January 12, 2020 at 12:05AM
There’s something inspiring and exciting about wandering the aisles of your favorite grocery store, with recipes and food prep fantasies running through your head.
Unless, of course, you find yourself shopping and have no idea where to start.
If you’re new to veganism, or perhaps you’re simply in a cooking rut, this could be all too familiar. So we put together a master list of pantry essentials to help you nail your grocery shopping, plus, enough meal inspo for a week of plant-based eating.
- Leafy greens (spinach, kale, lettuce, etc.)
- Bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- Mushrooms (technically a fungus, but here we are)
- Artichokes or artichoke hearts
- Squash (butternut, spaghetti, summer, etc.)
- Green peas (frozen are great to have on hand)
- Snow peas
- Sweet potato
- Fresh herbs
- Non-dairy milk of choice (oat, cashew, soy, etc.)
- Coconut water
- Herbal tea
- Vegan alcohol
There are a ton of great options on the market today that are plant-based and healthy—just be sure to check the label. “Vegan” doesn’t always equal “healthy,” and ultra-processed foods should still be eaten sparingly.
Before you head to the store, think about what you’d like to eat. Having an idea of your upcoming meals will make sure you’re not left with a fridge full of groceries but no idea what to cook. Check out Fridge to Table for recipe ideas based on particular ingredients!
In the meantime, these seven breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes will get you started on a week’s worth of plant-based eating.
And of course, these groceries and recipes are just a jumping off point if you need some inspiration. There are lots of brands offering great vegan products that didn’t make this list, so get familiar with your store’s health-food section!