1. Personal Sheet Pan Nachos
This meal is great for a picky family. Everyone can build their own nachos on a sheet of aluminum foil. Once it cooled, we just slid the foil on the table and we didn’t need silverware or plates! Easy clean-up. All ingredients were from Aldi, except for the beef, we buy from our farmer friends.
Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, or until cheese melts.
Ingredients: Tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese, 1 lb beef, 1 packet taco seasoning, jar jalapenos, 1 tub sour cream, 1 jar salsa, tomato- diced, head lettuce- finely chopped
2. Pasta + Meat + Sauce
I usually keep stocked up on spaghetti noodles, marinara sauce, and frozen meatballs, but this night I was out so we improvised with macaroni noodles. I have made bow-tie chicken alfredo, spaghetti with meatballs, and box shells macaroni and cheese with beef. Their hamburger helper boxes are pretty good too.
Ingredients: box pasta, sauce (my favorite is the one with the purple lid “Tomato, Basil, and Garlic”), and a meat- frozen meatballs, or fresh cooked beef, or slow cooked chicken
I’m not a big fan of their jar alfredo sauces, but they are ok if you doctor them up by melting in shredded mozzarella or fresh parmesan.
3. Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches
These frozen breaded chicken breast patties are so good! I usually get the thinner cut bacon since I like crispier bacon, but I tried out the thick cut for this one. Layer it up with your favorite toppings.
Ingredients: Burger buns, frozen breaded chicken patties, thin bacon, tomato, lettuce, ranch dressing
4. Walking Tacos
I love tacos, but I also love Doritos with a passion. This is the best. Do everything you would normally do for tacos, but skip the shells and go with nacho Doritos. While the meat is cooking, prepare all the “fixings.”
Ingredients: “Doritos” whatever Aldi’s brand is, beef, taco seasoning packet, tomato, lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, avacado
5. English Muffin Pizzas
Another easy one to personalize to everyone’s taste. I had half of an italian loaf left over, so I used it to make cheese bread. I’ve also cut up peppers and onions to make supreme pizzas.
Ingredients: English muffins (cut in half), red pasta sauce, shredded mozzarella, pepperoni
6. Chicken Squares
I learned this one from a roommate in college. Just look up “chicken square recipe” and you’ll find a good one. I honestly don’t follow recipes on things I make a lot since I season to taste anyways.
Ingredients: 2 cans crescent rolls, 1 (12.5oz) canned chicken, 2-3 Tbsp butter, 1/2 block (4oz) softened cream cheese
Serves great with steamed broccoli.
Put butter and cream cheese in a med bowl. Put in microwave for 15 seconds or less. Mix together when soft. Drain and mix in the chicken. Lay out the crescent rolls, put two triangles together to make squares. Put two spoonfuls of the mixture in the center of each square. Pinch up the corners however you like and pinch the pocket closed. Smush it down a little. Sprinkle the top with garlic salt. Bake in oven according to the crescent roll package, but it’ll be more like 20 minutes until they turn golden brown.
7. Pulled Pork and Potatoes
Aldi has these amazing boxes that have microwave pulled pork and microwave pulled bbq chicken. I get at least one of them each week. I think they taste better than when I try to slow cook a pork loin myself! You’ll find them over by the cinnamon rolls.
Ingredients: Microwave pulled pork, yellow potatoes, olive oil, kosher salt
I just dice the potatoes and cook on medium on the stove top in olive oil until golden brown, about 20 minutes, and sprinkle with kosher salt.
8. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
This is what we eat when dad won’t be home for dinner. The kids love it and I love it. I will admit that their tomato soup isn’t as good as Campbell’s, but it’ll do on my budget.
Ingredients: whole wheat bread, american cheese slices, butter, 1 can tomato soup, milk
9. BBQ Chicken and Corn (Appetizer: Pita Chips with Havarti Dill Cheese and Hummus)
Again, did you know they sell microwave pulled pork and bbq chicken? Ahh, it’s so amazing. It takes 3 minutes to make. Same with the corn. Dump it in a microwavable dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper, add a tiny bit of butter, and dinner is ready in 5 minutes. If you have leftover burger buns, you can make bbq chicken sandwiches.
Ingredients: microwavable bbq chicken, 1 can corn, burger buns
Appetizer: 1 bag pita chips, 1 block Havarti with Dill cheese, 1 container hummus
10. Bagel Sausage Egg and Cheese Sandwiches
These make a quick dinner, or wrap in aluminum foil for dinner on the go.
Ingredients: toasted “everything” bagels, fried eggs (I poke the yoke with a fork so it cooks too), frozen sausage patties, american cheese slice
11. Tilapia with Wild Rice and Green Beans
Aldi sells prepackaged and marinated fish. We love the garlic herb tilapia and it serves great with wild rice. I pan fry the fish in olive oil on the stove top until golden brown on both sides.
Ingredients: Garlic Herb Tilapia (pan fried), box wild rice (cooked in microwave)
My kids don’t always eat the fish, so I have bagel bites on hand for those nights.
These are just the meals I remembered to take a picture afterwards. The rising crust frozen pizza is another budget-friendly favorite.
I have been shopping at Aldi for over a year now, and we are still “eating our way” through the store, trying new products. We don’t love it all, but we definitely have some favorites *canned cinnamon rolls.*
I typically can feed my family of 4 on $45-$80 a week, sometimes more if I have to buy diapers and toiletry/paper products.
When I shopped at Walmart it ALWAYS came out to be over $100. I would recommend looking into a local discount grocery store in your area!