Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Natural Grocers Tour and Haul!

Yesterday I meant to go to Sprouts to bulk up, but I ended up just going to Natural Grocers. It's easier for me to find, and I've been having a good couple of days, and I just wasn't in the mood to get lost again. Natural Grocer actually has a better selection of vegan items, and their produce section is a little smaller, but not by much. The only difference is they don't have bulk bins. They do sell dried beans and grains at decent prices, but I like bulk bins because you can choose how much you want to buy. I asked the girl who was working in produce if I could take some pictures. She said yes, but didn't say it with a lot of authority, so I still felt super criminal doing it! First off, they have the biggest vitamin/supplement section I've ever seen in my life!!
 These pictures aren't even half of what they have in regards to vitamins and supplements. I didn't even know all of these things existed! Are we just a pill popping nation or what? Don't get me wrong, I would rather see people taking vitamins than prescription meds, but just wow. If anyone reading this ever is looking for a vitamin/supplement and can't find it, please let me know, I have no doubt I can find it here!
This is how they have their "bulk" beans, rice, nuts and seeds. And some spices. I still want to find bulk spices for the best deal.
They sell the vegan egg right above the cruel eggs. How awesome is that?? This was the first time I've seen the vegan eggs in a store. I almost got them, but they're pretty pricey and I don''t know why, but my interest and curiosity has kind of waned, and I decided I wanted my splurge to be vegan cheese.
So many veggie burgers and other plant meat products. They also have a ton of vegan frozen meals, pizzas, burritos and such. It's really amazing.
What will they think of next??
I'm always happy to see a new to me vegan ice cream!!!
A booch lovers paradise!!

See, I told you, so many different kinds of booch! I still stuck with Kevita, because it was on sale, and also I know I like it. Some of the other kombuchas are a little too dry for my taste. I will experiment one of these days!
Now, onto my haul! I resisted lots of goodies to stay on budget! The falafel and FYH pepperjack slices were my two splurges. The cheese was a planned splurge, and the falafel was an impulse buy. I've been craving it, and found it hard to resist! I exchanged a candy i bought for the Little secrets. If you see Little Secrets near you, know that the dark chocolate and dark chocolate with raspberry are vegan, but the dark chocolate with peanut butter are not. (!!??)
FYH pepperjack slices,tofu, turmeric root, ramen, falafel(splurge) vegan ranch,booch, culinary coconut milk,Little Secrets M&Ms, and an eco friendly sponge(?)

cilantro, kale, potatoes, pinto beans, green tea, tahini,and apples

For dinner I made an old favorite. The only reason I buy cauliflower ever! General Tso's cauliflower!
I didn't have any rice vinegar, so I got inventive and added a little of the bulgogi marinade to the sauce, because it has rice vinegar. It really went well with the already sweet and salty ingredients in the sauce. I love this dish soooooooo much!!! I never thought I would enjoy cauliflower! My birth mother would be gagging right about now! We had many fights over broccoli and cauliflower!
Happy Wednesday!


  1. Mmmm the cauliflower looks so good! Do you use a particular recipe?

    Aw we don't really have produce 'bin' stores here in the UK. I'd really love to be able to get stuff like that in bulk for cheap!

  2. Yes, I used High Carb Hannah's recipe. here's the link. I hope you try it and love it as much as I do! It's really one of my favorites!
    Bulk bins are really such a major money saver!

  3. OMG! Look at all of those vegan products! NICE!!!!!!! Sounds like a great shop!

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  4. Natural Grocers looks pretty awesome! Hooray for the General Tso's cauliflower! :D

    1. It is a really awesome store. If it had bulk bins I would say it's the perfect store! The cauliflower tasted so good, it had been way too long!