Full Disclosure, I’m not a vegetarian. BUT, I am trying very hard to stick to the “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” philosophy (thank you, Michael Pollan). It’s a SLOWWWWW process, and I’m taking it one week (one grocery trip) at a time! But, to my surprise COSTCO has been the dark horse in the competition of where I get my fridge and pantry staples. So, after MUCH trial and error (and through the purchase of many unnecessary giant trays of baklava), I’ve come up with a COSTCO VEGETARIAN SHOPPING LIST to help keep you on track while roaming the giant warehouse!
If you’re trying to move your family towards eating vegetarian (or a more plant-based) diet, then my Costco MASTER LIST can help you get the most bang for your buck.
Ultimate Vegetarian Shopping List
Below is a list of my TOP 25 items that all vegetarians (or wannabes) should have in your buggies during your next trip to Costco. My Costco Vegetarian List has you covered! (pssst! if you want a FREE printable version of this COSTCO VEGETARIAN LIST — just click here for access!)
*Plus, I have a few indulgences as an added BONUS!
- Bag of Fresh Asparagus – 2.25 lbs for around $7 bucks. Oven roasted, grilled, stir-fried. For that price, it’s all good!
- Super Food Power Greens (Taylor Farms) – 24 oz BAG for under $5 is a crazy good deal. Other than in salads, on tacos & burritos, I use these greens in my pesto, my artichoke power green lasagna, and in my crazy Spinach Muffins! (All 3 recipes coming soon!)
- Whole Avocados – 6 to a bag, and runs about $6 depending. I use these on my AM fav avocado toast, as a soup topper, and in my killer guac.
- Organic Whole Wheat Tortillas (Burrito Size) – 48 for around $6 is AMAZING if you look at how much these are running at Target ($3.50/6 count)!
- Organic Hummus (Classic) – 32 oz tub for around $6. DEAL!
- Organic Eggs (Brown / 24 count) – This is Kirkland brand and runs around $5. Best deal on organic eggs! PLUS—as an added bonus, even GOOP has given the green light on Costco organic eggs! So, you know they’re worthyJ
- Milk – Go organic, or not. Ether way, it’s a deal.
- Organic Greek Yogurt – Kirkland brand – This may seem like a monster tub of yogurt, but I use this for making eggless muffins stuffed with blueberries, smoothies (check out my Skinny Chocolate Elvis recipe!), with berries and honey for breakfast, and EVEN in a crazy pizza crust recipe (coming soon)!
- Frozen Wild Blueberries – These are a MUST BUY! 5 LBS will keep your in stock for months. Morning yogurt, muffins, pancakes, etc. Plus, during the summer months my kids love to snack on these straight from the freezer!
- Frozen Organic Whole Strawberries – Same as the blueberries. Best deal around!
- Walnuts Halves – (Kirkland Signature 3 LBS Bag) – $10 DEAL! Why is this in the freezer section? I keep all my bulk nuts in the freezer for better preservation, and I just take them out as needed. I LOVE to use walnuts in my pesto (recipe coming soon) & this bag will last for ages.
- Frozen Morning Star Black Bean Burgers – This is a go-to for the few quick dinners I manage a week.
- Organic Diced Tomatoes (Canned) – I feel like I use diced tomatoes more than any other pantry staple. For organic tomatoes, you can’t beat the price.
- Kirkland’s Almond Butter – Head’s up to all you peanut allergy moms! This almond butter is made in a PEANUT FREE facility! And, at 27 oz for about $8 this is the cheapest, safest almond butter around!
- Raw Honey – This is a 3 COUNT (each = 1 lb). That’s a TON of honey for $15. If you use RAW honey as much as I do, then you know how expensive it is! This is THE BEST price, period. Head’s up: if you’re trying to get more probiotics in your diet, raw honey is the way to go.I use raw honey in my homemade elderberry syrup (recipe coming soon) that I use during the fall and winter months. Plus, for baking muffins, granola, & smoothies.
- Organic Coconut Oil (Cold Pressed & Unrefined) – 84 oz tub for $17 bucks. This one will last 6-9 months or more! You’ll spend almost that much on ¼ the amount at a regular grocery store.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – This is the best deal on olive oil! 2 Liters is a TON!
- Nature’s Own Whole Wheat Bread (Two Pack) – One for the pantry & one for the freezer. Stick a loaf out on your counter about 2 hrs before you want to use it.
- Garofalo Organic Pasta (Variety Pack) – This is a lot of pasta, but there are 3 kinds for a total of 6 bags of pasta. Organic pasta is NOT cheap, so this is a great deal!
SNACK FOOD (PRETTY HEALTHY)
- Pretzel Chips – The BIG bag! 26 oz for around $6. Take the win!
- Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars – Basically 6 BOXES of fig bars for $13. (One box is usually around $4). DEAL!
- Cliff Kid Organic Z-Bars: This runs around $20 for 36 bars total. I don’t always splurge on this item, but I love when these go on sale. I love having these on hand to toss into the backpack for my kindergartener’s morning snack at school.
- Organic Tortilla Chips – 2.5 lbs of chips for about $4. DEAL.
- Pirate’s Booty – 18 oz bag runs less than $4 bucks. This is like three of the regular size bags you get at a regular store. They do sell the 36 count individual bags, if that’s your thing—still a good deal. But, me personally, I always “big-bag” it. Plus, this one has a handy ziplock top, which keeps it fresh.
- Aussie Bites (Multi-grain snack bites) – These run around $10-$12, which is expensive for a girl like me. So, I only get these when they’re on sale. (Hubs keeps these in his office for breakfast, otherwise he would skip it almost every day…sigh.)
Top 5 NON-vegetarian and/or Splurges
- Anchovies: (I use 2 cans at a time when I double up on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Lemon Dressing, recipe found in her It’s All Good cookbook. Check out my review of it here!)
- Fresh Fish: My family devours the trout or salmon. Buy a big piece and freeze half of it.
- Mexican Cheese Dip – This is 2 tubs of queso dip. Two LBS ladies. It’s my weakness. I’m not messing around when I buy this. I love some queso, as do my heathen children (and hubby of course)! So, it’s our splurge. But, you get double the dip for half the cost at a regular grocery store. WIN.
- Trident’s the Ultimate Fish Stick (Frozen) – Okay, yall – this is a HUGE bag of fish sticks! 60 fish sticks for around $10 bucks. These are panko crusted, crunchy and it actually looks like fish when you bite into it. I don’t feel too bad about serving these up…for my kids…
- barkThins (Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt) – Now, this is NOT always in stock, but when it is I grab a bag for $10 (WHOA, right?) and stick it in the freezer. It is a lovely little mommy snack (plus, that’s a 1.5 lb bag…it’ll last a while…)
***I think it goes without saying that no Costco trip is complete without a stroll down the wine isle, am I right? That doesn’t require a number. Wine is a given.
VEG ALL DAY
Everyone either loves or hates the big warehouse grocery stores for two reasons: #1: The quantity that each item comes with AND #2: The price per item feels crazy.
But, with a little trial and error, I’ve been able to make a “MASTER LIST” (which you can get for FREE by clicking HERE!) of Costco pantry, fridge, and freezer staples that are mostly organic and plant based.
If you use my Costco Vegetarian List as a guide during your next trip, then I bet you can avoid spending way too much on crap you don’t need. AND, you’ll walk out with a buggy full of vegetarian goodness (with one or two splurges on the side;).
Good luck! Let me know if this list is helpful in your next journey into the Costco vortex!
BONUS: if you’re looking for a little motivation to move your family towards a more plant based diet, check out Michael Pollan’s documentary In Defense of Food, as seen on Netflix or his book by the same name! Here’s a snippet from YouTube.