So much to buy, so little time. Seriously, there are just some weeks when I go to Costco that I just see a ton of stuff that I want to buy. You know, because they just have the great stuff that you NEED. Well, maybe ‘need’ is an overstatement but you know what I’m talking about.
Jell-o with Antioxidants Variety Pack – This is something new to Costco and maybe even for Jell-o. I picked these up because I figured that they would be a great way to have a sweet snack without it being a diet wrecking proposition. These are great because they do taste sweet but they are actually sugar free and have only 10 calories each. And for being Jell-o, they have a surprising amount of vitamins: 10% of your RDA for vitamins A and E. In the Costco pack, you get 18 little cups with 12 being strawberry-acai flavored and the other 6 are cherry-pomegranate flavored. I think maybe the cherry-pomegranate ones are my favorite but they are both yummy and really hit the spot when you’re wanting something sweet. They won’t make you feel guilty a bit! 18, 92 g cups for $5.99.
Corazonas Heart Healthy Italiano 4 Cheese Potato Chips – So, you’re probably thinking, how heart healthy can a bag of potato chips actually be? Well, it turns out relatively healthy. These chips have 40% less fat than regular potato chips, so that’s a good place to start with the healthy. But they are also the only chips made with plant sterols. Plant sterols are found in fruits, vegetables, and other types of plants and they actually help lower cholesterol. Who knew? If you want more information about the clinical studies that have been carried out regarding plant sterols and cholesterol, check out their website. I don’t know about actually lowering my cholesterol but they are pretty tasty. They’re not as greasy as a regular potato chip so you really get the full cheesy flavor from their 4 cheese blend of Romano, Parmesan, blue and Asiago. They’re enjoyable and a tasty alternative to regular chips. Sadly, but not surprisingly, they are not nearly as cheap as regular potato chips. 15 ounces for $4.95.
Leigh Oliver’s All-Natural White Queso with Green Chiles – This is soooo good! Great with some tortilla chips for just an easy dip (with a little bit of heating up) or as an ingredient in a more elaborate dip. We mixed it with some refried beans and Ro-Tel for some deliciously cheesy dip with a little bit of spice to it. I think it would also be really good for a burrito or enchiladas. Or on a burger or even as a pasta sauce. They make it with white American cheese, fresh green chiles, and roasted jalapenos. It ends up having a nice mild cheese flavor and a creamy consistency and then the fresh green chiles and roasted jalapenos give it just the right amount of fire. And this is really all-natural; there’s nothing in the list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce. I’m sure that I could make this and save a decent bit of the price, but sometimes it is nice to just have something prepared that you can grab and cut down on your prep time a little bit. 24 ounces for $7.69.
Bellatoria Garlic Chicken Alfredo Pizzas – These are one of the items in this month’s coupon book – $3.00 off. These are a really nice thin crust pizza that you can have cooked and ready to go in like 15 minutes (including the time it takes to heat up your oven). I love the really crunchy thin crust! But the topping is nice too, especially if you don’t like or just need a change from the regular tomato sauce based pizza. There’s a whole lot of cheesy taste from the mozzarella, Asiago and creamy garlic Alfredo sauce and then there’s a great oregano and basil spice blend too. The chicken is even good because it is all white meat chunks that are moist and the perfect match to all the cheese. The pizzas aren’t big by any means, they’re about a pound each weight wise, so you know that it isn’t like ordering a large pizza from Pizza Hut, for sure. I think they’re about 11 inches in diameter. But it does make a good quick meal if you’re not inclined to whip up a meal. The coupon makes the price fairly reasonable for the three pizzas that you get in the box at Costco. 3, 11″ diameter pizzas for ($12.99 – $3.00 coupon) $9.99.
Fresh Mangoes – Okay, so I don’t look like a totally unhealthy shopper, I also bought some fresh fruit. I love mangoes! There are a ton of ways you can eat them, such as: a mango lassi; mango and sticky rice; just fresh and plain; as part of a salsa with avocado, jalapeno, cilantro, and red onion; pureed and served with ice cream; mango chutney; or, a delicious mango salad. I could probably keep going but I’m sure you get the idea; there are a ton of things to do with a mango. The ones from our Costco are nice sized and aren’t all over-ripe and smushy by the time you buy them. Luckily, that means that once you get them home you have plenty of time to eat the 8 large mangoes that come in the flat. You can use the less ripe ones right away in things that require a little more shape to your mango, such as salsa. And then when they are really, really ripe you can puree up any you have left for a nice sauce or to make your own fun mango flavored drinks (I like my mango puree with a little bit of fizzy water to make a delicious spritzer). Oh, I’ll bet they’d also be good paired with the Fage Total yogurt they sell at Costco too. 8.8 pounds or 4 kilograms (8 large mangoes) for $8.99.