I’ve been sharing my weekly grocery shopping trips and meal plans for awhile now, but some of you have asked to see my dinner meal plan broken down a little bit more.
As I was preparing for my shopping trip, I decided to challenge myself to create a 7 dinners for $50 Aldi meal plan.
Let me just take a second to tell you that for awhile I had stopped shopping at Aldi and was going to Walmart and Sprouts. I also find great deals at both of those grocery stores but when I can’t make it to multiple grocery stores to get the best prices Aldi absolutely rocks!
OK….back to the meal plan.
First, I took time to make this meal plan BEFORE I left for the grocery store. I can’t stress enough how important this is. This gives me an idea of pantry items I have on hand and lets me use that as a starting point.
Also, if I buy something for one recipe that I know I can use in another, I try and make that recipe. For example, I know I needed peppers for my chili, but I wasn’t going to use all the peppers. So I chose to make a kielbasa skillet using those peppers.
Planning this way helps make sure that I’m not throwing out a bunch of stuff at the end of the week.
You’ll also notice I keep things pretty simple. With our schedule, getting a meal cooked on a weeknight can feel like a a herculean task. If your family has a busy weeknight schedule, you’ll love these 25 Simple meal ideas for busy school nights. You’ll find a few of those dinners on this meal plan.
With this planning and thoughtful shopping, I’m happy to report that I actually came in UNDER my $50 budget. I spent $47.94 for these dinners, plus I had some leftovers to send my husband as lunch to work.
$50 Aldi Meal Plan
This is everything I bought for my dinner meal plan. I’ve broken this all out below so you can see exactly what I spent for each meal.
Dinner 1: Chili
For the Chili the only things I had on hand that I didn’t need to purchase was a 1/2 can of tomato paste and chili seasoning.
If you don’t have those items on hand, you can purchase both for about $1.50 at Aldi. This recipe will make enough to have leftovers.
3 cans of beans – $0.49 each
1 lb. ground turkey – $3.99
1/2 bag Mini Peppers – $1.46
1/2 bag shredded cheese – $1.50
1/2 bag Carrot Sticks – $.70
Total Spent: $8.14
Dinner 2: Baked Chicken Thighs
This is a super easy and very filling dinner.
Season the chicken thighs with salt, pepper, paprika or any other seasoning you have plus some oil and bake at 375 for about $45 minutes. I’ll serve this with mashed potatoes and mixed frozen vegetables.
Chicken Thighs- $3.96
5-6 Potatoes – $.80
1 bag frozen mixed Vegetables – $1.99
Total Spent: $6.75
Dinner 3: Crockpot Salsa Chicken Tacos
This is seriously the easiest dinner on the planet. You throw chicken breasts into the crock-pot with salsa and a can of beans and cook on low for 8 hours. The chicken shreds beautifully and can be served over rice, a bed of lettuce or as taco filler. I chose tacos for this week’s dinner!
I won’t end up using all the salsa, so I’ll use that for another recipe next week. Also, I bought the organic black beans for $.89 because I couldn’t find regular black beans which are usually $.49, so this recipe could have been cheaper.
Chicken Breasts- $5.66
Jar of Salsa – $1.19
Can of Black Beans – $.89
Tortillas – $1.19
Avocado – $.49
Total Spent – $9.42
Dinner 4: Kielbasa and Potato Skillet
Another super easy go to meal. I simply saute kielbasa and peppers and then add in cubed cooked potatoes to create a kind of hash. It’s super filling and very tasty.
Turkey Kielbasa – $2.35
1/2 bag mini peppers – $1.46
7-8 Potatoes – $.95
1 bag frozen broccoli – $.99
Total Spent: $5.75
Dinners 5 & 6: Crockpot Pork Chops
One of the ways I save time during the week is to cook a double batch of dinner.
This week, my double batch dinner is this super simple crockpot pork chop recipe. Add your pork chops to the slow cooker cover with 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup and cook on low for 8 hours. I served this with egg noodles and green beans the first night and peas the second night.
Pork Chops – $4.82
2 cans cream of mushroom soup – 2 x $.49
Egg Noodles – $1.09
Green Beans- $1.99
Peas – $.99
Total Spent – $14.40
Dinner 7: Ravioli
This is one of the kids favorite dinners so I try and make it often. I honestly can’t complain because it’s simple and delicious! Plus, it’s a meatless meal that is really filling.
I just cook up the ravioli and I lightly saute the broccoli in garlic and olive oil. I serve it topped with Parmesan cheese (which I have on hand).
1 bag frozen ravioli – $2.49
1 Bag frozen Broccoli – $.99
Total Spent – $3.48