A Vegan at the Market



The above photo is one trip to the local Kroger’s market.  As you can see, there is plenty of food there for the vegan cook. There were only two prepared items that were included: soymilk and tempeh.  I admittedly purchase bargains; I bought a huge amount of broccoli for $3 on special. Here is what was purchased for under $45:

  1. 8 lbs. navel oranges
  2. 5 lbs. russet potatoes
  3. collard greens
  4. kale
  5. 8 oz. wheat germ
  6. 1 cantaloupe
  7. 1 pineapple
  8. 1/2 gallon soymilk
  9. sweet peppers
  10. ginger root
  11. taro root
  12. red leaf lettuce
  13. bunch bananas (5)
  14. green onions
  15. 2 extra large bunches of brocolli
  16. head lettuce
  17. cucumber
  18. mushrooms
  19. 2 lbs. organic carrots
  20. 3 pack fresh garlic
  21. turnip
  22. tempeh
  23. 2 ears corn
  24. head cabbage
  25. 2 artichokes
  26. jicama
  27. avocado
  28. box of raisins

From the above, the following meals were made:*


Cantaloupe and whole grain toast

Blueberry banana smoothie

Wheat germ with granola and soymilk

Waffles and oranges

Cantaloupe and whole grain toast (2nd time)

Green tea, banana and wheat germ

Scones with orange slices


Broccoli and potato soup with bread

Pajeon Korean Pancakes with dipping sauce

Artichokes – 2

Broccoli and potato soup with Field Roast sandwich

Large mixed greens salad with mushrooms, peppers, sunflower seeds, jicama, and vinegar/oil dressing

Winter vegetable soup with onions, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, and broccoli


Teriyaki Panini with grilled onions, mushrooms and sweet peppers and raw greens salad

Pajeon Korean Pancakes with dipping sauce

Vegan burrito with shredded vegetables, fresh avocado and salsa

Spicy Garlic Beans, corn on the cob, and kale

Winter vegetable soup with onions, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, and broccoli with hearty sun dried tomato rolls

Wrap sandwich with greens, avocado, salsa, mushrooms, peppers with mixed veggies

Tempeh stir-fry with broccoli, ginger root, garlic, onions, peppers, and shredded cabbage with noodles






Raisins and raw cashews

Raw carrots

*previously purchased items also used

Having fresh produce available is a true luxury.  Along with legumes and grains, they provide everything one needs for a healthy diet. As the produce dwindles, a soup is made from vegetables remaining. When all the produce is gone, if payday has not yet arrived, a dal (legumes and rice with Indian spices) is made, which never gets tiresome but is always a treat. To make it even more elegant, try Alternative Vegan‘s Venn Pongal recipe – it includes cashews and a wonderful array of spices.  Happy shopping!