Grocery Store Sustainability with ALDI

Navigating the grocery store can be challenging. So I’m partnering with ALDI to highlight ways to enhance sustainability during your grocery shopping experience. 

When I head to the grocery store, my goal is to maximize on time and efficiency while saving money. It’s important for me to go in with a plan, utilizing a meal prep list that aims to use all ingredients while preventing boredom. 

Below are 5 ways I strive for in-store sustainability.

  • Choose your grocery store wisely
    • Do your store’s tenets and goals align with your own? ALDI has always been a store with a mission. They’ve reduced the use of plastic and increased the recyclability of packaging. More than 62% of ALDI-exclusive packaging is now reusable, recyclable or compostable!
  • Re-use items on your list
    • Those blueberries? Have them as a snack with some pistachios, toss them in a smoothie or on top of overnight oats, freeze them with some chocolate for a tasty bark! This helps prevent food waste. ALDI is similarly committed to this with a goal to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030.
  • Bring your own bags
    • Having ALDI Reusable Sandwich Bags and Reusable Produce Bag Set are the best! They’re cute and can be repurposed in so many ways. I love bringing them to work for snacks and use the produce bags for travel. ALDI also announced a new commitment to eliminate all plastic shopping bags from stores by the end of 2023!
  • Compost at home
    • I’m newer to the compost game and I love that ALDI is encouraging consumers to consider it. I picked up my countertop compost bin at ALDI and love it!
  • Don’t overbuy perishables, grab some canned/frozen items too 
    • Contrary to popular belief, canned/frozen items are just as nutritionally dense as fresh items. Having my pantry and freezer stocked means I can make a quick and nourishing meal at the end of the week when I’ve utilized all my fresh items. It’s a great opportunity to be creative in the kitchen, while simultaneously avoiding food waste! 

 

Products:

  • Simply Nature Organic Blueberries
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 package tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber 
  • Simply Nature Organic Baby Spinach 
  • Avocado 
  • capers
  • 1 bunch bananas
  • Emporium Selection Feta
  • Fresh Atlantic Salmon
  • Kirkwood Ground Turkey
  • Friendly Farms Almondmilk
  • Millville Old Fashioned Oats
  • Simply Nature Chia Seeds 

Mediterranean salmon salad 

  • Fresh Atlantic Salmon
  • 2 cups Simply Nature Organic Baby Spinach
  • 1 lemon 
  • ½ cup Emporium Selection Feta
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes 
  • ½ cup cucumber Spices: 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp paprika, ½ tsp seafood seasoning

Heat oil on stove top and season salmon with spices of choice (I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and seafood seasoning). When pan is hot, place salmon and sear for 5 minutes each side, until cooked through. Remove salmon from pan and left cool. When ready to plate, squeeze lemon on top of salmon. Serve atop spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, and dressing of choice. Sprinkle feta on top! 

Ground turkey taco bowls

  • Kirkwood Ground Turkey
  • Organic bell peppers 
  • 1 red onion
  • Simply Nature Organic Quinoa 
  • Avocado
  • Spices: 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp chipotle powder, ½ tsp paprika, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper, ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup Simply Nature Organic Baby Spinach

Heat oil on stove top and saute red onion and chopped bell peppers until translucent and fragrant. Remove from pan. Add in Kirkwood Ground Turkey and saute until cooked throughout. Cook quinoa according to instructions. 

When all ingredients are ready, layer bowls with spinach, quinoa, red peppers, onions, ground turkey, avocado.

Lemon blueberry overnight oats 

  • ½ cup Millville Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 tbsp Simply Nature Chia Seeds
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1.5 cups Friendly Farms Almondmilk
  • 1 tbsp Simply Nature Organic Wildflower Honey
  • 1 tbsp Simply Nature Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 
  • ½ cup blueberries

Combine oats, chia seeds, lemon juice, almond milk, and honey and let sit overnight. Top with blueberries and peanut butter in the morning!

Blueberry avocado spinach smoothie 

  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup Simply Nature Organic Baby Spinach
  • ½ avocado 
  • 1 cup Friendly Farms Almondmilk 
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp Simply Nature Organic Wildflower Honey

Combine all ingredients and blend! 

ALDI is my go-to store for affordable and high-quality products that make sustainable living easy. Check out their store locator to find an ALDI near you!

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