trader joe's

Plant-Based Grocery List

Hey Everyone!

When Adam and I first transitioned to a fully plant-based diet, there was a pretty lengthy adjustment period. Mostly this involved knowing what the heck to eat. At the time, it was January in Seattle and I was still getting used to the short days. The last thing that I wanted to do when I came home from work was cook. We got into the habit of hitting the Whole Foods salad bar which always translated into “How did we just spend $75 at Whole Foods again!?” Eventually, though, we found a style of cooking that was simple and affordable to us. We started making food that tasted better than any vegan food that we could find at restaurants (including Chipotle) and now we cook at home probably 80% of the time. I try to make food ahead of time if we are going on road trips, but the reality is that Chipotle will always be our old fallback. I always say it tastes so good because by the time we get there I'm starving. :)

Anyway, since it took me so long to figure out what to buy at the grocery store, I figured I’d save you some time of staring aimlessly at the produce section and tell you what WE buy. First, we shop almost exclusively at Trader Joe’s. For what we eat, in the amounts we eat, TJ’s just has the most options at the best price. That being said, there are times where we will get items like avocados, bananas, frozen berries and baby portobello mushrooms at Costco. We go through these three items pretty quickly. We also stock up on powdered peanut butter at Costco!

I will be making posts describing some of the super easy recipes that are my go-to’s soon, but for now here is a list of what we buy on our weekly trips to Trader Joe’s. I shall list the items in the order that we pick them up, circling clockwise around the TJ’s in Corvallis. 


  • coconut water with aloe vera (morning smoothies)
  • organic dried mangos
  • avocados
  • bananas
  • shaved brussels sprouts
  • sliced cremini mushrooms
  • diced onions 
  • broccoli florets
  • organic golden potatoes (Adam doesn’t like sweet potatoes or we’d get them too!)
  • firm tofu
  • Tomato basil hummus
  • Guacamole with Salsa 
  • “ beef-less ground beef” aka textured soy protein
  • organic sprouted grain bread
  • frozen strawberries
  • frozen blueberries
  • frozen mango
  • brown rice fusilli 
  • Israeli cous cous
  • Jasmine rice
  • canned organic garbanzo beans
  • canned organic pinto beans
  • canned organic black beans
  • organic marinara sauce
  • coconut milk
  • coconut aminos
  • Soyaki sauce (new find, so GOOD)
  • basil
  • oregano
  • curry powder
  • taco seasoning
  • nutritional yeast
  • Himalayan pink sea salt
  • organic tortilla chips
  • Jalapeño sauce
  • Habanero sauce
  • GT’s Trilogy & Strawberry Kombuchas

And sometimes marshmallows and dark chocolate so we can make vegan s'mores. :)