Stocking your Heartie Kitchen

This shopping list is simply meant as an example, and is not by any means an exhaustive list of all of the whole food plant based items available. Many of these items you may find already exist in your pantry. As you become more familiar with the cooking practices and experiment with WFPB cooking you may find you use different items than these listed. Try new things, experiment, join a community of people with which you can share your challenges and successes with. There are a wide variety of vegan and plant based fast and frozen foods on the market and more seem to appear everyday as this lifestyle becomes more popular. While these may be alright in a pinch when nothing else is available, most have added salt, sugar and oil which will sabotage your positive efforts.


  • apples
  • bananas
  • berries
  • grapes
  • other in season fruit
  • frozen blueberries
  • various other fresh and frozen fruits


  • beets
  • bell peppers
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • leafy greens
  • onions – white and purple
  • sweet peppers
  • sweet potatoes
  • other in season vegetables
  • frozen corn
  • frozen edamame
  • frozen green peas
  • frozen green beans

Pasta and Noodles

  • rice noodles
  • 100% whole wheat pastas
  • vegetable pastas with no additives

Beans and Legumes ( dried and canned)

  • black beans
  • garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • kidney beans
  • red beans
  • pinto beans
  • cannellini beans
  • lentils

Whole Grains

  • barley
  • brown rice
  • old-fashioned oats
  • quinoa
  • 100% whole grain breads and buns (Ezekiel loaf breads in the frozen section)

Spices and Condiments

  • dried herbs and spices (cumin, cinnamon, smoked paprika, no-salt seasonings, basil, chili powder, onion and garlic powders, etc)
  • hot sauces
  • liquid smoke
  • mustards
  • vegetable broth (no-oil, low sodium)
  • salsas
  • tamari (or low salt soy sauce)
  • hummus (look for brands that don’t contain oil, or make your own)
  • vinegars, regular and balsamics


  • non-dairy milks
  • raisins
  • tofu
  • corn tortillas
  • nutritional yeast
  • flax seeds
  • chia seeds
  • oil free pasta sauce
  • tahini – (in moderation)
  • cashews – (in moderation, for cooking only)