I don’t keep it a secret: I love Aldi.

My love affair with the discount grocery chain began during my newlywed days. My husband and I were struggling to figure out how to make our budget work, and a friend tipped me off on how much she saved by shopping at Aldi.

Aldi? “Get real”, I thought. “Is it dirty inside? Is the food really…good?”

But I was delighted when I discovered that the food did indeed exceed our expectations and that our misgivings about the grocery store were unjustified.

Back then my menus of the day consisted of creamed soup casseroles, boxed shells ‘n cheese and frozen dinner rolls.

When we began our transition to eating whole foods I worried that I’d have to give up my beloved Aldi!

Not so!

Aldi carries organic apples

I soon discovered that shopping there with our new dietary preferences slimmed down our grocery budget even more!

Our grocery budget has ebbed and flowed over the past few years–from those days we could barely make it month-to-month to the little more wiggle room that we have now.

The one constant is that Aldi is always my very first stop when I make my grocery shopping rounds.

I have heard from readers that Aldis vary drastically in both their cleanliness and the quality of their offerings. My Aldi offers fresh produce, a full line of organics and a neat and clean environment.

I know not everyone has this luxury, but for those who do, I have created a 2-week Aldi meal plan. My intent of this plan was to create a menu that someone who only shops at Aldi could use.

Aldi offers a wide variety of cheese

A few disclaimers:

I personally do not do all my grocery shopping at Aldi. There are about three different grocery stores I frequent, and I also purchase some food from local growers and order some from Amazon and Vitacost.

You can read this post to find out what items I personally purchase at Aldi. You will notice that I do not purchase meats like chicken, pork or eggs there. I do not personally eat pork, I get antibiotic-free chicken at another store (or via Zaycon) and I purchase our eggs from a local farmer.

Aldi does not regularly carry grass-fed beef, but they do occasionally offer it. When they do, I stock up!

For the purpose of this meal plan, though, I have included all whole meats.

If you are in the position to either choose plain chicken OR frozen, breaded chicken nuggets, then get the chicken that you know isn’t the best choice but it is much better than the alternative.I am a firm believer in the fact that sometimes better is our best when it comes to food choices under restrictive budgets.

Also, some of these recipes may require you purchasing oils and spices elsewhere–or you can always make your own homemade spice mixes!

A 2-Week Aldi Meal Plan

Without further ado, check out this 2-week Aldi meal plan!

Week 1

Sunday

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, bacon, side of fruit with freshly-squeezed orange juice and/or organic milk/almond milk and coffee

Lunch: Crockpot Paella , organic side salad

Dinner: Ham and cheese rolled up, organic carrots sticks with peanut butter, organic apple slices

Notes: Our family usually eats a bigger lunch and a lighter dinner on Sundays since we attend church in the mornings. If you do not, you can always switch up lunch and dinner on this menu! 

Monday

Breakfast: Steel cut oatmeal with almond or organic dairy milk, topped with frozen organic blueberries and chopped walnuts

Lunch: Leftover Crockpot Paella

Dinner: Lemon Garlic Tilapia  

Creamy Clementine Smoothie

Tuesday

Breakfast: Creamy Clementine Smoothie, bacon, scrambled eggs

Lunch: Organic spinach salad topped with canned tuna or salmon, organic cherry tomatoes, organic carrots and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil

Dinner: Ground Beef and Zucchini Skillet 

Notes: Stock up on Aldi’s grass-fed beef when they offer it as a special sale, to use in this recipe. The zucchini and potatoes will not be organic. I would leave out the corn, as the Aldi corn is most likely GMO.

Wednesday

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, bacon, side of fruit with freshly-squeezed orange juice and/or organic milk/almond milk and coffee

Lunch: Leftover Ground Beef and Zucchini Skillet 

Dinner: Slow Cooker Roast Chicken bacon-wrapped green beans and oven-roasted potatoes

Notes: This meal will not be organic.

Easiest Chicken Tortilla Soup

Thursday

Breakfast: Blueberry-Banana Smoothie, scrambled eggs

Lunch: Baked sweet potato topped with butter and a side of canned salmon

Dinner: Easiest Chicken Tortilla Soup Ever, side salad of organic lettuce, organic cherry tomatoes and avocado wedges

Friday

Breakfast: Triple Berry Smoothie, omelette with chopped ham and spinach

Lunch: Leftover Easiest Chicken Tortilla Soup Ever

Dinner: Cauliflower Crust Pizza  with a salad

Cauliflower Crust Pesto Pizza

Saturday

Breakfast: Thick Peanut Butter Smoothie, scrambled eggs, side of fruit

Lunch: Rice cake peanut butter “sandwiches” with raisins and organic apple slices

Dinner: Lemon Greek Chicken with organic side salad

Week 2

Sunday

Breakfast: Southwestern frittata 

Notes: Stock up on Aldi’s grass-fed beef when they offer it as a special sale, to use in this recipe. You should be able to find the rest of the ingredients for this recipe at Aldi, but it will not be organic. 

Lunch: Crock Pot Cajun Tilapia

Dinner: Avocado Spinach Egg Salad  sans bread or on a rice cake instead

Southwestern Frittata

 Image by Live Renewed 

Monday

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, bacon, side of fruit with freshly-squeezed orange juice and/or organic milk/almond milk and coffee

Lunch: Veggie and hummus plate

Dinner: Herb Chicken Skillet served over brown rice with a side salad of organic lettuce, organic cherry tomatoes and organic carrots

Tuesday

Breakfast: Steel cut oatmeal with almond or organic dairy milk, topped with frozen organic blueberries and chopped walnuts

Lunch: Leftover Herb Chicken Skillet

Dinner: One Pan Salmon & Veggie Bake

Herb Chicken Skillet

Wednesday

Breakfast: Thick Peanut Butter Smoothie, scrambled eggs, side of fruit

Lunch: Leftover One Pan Salmon & Veggie Bake

Dinner: Pan Roasted Chicken with Lemon-Garlic Green Beans

Thursday

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, bacon, side of fruit with freshly-squeezed orange juice and/or organic milk/almond milk and coffee

Lunch: Rice cake peanut butter “sandwiches” with raisins and organic apple slices

Dinner: Herb & Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken 

Mexican Chicken

image by Live Renewed 

Friday

Breakfast: Southwestern frittata 

Notes: Stock up on Aldi’s grass-fed beef when they offer it as a special sale, to use in this recipe. You should be able to find the rest of the ingredients for this recipe at Aldi, but it will not be organic. 

Lunch: Veggie and hummus plate

Dinner: Cauliflower Crust Pizza  with a salad

Saturday

Breakfast: Triple Berry Smoothie, omelette with chopped ham and spinach

Lunch: leftover Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Dinner: Mexican chicken pasta skillet

Check out this two-week Aldi meal plan! Continue to save money at your favorite discount grocery store without having to sacrifice your real food lifestyle!

Do you shop at Aldi? What are your favorite items to purchase at Aldi?