One of THE most frustrating things vegans hear, is that veganism is too expensive. So here we’ve compiled an example of a cheap vegan grocery list, perfect for anyone whether on a budget or not, to stock up for a week++ on delicious vegan meals.
Core Carb Basics:
This is the shit you’ll probably be basing your meals around as a HCLF vegan, and will leave you feeling full, satiated, and carbed the fuck up. I honestly think I could live off purely rice alone, and these 4 simple ingredients will give you a million and one meal combinations.
- Noodles – perfect for stir frys, noodle soups, or any asian style dish you fancy.
- Rice – the holy grain of carbs. Chuck this in burritos, hundreds of different curries, fried veg, or just on its own with a delicious af sauce.
- Pasta – because who doesn’t love pasta? Enjoy on its own with regular sauce or vegan pesto, or enjoy it as a side and relish in its filling deliciousness.
- Potatoes (regular and sweet) – bake them, mash them, turn them into fries, the world is your vegan oyster with these bad boys. Whether you want to use them in a curry or eat them with baked beans baked potato style, you NEED these in your cupboard.
- Bread – when you just really want a sandwich or some toast, bread is the only thing to satisfy that craving. Just make sure the ingredients are vegan.
Fruits + Veg:
No cheap vegan grocery list will be complete without fruits and veg. These are what really make a dish, and luckily for all those on a budget can be bought dirt cheap. If you really want to save, go for frozen vegetables. They may not taste as fresh, but they last forever and means you’re never having to through away food you didn’t eat in time.
Remember also never to buy the pre-cut shit, it’s normally double the price as uncut and it’s just lazy really.
- Dried fruit e.g. mango and apricots – once again last for ages and are perfect snacks when that sugar craving hits.
- Regular fruit – i.e, apples, bananas, strawberries (other kinds of fruits you can frozen such as berries)
- Black beans – these bad boys can be used for just about anything. Whether you crush them and use them in soups/curries or just enjoy them as they are in a chilli or a burrito, they’re dirt cheap and hella useful.
- Chick Peas – Cheap as, and so unbelievably delicious. Chuck in buddha bowls or curries.
- Baked Beans – need I explain?
- Pepper – whether you cut it up and dip it as a snack or use it in mexican food or stir fry’s, I get through pepper like there’s no tomorrow.
- Onion – use this in everything.
- Veggies (frozen?) – veggies should be a staple part of your diet. Here’s an example of what I normally buy, separated into what I buy fresh and what I buy frozen.
- Baby Corn
- Chinese Broccoli
- Bag of mixed veg
- Broccolli/ Cauliflower to keep just in case
You don’t need to eat fresh bowls of fruit every morning, if you’re a toast and marmite kind of person, then go for it.
- Vegan butter – tends to be very cheap, with lots of varieties and even more growing nowadays.
- Bagels – yummy as, and can be kept frozen and defrosted when ready to be used.
- Oats – enjoy simple with sugar or add on some maple syrup and berries for an instagram worthy post.
Bits and Pieces:
- Wraps – for all those delicious burritos you’ll be eating.
- Tinned soups – perfect for when you just cba, and are often cheap as.
- Pasta sauce
- Vegan pesto
- Frozen Chips
- Mock meats – e.g. fake chicken for stir frys.
- Fake cheese + alternative milk (almond is my favourite)
- Freefrom section of most supermarkets tend to have biscuits/cakes you can eat too.
Create your own cheap vegan grocery list
Of course this is just a rough guide, this is an example of what I would go and buy, it’s all down to personal preference and what works for you. This cheap vegan grocery list works as an example of what kinds of basics you should have, and how it doesn’t need to be all organically produced, watered with unicorn tears food, and that it’s food affordable to all.