments!
Let’s get to it!
23 organic bananas
Always the first thing I put in my cart. Trader Joe’s bananas are priced pretty well so I like to stock up here.
3 pound bag of organic sweet potatoes
We’ve been using these to make our own sweet potato fries! The pre-made ones we find at the store usually have some questionable ingredients so this allows us to control the amount of oil and season it just the way we like. Let me know in the comments if you would like the recipe!
6 ounce pack of fresh organic blueberries
I don’t usually buy fresh berries because they’re so pricey but I know my hubby likes them so I got them for him as a treat.
Organic 3 Grain Tempeh
I’ve never bought tempeh before, nor do I know what to do with it. But James said he’d like to try it out so here we are. Please share your favorite tempeh recipe in the comments so I get can some ideas!
Organic Sprouted Tofu
We typically use this if we feel like we just need a little something extra in the dish we’re making, whether it’s burritos, pasta, etc.
1 box of organic jasmine rice
We love this rice because it’s pre-cooked so it’s super easy to throw it in a pot with beans and corn for burritos without the hassle of cooking rice from scratch.
1 box of organic brown rice
Same as the jasmine rice, this is easy access food with only one ingredient: rice. I’ve been more into the brown rice lately because I like the texture and the way it tastes with avocado.
4 packs of frozen wild boreal blueberries
This is one of our favorites for smoothies. I also add some to my oatmeal with chia seeds and cinnamon.
1 pack of frozen mango chunks
You know I couldn’t leave the store without mangos. I only bought one because we have a couple packs in the freezer already.
1 pack of frozen pineapple tidbits
I use these sparingly in my smoothies because I find that if I put too much, my entire smoothie tastes like pineapple. But it’s a delicious complement to the blueberries.
1 pack of frozen mixed berries
This isn’t something I typically buy because we are usually good with blueberries, mangos and pineapple, but the blackberries and raspberries in this pack sound good for a smoothie this week.
1 pack of frozen artichoke hearts
These are the cleanest artichoke hearts we can find; just artichoke and citric acid. We’ve been using these in our pasta and we also top our pizza with them.
2 bags of raw almonds
My husband loves these because each bag has individually wrapped packs of about a handful of almonds. They’re great for him to take to work when he only has a couple minutes to eat something quick.
1 bag of raw cashew pieces
These are also for my husband to snack on throughout the day or throw in his smoothies.
10 Clif bars
I grabbed blueberry, chocolate chip and peanut butter. The usual. And I also got a couple of the oatmeal raisin walnut to try out. We’ve never had this flavor. Have you? Share what you think about them in the comments?
2 bags of raisins
I like the golden raisins and James likes the red ones, so I grabbed both for us to use in our oatmeal. They add a natural sweetness so you don’t have to add a bunch of sugar to your oatmeal.
1 bag of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
These are usually found in a small section on the shelves above the frozen foods (they’re fresh, though). Any time I get these, my hubby looks at me and says, “Babe! What did you do?” They’re his favorite guilty pleasure.
Ezekiel Sesame bread
James has been using this bread instead of a bun when we make veggie burgers and he also likes it when he makes a PB&J for a late night snack.
This is another one of those things that we don’t usually buy but it sounded good to make little tacos. We’ll try that out this week.
gluten free flour
I’ve been trying to minimize my gluten intake…but I’ve also been making a lot of cookies. The package says you can likely sub it 1:1 for regular flour so I thought I would try it out. Fingers crossed it’s not a total flop. Do you bake with gluten free flour? Please share your tips with me in the comments. I need all the help I can get.
Semi sweet chocolate chips
These chocolate chips are accidentally vegan and they are so tasty. My go-to for chocolate chip cookies. Sometimes I’ll even just snack on a few straight from the bag. (don’t judge)
organic brown sugar
I mentioned I’ve been making a lot of cookies…
I’ve been loving chia seed pudding as part of my breakfast at work. It’s a nice break from smoothies or fresh fruit and I like to add granola to give it some extra texture and flavor.
Cans & Jars
2 cans of organic black beans
We go through these pretty quickly because they’re perfect for burritos and bowls. I do wish sometimes I could find half cans for when only one of us wants beans.
1 can of organic pinto beans
While these aren’t as popular in our house, I have been using them to create a veggie patty recipe. Shout in the comments if you’re excited for it!
1 jar of organic sandwich pickles
We searched high and low for just a traditional pickle to put on our veggie burgers but it seems like all the pickles these days have some funky flavor. These sandwich pickles, though, are spot on. The glass jar is also perfect to re-use!
1 can of sliced black olives
I’ve typically only gotten these to top our pizza but I thought they’d also be good in our pasta with the artichoke hearts; get a Mediterranean vibe going.
1 bag of sun-dried tomatoes
Okay so these aren’t in a jar or a can but they’re in the same section of the store. I plan to use these with the olives and artichokes.
I also bought a case of 18 1-liter bottled alkaline water that’ll last us the week.
A lot of what I bought today will last us at least two weeks, though I do go shopping weekly to pick up produce and anything else we may need.
If you have any tips for making my trips to the grocery store more productive and enjoyable, please share in the comments. I really want to become better.