I have two shopping lists. One for the normal grocery store and one for Costco. The items on my Costco shopping list are foods that are such a better deal it’s worth the trip to a separate store. Here are my 8 Costco must haves plus a few recipes that I like to make with those ingredients.
My 8 Costco Must Haves
There is not better deal on a huge bag of spinach than at Costco. It has 2 ½ pounds of fresh spinach that is washed and ready to go. The price at my Costco is $4.99.
I like to use some of the fresh spinach and then freeze the rest. Mostly because I can’t get through the whole bag before it goes bad. I just throw the bag directly into my freezer. I use the spinach for smoothies and also in soups and other Instant Pot/crockpot recipes.
Use your spinach in these awesome recipes:
- Tuscan Chicken Pasta in the Instant Pot
- Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese in the Instant Pot
- Spinach Artichoke Dip in the Instant Pot or slow cooker
- Instant Pot Tortellini Spinach Soup or the slow cooker
This huge bag of parmesan cheese cost me $11.69 at Costco. It has 3 pounds of parmesan cheese in it, shredded and ready to go for all your recipes. That’s a steal of a deal. I throw this bag into my freezer and then just chunk off the amount I need when using it for cooking.
I like to use this parmesan cheese in so many of my recipes. Here are a few that you might want to add to your menu this week!
- Garlic Parmesan Sausage Chowder in the Instant Pot or the slow cooker
- Instant Pot Alfredo Sausage Pasta
- Garlic Rice and Chicken in the Instant Pot or the slow cooker
Frozen chicken thighs
I love using frozen boneless skinless chicken thighs in the Instant Pot and slow cooker. They turn out so moist and tender. The bag at Costco is around $2.00 per pound of chicken. At normal grocery stores finding boneless skinless chicken thighs has been hit or miss for me. I can always count on Costco though.
They are individually frozen so it makes it easy to grab just 2 or 3 thighs at a time. If you haven’t tried chicken thighs I think you should get them a shot! Here are just a few of the recipes I use with chicken thighs:
- Cashew Chicken in the Instant Pot or the slow cooker
- Teriyaki Chicken in the Instant Pot or the slow cooker
- Garlic Mushroom Chicken in the Instant Pot
I love the flavor that bacon gives my recipes but I don’t like cooking bacon. It smells up my kitchen and just adds an extra step. The bacon bits from Costco are the best.
The bacon comes in a big bag that you refrigerate after opening. There are 1.25 pounds of bacon and it costs me $9.89. Here are some of my favorite ways to use bacon crumbles:
- Garlic Parmesan Bacon Chicken in the Instant Pot
- Chicken Bacon Chowder in the Instant Pot or the slow cooker
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta in the Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Bacon Cheddar Chicken Pot Pie (or slow cooker)
I buy both garlic powder and minced garlic in a jar at Costco. Garlic is just one of those ingredients that I use ALL THE TIME! The granulated garlic has a ton and lasts me like 6-12 months. It cost me around $7.
Here are some recipes that use garlic:
- Down Home Chili in the Instant Pot/Crockpot
- Cabbage Roll Casserole in the Instant Pot
- Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot or slow cooker
Pesto is one of those items that tastes so good but costs a LOT for a small container at the grocery store. It costs between $5-6 at the grocery store for about a cup of pesto (74 cents per ounce). At Costco you can buy a large jar for only 46 cents per ounce. The jar is around $10.
Some pesto recipes you’ll love:
- Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Risotto
- Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Manicotti
- Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Spinach And Ravioli Lasagna
Better Than Bouillon
I use this stuff ALL. THE. TIME. in my recipes. The Instant Pot needs liquid to come to pressure. So use a cup or two of water with a teaspoon or two of Better Than Bouillon. I buy the chicken and the beef base in the larger containers at Costco. I can buy them there for around $6.99. (44 cents per ounce vs 63 cents per ounce at normal grocery store).
Some recipes that use Better Than Bouillon:
Red Star Yeast
Baking has become America’s favorite quarantine activity. Initially it was hard to find yeast but now it’s readily available. I like the big packages of red star yeast at Costco. I store in an airtight container in the freezer. It lasts forever. This package only costs $5!
Some recipes that call for yeast:
Some other items that I love buying at Costco are fresh tortellini, rotisserie chicken, blocks of cheddar, sour cream, butter, peppercorns, milk and pitas.
What did I miss that you love buying at Costco?
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