I picked up a few more coupon items this week and we liked the sport coat we got Dave last week that we bought him another one this week. It seems like this was the week of frozen Mexican or Southwest foods for us. It is a bit embarrassing but sometimes convenience is more important than healthy eating at our house. But we also bought lots of veggies (Brussels sprouts and asparagus) that I’m not writing about. But no doubt, the biggest purchase of the week was new tires, which I’ll be blogging about next week. They’re not exciting or fun, but sometimes it’s all about safety.
And don’t forget, this is the last weekend for the current Costco Coupon Book.
H.K. Anderson Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets – Dave is a big fan of the pretzel in its many shapes and forms. And he really loves these little pretzels with peanut butter in the inside. I wonder, of course, how do they get the peanut butter in there. In any case, these are the perfect blend of sweet peanut butter and salty pretzel, plus you’ve got the added crunch too. They are certainly not the healthiest snack you could pick up. However, they will very quickly fill you up in a way that a regular pretzel just won’t. In 10 of these nuggets you’re consuming 140 calories but the fat is not too bad at 7 grams and you’re also getting a decent amount of protein at 5 grams and even 2 grams of fiber. And for once, the serving size seems totally correct, because 10 of these is certainly enough to fill you up (not if you’re starving after being lost in the desert for a week, but in general). These are really good though and this big canister that you get at Costco doesn’t have to be consumed by next week because they are apparently good for a number of months (mine is good until August 2010). 44 ounces for $6.99. Item #: 227882.
Coyote Grill Southwestern Mini Rolls – These are a lot like the Southwestern Egg Rolls that they have at Chili’s but they’re a little smaller in size. They’ve got a crispy crust like a fried egg roll, but you do bake them. On the inside, they have a filling made up of all white-meat chicken, spinach, corn, black beans, red peppers, and jalapenos, plus Monterey Jack cheese. And they are sooo delicious! They come frozen, so you have plenty of time to enjoy them, you don’t have to eat all 50 at once! But you might want to, they are that good. They would be great if you were having a holiday party or a Super Bowl party (looking ahead a bit) because they are very finger food friendly; not messy and nicely contained in their wrapper. I served them with a dipping sauce that I whipped up from Ranch salad dressing that I spiced up with some ground chipotle and cayenne pepper. The sauce gave them just a little added zip. They’re not in the least healthy, so I’m not even going to act like they are, but they are tasty. 50 mini rolls (3.125 pounds) for $11.99. Item #: 453760.
Don Miguel Cantina Grill Variety Pack – Okay, for fake Mexican food frozen item number two, we have this variety pack from Don Miguel. These are the same people that make the flautas, empanadas, and mini tacos that you can find in the Costco fridge cases. We like their stuff, authentic or not, and buy the flautas quite often. This must be a new item to Costco because I definitely haven’t seen the variety pack before, and this item also had a coupon this month which usually signals something new for things like this. In the variety pack you get 16 chicken and 2 cheese (Oaxaca and Cotija) empanadas, 12 chipotle chicken and cheese flautas, and 25 shredded steak mini tacos. The flautas and the empanadas definitely seem smaller to me than the ‘regular’ sized ones that they have in the fridge section, I’m less positive about the mini tacos. In any case, they are all delicious but my favorite is probably the mini tacos. And conveniently they all cook at the same temperature for the same amount of time; very easy to put a bunch on a cookie sheet and bake. 53 items (3.4 pounds) for $8.99 ($11.99 – $3.00 coupon). Item #: 352474.
Butter Gold Potatoes – I love these potatoes so much, I feel I need to post about them again (it’s been a year so you might have missed the last time). I’m a potato fan and could eat them in any form, at any time of day. Dave and I like baked potatoes for a quick addition to dinner during the week since they’re so easy to make. But we liked mashed ones too or roasted as well, or even grilled, or made into a nice potato salad. And of course, they are great to add to soup this time of year. But these, in particular, are some awesome potatoes! You’re probably thinking that the ‘butter’ part of the name, is just a marketing thing, but no, they really are buttery tasting. As in, so nice and buttery tasting you can actually use less butter. They are so wonderfully fluffy too! They make great baked potatoes and really yummy mashed ones too. I haven’t tied any potato dish with this that I didn’t think turned out better than with other potatoes. I could go on but the real message is that these are some great potatoes, and way more tasty than a plain russet potato. [Incidentally, these have gone up in price by $0.50 since I wrote about them last November.] 15 pounds for $7.49. Item #: 31410.
Gift Cards to Fleming’s Steakhouse – We had someone that was helping us out with a big, big project (tiling our master bathroom since Dave can’t quite help so much with the one arm) and we wanted to give him a special little thanks, so I picked up some gift cards at Costco. Now, I’m sure that these particular gift cards to Fleming’s aren’t available at all Costco locations because there isn’t a Fleming’s in every city. But the general concept and deal is the same. At Costco, you can get two gift cards for $50.00 each for just $79.99. At our Austin Costco, we had a similar gift card deal for Ruth’s Chris, McCormick & Schmick’s, and Jeffrey’s (another steak place here in Austin and New York). I’m sure other Costco stores have whatever the good restaurants are in their locations. In any case, the big deal is that you save 20% when you buy these two gift cards. You don’t have to give them as a set either; you can easily give a single card. I just like stuff like this because it’s simple to give something to say thank you or happy holidays without having to stress about what to buy people that you might not know that well but want to give a gift. I mean, everyone eats, right? And as long as you aren’t giving a steakhouse gift card to someone that is a vegetarian, you’re probably safe. But Costco also sells cards to movie theaters and things that have nothing to do with eating. And don’t forget, you can always give someone a Costco cash card or the gift of membership too! 2, $50.00 gift cards for $79.99. Item #: 364883.