5 Organic, Healthy Dinners From Costco That Cost $4 a Serving
The truth is, organic foods are demonstrably better for you than conventionally raised and grown foods. Studies show that there are more omega-3s in organic dairy, more antioxidants in organic produce, and fewer heavy metals found in organic foods than in their conventional counterparts.
However, as anyone who has compared the prices between organic and conventional ingredients can attest, organic items can be really expensive — which makes eating organic seemingly out-of-reach for most people. But there are a surprising number of ways to enjoy organic foods on a budget. We’ve found five healthy, filling dishes that use 100% organic Costco ingredients and still manage to cost less than $4 a serving. For each recipe, we included one critical ingredient from fan-favorite Costco, while the remaining ingredients’ prices were pulled from a variety of sources, including Amazon, Thrive Market, Target, Walmart, and Whole Foods.
Disclaimer: Final pricing may look different based on your location and the current market.
1. Healthy Burger Bowls with Sweet Potato Wedges
These healthy burger bowls, featuring Kirkland Signature Organic Ground Beef, are just super fun. For the sake of our health — as well as our wallets — we omitted the optional bacon here but included the sweet potato wedges because they’re both delicious (who doesn’t love a crispy sweet potato fry) and seriously good for you (they’re packed with vitamin A).
Estimated Cost: The total cost is going to vary based on the toppings you choose, but if you serve it with all the fixings — baby greens, pickles, shredded cheddar, sweet potato wedges, and special sauce, all made with organic ingredients — this dish costs around $15.88 for four people, or $3.97 a person.
Try the recipe from The Real Food Dieticians.
2. Oil-Free Chickpea Salad
This oil-free chickpea salad recipe, featuring S&W Organic Garbanzo Beans, is so bright and fresh, and it’s incredibly versatile, too — as recipe author Toni Okamoto notes, you can add in a little fresh lemon juice, pickle juice, parsley, or scallions to boost the flavor profile even further, too. And if you have a leftover avocado half in the fridge, consider throwing that in there as well.
Estimated Cost: The whole recipe, which uses up the entire can of chickpeas, costs $5.04, but we’re bumping that up to include a head of organic romaine lettuce, which we think is the perfect base for this salad. Served with romaine lettuce, this recipe costs $7.29 total to make and makes three servings at $2.43 each.
Try the recipe from Plant-Based on a Budget.
3. Grilled Avocado Chicken
We love how protein-packed and phenomenally easy this Grilled Avocado Chicken recipe is. Plus, it gets even easier when you substitute making your own avocado salsa with just opening a container of totally good-for-you guac made with simple ingredients, like using Wholly Guacamole Organic Mild Guacamole from Costco. For four people, one container gives you a seriously generous serving of guac per person — so you could absolutely leave about a third of the bowl for dipping, or for later use, too.
Estimated Cost: For a little extra cost and effort, you could mix in a chopped tomato and a jalapeño, but if you want to leave the dish deliciously simple, this meal will run you $15.71 for four servings, or $3.93 per person.
Try the recipe from Gimme Delicious.
4. Mediterranean Black Bean Salad with Herbs and Feta
This Mediterranean salad, featuring S&W Organic Black Beans, is an absolute flavor bomb packed with big handfuls of fresh herbs; tangy, salty feta cheese; a variety of colorful vegetables; and a few pickled jalapeños for a little added kick. We love that it’s a complete, light vegetarian meal unto itself thanks to the addition of black beans and all the great plant-based protein they provide. But if you wanted to add some more bulk, you could always add a half-cup of quinoa for a complete protein and some more healthy carbs and still not go over budget.
Estimated Cost: This dish makes two servings for a total of $7.33, or $3.67 per person. For a pescatarian twist, you could add half a can of wild-caught sardines — they’d be delicious in this, and offer tons of omega-3 fatty acids — and still be under $5 a person.
Try the recipe from Homemade Mastery.
5. Curried Cauliflower Quinoa Salad
This curried cauliflower quinoa salad, featuring Kirkland Signature Organic Quinoa, is a great option for folks who like to meal prep since all the ingredients are easily made and assembled in advance — just dress before serving. While this is hardly a traditional Indian recipe (quinoa hales from the Andes, after all), we think it’s delicious, weeknight-friendly play on Indian flavors, and it’s full of healthy fats, proteins, fresh vegetables, and fiber.
Estimated Cost: Even with reasonably pricey ingredients like organic cauliflower, Greek yogurt, Persian cucumbers, and golden raisins, this dish still comes out to $15.98 for four people, or $3.99/serving — if you’re willing to cut the golden raisins in half. For more protein and bulk, you could also add a poached egg on top of each dish, or for a plant-based option, you could add a big handful of crispy roasted organic chickpeas to each salad and still not go too far over the goal.
Try the recipe from Modern Proper.
Disclaimer: We only recommend products we seriously love and want to share. We may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which includes affiliate links.
Good food brings people together. So do good emails.