Ten fresh food items you thought you couldn't buy at Costco
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quinoa salad were purchased at Costco
A fall from shopping at Whole Foods to shopping at Costco. Sounds drastic, doesn't it? I made the switch, and I'm here to report that:
- I'm still putting healthy meals on the table
- I have an extra dollar or two in my wallet
- I didn't have to throw a bunch of spoiled food away
If you are skeptical, I don't blame you, because I was too. But circumstances may push you to re-evaluate your thinking, and this recession did that for me. Here was the sticking point for me: I just couldn't imagine getting much fresh food at a warehouse that literally supplies me with ten times the amount of product that I can actually use at one time.
But, dear reader, I found that some careful planning will enable you to take advantage of Costco's savings when it comes to fresh food. Here are ten healthy foods you can purchase at Costco, complete with tips on how to maximize their use:
- Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries: I usually buy 2 packs of raspberries, 2 packs of blueberries, 1 pack of blackberries, and 1 pack of strawberries. It is true that berries spoil quickly, so how do we get through them? My daughter and I always snack on them the day we get them. Then, as I make my son's lunch in the evening, I wash and dry them, then pop them in a bowl in the refrigerator. Each morning I take the berries out and put them on the breakfast table. The berries are eaten plain, put on cereal, and snacked on throughout the day. In addition, there is always a stash of cleaned berries ready for the taking placed in the refrigerator at eye level. Go ahead and try it. If the berries begin to go, blend them to make breakfast shakes or throw on top of pizza dough for a yummy summer dessert.
- Grape tomatoes: These tomatoes are always sweet. They come in a large container, but if you are creative you can use them all without feeling like you've overdosed on tomato. Here's how I use them:
- Top on salads
- Cut in half. Saute with onion and garlic. Add a pinch of sea salt, pepper, and parsley. (Cover pan so tomatoes get soft and create a nice sauce).
- Saute with mushrooms
- Add to a vegetable medley
- Grill on a vegetable tray
- Add to pastas. My favorite: saute shrimp, tomatoes, spinach and pine nuts. Top on angel hair pasta
- Add to school lunches
- Snack on them
Do you have favorite fresh food buys at Costco? What are they, and how do you eat them before they spoil?