A vegan kitchen: shopping list

I went grocery shopping this weekend and stocked up on food for the week. While I try to cook three meals a day, Alex and I sometimes end up ordering delivery (usually a cheese-less veggie pizza or some Japanese food). This was especially true during last week’s heatwave when I didn’t want to do anything. However, I notice that I spend a lot of money on groceries and should really try to be aware of what’s in stock and what I can do with it… so I’m writing out what I keep in my kitchen so I have a record of it.

This list may also prove helpful to other budding vegans who are wondering what to buy and eat. I keep a well-stocked kitchen and actually use everything in it so this can be a good list for folks to use.

Fruit (seasonal)


  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Citrus fruit (grapefruit, clementines, lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines)
  • Grapes
  • Kiwis
  • Mangoes
  • Melons
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Strawberries

Veggies (seasonal)

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Potatoes, russet
  • Potatoes, sweet
  • Spinach
  • Squash, butternut
  • Squash, yellow
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Herbs & Spices

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Ginger root
  • Mint
  • Onions
  • Parsley


Nut Butters & Jams

  • Butter, almond
  • Butter, peanut
  • Jam, lingonberry
  • Jam, mixed berries
  • Preserve, peach-apricot

Nuts & Dried Fruits


  • Dried apricots
  • Dried figs
  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts


  • Canola oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil, extra virgin
  • Peanut oil
  • Sesame oil, toasted


  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Rice vinegar

Canned Goods

  • Artichoke hearts
  • Chili, vegetarian
  • Marinara sauce
  • Pickles
  • Tomatoes (diced, crushed, whole)
  • Vegetable broth


  • Agave syrup
  • Maple syrup


  • Baking soda & powder
  • Brown rice
  • Cornmeal
  • Couscous, Israeli
  • Flour, all-purpose
  • Flour, chickpea
  • Oats, rolled
  • Oats, steel cut
  • Pasta, whole wheat
  • Quinoa
  • Seeds, chia
  • Seeds, flax
  • Yeast

Condiments, Sauces, & Spreads

Spices & Seasonings

  • Allspice
  • Cardamom
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Ginger
  • Marjoram
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Onion powder
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Peppercorn
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Sage
  • Salt, kosher
  • Thyme
  • Vanilla extract


  • Chocolate, dark
  • Rice cakes
  • Tortilla chips
  • Trail mix


  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Burritos
  • Dumplings
  • Ice cream
  • Meatballs
  • Peas
  • Pie crust
  • Pizzas
  • Veggies, mixed
  • Waffles


  • Beer
  • Coffee
  • Juice, orange
  • Juice, pomegranate
  • Milk, soy, unsweetened
  • Tea
  • Wine

Baked Goods

  • Bread
  • Pita
  • Tortillas, corn


  • Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C

In my next post, I’ll share my collection of vegan cookbooks and discuss some of my favorite recipes. I love trying new recipes but I’m also lazy and have my favorite standbys so I’ll be sure to mention them all.

Killing me shot at a time

My parents are throwing a party today to celebrate their birthdays and I’m making them juice:

Beet Basic (juice)

This concoction consists of beets, carrots, oranges, apples, celery, and ginger. Beet and carrot juices are very potent dyes so it’s important to not get any on your clothing. However, even if you don’t get any juice on yourself, it’ll still be all over everything else: knives, cutting boards, counters, etc. If you’ll notice, the juice on the cutting board is smiling at me… (It’s a pattern from the lid of the pitcher after I’d finished juicing and poured the juice into a jar.)

The other juice I made consists of pineapple, carrots, apples, celery, and ginger. A lot fruitier than the beet one so I’m giving the partygoers an option between a veg-based juice and a fruit-based one. I hope they like what they try!