|Organic quinoa with leftover Icelandic haddock, both from Costco Wholesale. I poached the fish in Roasted Green Salsa from Whole Foods Market.|
Editor's note: Today, I discuss preparing a one-pot meal, adding fresh sweet-corn kernels to canned-fish salad, a sale on grass-fed beef from Australia, the return of parchment paper and peeled garlic at Costco Wholesale, and a good buy on sweet potatoes at ShopRite.
By VICTOR E. SASSON
What could be simpler than placing ingredients in an electric rice cooker, plugging it in and enjoyed a one-pot, protein-rich meal in about 15 minutes?
That's what I did with:
- 2.5 cups of Nature's Intent Andean Gold Organic Quinoa from Costco Wholesale
- 5 cups of Kirkland Signature Organic Chicken Broth, also from Costco
- 1 can of low-sodium Goya Black Beans
- 1 can of Kirkland Signature Organic Diced Tomatoes
- A big handful or more of peeled Christopher Ranch garlic cloves.
- Several grinds of Costco's Himalayan Pink Salt or other sea salt
- And a couple of ounces of extra-virgin olive oil.
The resulting dish is wonderfully moist, and even though the garlic cloves hold their shape, they are creamy and melt in your mouth.
Andean Gold Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is imported from Peru.
It is organic, gluten-free and non-GMO. Quinoa also has fewer carbs than pasta or rice.
No pre-washing is necessary.
Third brand of quinoa
In December 2012, I bought a 4-pound bag of Nature's Earthly Choice Organic Quinoa from Bolivia for only $7.99.
This year, in April, I bought a 4-pound bag of Tru Roots Organic Quinoa for $18.99.
On Sept. 30, on a second or third attempt to find more Tru Roots qunioa, I saw the 4-pound bag of Andean Gold Quinoa for $17.99, displayed prominently at the end of an aisle.
More lost and found at Costco
After at least a half-dozen attempts to buy more Kirkland Signature Parchment Paper, my wife finally found a twin roll at our Hackensack Costco on Friday ($9.69)
We use the parchment paper to line a pan for roasting poultry, beef and pork, or for cooking fish in parchment packages.
My wife also found a refrigerated 3-pound bag of peeled Christopher Ranch California Monviso Garlic.
The company said it couldn't meet the demand from Costco customers, and the Hackensack warehouse store was without the peeled garlic for about 10 days.
The bag my wife bought on Friday was $6.49, a hike of 50 cents.