Costco Top 7 Healthy Ingredients for Diabetic Cooking

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 Costco Chicken Fajita Pizza

Costco Perfect to Stock your Pantry

Recently I had the opportunity to shop at Costco to find some of their diabetic-friendly ingredient options. As author of the trim & terrific cookbooks, I believe in mainstream healthy cooking with everyday ingredients.  My dietitian has been singing Costco’s praises for a while now, so I was excited to check it out! I think there is a common misconception that shopping at big box stores means you have to feed a lot of people. Although, many shopping options are in bulk, I love shopping this way, even with my children grown and out of the house. Though I mostly cook for just my husband and I, I still am always testing recipes and taping media so Costco gives me the perfect opportunity to stock my pantry.

Affordable Products and KITCHEN 101 Easy Recipes

I know the importance of diabetic cooking as truly it is really the healthiest way to eat but I also understand that we are all busy! You’ll love the easiest of all my recipes in my  KITCHEN 101 cookbook where I include a “D” by recipes to indicate they are diabetic-friendly to prove you can enjoy all your favorites and still eat healthier.  So the secret is a well-stoCostco KITCHEN 101 cked pantry, affordable products, and practical easy, delicious recipes!  That’s why you are reading this, right?

Costco Healthy ingredient Prego Heart Smart Marinara Sauce
Prego Heart Smart Marinara Sauce

My secret to quick and delicious yet healthy cooking is keeping a well-stocked pantry – it’s like having a permanent shopping list and allows me to pull an ingredient out of the pantry and whip up a go-to nutritious meal in minutes without having to stress about what’s for dinner. Keep all of your basics on your shelves, such as low sodium broths, canned tomatoes, whole wheat pastas, frozen and canned veggies – which I was delighted to find all of these options at Costco!

I love to keep a few jars of marinara sauce in my pantry and the Prego Heart Smart option available at Costco is low in fat and saturated fat, with less sodium and sugar than regular options making it a great pantry staple for diabetics. This is perfect for a quick marinara sauce to use for lasagna like my Quick Chicken Lasagna to really kick up the flavor without added fat or sodium.

Costco's Kirkland Minced Garlic
Kirkland Minced Garlic

A big time saver in cooking is to always keep a large jar of  Kirkland minced garlic in my fridge. You will be surprised how fast you can go through a jar as I love garlic in just about everything! Sure you can buy garlic cloves and mince them yourself but this really saves you a step and  keeps your cooking time to a minimum!

Take a Short-cut with Costco’s Rotisserie ChickenCostco kirkland chicken

One of my very favorite finds is Costco’s rotisserie chicken. Once the skin is removed to cut down on the artery clogging saturated fat, rotisserie chicken is a great way to get healthy, lean protein as it is a super time-saver and half the work is already done for you. Just throw in a salad, sandwich or casserole and voila’ – an easy, hearty meal. I am such a fan of Rotisserie chicken that my KITCHEN 101 cookbook has a chapter called Rapid Rotisserie Chicken Recipes.  Chicken Fajita PizzassMy  Chicken Fajita Pizza, simple and diabetic-friendly, uses rotisserie chicken – gets rave reviews and is super easy to whip up when you keep these staple ingredients on hand!

Remember, you can take a short-cut for many recipes that call for chicken which I love to do!  My most popular ever, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo becomes a simple recipe with a dry roux and Costco’s rotisserie chicken.  I’ve made this fabulous Louisiana favorite diabetic-friendly and so delicious too!

Costco Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Louisiana diabetic

My most popular ever, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo from my cookbook Gulf Coast Favorites  becomes a simple recipe with a dry roux and Costco’s rotisserie chicken.  I’ve made this fabulous Louisiana favorite diabetic-friendly and so delicious too! If you’re a fan of southern cooking, you’ll enjoy my Gulf Coast Favorites Cookbook which includes southern and Louisiana recipes easy and healthier!

Costco Gulf Coast Louisiana recipes


Organic Quinoa Ancient Blend

If you aren’t familiar with quinoa, then you should definitely give it a try. Although it is usually considered a whole grain, it is actually a seed and considered a complete protein, making it a healthy addition to diabetic and meal plans. Low in fat and containing iron and fiber – especially important for vegetarians – think of quinoa as a gluten-free substitute for rice, mixing it with beans and your favorite salad ingredients for a hearty low carb salad. Costco carries several excellent brands including Organic Quinoa Ancient Blends by Sonoma Valley Farms.

Costco Chicken Stew with Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa
Chicken Stew with Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa

Costco's Sonoma Valley Organic Quinoa Ancient Blend

Mark this recipe for cooler weather as you will absolutely LOVE my Chicken Stew with Eating Well Arthritis recipes to fight inflammationButternut Squash and Quinoa from my Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook filled with easy recipes to help fight inflammation which also uses rotisserie chicken!

Blueberries are my favorite and love the flavor and price at Costco


Costco's Driscoll Fresh Blueberries
Costco’s Driscoll Fresh Blueberries
Costco's Kirkland Dried Blueberries
Costco’s Kirkland Dried Blueberries


Berries are one of my favorite foods and I find a way to eat them alCostco Blueberry Muffinsmost daily, either in my morning cereal.  I love to bake with fresh blueberries and nothing beats a good Blueberry Muffin recipe from my arthritis cookbook that’s dietetic and still absolutely delicious…, so I was thrilled to find so many gorgeous berry options at Costco! From dried, frozen to fresh (in their giant walk-in refrigerator) their berry options were spectacular. And speaking of that giant cooler, the salad options at Costco are out of this world!

Organic Spring Salad Mix

Costco has the best deal in town for mixed greens!

To me, their greens are the best deal in town. One pound of packed ready-to-eat Organic Spring Mix for less than 4 dollars is a steal! With a handful of other healthy salad options from antioxidant-rich organic spinach to kale salad mix, you can’t go wrong getting in those greens.  Toss in blueberries or strawberries Costco Strawberry and Kiwi Mixed Green Saladwith your mixed greens for a wonderful salad!

Costco Diabetic Pharmacy Options
Costco Diabetic Pharmacy Options

Besides the outstanding food choices, I found their pharmacy selections and pharmacists to be very helpful as well. There are so many healthy resources for diabetics including a CDiabetes Costco Healthy Living With Diabetes Magazine that highlights popular diabetic products such as Nature Made vitamins and the fiber supplement, Optifiber.

Shop at Costco for affordable, healthy ingredients for my easy diabetic recipes.

Start now and cook healthier with affordable healthy ingredients from Costco with my easy, healthier recipes!  SAVE and Shop Holly’s website for autographed cookbooks and enter TRIM25 for 25% discount on all cookbooks (already discounted).

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With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy, healthy and practical recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the American Diabetes Association.Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post.She has consulted for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country.
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