Weekly Eats #4 + My First Costco Trip

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Eats this week were mostly delicious fall dishes.

We can’t get enough soup (as usual), and I think this batch of vegetable barley was one of our favorites. If all goes well today, I may have a mushroom barley soup recipe to post in the near future.

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We’ve also been making crustless quiches quite regularly.

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They’re so easy, they’re great with soup or salad, and there’s always some left for me to take to work for lunch the next day. Another plus: you can throw in pretty much any leftover vegetables that are lying around. Here’s the general formula that we use.

  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups of vegetables, cooked (this one has red onion and spinach, but I also love broccoli and bell peppers for this dish)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Grease an 8×8 baking pan, distribute the cooked vegetables evenly over the bottom of the pan, and add beaten eggs. Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes, or until the quiche isn’t wiggly. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. You can add cheese if you like, but we think it’s just fine without it.

I also had a couple of wonderful treats this week. A friend gave me a gift card to a really neat store called Pigment when I was accepted to nursing school last month, and I couldn’t resist their chocolate and nut butter selection.

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I loved both of these so much.

In other news, Greg and I took our first trip to Costco yesterday. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about budgeting (mostly stretching a very small budget, especially since I’ll be in school full time in January), and Costco always comes up in discussions about saving on groceries. I’ve always been one to buy what we need as we need it, but I decided that Costco might be worth a look.

I have to say, I’m sold.

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They had all of our staples (minus some produce) at great prices. Some things were sold in quantities that were too large for us, but we stocked up on pantry items and things that were freezable.

Here’s the breakdown:

Pantry Staples

  • Peanut butter (2 x 40oz, $10.99)
  • Almond butter (2 x 26oz jar, $7.89 each)
  • Organic tomato sauce (case of 12 15oz cans, $6.99)
  • Organic whole wheat pasta (8 pounds, $9.39)
  • Canned tuna (8 7oz cans, $14.49)
  • Almonds (3 pound bag, $12.99)
  • Organic chia seeds (2 pound bag, $13.99)
  • EVOO (2 liters, $12.79)
  • Maple syrup (1 liter, $12.99)
  • Corn tortillas (72, $3.99)

Produce

  • Organic spinach (1 pound, $3.49)
  • Organic gala apples (5.5 pounds, $8.79)
  • Baby salad greens (1 pound container, $3.79)
  • Crimini mushrooms (24oz, $4.49)
  • Broccoli florets (48oz, $3.99)
  • Organic carrots (10 pounds, $4.59) (not a typo)

Frozen

  • Salmon burgers (wild, 12 big ones, $14.79)
  • Mixed berries (4 pounds, $11.59)
  • Wild pacific shrimp (2 pounds, $9.99)
  • Mahi mahi (3 pounds, $16.99)

Dairy

  • Mozzarella loaf (6 pounds, $13.49) – We’ll be freezing this and using it for several months.
  • Goat cheese (2 x 10.5oz log, $6.59)
  • Butter (4 pounds, $7.35) – Don’t judge. Thanksgiving is coming.
  • Fage Greek yogurt (35.3oz, $4.99)
  • Silk vanilla unsweetened almond milk (3 x 64oz, 7.49)

Other

  • Diet Pepsi (36 cans, $9.99) – Not an amazing price, but pretty good.
  • 10 gallon trash bags (500, $9.69)

Over all, I’m pretty impressed with the prices. While I’ve only tried the apples and almond butter so far (go figure), I’ve heard great things about the quality as well.

Next time

  • Giant tubs of hummus
  • BEER. We saw some great prices on some good stuff, including Sierra Nevada, Blue Moon, and Stone stuff.
  • Coconut oil? I’ve heard that they carry this at a good price, but I didn’t see it.

Are you a Costco fan? If so, I’d love to know about your favorite Costco items.

Have a wonderful weekend!

2 Comments

  1. OMG – you found the loaf of Mozzarella. I LOVE that stuff and they are not carrying it here in Wisconsin. (Please tell me why!) I’ve been in mourning for months now.

    The mixed frozen berries are one of my faves. I have found coconut oil there regularly so check back. I’m sure you’ll find it. We also love their multi-grain bread – store brand. It’s very nice but if you don’t do those kinds of grains it won’t work for you.

  2. Oh, and the tubs of humus are very good. I buy the cheaper brand and it’s great.

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