Canada’s newly released food guide recommends we eat lots of fruits, veggies and plant-based proteins. As the creator of The First Mess blog and cookbook, I already eat a 100 percent plant-based diet and I develop recipes for a living. Whether I’m cooking up a vegan dinner party for friends or testing a lasagna recipe for the fifth time, I tend to go though a lot of produce, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, pantry staples — and some prepared foods, too.
Costco is a haven of savings for the naturally plant-based items I’m always turning to. Here are my top plant-based picks from Costco.
The items and prices listed in the gallery below were sourced from the Costco in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Raw cashews (plus other nuts and seeds)
Raw cashews are a staple of plant-based cuisine because they blend effortlessly into creamy sauces and dressings (they’re amazing for Caesar salad). They fill in for dairy well, but they can be so expensive at grocery and bulk stores, usually more than $30 per kilo. Costco has a one-kilogram bag by Yupik for $17.99 that is a steal by comparison. Other nuts, seeds and trendy ingredients, like hemp hearts and chia seeds, are sold in similarly well-priced large format bags.