I don’t think it’s a secret after my menu planning post for this past week that I’m a big Costco fan. Bulk groceries are my jam these days, especially since I’ve really started having an easier time making similar dinners every week with a bit of a twist to them each time.
If you’re trying to eat on a more limited budget, feeding a bottomless pit in your house, or trying to eat a healthier diet without spending too much time in the kitchen, meals like these will be life-savers and can be surprisingly doable at a notoriously expensive store like Costco.
I’ll be posting the recipe versions of these dishes soon, but the real beauty of them is that there’s not just one way to make them.
First up is this pork + rice bowl, which makes for a seriously filling dinner and lunch the next day. The pork can be made in the pressure or slow cooker and the rice was pre-portioned and pre-cooked from my freezer. Some healthy fats on top in the form of avocado, protein rich Greek yogurt, and crunchy almonds for texture made this a pretty balanced meal. A recipe for the pork will be up on the blog soon!
Mexican bean + veggie salads are honestly nearly impossible to mess up, particularly if avocados are in the mix. I included yellow squash, red and green onions, black beans, avocado, quinoa, a splash of olive oil & a tasty chili lime salt from Trader Joe’s for this version. This is a fantastic party meal as well, and it’s incredibly easy to scale up for however large a crowd you’re feeding since there’s little to no cooking required. I grabbed some leftover quinoa from my fridge to toss in, so I didn’t even need to boil water!
Last but not least, this would be the filling I whipped up to go inside stuffed mushrooms. Though it be but little, it is fierce! I only managed to grab a pic of this before smooshing it into the mushrooms and baking them, because these babies were a huge crowd pleaser at my dinner party. Definitely going to post a recipe of this one soon as well!