As with anything new, the hardest part is often figuring out where to start. And transitioning to crafting delicious vegan dishes at home is no exception! Our wonderful and talented chef, Natalie is often asked “Where do you have to shop to find all these ingredients?!” Her answer? The same places she always has!
It’s a complete myth and misconception that eating vegan, or preparing vegan meals, requires access to a whole other universe of culinary skills or grocery stores. It’s often simply a matter of frequenting new aisles, buying the vegan versions of familiar products, and knowing where the best deals and products are. Lucky for you, Natalie has spilled all of her secrets on which grocery stores she likes getting specific products from (spoiler alert: you probably already go there!) and which store has a killer vegan hot bar. While these are her suggestions, your local stores may have different or altered offerings so feel free to experiment with your own shopping. Food should be fun, after all!
As you probably already know, this is the place to stock up on the BIG staples in your pantry or for your cooking needs. Costco is where Natalie gets a lot of dry goods and staples in a lot of the Planted recipes or things that have a longer shelf life. This includes things like:
Along with other fresh staples, this is where Chef Natalie sources quite a lot of her vegan-specific items. She’s also been impressed that the PC brand has come out with an extensive line of vegan food as well!
Often a bit more accessible and convenient than a trip to Superstore, No Frills offers easy access to lots of staples and have also started carrying the PC brand of non-essential vegan foodstuffs.
As you may have guessed, Whole Foods has a whole other universe of vegan ingredients and products. They have a bit more selection of certain types of specialty products and ingredients that are always great to experiment within the kitchen. For Chef Natalie, this is where she likes to browse their fresh herbs and snacks!
What are your favourite stops for vegan ingredients? Let us know in the comments!