A Super Useful Vegetarian Grocery List

Vegetarian Grocery List

One common myth is that food options are limited if you are a vegetarian. In fact, I believed it for years until I married my wife who was born in India. While I never became a strict vegetarian myself I have gone weeks without eating meat and never get bored with our vegetarian meals. Our pantry overflows with dozens of glass jars filled with a wide variety of beans, pulses, peas, nuts, grains, and rice. Not to mention all the different vegetables, fruits, sauces and, of course, spices that fill our plates.

Below is a simple Vegetarian Grocery List (along with a downloadable PDF version here.) to make sure you have everything you need for those instant pot vegetarian recipes, high protein vegetarian meals or that vegetarian casserole you’ve been thinking about.

It should come in handy for both strict vegetarians as well as people who are transitioning to vegetarianism or simply trying to cut down on their consumption of meat for ethical or health reasons.

Of course, this list will need to be adjusted to your particular situation, favorite ethnic cooking style, and family size. For example, a larger family will be able to purchase a wider variety of fresh vegetables at one time and enjoy them before they go bad. However, when shopping for one or two it is smarter to cycle through smaller batches of different fresh vegetables each shopping trip. And if you only have a limited time to devote to cooking you may want to avoid stocking up on garbanzo beans, chick peas and barley since they require more time to prepare.

Pro Tip: If you are new to vegetarianism or just need some new inspiration, do your best to visit a wide variety of ethnic grocery stores. Most large grocery stores and big box stores only carry a limited range of vegetarian ingredients compared to what can be found in Asian, South/Central American or Indian specialty shops.

Dairy
Milk
Butter
Ghee
Yogurt
Cheese

Beans, Pulses & Peas
Lima beans
Garbanzo beans
Lentils
Chick peas
Black eyed peas
Green peas

Grains & Seeds
Barley
Rice
Quinoa
Couscous
Oatmeal
Cereals

Flours & Pasta
All purpose flour
Chick pea flour
Pancake/waffle flour
Spaghetti
Penne
Pastina

Bakery – Preferably whole wheat breads
Bread
Pitas
Bagels
Tortillas
Crackers
Croutons
Baking powder
Cocoa powder

Fresh vegetables
Asparagus
Potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Spinach
Arugula
Cabbage
Broccoli
Green chilis
Coriander
Eggplant
Corn
Bell peppers
Tomatos
Zucchini
Cucumbers
Radishes
Bean sprouts
Onions
Okra
Shallots
Cauliflower
Brussel sprouts
Carrots
Turnips
Mushrooms
Snow peas

Broth
Vegetable broth

Fruits
Apples
Bananas
Oranges
Grapes
Peaches
Lemons
Limes
Pineapple
Blueberries
Cherries
Strawberries
Papaya
Pears
Plums
Mango
Watermelon
Honeydew melon
Figs
Kiwis

Nuts
Almonds
Pistachios
Cashews
Walnuts
Pecans

Oils, Sauces & Sweeteners
Corn oil
Extra Virgin Olive oil
Canola oil
Flaxseed oil
Sesame oil
Soy sauce
Vegetable sriracha sauce
Marinara sauce
Vodka sauce
Maple syrup
Vanilla extract
Honey
Sugar
Agave sweetener

Spices
Red pepper
Black pepper
Mayi Spring Salt : )
Thyme
Basil
Oregano
Cloves
Ginger
Garlic
Rosemary
Cumin
Mustard seed
Turmeric
Cinnamon
Coriander seed

Beverages
Tea
Coffee
Seltzer
Juices
Soda

Condiments
Mustard
Ketchup
Tahini
Hot sauce
Salad dressing
Fruit jams
Nut butters

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