7 Costco Dinner Staples I’m Buying on Repeat This Year

published Jan 9, 2022
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In my book, there’s no better place to discover new grocery finds than Costco. Even though you have to buy in bulk, there’s very little chance you won’t like what you buy. And in the off chance you do, you can bring it back. (Seriously, they take it all when it comes to returns.)

While we all ease back into cooking, at the start of 2022 I turned to Costco to be reminded of my favorite dinner staples and to find new ones. I spotted all sorts of plant-based items, flavorful shortcuts, and frozen seafood that I couldn’t pass up. These are the seven dinner items I’m stocking up on.

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1. Auga Organic Three Lentil Soup, $8.99 for 5 (14.1 ounce) pouches

Lentils are full of fiber, protein, and iron, and they’re often at the top of my shopping list. This Three Lentil Soup is shelf-stable and ready to heat and eat — no soaking or prep work involved. It’s also vegan, gluten-free, and lower in sodium than most pre-made soups. You could easily add more veggies to this soup (or chicken, if you eat meat) to make it more filling!

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2. Miracle Noodle Plant-Based Organic Noodles, $9.99 for 7 ounces

I tried these more than 10 years ago on a whim, and to be honest, I forgot about them until I spotted this huge box at Costco. ICYMI, Miracle Noodles are made from the root of the konjac plant (also called glucomannan). These high-fiber, plant-based noodles cook just like pasta (the fiber expands and stretches similar to gluten), although they are gluten-free. Add your favorite pasta sauce and some veggies and you’ve got a meal!

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3. Molinaro’s Zucchini Pizza Kit, $10.99 for 2 crusts

I love zucchini and the fact that it’s a versatile veggie that you can work into practically anything. This Zucchini Pizza Crust Kit is shelf-stable and would make a terrific option to keep on hand for those nights when you’re in the mood for pizza, but want something low-carb or high-veg. It comes with a plain tomato sauce packet for each crust, but you could easily add your favorite pizza or marinara sauce to it too. Add some veggies and your favorite cheese on top with the sauce, bake it in the oven, and you’ve got a great vegetarian meal in minutes.

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4. Bob’s Red Mill Organic Quick-Cooking Steel-Cut Oats, $8.99 for 3.5 pounds

I prefer rolled oats when I eat oatmeal for breakfast (or even dinner), but I like these quick-cook steel-cut oats in dishes where I would normally use rice, like soup, stew, or in a vegetarian risotto. Bob’s Red Mill Quick-Cook Steel-Cut Oats are my favorite rice replacement: They’re packed with fiber, protein, iron, and B vitamins. Plus, they’re organic to boot!

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5. Pacific Foods Organic Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup, $9.99 for 6 (32-ounce) cartons

Pacific Foods is one of my favorite brands for broth and stock, so I was pumped to see this soup mix option at Costco! Sure, there’s nothing like a batch of from-scratch soup, but let’s be honest — sometimes life just gets in the way. This is a great alternative and you could easily toss in some extra fresh or frozen veggies.

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6. Sonoma Gourmet Creamy Alfredo, $9.99 for 2 (24.5 ounce) bottles

This jarred Alfredo sauce from Sonoma Gourmet is made with organic vegetable stock, cream, cultured buttermilk, and Parmesan and Romano cheeses — and it looked too good to pass up. The shelf-stable sauce is gluten-free and keto-friendly, and would be great on those Miracle Noodles mentioned above, zucchini noodles, or lentil pasta. 

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7. Miso-Glazed Wild-Caught Cod From Iceland, $19.99 for 2 pounds

Costco has a great selection of high-quality frozen seafood, and this new option caught my eye. I only eat fish once or twice a year, but I bought a bag of this for my family who loves eating fish on the regular. The salty, umami-rich flavor from the miso was a total wow! If you regularly eat fish, snag these frozen cod fillets when you see them.

What are your favorite new dinner staples to buy at Costco? Tell us in the comments below!