Plant Based On a Budget — The Ultimate Packaged Foods Guide

Article written and reviewed by Robby Barbaro, MPH
Published February 5, 2020
Plant Based on a Budget

Eating plant based on a budget can taste amazing, be very cost effective and save you a tremendous amount of time in the kitchen.

We live in an incredibly busy world where finding time to make nutrient-dense meals is quite limited, so we took the time to create a master list of “Mastering Diabetes Approved” packaged foods that we think you’ll love.

The ingredients found inside the packaged foods in this article include mostly green light foods with small amounts of yellow light foods.

These ingredients will allow you to make delicious meals easily using high carb foods that are sure to please your taste buds and help you reverse insulin resistance.

While many of the products below are national brands that can be found widely across the United States, some of the photos below include items from specific grocery stores in specific regions of the country.

The truth is that there are more clean packaged foods available today than there have been at any time in human history. 

Quick, affordable, easy, delicious green light ingredients are available at your fingertips.

And that’s good news for you because that makes your life convenient!

So read below and take advantage of all the amazing convenience items that enable you to eat plant based on a budget quickly, easily, and without excuses!

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Packaged and Frozen Fruits






Wild Blueberries







Dragon Fruit

Packaged Starchy Vegetables

Red Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Noodles

Sweet Potatoes (White, Purple & Orange)

Sweet Potato Toast


Russet Potatoes

Corn, Gold and White

Corn Kernels

Corn on the Cob

Corn, Roasted

Sweet Corn, Canned

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash, Riced

Butternut Squash, Spiralized

Butternut Squash Noodles

Kabocha Squash

Canned Legumes

Organic Lentil Beans

Aduki Beans

Black Eyed Peas

Butter Beans

Cannellini (White Kidney Beans)

Garbanzo Beans

Great Northern Beans

Kidney Beans

Navy Beans

Steamed Lentils

Steamfresh Sweet Peas

Cut Green Beans

French Cut Green Beans

Green Beans (Cut)

Sugar Snap Peas

Sweet Peas

Baby Sweet Peas

Garden Peas

Sweet Garden Peas

Packaged Intact Whole Grains

Black Rice

Brown Rice

5 Ancient Grains


Basmati Rice

Ancient Grains and Seeds

Ancient Grain Trio

Farro & Quinoa

Brown Rice and Quinoa

Steamed Brown Rice

Steel Cut Oatmeal

Whole Grain Brown Rice

Organic Brown Rice

Organic Red Jasmine Rice

Combo Items Including Starches, Legumes or Intact Whole Grains

Rice Corn Carrots and Peas

Riced Veggies Cauliflower & Sweet Potato

Steam Crisp Southwestern Style Corn

Red Potato Blend

Brown Rice & Pinto Beans

Brown Rice & Lentils

Brown Rice & Kidney Beans

Caribbean Rice & Black Beans

Cajun Rice & Small Red Beans

Farro, Broccoli, Carrots & Chickpeas

Brown Rice, Corn, Black Beans and Bell Peppers

Rice with Broccoli and Carrots

Corn, Carrots and Asparagus

Mixed Vegetables (Corn, Cut Green Beans and Carrots, Family Size)

Mixed Vegetables (Corn, Cut Green Beans and Carrots)

The Ultimate Southwest Blend

Tuscan Kale White Bean Plant Burger

Pinto Habanero Plant Burger

Poblano Black Bean Plant Burger

Baked Beans with Sorghum & Mustard

Black Bean Quinoa Salad


Black Bean Hummus

Lentil Hummus

Mediterranean Hummus

Chickpea Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Packaged Non-Starchy Vegetables

Carrots, Roasted

Carrot Noodles

Roasted Veggies Brussels Sprouts

Beets, Riced

Zucchini Noodles

Beet Noodles

 Broccoli, Roasted

Green Beans (Cut, Family Size)

Green Beans (French Cut)

Whole Green Beans

Green Beans (Select Cuts)

Cauliflower, Roasted

Cauliflower, Riced

Brussels Sprouts

Asparagus Spears

Broccoli Cuts (Family Size)

Broccoli Florets

Brussels Sprouts

Kale, Chopped

Broccoli Cuts

Cauliflower, Riced

Baby Broccoli Florets

Baby Peas

Broccoli Florets

Cauliflower Florets

Tender Broccoli Cuts

Packaged Combo Non-Starchy Vegetables

Broccoli Florets & Cauliflower

Riced Veggies Cauliflower (with Lemon and Garlic)

Broccoli Stir-Fry

Pepper Stir-Fry

Sugar Snap Stir-Fry

Riced Veggies Cauliflower Risotto Medley

Steamfresh Mixtures Baby Broccoli

Steamfresh Mixtures Broccoli & Cauliflower

Steamfresh Mixtures Italian Blend

Yellow and Green Zucchini Squash

Steamfresh Mixtures (Broccoli, Carrots, Sugar Snap Peas & Water Chestnuts)

Steamfresh Mixtures (Broccoli, Cauliflower & Carrots)

Farm Fresh Mixture (Broccoli Florets, Cauliflower & Carrots)

California Blend (Broccoli, Cauliflower & Carrots)

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Zucchini and Yellow Squash

Packaged Frozen Leafy Greens


Swiss Chard

Sauces, Dressings & Seasonings

Orange Sesame Ginger Dressing

Balsamic Fig Dressing

Creamy Italian Dressing

Pomegranate Tarragon Dressing

Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Spaghetti Sauce with Mushrooms

Traditional Italian Pasta Sauce

Marinara Pasta Sauce

organic 365 marinara pasta sauce

Rustic Tomato Sauce


Yellow Mustard

Dijon Mustard

Infused Vinegar

Braggs Liquid Aminos

Nutritional Yeast

Chili Chipotle Hot Sauce

Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce

Benson's Gourmet Seasonings

Local Spicery

Local Spicery boxes of spices

Kirkland Signature Organic No-Salt Seasoning

The Spice Hunter Seasonings

Asian Everything Sauce

Well Your World Asian Everything Sauce

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Well Your World Balsamic Vinaigrette


Well Your World BBQ Sauce

Desert Catalina Dressing

well your world desert catalina

Indian Everything Sauce

Well Your World Indian everything sauce


Sriracha Chili Sauce

Sweet Heat Dressing

Sweet Mustard Dressing

Tomato Ketchup

Well Your World tomato ketchup

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About the author 

Robby Barbaro, MPH

Robby Barbaro, MPH is a New York Times bestselling co-author of Mastering Diabetes: The Revolutionary Method to Reverse Insulin Resistance Permanently in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Prediabetes, and Gestational Diabetes.

Robby was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12 and has been living this lifestyle since 2006. In that time, while eating pounds of fruit every day, his HbA1c has been stable with a current A1c of 5.3%, TIR of 92%, and average total daily insulin use of 30 units.

Robby graduated from the University of Florida and is the cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green. He worked at Forks Over Knives for six years before turning his attention in 2016 to coaching people with diabetes full time.

He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at VegFest LA, and has been featured on The Doctors, Forks Over Knives, Vice, Thrive Magazine, Diet Fiction, and the wildly popular podcasts the Rich Roll Podcast, Plant Proof, MindBodyGreen, and Nutrition Rounds.

Robby enjoys exercising every day, spending time with friends, and sharing his lifestyle on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.