Vegan Grocery List Essentials

#Vegan Food List for easy shopping in supermarkets on a budget. Vegan Pantry basics from Aldi, Tesco, Super Valu

Shopping for groceries can be a challenge, from wanting all the goodies on the shelves to not really knowing exactly what you want to eat for a week. Maybe you’re trying to swap some processed foods for healthier choices without sacrificing flavour but end up throwing too many junk foods into the trolley. Perhaps you find the thoughts of a plant based lifestyle daunting and it’s putting you off trying it for yourself? Fear not!

In my experience, having a rough idea of your meals for the week is most of the battle. I like to stick to healthier foods I know I love and treats like ice cream, crisps and biscuits from time to time because I’m human and can’t resist all the indulgent things. Once you have your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options sorted – finding vegan options isn’t all that difficult. Most supermarkets have an online PDF’s of vegan products. Here are Aldi, Tesco and Lidl’s  vegan lists taking the hassle out of checking ingredient when you’re in a rush or have better things to do than spend an hour googling ingredients in a supermarket! Make a list of items and brand names before you go in, once you have your list made you can use it every week.

Having healthy food on hand and stocking up on dry goods that have a long shelf life is key. Although my weekly shop is 90% fresh produce of fruits and vegetables, I always keep things like beans, quinoa, lentils, rice, nuts and seeds on hand for adding to any meal. I’m not one for eating salads, but adding grains and beans with salsa to leafy greens makes it somewhat enjoyable – from buddha bowl to burrito bowl.  If you’d like to see more food options check out my previous posts  Vegan at Aldi and Plant Based Grocery Haul.


Below are my budget friendly pantry and fridge essentials. These are my favourites, alter the list according to your tastes. The majority of these items are  from Aldi and Tesco and a few products from Super Valu.

Dried / Prepackaged food

  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Maca Powder
  • Lentils
  • Black beans
  • Hazelnuts
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Goji berries
  • Pitted Dates
  • Oat Milk
  • Vegetable Stock Cubes
  • Flavaghan’s Oat Bran
  • Ready to Wok / Dry Soba / Udon Noodles
  • Pukka Mint Tea
  • Peanut Butter
  • Tilda Brown Rice & Wild Rice
  • Kelkin Fruit Muesli / Granola
  • Pulsin or NUA Plant based Protein Powder
  • Hovis Seed Sensations Bread
  • Sriracha Hot Sauce
  • Spices – Garlic, Paprika, Cajun, Cayenne Pepper, Turmeric & Cinnamon.

Fresh Produce

  • Avocado
  • Carrot Battons
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Shredded Kale
  • Bananas
  • Pineapple
  • Berries (Frozen is cheaper)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Red Pepper Hummus

Vegan Treats

  • Alpro Chocolate Ice cream
  • Swedish Glaze Vanilla / Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Lotus Biscuits
  • Chilli Heatwave Doritos
  • Pom Bears Original
  • Original Pringles
  • Moo Free Milk Chocolate
  • Alpro Yogurts
  • Jelly Tots
  • Oreos – Original / Mint
*Please bare in mind the products listed are suitable for vegans in Ireland, ingredient lists may differ for products in your country.

Leave your favourite plant based foods in the comments 


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