Vegan Grocery List for Beginners (Vegan Foods to Stock up on)

In this article you will find vegan grocery lists for beginners (or non beginners). Whether you need a vegan grocery list on a budget or want to learn what the vegan basics are and what you need to keep stocked in your kitchen at all times.

These vegan food lists will be useful if you’ve been vegan awhile (and we’re in the middle of a pandemic like we are now in 2020), or if you’re just beginning your journey to eating vegan and healthier!

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Vegan Grocery List for Beginners (and Vegan Essentials to Keep Stocked)

The type of shopping list you will need for vegan food, just like any other diet- whether the Standard American Diet or something else, will depend on why you are going to the store.

Need to stock up on food because you won’t be able to go out for awhile? (Check out the Vegan Food to stock up on list below.)

Are you a beginner vegan and trying to change your diet and have no idea what to buy? (Check out the master list below.)

Trying new dishes?

If you’re trying new dishes, then your grocery list is going to be based on the dishes you’ll be making for the week; in which case you may want to check out this article on how to meal plan. There’s a whole section on how to know what you need to put on your grocery list, along with other helpful tips!

Attempting to be frugal with your food budget? (Check out Going Vegan on a Budget: The Complete Guide )

Or, is this just a simple, run of the mill, grocery trip? (This will be covered in another article.)

Everyone is different, so some things I put on my ‘once a week’ grocery list may be different than yours, but there may also be a lot in common, too! For example, you will probably end up with these items on your list:

  • fresh fruit and veggies
  • frozen fruit and veggies
  • beans, rice, and quinoa
  • nuts, seeds, and dried fruit
  • non-dairy milk
  • and possibly even coffee!

Vegan Food to Stock Up On

This is a list of non-perishables, if you are simply looking to stock up on food in case of an emergency, like a snow storm, flood, or a pandemic; this list is for you.

And, if you can’t find something in stores, try finding in on Amazon (this way you won’t even have to leave your home, or can still get it when you no longer can leave your home.)

Dried (Bulk) Foods

  • Beans (Chickpeas, Black beans, White beans (northern of cannellini), Navy beans, Kidney beans, Pinto beans, Lima beans)
  • Lentils (red, brown, green)
  • Split peas (yellow and green)
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Pasta (all varieties)
  • Nut & Seed butters (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew, sunflower, and tahini)
  • Oats
  • Canned or jarred tomato sauces and other tomato products
  • Veggie broth
  • Canned coconut milk
  • Ingredients for baking
  • Ingredients for cooking
  • Gallons of water
  • Spices you use
  • Frozen fruits and veggies
  • Tortillas
  • Bread (to freeze)
  • Jam
  • Canned fruits and veggies (preferably in water or no added salt or sugar)
  • Shelf stable non-dairy milk
  • Nuts, seeds, and dried fruit (basically anything you’d need for trail mix- can be used for more than trail mix)
  • Vegan soups (Amy’s brand)

Basically, you’ll want to buy extra of what you usually buy and think ahead on how long those foods will last, or how you can make them last longer.

For example, if you tend to buy a lot of fresh produce, you may want to freeze some to save for later, or make food with it to freeze and save for another time.

If you’re stuck home for an extended time, you may have to get creative with your recipes and eat mostly from your cupboards or freezers. (Unless of course, if you have your own garden you eat from! That’s my plan as soon as my family is able to get our own house.)

Some foods that always need to stay stocked in my own home are:
● Frozen fruit
● Frozen veggies (especially broccoli)
● Peanut butter
● Quinoa
● Brown rice
● Pasta
● Some type of beans
● Old Fashioned Oats
● Flax seeds
● Chia Seeds
● Soy Milk
● and plenty of fresh fruits and veggies (but these need to be bought on a weekly basis and can’t be heavily stocked without freezing)
● etc.

Master Vegan Grocery List

If you’re completely new to being vegan, or are simply looking for a new food to try or ideas on what to stock up on; this list is for you! Though, don’t try ‘stocking up on’ fresh fruits and veggies unless you are planning on freezing it, or storing it another way to help make it last longer.

Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and veggies should be the largest part of your vegan grocery list, as they are what gives us so many beneficial vitamins and minerals. Try to add as many different colors to your vegan grocery haul as you can eat in a week!

Like I tell my kids; eat the rainbow!

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Beets
  • Berries (blueberries, blackberries, wild berries, raspberries)
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage (red, green, napa)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Collard greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Dragonfruit
  • Eggplant
  • Figs
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Green Beans
  • Green peas (and snap/snow peas)
  • Honeydew
  • Jackfruit
  • Kale
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Lychee
  • Mangoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Nectarines
  • Onions (all kinds- red, yellow, etc.)
  • Oranges (or cuties)
  • Papaya
  • Parsnips
  • Passionfruit
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peppers (bell peppers, jalapenos, and all others)
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Pomegranate
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Squash (all varieties)
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet potatoes (or yams)
  • Tomatoes (all varieties)
  • Turnips
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini

Vegan Refrigerated Foods

Besides produce, other items you may put on your vegan grocery list each week that you would store in your fridge may be;

  • Soy milk
  • Almond milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Any other non-dairy milk available where you’re located
  • Vegan yogurt (soy, almond, coconut, etc.)
  • Non-dairy creamer (if you drink coffee)
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Hummus (or make your own)
  • Other vegan alternatives to non-vegan foods (cream cheese, sliced or shredded cheese, etc.)
  • Earth balance butter

In all honesty, I do not buy all of these every week, I only buy 1-2 types of non-dairy milk and tofu each week from this section.

Vegan Freezer Food

Even if you like and would like to plan to eat all fresh produce and then freeze any you don’t use in a week, instead of adding it to your vegan grocery list and in your cart; you should still buy some frozen fruits and veggies to keep your freezer well stocked in case you’re not able to get the produce you were hoping to.

Even if that means they sit in your freezer for a couple months unused; better to be safe than sorry!

  • All frozen veggies available
  • All frozen fruit available
  • Edamame
  • Morning Star products (if you need super easy and convenient)
  • Other Vegan Alternatives
  • Non-dairy ice cream or popsicles
  • Vegan pizza’s

Grains, Pasta, and other Carbs

  • Oats (steel cut and rolled)
  • Millet
  • Quinoa (white, red, and tri-colored)
  • Rice (basmati rice, jasmine rice, brown rice, white rice, wild rice- my husbands favorite, and pink or black rice)
  • Buckwheat (toasted and raw)
  • Couscous
  • Bread
  • Buns
  • Tortillas
  • Pasta (bow, elbows, shells, jumbo shells, penne)
  • Manicotti and Lasagna Noodles
  • Linguine
  • Farfalle
  • Soba noodles
  • Polenta
  • Vermicelli
  • Spring Roll Wrappers
  • Any others you have available in your area

Beans, Legumes, and other Proteins

  • Chickpeas
  • Black beans
  • White beans (northern of cannellini)
  • Navy beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Black eyed peas
  • Lima beans
  • Lentils (red, brown, green)
  • Split peas (yellow and green)
  • Nut & Seed butters (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew, sunflower, and tahini)

Nuts, Seeds, and other Trail mix Essentials

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pepitas
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds (or flaxmeal for smoothies, cereals, etc.)
  • Raisins
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Shredded coconut


  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Curry Powder
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Nutmeg
  • Bay leaves
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Fennel seeds
  • Herbes De Provence
  • Chives
  • Celery salt

Vegan Cooking Essentials

  • Olive oil
  • Marinara sauce- in a jar
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Canned tomatoes (tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, whole or sundried)
  • Veggie broth
  • Soy sauce
  • Miso
  • Heart of palms (and other canned/jar veggies)

Vegan Baking Essentials

  • Maple syrup
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut oil
  • Veggie oil
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Yeast
  • Flour (all purpose, almond, oat, gluten free, etc.)
  • Baking powder
  • Coconut Cream
  • Baking soda
  • Cream of tarter
  • Apple cider vinegar (and any other vinegar you usually use)
  • Vanilla
  • Molasses
  • Agave syrup
  • Coconut sugar (or other vegan sugar)
  • Raw sugar
  • Applesauce
  • Canned pumpkin (and other canned fruits/veggies)

Other Pantry Items for a Vegan Kitchen

  • White vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Jam or jellies (if you don’t make your own)
  • Shelf stable non-dairy milk
  • Salsa
  • Tortilla chips
  • Hot sauce
  • Coconut water
  • Gallons of water
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Any other shelf stable foods (soups, etc.)

This is NOT an exhaustive list, but it should give you a very good idea of what you should(or could) be buying as a vegan!

And, as you can see, us vegans eat quite a bit of different types of foods!

So, when someone tells you that you can’t get all the nutrients or have a variety of foods in your diet as a vegan; show them this list!

And, this is just a list of most of the food vegans eat; it doesn’t even go into all of the combinations of meals and recipes that can be created with them!

Think of the list above like the alphabet, with each food being a letter. Then think of how many words can be made up with the letters of the alphabet….there are a lot more foods listed above than in the alphabet!

What Vegans Don’t Eat (AKA- what NOT to put on your vegan grocery list)

Alright, so we’ve covered some things that vegans eat and what you could potentially put on your grocery list as a beginner vegan, or long time vegan, or someone who is vegan and trying to stock up on some foods.

But, non-vegans think we’re missing out on vital nutrients and a whole ton of ‘delicious’ meals by avoiding animal products.

But, that’s just it, the ONLY thing we don’t eat (in general) is animal products. The products that come from animal abuse and that is making the biggest contribution to greenhouse gases and global warming.

If you’d like a list:

  • meat
  • fish
  • milk from another species
  • eggs (I recently saw someone refer to this as a chickens period, so gross, but true!)
  • cheese, yogurt, and other milk derivatives
  • anything else that is made from animals or their secretions

But, Isn’t Eating Vegan Expensive?

Not necessarily!

As a beginner, while you’re transitioning into eating a vegan diet and are relying on vegan alternatives of non-vegan foods; then yes, it may be a bit more expensive than what you’re used to. Though, with the price of meat, it’s still probably cheaper.

Luckily, you don’t have to go to a specialty store or a ‘natural healthy food’ store to get most of the foods in the above lists. You can most of the items from:

  • Walmart
  • Aldis
  • Wegmans
  • Safeway
  • Publix
  • Price Chopper
  • most ‘bargain’ food stores
  • Whole Foods
  • Trader Joes
  • and many different online stores, such as Amazon!

Once you’re through transitioning to eating vegan, and it becomes ‘normal’ for you; you’ll become more comfortable with experimenting with new vegan recipes and making healthier alternatives to the vegan store bought alternatives. Many recipes like this rely heavily on beans, veggies, and other super cheap food!

So, my answer is NO! It is not expensive, as long as you’re focused on eating vegan and eating healthier, less processed foods. Which is what you should be doing as it is better for your health, our bodies, and our minds!

It may take a little time to find your groove with eating a healthy vegan, or plant based, diet; but you’ll get there and you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!

And in case you have kids and don’t really feel like cooking, check out 55 Easy Vegan Kid Meals (For When You’re Too Tired to Cook!)

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Vegan Grocery List for Beginners (and Vegan Essentials to Keep Stocked)

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