Vegan Grocery Shopping 101 at Costco

Quite often when people change to a more plant-based diet, they have a hard time figuring out what to get, where to shop, where to eat out and what to eat. I get these kinds of questions all the time. I have decided that my Wednesday theme for Vegan MoFo 2013 will be Grocery Shopping 101 / Whatcha Gonna Eat Wednesday. This theme was a last-minute changeup inspired by a great couple I met last night at a VegMichigan Cooking Demo. If they're reading this, thanks for the inspiration and for reminding me why I write this blog!

This week I am featuring my Metro-Detroit Costco store. Costco (at least around here) is actually a good place to get vegan food. Here's sort of a vegan shopping list for Costco with a few meal ideas thrown in:

-Chips & Snacks (tortilla chips, plain potato chips, on-the-go snacks, etc.)
Vegan Snacks Costco

Vegan Snacks Costco

Snapea Crisps Costco Vegan Snacks

Vegan Snacks Costco

Costco Vegan Snacks

Mamma Chia Blackberry Bliss Chia Squeeze Vitality Snack Vegan Vegetarian Chia + Fruit + Vegetables

-Canned Beans (great in salads, soups, with grains)

-Ready-to-Eat Soups, Vegetable Stock, Ready-to-Eat Grains & Meals
Vegetarian Food Costco

Organic Vegetarian Food Costco

Vegetarian Food Costco

-Tomatoes - sauce, paste, diced, etc. (pasta - duh!, also great for flavoring soups and stews, cooking with beans)
Costco Vegetarian Vegan Paleo Foods

-Beans - This is something new I have not seen at Costco before! Yay!
Vegan Vegetarian Costco

-Pasta, Whole Grains & Seeds (different kinds of rice, pasta, quinoa, chia, freekeh, etc. - they're always adding new items here)
Vegan Food Costco

Organic Vegetarian Vegan Whole Grains Costco

Vegan Food Costco

-Spices (including organic)
Organic Spices Costco Vegan Vegetarian

-Cereal
Vegan Cereal Costco

-Nuts & Nut Butters (great as an on-the-go snack, in salads, desserts, DIY trail mix)
Vegan Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter Vegetarian Costco

-Dried Fruit  (great as an on-the-go snack, in salads, desserts, DIY trail mix)

-Non-Dairy Milk (great for smoothies, coffee/tea, cereal, baking, etc.)
Vegan Milk Costco

Vegan Milk Costco

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze Almond Milk Vegan Costco

-Vegan Sweeteners (that's right, Costco carries vegan sugar for all your baking & sweetening needs)
Vegan Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Sugar Costco

Vegan Sugar in the Raw Costco

Wholesome Sweeteners Vegan Organic Blue Agave Nectar Sweetener

Truvia Stevia Costco Vegan

-Fresh Fruit & Vegetables (don't forget that these are great snacks or additions to a lunch)

-Frozen Fruit (great in smoothies or desserts)
Costco Vegan Vegetarian Finds

-Frozen Vegetables (great for making a quick soup or stew, adding to rice or quinoa, etc.)
Costco Vegan Food

-Tofu & Meat Substitutes
Organic Silken Tofu Multipack Vegan Vegetarian Costco
Silken tofu is especially good in desserts, soups, vegan mayonnaise and creamy sauces. Not in the refrigerated section like the other tofu.

Vegan Food Costco

Veggie Burgers Costco

Vegan Burgers Costco

-Refrigerator Section Finds
Vegetarian Food Costco

Vegan Food Costco

-Hummus Galore! (put on sandwiches, eat with fresh veggies for a snack or with pita chips - also available at Costco)
Vegan Food Costco

Vegetarian Food Costco

Check out the totally vegan 'Texas Caviar' - also great for stuffing a pita or adding to your lunch or picnic

Here's what I picked up this time

Vegetarian Food Costco

I HIGHLY recommend these Field Roast Sausages, especially for new vegetarians and vegans! I haven't found anyone who doesn't like them. They can also be found at Whole Foods Market.

Also, don't forget the great 
-Kitchen Appliances and Products available at discounted prices
Vitamix Blender Vegetarian Vegan Costco
This is by far my favorite non-food item in my kitchen!

Does anyone have any other suggestions for vegan shopping at a warehouse store like Costco? Any favorite vegan products from Costco?

36 comments:

  1. I heard a rumor from a restaurant worker that Costco sells the delicious almond-milk ice cream that Whole Foods stopped selling. Still need to verify.

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    1. I haven't seen that, but I didn't really look in that section. I will check the next time I go. Also, it could be one of those things sold in only certain areas?

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  2. Thanks, Heather for all the great recommendations for vegan shopping at Costco. Like you, I love all the vegan stuff you can find there. A couple more to add to the list that I recently found are Gardenburger's Malibu burgers. They come frozen in a box. Also, I like to buy the edamame (bundled in three bags), canned organic tomatoes and the gynormous bag of peanuts I buy specifically to throw out for the birds and wildlife in our backyard.

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    1. Wow, thank you for the great suggestions, Susan! I did not even notice those burgers!

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  3. Thank you for the great post! I just recently switched to becoming vegan and shopping has been the hardest part, constantly reading labels sometimes missing ingredients and getting home to find that it has honey or casein (jerks!). My boyfriend and I have been wanting to join costco for a while, so this was perfect!

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    1. It really is one of the hardest parts about changing your diet. Not only do you have to find where to shop and which items are safe, but you have to find which products you like! I'm glad I could help. I hope you can find all of the great things we have at Costco here in your local Costco. I'm pretty sure they let you check out the store before you join (you just can't buy anything until you join.) The good news is that once you get the hang of it, shopping (and being) vegan becomes easy.

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  4. organic grapes 5 lb packages, only seen it once last year. I only shop at Costco 4 times a year

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  5. NO FAIR! Our Costco doesn't have the Field Roast products. I love them so much

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    1. I think they are a somewhat recent addition in the Metro Detroit area. Either that or I didn't notice them until sometime in the last year. Here, they are in the refrigerated section by the hummus, tofu, cheese, and meat sausages. Maybe you could request that they carry them in your store.

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    2. Let us know where you are and maybe some of us can try to help you request Field Roast in your area. I'm sure you're not the only person who would like to see them there.

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    3. I'm in the Vancouver, B.C. area and would be SO delighted if I could find Field Roast products at our Costco(s). A long time ago they had "Curry in a Hurry" brand veggie samosas and also pakoras - but they stopped selling them :( Similarly, they also more recently had Gardein's "Beef" bourguinon - which was amazing. But they don't sell it any more! Wish they'd bring these back!

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  6. I am in Northridge, CA... southern California. I have not seen the Field Roast in our Costco but would LOVE to be able to get it there... Also have not seen the Amy's canned goods.

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    1. Yeah, I'm in southern California, too, and I doubt they have Field Roast at my local Costco - but I'll definitely check the next time I'm there. That would be rad.

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  7. Wow, I would expect you to have them before us!! Can anyone help out in requesting Field Roast & Amy's at Costco in Southern California (or specifically Northridge)? Thank you!!!

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  8. I've never been to a costco but o my - who doesn't love a wall of hummous? :D

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  9. Organic coconut oil, at a good price. They also used to carry a wonderful quinoa pasta, but for some reason that has disappeared.

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    1. Oh yeah. You're right! I forgot about that because I'm all stocked up! Great suggestion!

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    2. I've been looking for that Quinoa pasta for a year now...please post it if you find it. Thanks!

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    3. It's back at Costco in Texas

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  10. great post!! i only recently joined Costco, and I've been stoked on all the great vegan finds, and also all the organic stuff they have. Last week I got a box of Justin's Dark Chocolate PB cups, yumz!!! It's neat to see what other costcos carry - some of our stuff is the same as yours, and some is different. :)

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    1. Oh my gosh, I LOVE those! I think I'm going to double check my store to make sure I didn't miss those. Otherwise, I just might have to do some traveling. ;-)

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  11. Madras Lentils by Tasty Bite - we put them on french fries and they tast like chili fries. Love them! Cannot wait to try the sausages I kept seeing them and not getting them because in the past Chris never liked any other brand I had bought.

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    1. Thanks for the comment! I didn't include the Madras Lentils because I'm pretty sure they include dairy. But you brought up a great idea! I think I'm going to start putting Indian food on french fries now! Brilliant! We could create all kinds of new spins on chili fries!
      We LOVE those sausages! If you guys don't like them, we will be glad to take them off your hands for ya! The spicy ones ARE spicy for you guys so I'd suggest cutting them up and cooking them in something. I like to saute them with potatoes for brunch.

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  12. This was a great post! I live in SE Michigan and shop at the Roseville Costco and we buy almost everything you posted!

    Here are some of the things we buy as well:
    maple syrup (HUGE bottle for $12)
    oatmeal
    almond butter (costs $3 less for twice as much than Kroger!)
    salsa
    Minced Garlic
    Olives
    Strawberry Jam
    Corn Tortillas (they stopped selling these, too)
    the HUGE bag of spinach for only $4! (worth mentioning on its own!)

    I've seen the newer section of vegan Gardenburgers, too.

    They also carry Ling Ling vegetable spring rolls in the frozen section that are vegan. I try to stay away from that stuff, but my husband loves them!

    I'm curious as to which Costco you go to, because I've never seen the tofu and would LOVE to be able to cut Kroger out of most of my weekly store visits if I could just get it at Costco! My Costco also recently stopped carrying the veggie broth. =(

    I haven't noticed the Amy's soups and will have to check that out too!

    My biggest wish is that they'd carry bulk unsweetened soy or almond milk.

    Thanks again!



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    1. Thanks for the great suggestions!! I have bought tofu at the Shelby Twp, Bloomfield Twp & Northville stores. They occasionally run out. I wonder if it's possible that your store carries it and they've been out or you missed it when they had it? (That's what I'm hoping for so you don't have to travel elsewhere to get it!) These are the only three stores I've been to in Michigan and they all had tofu so I think you'll be likely to find it at another location if they don't carry it at yours. (And the tofu is less than $5 for a 3 pack)

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  13. Wow .. I have been away from Detroit for a couple of months because of work .. If I am coming home to this at my local Costco I am VERY excited .... Great post !!

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    1. Yay! Hope you can find everything you want there!

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  14. I just stumbled across your blog and love Field Roast sausages too! I was looking for them in Costco - the Northville one and the one in Commerce, however neither of them had any. What stores have you found them at in Metro Detroit? I'd definitely take a trip to buy some!

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  15. What Costco's did you find the Field Roast at and does Costco still carry them? Sadly, I went to the one in Northville and Commerce and they didn't have any. They're so good - I'd drive to another store just to stock up on them!

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    1. Most recently I have bought them at the Bloomfield Twp store. I can go check if they still have them. I really hope so. I thought I bought them at Northville before though. Hopefully they just ran out!!!!! They are SOO good!

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    2. I just bought them yesterday at the Costco in Bloomfield Twp (NE Corner of Square Lake Rd & Telegraph Rd) They are in the refrigerated section with the ready to eat foods, meats, and cheeses.

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  16. This is one of the more helpful and practical pages I've found so far. I am just barely starting to transition to Vegan and I haven't really known where to start. Thanks for this post.

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  17. Thanks for this post. I am just barely trying to make the transition into Vegan and this has been one of the more practical helpful pages I've found. This gave me some specifics on how I can makes those first steps.

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    1. I'm SO glad to have helped, Genevieve! The transition gets easier and easier and time goes on and you learn more. Good luck to you! Thank you for your comment! I really appreciate it!

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