A Super Useful 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.
Beans, Pulses & Peas
Black eyed peas
Grains & Seeds
Flours & Pasta
All purpose flour
Chick pea flour
Bakery – Preferably whole wheat breads
Oils, Sauces & Sweeteners
Extra Virgin Olive oil
Vegetable sriracha sauce
Mayi Spring Salt : )