$15 nutritious meals with ALDI

Thank you ALDI for sponsoring this post. It is such an honor to partner with companies whose mission statement emphasizes nutrient density and accessibility. 

The year is 2021. We have somehow crawled our way to another year. The last thing we (read: I) need is an impossibly long to-do list of ways to improve, expand, be better, do more.

If there’s anything 2020 taught me, it was how to scale back, simplify, and make space for more by doing less.

So, I am resolutely not making any resolutions that include this “more mentality.” And instead – taking what I already have and making space for “more” by in fact doing (and hopefully spending) less. 

Which is why I’ve teamed up with ALDI tbring you a few meal ideas that are nutrient dense, flavorfully diverse and exciting, and all for under $15 (and even less than that when you factor in the serving size, eek!).

The ALDI mission and shopping experience is designed and staffed to reduce time and cost and offer high-quality food at affordable prices. Their innovative approach makes shopping fast and easy, and they sell ONLY what you need. Think: one amazing and high-quality kind of peanut butter, rather than spending 20 minutes deciphering different brands with different ingredients. All the best options at the best prices. 

So here’s what’s on the menu: 

  • deconstructed stuffed peppers with Seasons Choice Garlic and Herb Riced Cauliflower and ground turkey
  • creamy cauliflower soup with Stonemill Everything Bagel Seasoning 
  • snap peas with hummus topped with Stonemill Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • apple and pomegranate oat bake 
  • dark chocolate and cashew pomegranate dessert bites

A few things to add to your grocery cart: 

  • Bell peppers (3)
  • Potatoes
  • Sugar snap peas 
  • Onion
  • 1 Head cauliflower
  • Apples (2) 
  • Pomegranates (2)
  • Simply Nature Organic Garlic Hummus
  • Simply Nature Organic Cage Free Brown Eggs
  • Simply Nature Brown Whole Flax Seed
  • Simply Nature Organic Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Simply Nature Organic Mozzarella Cheese
  • Fit & Active 93% Lean Fresh Ground Turkey
  • Simply Nature Organic Quinoa
  • Simply Nature Organic Raw Cashews
  • Oats
  • Simply Nature Organic Chicken Bone Broth
  • Friendly Farms Organic Original Unsweetened Almondmilk
  • Simply Nature Organic Diced Tomatoes
  • Stonemill Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • Simply Nature Organic Pure Maple Syrup
  • Dark chocolate 
  • Seasons Choice Garlic and Herb Riced Cauliflower 

 

Let’s get cookin’ with ALDI, love! 

**prices may vary slightly by location

 

deconstructed stuffed peppers with Seasons Choice Garlic and Herb Riced Cauliflower and ground turkey

  • 2 bell peppers, chopped ($3.19)
  • Fit & Active 93% Lean Fresh Ground Turkey, 1 package ($3.99)
  • 1 can Simply Nature Organic Diced Tomatoes ($0.99)
  • 1 yellow onion, minced ($0.25)
  • Seasons Choice Garlic and Herb Riced Cauliflower ($1.89)
  • ½ cup Simply Nature Organic Quinoa ($2.15)
  • 1 cup Simply Nature Organic Mozzarella Cheese ($2.29)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • Spices: 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp chili powder, salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat oil in a skillet and add ground turkey. Cook until browned.
  2. Add diced onion and bell pepper. Cook until onion is translucent.
  3. Stir in spices, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and quinoa.
  4. Cook 10-12 minutes, until quinoa is cooked through.
  5. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

The nutritional perks:

  • We’ve got it all going on here. A balanced meal equipped with protein, veggies, healthy fats, and fiber!! 

The financial perks: 

Total: $14.75. Servings: 3. Price per serving: $4.91

 

creamy cauliflower soup

  • 1 head cauliflower (or Seasons Choice Garlic and Herb Riced Cauliflower!) ($2.39)
  • ½ cup Simply Nature Organic Raw Cashews ($7.99 total – but using ¼ of the bag = $1.99)
  • 1 cup yellow potatoes ($2.99)
  • 2 cups Simply Nature Organic Chicken Bone Broth ($2.99)
  • Stonemill Everything Bagel Seasoning ($1.95)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Slice cauliflower, sprinkle with avocado oil, and bake for 35-40 minutes, until cauliflower is soft.
  2. Soak cashews in hot water and set aside.
  3. While cauliflower is baking, peel potatoes then boil for 15 minutes, until soft.
  4. When cauliflower and potatoes are done, add all including drained cashews, bone broth, garlic, salt, and pepper to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  5. Top with Stonemill Everything Bagel Seasoning

The nutritional perks: 

  • Gut healing properties of bone broth! So essential to keep your gut and immune system firing on all cylinders! 
  • Cauliflower is super high in Vitamin C and antioxidants, and essentially every other vitamin and mineral imaginable. She’s a nutritional powerhouse! 

The financial perks:

Total: $12.31. Servings: 3. Price per serving: $4.10

snap peas with hummus topped with Stonemill Everything bagel seasoning

  • Sugar snap peas ($2.39) (or a leftover bell pepper!)
  • Simply Nature Organic Garlic Hummus ($2.29)
  • Stonemill Everything bagel seasoning ($1.95)

The nutritious perks:

  • Hummus is packed with protein! Think fuller longer for snack time to keep you focused all afternoon.
  • Snap peas: vitamins A, C, B, and K – oh my!

The financial perks: 

Total: $6.63. Servings: 4. Price per serving: $1.65

apple and pomegranate oat bake

  • 2 cups oats ($2.45)
  • 2 apples, sliced ($2.29)
  • 1 pomegranate ($1.49)
  • 2 eggs ($2.49)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (optional)
  • ¼ cup Simply Nature Brown Whole Flax Seed ($2.35)
  • ½ cup Friendly Farms Original Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk ($2.69)
  • Spices: 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp vanilla extract, ¼ tsp nutmeg, ½ tsp baking powder, pinch of sea salt
  • Top with: Simply Nature Organic Creamy Peanut Butter ($3.75)

The nutritional perks: 

  • Whole grains from oats – hello fiber and phytonutrients.
  • Flax seed as a great source of healthy fats fiber! Did I mention how essential fiber is? Let’s go gut microbiome! PLUS satiating healthy fats to feel full all morning.
  • Antioxidants from pomegranates! 

The financial perks: 

Total: $15.02 (okay a little over). Servings: 6. Price per serving: $2.50

dark chocolate and cashew pomegranate dessert bites

  • 1 bar dark chocolate ($1.99)
  • ½ cup cashews ($1.99)
  • 1 pomegranate ($1.49)

The nutritional perks: 

  • Healthy fats and zinc from cashews. Zinc is an essential nutrient for an optimally functioning immune system! 
  • Lots of vitamin C and phytonutrients from pomegranates.
  • That magnesium magic from dark chocolate. Magnesium is crucial for everything from muscle cramps to mood to even keeping you regular in the GI department!

The financial perks:

Total: $5.49. Servings: 4. Price per serving: $1.37

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6 Responses

  1. I love that you include the nutritional benefits to all of these recipes. Thank you for sharing affordable, healthy and overall accessible food options.

  2. I always go to aldi with no agenda but now I have these perfect meal options and grocery list to keep me on a budget and explore new and healthy items! YAY!

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