I try to use the most local and least-processed ingredients in my cooking. Most of the time the ingredients we purchase for the Paleo Diet are more expensive than the Standard American Diet choices. I love the challenge of going to a big-box store like Costco to find ways to reduce my grocery bill. Yesterday on my trip, this is what I found at the Santa Rosa Costco.
Sustainable Gourmet American Organic Grass Fed Beef is a brand owned by a midwestern food distribution company called Katama. The box is full of steaks, including filet mignon. The price is $179.99 for the box which comes out to $14.99 per pound.
Kirkland Organic Diced Tomatoes and Organic Stewed Tomatoes I buy these cases of tomatoes in the winter when there are no more tomatoes left from my summer preserving. I didn’t have many tomatoes last year, so it is nice to have some tomatoes to throw in my winter stews. They are both $5.99 for a pack of eight cans. This works out to $.74 per 14.5 ounce can.
Kirkland Organic Salsa Two large containers of salsa for $7.99. Maybe buy them with a friend before each of you is having a party? Unbelievably this comes out the $.09 per ounce.
Italian Volcano Organic Lemon Juice This is not bottled in Sonoma County, but in the foothills of the mountains of Sicily. I don’t know why you would buy this when there are so many lemons in Sonoma County at this time of year. But again, Costco is one of those places you go when you are having a party and I can imagine this would make a nice Nor-Cal margarita. The price is $7.79 for two bottles which comes out to $.11 per ounce.
Nutiva Coconut Oil Another staple on the Paleo Diet is Coconut Oil. Organic Coconut Oil can be very expensive. If you have the room in your cupboard, this is a good buy. The company who sells this, Nutiva, practices sustainability. The 78 ounce container is $21.49, a mere $.276 per ounce. We go through a lot of coconut oil in my house. I use it as a moisturizer, give it to my dogs for their skin, as a cooking oil and as the fat in baking.
Madhava Organic Coconut Sugar When I need to make something sweet, I use maple syrup or coconut sugar. I coconut sugar because it has a very low glycemic index and can be substituted for cane sugar in a ratio of 1:1. Coconut sugar is processed by using the flower bud of the coconut tree. Not only is it sweet, it also has nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, B vitamins, and amino acids. Check out the Madhava website. This bag is four pounds and costs $11.99. This is $2.99 per pound.
truRoots Organic Chocolate Chip Qookies Last but not least, I found these gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. This is for the time you need to bring cookies to your child’s class. The flour is made from amaranth, brown rice, sprouted adzuki, and sprouted quinoa. Of course this is not paleo. I’m just putting on the list because sometimes we need to buy a healthy qooky. Oh and the price is $8.49.