A Week of Vegan Groceries

This week I thought it might be fun to share what we picked up at the grocery store to stock our vegan fridge and pantry. I'm hoping this will give you some inspiration if you are interested in trying a plant-based diet and wondering what kinds of foods you should have on hand.

The Staples

We had a small staple restock this week as we still had a lot of things like grains and frozen veg on hand. These are things that we like to always have in our fridge/pantry because they get used quite often in meals. 

Our basics for this week

  • almond milk
  • tofu
  • pasta
  • pasta sauce
  • lentils
  • cannellini beans
  • black beans

The Fresh Fruit + Veg

This week we purchased

  • sweet potatoes
  • raspberries
  • baby spinach
  • cherry tomatoes
  • cantaloupe melon
  • mushrooms

Much of this category is supplemented with the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that we bought into at the beginning of the summer. We get mostly vegetables with the occasional selection of seasonal fruit. It's been so nice having farm fresh veg, specifically tomatoes that actually taste like something other than "wet.

This week's CSA haul included

  • various melons
  • onions
  • various squash
  • zucchini
  • potatoes
  • tomatoes
  • various peppers

The Extras

I consider this category the "wants" as opposed to the "needs." (Although I really should have included the coffee with the rest of the staples.) This includes all of our snacks, faux meat products, sauces, iced coffee, and my precious yerba mate drinks.

Extras for this week were

  • Stubbs BBQ sauce in Original
  • Starbucks Iced Coffee in Unsweetened Medium Roast
  • MorningStar Roasted Garlic and Quinoa Veggie Burgers
  • Gardein Meatless Meatballs
  • Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Ground
  • Gardein 7 Grain Crispy Tenders
  • Skinny Pop Salt and Black Pepper Popcorn
  • Garden of Eatin' Sesame Blues Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
  • Van's Power Grains Frozen Waffles
  • Lenny and Larry Perfect Cookies in Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate
  • NuGo Bars in Mint Chocolate and Chocolate Pretzel
  • Wegmans Hummus
  • Guayaki Yerba Mate in Bluephoria

The Budget + Actual Cost

For our household (the 2 humans anyway), we try to stick to a budget of no more than $150/week. This includes cleaning supplies that we don't get from Amazon.com and things like toilet paper and paper towels. I know some readers may spend less and some may spend more. I just wanted to give you an idea of how much we spent on this particular shopping trip if you are trying to budget for similar foods. The actual cost for everything on this trip was $106.

What are your grocery staples?