Game Changers

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 8, 2011


I interrupt the normally scheduled post for this foodie PSA.

I present to you my newest love: Victoria White Linen Collection All Natural Marinara Sauce carried at Costco.

My two sisters have been raving about this all-natural marinara sauce from Costco for months and to my delight, Kerrie gave me one on the weekend. She told me that it is so good you feel compelled to eat it straight from the jar! I knew instantly that she meant business because the true test of a good food is whether you want to spoon feed it to yourself straight from the container. ;)

However, nothing would have prepared me for just how good it is. This marinara sauce is not only delicious, authentic, and flavourful, it is a game changer. I’m so excited about it, I’ve cooked with it the past two nights.


Unfortunately it is a bit watery used as a pizza sauce, but I wasn’t really complaining. ;) I also made a fantastic stir-fry with it. I am thinking about making my own marinara sauce, but something tells me I will never be able to make it taste as good as this. I may have to wait until the summer when I can get my hands on some juicy local tomatoes!


Tell me what food products have blown you away recently that you just want to tell the world about! Or even tell me about a long-time classic product that will always be a staple in your pantry.

A few of mine:


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megan @ blackberries for jam February 8, 2011 at 9:46 am

I recently discovered kimchi and I am in love! Plus, I am forever devoted to Ezekiel English Muffins:


Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 8, 2011 at 9:46 am

That sauce looks great! I’ll have to look for it.

I LOVE Eden Organic pastas. They’re based in Ferndale, MI (I’m a Detroiter, though moved to St. Louis). They make the best spinach & tomato pastas. Last time, I had their parsley garlic ribbons! I mean, how fantastic does that sound??


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day February 8, 2011 at 9:46 am

I am pretty sure there has been nothing that I’ve purchased from Costco that I didn’t love. It doesn’t surprise me that they have amazing marinara sauce!

I love Pastorelli pizza sauce. I eat with spoon sprinkled with shredded mozzarella. Easiest “pizza” ever.


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

Weve had a lot of success with Costco too…esp their Kirkland brand! Their product testers must be really good b/c Ive never tried a bad costco product


Jennifer Jordan February 8, 2011 at 9:46 am

Love it! Can’t wait to try, and fingers crossed you make your own sauce. :) I don’t have a specific food to note, but on the subject of Costco I couldn’t believe my eyes when I was in there last month. I hadn’t been to a Costco in over a year, and was floored at the amount of natural foods and organic produce they had. Of course they still sell fruit loops and chicken wings by the ton, but…it’s nice to see a little balance. :)


Ali @ Ali on the Run February 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

My current obsession is the Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Co. It’s so delicious and creamy and I use it on English Muffins, as an ice cream topper and (don’t judge!) by the spoonful when I want something sweet. In moderation, it’s the perfect little snack for me.


Catherine February 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Me too! And it goes perfectly in Angela’s Almond Chews.


Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons February 8, 2011 at 9:48 am

Mrs. Renfros green jalapeno/onion salsa. Delish! <3 It rocks almost every type of dish you could imagine!


Mrs. Renfro's Gourmet Salsa February 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Thanks for spreading the word, Jenn! It’s consumers like you that have made our Green salsa our #2 selling salsa behind Habanero.


Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons February 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I have a few recipes with your salsa that i’ve been holding on to for a while. I’m not sure what to do with them!


Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 8, 2011 at 9:49 am

That pizza looks so good — those tomatoes, OMG yum!!!

My favorite food product as of late is Garlic Gold — I know it is on quite a few blogs, but I love the shakers and the garlic oil. It smells amazing and it is perfect for roasting veggies.


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

Ive been wanting to try garlic gold for a while now…i wonder if it can be made at home?


Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I’m not sure about the shakers, but you could infuse EVOO with garlic cloves — I’m not sure if you just soak the cloves in the oil and then take them out?


megan @ whatmegansmaking February 8, 2011 at 9:49 am

you know I just made my own marinara sauce with canned whole tomatoes and it was absolutely incredible. You’re making me want to run out to costco and try this though!!

I think one game changer for me was when I switched to freshly grated parmesan cheese – oh my is that stuff good!


carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream February 8, 2011 at 9:51 am

I love it when I find thingsl ike that! I have this hummus:

Right now I also feel that way about Farm Boy lemon garlic salad dressing. Farm boy is a local ottawa food store that has some amazing products of their own that are (usually) made with very simple and whole ingredients. It almost makes up for not having a Whole Foods anywhere near me :P


Vanessa February 8, 2011 at 9:52 am

A few of mine:

Swet Riot’s cacao nibs dipped in dark chocolate – if they sold this by the pound, I’d be in lots of trouble.

PB&Co. – the entire line, but I really love the dark chocolate dream (I don’t even miss Nutella)

Earth Balance! I love this stuff so much, I never ever even think about regular butter or margarine.

So Delicious coconut milk line. Oh. My. God. Heaven.


Meredith February 8, 2011 at 9:52 am

PC organic oats, Patak’s curry paste, PC Chunky hot salsa, and those big boxes of organic spinach that only me and families of 5+ buy.. hehe.

I’m definitely going to try that sauce! I think we eat homemade pizza or pasta almost every week.


Trish @I_am_Succeeding February 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

MMM I have not ever tried it…always have wanted to. Maybe now I will look for it.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 8, 2011 at 9:56 am

Sounds delicious! Now I really wish I had a Costco membership! One of my most recent favourites is roasted garlic – it’s so easy to do and the flavour is SO much better than the kind that you buy in a jar, or the minced bottled kind. I’ve used it as a spread, in Italian dishes…. it’s awesome!


Fallon February 8, 2011 at 9:59 am

That is the BEST store bought sauce ever. I miss it so much since I moved. Nothing compares. Making homemade sauce is a challenge to get it to taste just like that and be the same consistency.


Amy February 8, 2011 at 9:59 am

When I’m in the mood for cereal in the morning, I love Nature’s Path Granola Flax Plus with Nature’s Path Kamut Krisp cereal with unsweetened almond or hemp milk (although I haven’t found hemp milk in a while). I never used to like cereal but these were a game changer for sure!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 8, 2011 at 10:01 am

This isn’t a product, but I’ve been making socca non-stop after seeing it on the twins’ blog, and I LOVE it.


Embodying Freedom February 8, 2011 at 10:03 am

I have to say, I”m a huge fan of Chunky Barney Butter (Almond) or Justin’s Natural Maple Almond Butter. Both are incredible on grainy toast!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

omg barney Butter…how I wish we got that in Canada.


Baking 'n' Books February 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I was thinking the same thing. I want a Whole Foods too ;) I never thought to go to Costco. I’m not a member but maybe it’s worth it just for that sauce. I have a love affair with sauce – it’s unreal – I put it on anything and eat it out of the jar with a spoon…and cheese (but I know you don’t do cheese) ;)


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman February 8, 2011 at 10:06 am

Hm, I wonder if it’s available in U.S. Costcos. I recently started using San Marzano tomatoes and–holy cow–those make excellent pizza sauce.


Meghanne February 8, 2011 at 10:07 am

I’ve just discovered coconut manna! You can put it on eggs (as I did this morning!), toast, use it as a frosting base or just eat it from the jar. Bliss!


Liette February 8, 2011 at 10:09 am

The White Linen sauce was a staple in our house until we moved 7h from the nearest Costco depressing I know. Every time we make the trip to the big city let me say I stock up. I make this delicious meal where I add chickpeas / Quinoa / celery / red & yellow peppers / garlic and tons of spices and eat it with baked tortilla shells cut in wedges

Mmmm good. I ran out a couple of weeks ago, I can’t wait for my next road trip at the end of March.


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2011 at 10:38 am

That sounds so much of the marinara sauce do you add?


Liette February 9, 2011 at 6:52 am

Hi Angela,

I usually feed a family of 4 and with leftovers for lunch’s. If it’s the large bottle from Costco about 1/2 and if it the 2 packs an entire bottle.



big sis February 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm

that sounds amazing! the kids would love that too, thanks for all the great ideas!!


Liette February 9, 2011 at 6:57 am

My kids love it! It gets to almost the texture of Chili and scooping with the tortillas is a big hit.


[email protected] Sweet Life February 8, 2011 at 10:10 am

That pizza looks amazing! Will definitely check out the sauce.


Julie February 8, 2011 at 10:11 am

YUMMO! That pizza looks DELICIOUS!! I can’t live without chia seeds, they’re so awesome in everything and can be added to thicken things up or add a boost of calcium and fiber to regular ‘ol oatmeal! I also can’t live without oats :)


Alina @ Duty Free Foodie February 8, 2011 at 10:11 am

I eat this sauce all the time and I love it too! Well, usually not straight out the jar though :P


Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 8, 2011 at 10:12 am

Lavazza coffee. I discovered it last year and now it is one of my favorites! I love it!!


Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun!) February 8, 2011 at 10:12 am

Kelp noodles!!!!!!


Carly February 8, 2011 at 10:18 am

Hmmm…where to start! Kicking Horse Coffee is a staple, we don’t drink anything else anymore.


Alayna @ Thyme Bombe February 8, 2011 at 10:19 am

I was never that excited by nut butters until I found Maranatha’s dark chocolate almond butter. I look for excuses to eat some of it every day now!


Dani @ Body By Nature February 8, 2011 at 10:21 am

Arvinda’s Indian spices, they make the most amazing curry blend!

I’m doing a giveaway on my blog this week so check it out :)


dana @ my little celebration February 8, 2011 at 10:22 am

Hy-Vee’s traditional marinara sauce is AMAZING! I’m never buying prego again!


Jackie February 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Their regular or organic line?


Tiffany February 8, 2011 at 10:27 am

Wasabi powder. My dad gave me a bunch of spices from a local spice shop, and I am absolutely in love with Wasabi powder. I’ve started putting it in guacamole, has browns, and random things. It gives a really nice little “kick” without overpowering. And it’s green…my favorite color :)


LauraLee @ Old Fashioned Vegan February 8, 2011 at 10:29 am

I started laughing as soon as I saw the picture of the jar! I LOVE this sauce! I normally just make my own sauce because I can never find a jarred sauce that is good enough, they are always too sweet, have too many weird ingredients or taste bland. This sauce brings out my inner hoarder. Another hoarding-worthy Costco find: Lundberg Family Farms organic short grain brown rice! I bought 30 pounds (!!!!) a couple weeks ago because it looks like my costco is going to stop carrying it :(


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2011 at 10:37 am

I love Lundberg! I buy 55 pound pails of brown rice syrup from them for my bakery :)


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 8, 2011 at 10:29 am

Ahh yum! My faves are chia seeds, oat bran, flax seeds, and Vega sport vanilla protein! I can’t go a day without it:)


Heather (Heather's Dish) February 8, 2011 at 10:31 am

i’ve recently reverted back to white-flour pasta…i know it’s not as “healthy” as whole wheat, but the texture is to die for and i love it. yum!


Christina February 8, 2011 at 10:31 am

I love that sauce! I discovered it at Costco last year, and I agree– the possibilities are endless!


Leanne (For Health's Sake) February 8, 2011 at 10:34 am

I tried spinach spaghetti last night & that was a game changer. I purchased it on the weekend from Superstore & it is wheat free, gluten free & easier to digest. Plus its extra tasty! :)

Also, you got me hooked on chia seeds….. which I love! Although they get easily stuck in teeth haha!


Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty February 8, 2011 at 10:34 am

YUM! Your casserole looks amazing. I’m always on the lookout for a great product that is all natural. Thanks for the referral.


Kerry February 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

Himalania chocolate covered goji berries. oh. my. word. no joke! I had a little date with a bag of those little suckers last night. Devoured!


Liza Jane February 8, 2011 at 10:42 am

I tend to be obsessed with all sorts of things that I used to get at Trader Joe’s, but unfortunately there isn’t one where I live now :( I do love this spicy honey mustard that my stepmom turned me onto (can’t remember the brand), and the fiance is in love with Happy Hal’s Jalapeno Relish and puts it on tons of stuff. I also become really attached to things I make myself. Like these vegan peanut butter cupcakes I made with my sister the other day. I could eat them forever and ever.


Beth February 8, 2011 at 10:42 am

That is quite an endorsement from your sister.
I’ll be looking for this on our next Costco outing.


Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 8, 2011 at 10:46 am

There’s this butternut pasta sauce from Dave’s Gourmet that blows my mind! (though, it’s not vegan)… it’s just sooo good, an awesome blend of butternut and tomato. I want to try and replicate it solely to take out a lot of the butter and make it healthier. haha


Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner February 8, 2011 at 10:49 am

I don’t think there is a costco around here, but I’m going to keep my eye out for that sauce! I recently got a jar of Stonewall Kitchen brand mixed-berry jam and it is to die for. There are tons of whole berries in there–it’s like a berry pie party on your bread!


Christina February 8, 2011 at 10:50 am

I happen to be a tomato lover! When I was a kid I used to eat tomatoes like apples, I’d sit down with a bit of salt and a few tomatoes and would just go to town! So tomato sauce is most certainly one of my favs. I actually wrote a blog post last night about my basic marinara I make, it’s pretty much the shell that I use for any sauce (I have a batch frozen for dinner some time this week).

Another staple in my house is TJ’s almond milk, it’s super cheap and it’s delish.
Amazing grass chai flavor – so yummy, I add them to my green smoothies.
Beans – I always keep a good stock of beans on hand, you can make so many different things with beans it really is a household staple for us.


Shanna, Like Banana February 8, 2011 at 10:59 am

There is something absolutely wonderful about a really good marinara. I actually drown my pasta in sauce because I love it so much. I’m always looking for something very authentic and natural. Yum!


Laura @ Starting Out Fit February 8, 2011 at 11:03 am

A staple in our house is President’s Choice Salsa – the Original recipe. OMG it’s to die for!


Amber K February 8, 2011 at 11:11 am

Thanks for the brown rice pasta recommendation! I have only tried quinoa pasta since having to go gluten-free. It was ok, but not great. Although I love regular quinoa! So I can’t wait to try some better tasting pasta.


Bree February 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

I LOVE that sauce. Our costco in AZ carried it and now I can’t find it in MI and I may have to order a case from lol. I tried to replicate it and came pretty close…but nothing compares to the real thing!


Callie February 8, 2011 at 11:15 am

Since I eat fairly high raw, I normally shy away from pre-packaged foods. However, I’ve written this on a post-it note and slapped it to my computer – Next trip to Costco I’ll be scouring the isles for it :)

Thanks for sharing!


Michelle February 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

I can’t get enough of Trader Joe’s dried mango, medjool dates, and cacao nibs when I’m feeling fancy. :)


Alex @ Healing Beauty February 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

I just bought some elbow shaped spelt pasta and cannot wait to try it with nutritional yeast!! Oh what food blogs do to me…:)


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 8, 2011 at 11:25 am

That will definitely be on my list to try – I love pasta sauce and have been known to eat it by the spoonful. :)

I’m addicted to Atlanta Farm Fresh Greek-style yogurt and Trader Joe’s Roasted Valencia PB. I guess I need a non-chunky PB now since broken jaws mean not chewing even the smallest crunch. *sigh* 6 weeks to go… making that Garbanzo (hummus) soup of yours tonight!


Moni'sMeals February 8, 2011 at 11:26 am

that looks really good! I will keep my eye out. I love peanut flour lately, and I hear you on the chia seeds and the artisana cacao bliss. SO good, a jar a week! :)


Erin February 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

I’ll be looking for that sauce too! However, I noticed that Costco stores in central/eastern Canada have different stuff from us out west. Costco had big boxes of Mary’s crackers when I was in Montreal at Christmas, but they carry some other type of rice/seed cracker here in Calgary (not nearly as good as Mary’s). I have bought a pretty good organic tomato sauce at my store, but I haven’t seen this brand…


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine February 8, 2011 at 11:32 am

There are these “Healthy Korner” tofu pita pockets that a lot of delis carry in NYC, and they are hands down one of my top ten favorite foods. A prepackaged sandwich! Totally vegan, clean ingredients, really filling….I have no idea how they do it. They’ve changed my life.


Emily February 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm

This is great to know! I’m in NYC and I’m not vegan, but it’s hard to find a good healthy deli lunch if you don’t like the usual sandwich/salad.


Lily's Health Pad February 8, 2011 at 11:34 am

Kalahari cafe chocolatte black tea!!


Lisa D February 8, 2011 at 11:34 am

Growing up with an all-Italian father who makes the world’s best spaghetti sauce, I have been conditioned to think all the jarred stuff is bad (case in point, Ragu – yuck!). Although I’m always open to trying new things, I think homemade beats out store-bought. The secret to great sauce is simplicity, really great extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, rosemary, red pepper flakes, canned Italian whole plum tomatoes (of course fresh is always better, but those are hard to come by in NYC during winter!) and tomato paste. In half an hour you will have THE most amazing sauce – I promise!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2011 at 11:44 am

Thanks I’ll have to try that! Do you have a recipe?


Lisa D February 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm

It’s very rough, I never measure – but I would guess about 2-4 tablespoons EVOO (enough to coat most of the bottom of your pan), 1 garlic clove chopped, about 1 tsp rosemary, 1-2 tsp red pepper flakes (I like mind fiery so I always add more after!), salt and pepper, 1 can whole plum tomatoes, about 2 tablespoons tomato paste.
Saute the garlic, rosemary and red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in the olive oil until garlic starts to smell amazing. Pour in the tomatoes and crush with a fork, taking out any green bits as they will be bitter. Stir and bring to a boil (not rolling boil, just until it starts bubbling), stir in the tomato paste and turn down the heat so the sauce continues to simmer. Stir every 5 mins or so to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom/to keep the flavors moving. Let it simmer for 25-30 mins and you’ll have a delish and simple sauce! :) The best way to eat is with spag and crusty Italian bread – OR over spag squash!!


AGS February 8, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I make a similar sauce, but a bit lighter (no tom paste).

Probably a bit more olive oil (perhaps 1/4 cup) and some more garlic cloves, and I coarly puree the tomatoes in the blender before adding. Then just salt, pepper, and — after it’s about 30-50% reduced, several fresh basil leaves. I like this on pizza, particularl pizza without cheese or with fresh buffalo mozzarella or clams+fresh crushed red pepper.


Andrea February 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

I absolutely love this sauce! It’s so delicious. I’ve found (like you mentioned), it can get a bit watery, but if you don’t overcook it or don’t reheat it for too long, then it retains it’s thickness a bit more. This post reminded me I should pick some more up sometime soon :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2011 at 11:43 am

great tip! I bet it is the water in the chunky tomatos that seeps out with cooking?


Julie (A Case of the Runs) February 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

I’ll keep an eye out next time I’m at Costco!


Maddie (Healthy Maddie) February 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I’ve been loving almond butter with flaxseed from Trader Joe’s. Mmmm.


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) February 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Your pizza is mouth wateringly pretty!

I’ve been using different garlic infused cheeses (jack & sharp cheddar). Also have been loving pb flour in my smoothie/ shakes for protein instead of protein powder.


Rach February 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I’m always disappointed with jarred sauce, I’ll definitely have to try this one out! Thanks for the tip. :)


Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side February 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Udi’s gluten free bagels= amazeballs!!! If unsweetened shredded coconut counts, I’d put that at number 1. I add it to almost everything- sweet or savory.


Lauren February 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm

OMG! I know! I am in love with that sauce!! Soooo good!!!!!


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter February 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Maybe you can put it in a sauce pan to heat it up and it will evaporate it a bit and make it a bit less watery? And then you can add some veggies to the sauce as well?


Emily February 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Oh, so many game changers, but they’re classics… Ezekiel bread for sure; loose yerba mate; 5-minute steel cut Irish oats; Nuun (sugarless gatorade tabs); Siggi’s yogurt.

Oh I do have a somewhat recent fave: Yum Nuts! The chocolate covered cashews are ridiculous. So are the coconut ones. So good. Expensive, but worth it.


Roz February 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I’m not a costco member myself, but can tag along when friends of ours next go, and I may just do that.
I’ve become a HUGE fan of Blue Diamond unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I cook with it, steam it for lattes, make smoothies with it….the list goes on.


Candice @ChiaSeedMe February 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I don’t have a Costco:( but someday I’m going to visit one and spend all day in there! And rent a van because my Mini Cooper just would not suffice.

Two items that come to mind that I have fallen in love with are Joseph’s Protein Pitas with Flax – they have a great ingredient list and are so soft you wouldn’t believe it! Also, Trader Joe’s almond butter with flax seed. I’ve never had an almond butter taste so good. I also don’t have access to a TJ’s, but got the AB when I was in DC this past fall – if I had known I would have bought about 10 jars!


Christine (The Raw Project) February 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Wow, I will look for that on my next trip to Costco, thanks!


Caroline February 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I love that you say “on the weekend”! As opposed to “over the weekend.”


LisaG February 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I just discovered Archer Farms (Target brand) Coconut Macaroon flavored coffee. Yum!


Syndie February 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Yum!!! Don’t have a Costco but do have a Sam’s. Maybe they will have it. I usually make my own but would love a nice alternative for busy days. Can we have your pizza recipe? Your crust looks A-Mazing :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm
Charlie February 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I just discovered nuts to you almond butter. Sooooo good!


Kelsey February 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I just got SO EXCITED when I saw the title of this post… and I’ll tell you why.

A “Game Changer” is my favorite drink. I invented it. Ok, maybe I didn’t invent the drink (its pretty simple), but I named it. One sip of a cool, refreshing game changer and your night is changed. It is making the rounds here in Guelph, and you can order it by name at a few places.

The Game Changer!

1 part Gin
2-3 parts gingerale
A generous squeeze of fresh LEMON juice (NOT lime!)
If you have the resources and the motivation, a little bit of lemon zest takes it to a whole new level (My Dad’s contribution!)

Stir and enjoy. Ahhhhhh


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm

That marinara sauce looks so good – I am not one to usually used jarred sauces, but it looks delicious!


Andrea B. @ Vegvacious February 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm

My absolute favourite product right now is Earth Balance (original) buttery spread. I love this stuff and can’t believe I used butter/margarine for so many years ~ I had no idea what I was missing. It is great in so many recipes, but I especially love it on a toasted Ezekial english muffin….so simple & so satisfying!

PS – your pizza looks DIVINE!


LauraJayne February 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Oldie but goodie: Organic short-grain brown rice
Newbie: Whole Wheat Couscous
Freezer: Amy’s Brown Rice & Tofu bowl


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit February 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm

First off… that pizza looks AWESOME!

Love of all loves: JK Gourmet Almond Flour. I always have at LEAST 4 boxes on hand at all times
Enjoy life granola: has been an ongoing staple for 3.5 years. It works great as a replacement for oats in recipes.
Medjool dates: these are quite new to me. I only had my first medjool date experience a couple of months ago. Now I make sure to always have them on hand.


Corinne February 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I have used the White Linen Marinara Sauce for a couple years now, and will not buy any other. I fell in love with the natural, and minimal, ingredients and the taste, of course…glad you found and love it too!


Sarah (Flavoropolis) February 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm

That sauce does look delicious. I never knew Costco sold high-quality food. I just looked and there is one only 3 miles from me – maybe it’s time to get a membership!
Recent product that blew me away: Dandies vegan marshmallows. Not that they’re remotely healthy or anything, but wow, they taste and roast so much like real marshmallows, which I haven’t had for 10 years and thought I would never have again. Hopefully I can manage to eat them only on special occasions.


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Long time products that will always be staples
Chocolate Chips
Cocoa Powder

Those are the 4 food groups, right? :)

No seriously, I love discovering new products that are awesome…and usually condiments, sauces, mustards, sweet spreads, nut butters, things like that…little jars of this and that…those are the things that I often discover and am like…wow, this rocks!


big sis February 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I warned you seesta! My other new favourite that we talked about is sunflower seed butter by Nuts to You .. put it on bread and my 5 yr old ate it, put it in a granola bar and my 1.5 yr old ate it .. now the 44 yr old ..?? think he will notice!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

hah the 44 yr old had no idea that his chocolate cake had avocado in it, so maybe there is hope! ;)


Kelly February 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I make my own sauce each summer with tomatoes and basil from my garden. Its very rewarding-at first- then it becomes a huge headache with tomato sauce every square inch of my kitchen. But having some homegrown-homemade sauce in the middle of winter is nice :)


Darcy @ She Sings at the Table February 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

We just got our first Trader Joe’s in Iowa, so I’ve been loving trying out a bunch of their products! My favorites so far: the edamame hummus, the lentil chips, and the almond butter with roasted flaxseeds.


Pam February 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention!

I don’t think I’ve ever found a jar sauce w/o added sugar. Yes! Finally!


Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble February 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I love marinara sauce. It’s common of me to eat a spoonful from the jar when I’m cooking pasta. I just love it. I use like 3x the recommended amount on my pasta. I really should try making my own some day!


Sara @ The Bucket List February 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Costco is the greatest ;)


Traci(faithfulfoodiefashionista) February 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm

The two newest things that I have discovered that will always be in my pantry are….Chia seeds (can’t live without them) and Barney Butter (it’s simply delicious) :)


Megan (Braise The Roof) February 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm

It kind of makes you wonder- what all is in other jarred marinara sauces that’s NOT all natural? Eek!


Ashley @perfectleypeared February 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

looks amazing! my boyfriend works at costco so i’ll have to have him get us some to stock up on! :) that tomato pizza looked amazing!!


Amanda (Eating Up) February 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Black bean pasta. It has so much protein!


Lauren February 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I want to try this sooo bad! I’ve seen it around the blog world! My sister asked me what I wanted for my birthday and that was my answer. She was like, umm, WHAT!???


Caz February 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Totally random, but can I admit I love seeing your photos of food products? I love seeing familiar brands (President’s Choice!) and the English/French on the labels. It makes me miss Canada a little bit, but it’s nice to see something familiar that I grew up with!



Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 8, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I have the hardest time finding good store-bought pasta sauce. I think I’ve been spoiled for way too long by my dad’s homemade stuff. :P I guess I’m making a trip to Costco this weekend!

Lately I’ve been obsessed with the Dalmatia fig jam I picked up at Loblaws. I’ve been devouring it on sandwiches.


jen February 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm

so happy costco has a new sauce. the organic one they used to carry or might still carry i couldn’t even stomach. i will have to check this out on my next costco run.


Wendy (Healthy GIrl's Kitchen) February 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Mary’s Gone Crackers crackers
Dr. Kracker crackers

both sold at Whole Foods

Do you have Trader Joe’s in Canada? Whole Foods?


Lauren February 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Hmm, so many good things I’m reading! My list:
Costco Hummus (the best!!!)…aka Fontaine sante brand
THAT tomato sauce- seriously- so good!
President’s Choice Mild salsa
Rice Worx- you should really try them if you haven’t- they are amazing with hummus
Recently tried Maranatha almond butter and it’s my new favourite…I used to hate that brand- weird!
Lindt 85% chocolate- duh
Cocoa camino cocoa powder
Ok, I should just stop. I could go on and on :)


Hannah February 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Loving Earth’s Dark Agave Syrup – so so so caramelly! The also make a divine raw granola with buckwheat, fruit, seeds, nuts, maca, lucuma… amazing!

P.S. I got so confused by this post at first, because ‘marinara’ in Australia is a seafood tomato suace. I was thinking “jarred seafood?!” :P


stacey-healthylife February 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I love Dellalo whole wheat pasta. It’s milled in some special copper something or rather. It’s the best whole wheat pasta.


Lori February 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I don’t have time to look through all the comments so someone else might have said this…you could always simmer the sauce in a pot for a few minutes which will make it a more pizza sauce consistency.


Jennifer Merschel February 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I can also attest to how awesome the White Linen sauce is. (I may have eaten it straight out of the jar with a spoon as well;)

My most recent game changer has been Silk coffee creamer. I have been a half and half girl forever and I swore I couldn’t switch. Well, last Fall, I found out what my cholesterol was and since January have been experimenting with a vegan diet. I don’t think I’ll ever go back!


Danielle February 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I LOVE good finds at Costco. I am glad to find out that sauce is good because I have debated picking it up the past couple times I have been there and saw it. I cannot pass up the Almond Butter at Costco for 6.99. It is insane how inexpensive that is in comparison to the same brand at the grocery store.


Namaste Gurl February 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Carob powder, coconut flour, vega vanilla chai, and chickpea flour!


Jolene ( February 8, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I recently found chocolate covered coconut chunks (like real, hard, raw coconut). They are vegan, dairy-free, and amazing!


Amanda February 9, 2011 at 12:54 am

I love almond butter. There will always be a jar of it in my kitchen…. oh and Nutrigrain whole grain waffles… processed ? sure. Tasty with lots of almond butter for breakfast? YES!


Kayla @ Fitterthanchoc February 9, 2011 at 4:55 am

Mine will have to be 100% buckwheat noodles, GF oatmeal, nut butters and dark chocolate:)


Sarah February 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm

That sauce looks amazing.

If you like Rizopia, you should try Tinkyada. It’s even better (holds its texture much better than Rizopia, in my opinion.)


Lorin February 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I got those famous dough balls for christmas and those are delcious! Also, PB & Co cinnamon raisin peanut butter is amazing! I went to their actual store in New York and it was soo good! I love peanut butter though, so I might be biased.


Kris February 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm

My Costco stopped carrying this sauce :(



coco September 16, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Omg I use it all the time!! especially with field roast chipotle sausages


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