My Top 3 Costco Picks

I am not going to pretend I’m some super-wife-homemaker-chef that can do it all… from scratch. What’s the point when there are places like Costco that are willing to help you out on the prep part? A few nights (okay most nights) a week meals are last minute, especially if you’re coming home from a long day of work and you’re too exhausted to fathom “what should I make for dinner?”

Living in San Francisco now provides us with perks such as a car to hold our groceries and transportation to the nearest Costco. My husband recently wandered into Costco one night and brought home some goodies for us. Prior to this, he had never before checked out what Costco had to offer. Let’s just say he felt like a kid in a candy store. His buys? Lobster claws and crab legs.

I was skeptical at first how great frozen seafood could taste, but WOW, his buys were amazing. After I had boiled the seafood for 5 minutes, we had a feast on a weeknight at home. Let me emphasize that one more time, weeknight. Something like this sounds like it would be saved for a weekend dinner, am I right?

I typically would not suggest frozen seafood (I’ll pass on fish and shrimp) but I read the label and the lobster and crab are FRESH & WILD CAUGHT which is the most important thing to me. It’s then cooked and frozen for you to enjoy later.

On another trip alone, I saw pre-marinated Tri-Tip steak and had to get it to try. This can be our little secret. Tri-Tip is the most delicious, savory, moist, and taste-y beef. I first found out about Tri-Tip during our wedding planning. This was what we offered at our wedding because it’s apparently popular in Santa Barbara. The result? Amazingness. The key is to roast it at the right temperature and for the right time (obviously since it’s spelled out for you in the cooking directions on the label, but you do have to keep checking using the meat thermometer). I love the crispy top layer that forms from using your ROAST setting on the oven. Total time varies about 50 minutes on average at 400 degrees.

Quick and healthy sides to go with your Tri-Tip steak (total time, 45 minutes)

  • Cucumber & Grape Tomato Salad (Slice cucumbers, red onions, and heirloom tomatoes. Sea salt and pepper to season, toss in some vinegar and olive oil. Add basil if you like but I never do.)
  • Garlic Spinach (Dice fresh garlic, about one large clove. Sauté on medium heat until ready and add a sprinkle of sea salt)
  • Sweet Potato Fries (Slice and cut sweet potatoes. Set oven to 450 degrees. Throw sweet potatoes into a baking pan, add olive oil, sea salt, rosemary, some butter or ghee and roast for about 40 minutes or until ready- just check.)

What are some other things you suggest I should try from Costco? Share your list of favs! Thank you!!!

Photo taken with iPhone 5s.

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