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Including an Aldi budget meal planner and Aldi shopping list
If you wonder around Aldi weekly and have no idea what recipes you could be making your family then this post is for you. We have 101 Aldi recipes that will help you fill up your meal planner for a whole week and still keep to your budget.
We all get stuck in a rut when it comes to food and feeding our family. Sticking to a budget weekly food shop isn’t easy, even if you shop at a discounter.
The same rules of shopping savvy should still apply and ignoring all those “special” offer tags can be hard when you know that it’s cheap.
Here’s our top 3 tips to staying on budget when you’re trying to do the family shop at a discounter:
- Don’t go overboard. Stick to your shopping list and meal plan. You can use ours here by joining The Resource Vault or write a list by hand yourself. It’s easy to get distracted when everything is cheap!
- Watch the packet sizes. Smaller sized items don’t always mean lower prices. Use your phone to do a quick search if you’re unsure. are you really getting good value for money?
- Downshift. Start by buying the very bottom brand and work your way up. You’ll be surprised how nice the very basic item is! If you don’t like it then go up one.
Not knowing what to cook or add to your meal plan for next week can see you leaning toward a quick fix experience ready meal or even a take out.
The below 101 Aldi recipes are perfect if you’re looking for dinner ideas on a budget or just recipes to fill up your meal plan this week.
Aldi shopping list
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Aldi meal plan
Before you even step foot in a grocery store make sure you do these 4 things first. all of these will help you save your family money!
- Meal Plan Sheets – Depending on how comfortable you are, either find a spare pad or print out 8-10 copies of a weekly meal plan sheet.
You’ll need enough space to write down a simple menu for each day and a shopping list as you go.
You can make your own weekly meal plan or download my meal plans and shopping lists for free from the Resource Vault. Having several copies on hand will help inspire you to get started and keep up the meal plans for several weeks.
If you’ve never meal planned before then start here by reading how it can save you hundreds of pounds!
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- Of course there are plenty of other ways to save money, and once you start seeking them out then you will be amazed at what you find.
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So here are our 101 Aldi recipes that will give you dinner ideas for tonight plus help you stick to your weekly food budget.
(We are assuming you have some of our budget cupboard staples already brought. If not, please see our full list of Staple Food Store Cupboard Essentials here.)
A lot of these are also perfect for leftovers. So if you make to much, freeze and use again at the end of the week or take for lunch!
Many of these can also be made for under £1 a head!
Porridge with fruit
Toast with banana
Boiled eggs & soldiers
Fried Egg & tomato
Sliced pear, honeydew melon, strawberries and fat free Greek style yogurt
2 frozen hash browns, baked beans and scrambled eggs
Sliced banana topped with yogurt
Fried breakfast: 6 eggs, 6 sausages, 6 bacon medallions, 8 cherry tomatoes, 6 mushrooms and 2 tins of baked beans
Poached eggs and bacon with a syn free Hash Brown
Sweet baked potato, sliced ham, beetroot and a salad
Fruity french toast
Breakfast oat bars
Breakfast fruit split
Harvest Morn Wheaties
Harvest Morn bran flakes with Brooklea Fat Free Greek Style Lemon Yogurt
Benefit lighter granola with strawberries
Harvest Morn light benefit bars
Choice of sandwich filling
Spaghetti with dried herb to taste (we use chilli flakes and oregano)
Boiled egg & toast
Grilled cheese sandwiches
Homemade sweet potato & carrot soup
3 egg omelette with your choice of filling (Bacon, Ham, Spinach, Tomatoes, Mushroom, Onion)
Salad wrap with your choice or cheese or ham
Bean and broccoli pasta salad
Homemade sausage and bean soup
Leek and egg salad
Winter vegetable soup (chuck whatever you have leftover or vegetables from the freezer)
Mexican rice (mix frozen veg and some chilli spice for some taste.)
Butternut squash risotto (we use frozen butternut squash already but with frozen onions etc)
Jacket potato and beans
Cheese on toast
Turkey carcass soup
Lamb kebabs in pitta
Chicken Pesto Panini
Crushed potatoes with tuna and sweetcorn
Creamy Tomato Courgetti (We use this one to make our own.*)
Risotto with Ham & Peas
Triple decker crackers
Sweet baked potato, sliced ham, beetroot and a salad
French Onion Soup
Malaysian Chicken Curry
Red Cabbage, Bacon and Potato Hash
Homemade Four Seasons Pizza (half of cheese, quarter of chicken & tomato, quarter Pineapple & Ham)
Sweet potato curry
Fish cakes, mash & beans
Gammon (or ham), eggs & homemade chips
Cheese & ham(or any leftover meat) pasta bake
Jacket potato with a choice of toppings
Egg fried Stir fry with Rices
Egg noodle stir fry
Hidden vegetable Pasta and sauce (could add tuna etc)
Sweet & Sour Chicken with Rice
Sweet Potato & Meat Curry
Tomato and garlic pasta
Frozen butternut squash lasagna
Tinned creamy tomato sauce from Iceland mixed with cooked pasta
Sausage and potato casserole
Vegetarian chickpea curry
Mushroom sauce mixed with cooked pasta
Turkey egg fried rice stir fry
Baked (enter meat here) pesto alfredo
Meat smothered sweet potato
Hunters chicken and homemade chips
Stir fry with brown rice
Homemade chicken strips with homemade chips
Sausage and cheese bake
Penne pasta arrabbiata
Chilli potato cakes with fish fingers
One pot chicken pepper bake
Homemade chicken nuggets and chips
Butternut squash lasagna
Sausage hot pot
You can download this list and a FREE meal plan by joining our Resource Vault here.
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Dinner ideas for tonight
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If you’re struggling to meal plan and want to try by yourself then start by:
- Reading our Budget Meal Planning: How to meal plan so it saves you time and money post here. This will help you to get the basics of meal planning.
- Check all your cupboards. Have you got these budget pantry staples? These are going to be your cupboard essentials and will help you bring your shopping bill down.
- Grab a piece of paper or use your phone and write down every time you or your family finish something from the cupboards or fridge etc. This gives you a good list to start from when you are trying to meal prep in a hurry.
- Pick your meals from the below but remember to check your calendar first. There’s no point deciding to cook a full on family meal if everyone!
- Have fun and be flexible! Just because you meal plan doesn’t mean that your food is set in stone. Change it around if you want and add or take away a meal. Just remember to add it to next weeks meal plan and freeze it if needed.
If you have a few fussy eaters at home, don’t worry, you can still shop on a budget. Here’s the recipes we use when our kids don’t want to try new food.
If you enjoyed this post and would like some more family friendly budget recipes or meal plan ideas, then head over to the budget food section here on Savings 4 Savvy Mums where you’ll find over 30 cheap posts dedicated to helping you cook and shop wiser for less. There’s enough tips to help you save over £300 a month! You could also pop over and follow my family food Pinterest boards for lots more ideas on how to eat well and spend less; Family Meal Plans on a Budget, Budget Family Meals & Budget Slimming World Recipes for Families.
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