Vegan grocery shopping can feel a bit of a minefield. I think of Veganuary as the time of the year that fancy new vegan products are released. These products are great and often really delicious. In reality, I’m sure most vegans’ week-to-week shopping is not comprised exclusively of these products.
I wanted to show what our normal week-to-week vegan grocery shopping looks like. Both me and my husband are based at home full-time at the moment. We are very active people, and I breastfeed our five month-old daughter exclusively. The majority of our shopping is very unglamorous everyday foods and ingredients, that many people would recognise, vegan or not.
This post itemises our recent two-weekly vegan grocery shopping, for me and my husband, from Tesco, and is an approximation of all of our food and drinks for the two week period. It is an honest list of our groceries. To keep things authentic, I have not edited it to make us appear more healthy, budget-conscious, virtuous, or zero-waste than we are at the moment. There are many things about it I would change in an ideal world!
The total price of this vegan grocery shopping was £96.98, equating to approximately £24.25 per person per week. Without drinks included, this is approximately £16.33, per person per week.
Vegan grocery shopping: Carbohydrates
My husband and I are active people and eat a lot of carbohydrates. In particular, we eat a reasonable amount of bread and wheat / gluten.
Carbohydrates we bought were:
- Tesco 8 Wholemeal Tortilla Wraps, £0.95
- Hovis Wholemeal Medium Bread 800G, £0.99
- Hovis Original 7 Seeds Bread 800G, £1.60
- Tesco 9 Crumpets, £0.37
- Jus-Rol Puff Pastry Ready Rolled Sheet 320G, £1.55
- Allinson Wholemeal Bread Flour 1.5Kg, £2.00
- Allinson Wholemeal Plain Flour 1Kg, £2.00
- Tesco Steak Oven Cut Chips 1.5Kg, £1.50
- Tesco Maris Piper Potatoes 2.5Kg, £1.15
We also have a store cupboard stock of Scottish porridge oats, pasta, barley, and rice. We buy these in big bags every few months.
Total spent on carbohydrates: £12.11
Vegan grocery shopping: Vegetables and fruit
The majority of the time, my husband and I cook from fresh ingredients. We select fruit and vegetables that are as British as possible, which in practice can be tricky from a supermarket. Supermarket fruit and vegetables are plastic heavy, which we don’t love.
Fruit and vegetables we bought were:
- Tesco Organic Fair Trade Bananas 5 Pack, £1.35
- Tesco Organic Unwaxed Lemons Minimum 3 Pack, £1.60
- Tesco Baby Plum Tomatoes 325G, £1.00
- Tesco Carrots 1Kg £0.40
- Redmere Farms Brown Onion 1Kg, £0.50
- Grower’s Harvest Chopped Tomatoes 400G, £0.28 x 5
- Tesco Romaine Lettuce Hearts 2 Pack £1.00
- Fresh & Naked Spinach 125G, £0.85
- Tesco Cauliflower, £0.79
- Chestnut Mushrooms 250G, £1.00
- Nightingale Farms Peppers 375G, £0.89
- Tesco Gala Apple Minimum 5 Pack, £1.60
We also keep frozen broccoli, cauliflower, and a bag of roasted vegetables in the freezer for when we run low on fresh fruit and vegetables.
Total spent on fruit and vegetables: £12.10
Vegan grocery shopping: Proteins
My husband and I tend to eat a lot of beans and lentils.
Proteins we bought were:
- Tesco Taco Mix Beans & Mexican Sauce 395G, 0.65p
- Branston Beans In Tomato Sauce 410G, £0.65 x 4
- Growers Harvest Red Kidney Beans In Water 400G, £0.30 x 4
- Tesco Longlife Unsweetened Soya Milk Alternative 1L, £0.85 x 2
- Tesco Red Split Lentils 1Kg, £1.80
- Tesco Beansprouts 300G, £0.81
- Tesco Houmous 200G, £0.69
- Grower’s Harvest Garden Peas 900G, £0.55
- Tesco Walnut Halves 100G, £1.50
We also have peanut butter and pumpkin seeds in our store cupboard, and tend to buy these every few months in bulk.
Total spent on proteins: £11.50
Vegan grocery shopping: Fats
My husband and I largely use Flora and rapeseed oil day-to-day.
Fats we bought were:
- Pride Coconut Milk 400Ml, £1 x 2
- Hillfarms Oil Cold Pressed Rapeseed 500Ml, £4.00
- Flora Original Spread 500G, £2.20
- Violife Vegan Epic Mature Cheddar Flavoured Block 200G, £2.60
I also have a bottle of hemp oil that I am currently using for drizzling e.g., on pasta.
Total spent on fats: £10.80
Vegan grocery shopping: Herbs and spices
Herbs and spices we bought were:
- Schwartz Fajita 46G Jar, £ 0.99
We also use salt, pepper, chilli powder, garam masala, and Marigold vegan bouillon.
Total spent on herbs and spices: £0.99
Vegan grocery shopping: Drinks
Drinks we bought were:
- Diet Coke 24 X 330 Ml Pack, £8.50
- Robinsons Fruit Barley Grapefruit 1L, £ 1.65
- Barr Irn-Bru Soft Drink 8 X 330Ml, £3.00
- Alpro Long Life Oat Drink 1 Litre, £1.40 x 6
- Nescafe Gold Blend 275G, £6.50
- Oatly Oat Drink Barista Edition 1 Litre, £1.80 x2
Total spent on drinks: £31.65
Vegan grocery shopping: Convenience foods
Convenience foods we bought were:
- Tesco Plant Chef Margherita Pizza 269G, £2.50
- Tesco Indian Onion Bhajis 294G, £1.75
- Tesco Plant Chef 2 Meat Free Sausages Rolls 120G, £0.60
Total spent on convenience foods: £4.85
Vegan grocery shopping: Snacks and treats
Snacks and treats we bought were:
Chocolate appears on this list, which has an allergy warning ‘may contain milk’. I consider this to be vegan, as milk is not listed as an ingredient.
Total spent on snacks and treats: £2.99
Vegan grocery shopping: Other
Other items we bought were:
- Bonne Maman Raspberry Conserve 370G, £2.80
- Tesco Paracetamol Tablets 500Mg 16 Pack, £0.29
- Lyles Black Treacle 454G, £ 1.40
- Tesco Light Brown Soft Sugar 1Kg Pack, £2.60
Paracetamol appear on this list, which contain non-vegan ingredients. I take paracetamol when I need to, and consider them to be vegan. This is in line with the Vegan Society’s definition of vegan: it is not currently practical or possible to exclude these if I am ill and need to take them as medicine.
Total spent on other: £7.09
Vegan grocery shopping: Household items
Household items we bought were:
Total spent on household items: £2.90
Grand total spending £96.98
The post isn’t endorsed or sponsored, Tesco just happens to be where we do our shopping at the moment. Prices reflect the RRP on the Tesco website on 04/01/22, and links to each item were tested and functional on 05/01/22. In practice, our shopping is often slightly cheaper than this, as we tend to take advantage of special offers and gear our shopping around these.
I’d love to hear about you – is this similar to your vegan grocery shopping, or different?