So, if you missed it, the new Costco US coupon book started on Thursday (May 10) and runs through June 3. There were some nice coupons in there, so be sure to check it out before your next shopping trip. Also, if you’re in the US, don’t forget that Sunday is Mother’s Day, so you could pick up some of Costco’s great flowers for your mom this weekend too!
Topped Fine Green Beans – Green beans are one of our staple vegetables in our house. And I will not eat canned green beans, so its either fresh or frozen. Luckily for me, Costco usually has both. I really prefer the fresh green beans because you have more options on how to prepare them I think. Of course, I say that, but my favourite way is to just steam them and toss with butter, salt and pepper; simple but tasty. This nice 500 gram bag allows Dave and I to have green beans for several nights which is really nice (less trips to the store or less orders from Ocado) and they didn’t turn slimy or gross in the bag either. The other really nice thing about this particular bag is that it is designed so that you can microwave the green beans right in the bag – no adding anything or even piercing the bag. Of course, that means that you have to read 500 grams all at once, which is great if you have a big family or a dinner party, but not ideal if you just have a couple of people. Green beans are great for you with a very respectable amount of fiber, as well as packing a punch of vitamin A and a wealth of antioxidants. In addition to those great things that we should all probably have more of in our diets, green beans are also great for the B vitamins, folate, vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium. And if all that isn’t enough, they’re low in calories and have no saturated fat either. Of course, once I add butter to them that definitely changes. Of course, if you steam the green beans, you really don’t have to use a lot of butter to make them tasty and delicious. 500 grams for £2.99 (US: $4.82). Item #: 0084634.
Costco Deli Feta Salad – I love the Costco salads in the deli area. Our favorite is probably this Greek style salad. It’s not strictly speaking a Greek salad, but it’s fairly similar. It is packed full of delicious things like Kalamata olives and feta, red onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers. It also has hard boiled egg slices. All of that makes it like a perfect salad for us, plus it is really quite filling. We like it by itself for dinner or lunch because it really is like a meal in itself because of all the cheese and eggs probably. The only thing we are not big fans of is the raspberry dressing. We always skip that and use Italian dressing or just spritz it with lemon juice. The raspberry dressing seems too sweet and doesn’t work well with the ingredients in the salad, at least not to me or Dave. They have this same salad in the US, with the same raspberry dressing, and I’ve always wished that they would change it to something that would work better with the salad. This salad also makes a nice accompaniment to the beyond delicious Costco rotisserie chickens too. And that makes a perfect, no frills and no work, meal after you spend a few hours shopping at Costco on the weekend. Because let’s face it, after you fight your way around the crowds at Costco on the weekend, you really don’t want to cook. Or is that just me? £3.99 (US: $6.43). Item #: 0097589.
The Bread Factory Garlic Bread – Oh man, this combines two of the things I love best: bread and garlic. And if I add a little cheese, it’s almost a perfect meal. We originally picked this up because it is one of the few fresh baked breads at Costco that is not made with a sour dough base. It’s got a lovely crunchy crust and a soft fluffy center. Plus, it has big cloves of garlic scattered throughout. They were definitely not skimpy on their use of garlic and that’s what makes it so delicious. Of course, as your garlic breath wafts around the office, your co-workers might not think that this bread was such a good purchase. Since The Bread Factory doesn’t put preservatives in their bread, you really need to eat it within a couple of days of buying it. Or, you can freeze it for a few weeks. We ate it within five days. Of course, we think the best way to eat it is lightly toasted with a little butter. And when served alongside a steak and green vegetables, it is so delicious. Of course, it was also terrific toasted with a bit of cheese melted on top. I imagine this would make excellent bruschetta topped with pretty much anything. If you are not a big fan of garlic, clearly this is not the bread for you. However, if you like big garlicky flavour, this is going to be perfect for you. 2, 400 gram loaves for £4.49 (US: $7.23). Item #: 0004358.
Calvin Klein Men’s V-Neck T-Shirts (Costco US) – Since it’s spring now, that means my mom will start spending a lot of time on her lawn mower. And if you’ve ever mowed your lawn when it’s sweltering hot out, you’ll definitely understand why my mom prefers to do so in a big, comfortable, white cotton t-shirt. To that end, she recently picked up these Calvin Klein t-shirts at Costco (in the US). She liked the Kirkland Signature ones, however, since she prefers the v-neck, she had to go with the CK version instead. The t-shirts are nicely made and are made from a nice quality cotton that has a soft feel. The cut is what CK refers to as ‘classic’, which seems to mean not too tight and not too loose in the torso area, just like a t-shirt should be, I guess. The ice thing for my mom is that these will be nice and cool when it’s not so nice and cool outside. It seems like they might not be quite as thick as the Kirkland Signature t-shirts. I think it’s great that it has a v-neck, which I would think would be so much more comfortable in summer time when it is hot and you don’t really need a t-shirt that goes all the way up to your neck. Plus, if you’re a man wearing your white t-shirt under a button up shirt that you don’t button up all the way (say to wear with a tie) the v-neck is good because it won’t peep out of your button up shirts. My mom says that the CK t-shirts held up well after washing too and didn’t shrink and become all horrible. So, if you’re in the market for a summer t-shirt, you might consider these. Also, the price is quite good for a quality v-neck t-shirt at just $5.00 per shirt. 4 pack for $19.99 (UK: £12.41). Item #: 597263.