Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Organic goods from Costco and a quick gnocchi.

Good morning! 
It's definitely feeling like autumn and I'm having some mixed feelings about it.  Most of this year so far has felt like a blur maybe that's why I'm just not ready.  Change is good I tell myself.   It's interesting though, the different feel and smell in the air when the weather starts to change.  I think of being bundled up, the rain, old movies and the smell of spices. I guess that's not so bad.   

How do you feel about the changing of the seasons?
I've been shopping at Costco more due to their increase of organic foods and items. So exciting!  Below are just a few of the organic items I've bought.  They also have soups, raw sprouted seeds, breads, jams, hemp seeds, chia seeds, frozen berries, and lots more! That huge pack of Baby Kale up above cost less than $4.  Hello!!! Awesome deal and it's very tasty!  First time I've eaten baby kale.

Berries. I actually just picked up a 12oz pack of organic raspberries for $3.49!  The grocery store down the street from us is selling non organic raspberries 8 oz for $3, so this is a steal!
Bob's Red Mill 7 lb bag less than $8.

My new favorite tofu, Hodu Soy.  The company is located in Oakland, Ca.   It is very firm and has a nice slightly nutty flavor.  They have these Yuba Strips as well that are very flavorful and can be tossed on a salad or used in wraps, etc.
I usually use Ecos laundry detergent w/softener.  I was happily surprised to see this at $11.  
I also purchase almonds, walnuts, pecans and seasonings.  So you see if you just take your time you will walk out of there spending more than $100 like everyone else! hahaha!

Can't leave before I leave you with some type of home cooked meal.  This is a store bought gnocchi which I've been serving to my son in place of pasta because it's softer for him to eat while having jaw pain. One day I am going to attempt to make a homemade gnocchi.  Anyone have a good recipe?  I used an easy home made marinara and I added blended cashews for that creaminess.  After the gnocchi is cooked, I heated a pan with a drizzle of olive oil and then sauteed fresh garlic.  After about a minute I added some fresh chopped spinach until cooked and then added the gnocchi and marninara to heat through.  Throw some fresh basil in and wallah!

Have a great day!


  1. Let me just say, I'm not thrilled with the seasonal change. I was loving the warm, sunshiny weather, and the cool, rainy season is not my favorite.

    As for Costco, I love all the new organic food they are carrying, and I've been buying more things there lately. They've had cases of local organic peaches and nectarines that were better than any of the ones we got from the farmers market or stores. I've been finding Bob's Red Mill products and tons of other interesting stuff. I wish I could get Hodo tofu here. Have you ever had their curry tofu nuggets? I got them at the Ferry market in San Francisco.

  2. Andrea-I haven't tried their curry tofu nuggets yet but that sounds really good! Also Costco's organic blueberries were the best!

  3. Ugh, I can't stand the seasonal shift... The cold weather and dark days just don't appeal to me at all. Cozy, warming food does soften the blog though. Your gnocchi sound like they'd do just the trick!

  4. I have sweet potato gnocchi on the blog today! And I link to an older post with potato gnocchi :)

    I haven't shopped at Costco in a while but I hope we get those oats!

  5. Yes, it is amazing what you can get from Costco sometimes. Their price on hemp seeds is excellent, and I just picked up some Honeyville Almond Flour today.