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Free ALDI Meal Plan week of 12/12/21

Welcome to your free ALDI meal plan for the week of 12/12/21: This week, we’re cooking up everything from ham & spinach hand pies to chicken burrito bowls — and so much more!

free ALDI meal plan week of 12/12/21: Six complete dinners for four, $65 out the door!

It’s one of the last ALDI meal plans for 2021, so let’s make the most of it! I’m hungry just looking at this one, myself: Save time & money with meal planning, and relax in the knowledge that dinnertime decisions are covered.

Use this menu plan as a starting point, modifying it as necessary according to what is in stock in your area, what you have on hand in your pantry, and your own family’s dietary needs and preferences.

Free ALDI meal plan week of 12/12/21 – 12/18/21

Use these meal plans to help reclaim some of your precious time, and you may no longer dread the perennial question: What’s for dinner?

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But first, what’s new at ALDI this week?

Grouch trees, holiday gnocchi, herring, and ham!

holiday gnocchi

From big jars of herring to holiday pasta, from grouch trees to cheap spiral hams: Check out all of my favorite ALDI Finds of the week, and let me know what you’re planning to buy.

Now that we’re caught up with that, here’s your easy weekly ALDI meal plan for the week of 12/12/21!

ALDI Meal Planning week of 12/12/21 – 12/18/21

Pick up everything on the shopping list below, and start cooking on Sunday: As always, six complete dinners for four, $65 out the door.

  • Print your meal plan summary + grocery shopping list below this week’s detailed plan.
  • I’m assuming that you have on hand some pantry basics like cooking oil, common condiments, and spices. *** Read through the recipes before you shop to make sure that you have the necessary pantry staples on hand for this week’s ALDI menu plan; see a list in the printable grocery list below.

Six easy dinners from ALDI for $65

ALDI Meal Plan — start cooking 12/12/21




  • Chicken burrito bowls, topped with 2 avocados, chopped green onion, chopped grape tomatoes, chopped onion, and shredded cheddar
  • Half of the tortilla chips, with the rest of the salsa
  • Slice up the mangoes




  • Creamy smoked sausage & white bean chili, topped with shredded cheddar and and any remaining green onion, chopped
  • Side salad, made with the rest of the spinach & topped with three sliced hard boiled eggs, any remaining grape tomatoes, and one chopped avocado
  • The rest of the tortilla chips


  • Leftovers, family pizza night (ALDI sells nice big take-and-bake deli pizzas), or order in.

ALDI Shopping List — Shop through 12/11/21

spiral sliced ham at ALDI

Dairy & refrigerated

Dozen Goldhen large eggs, $1.09
8 oz block Happy Farms cream cheese, $1.29
Bake House Creations crescent rolls, $1.19
Bake House creations pie crust, $1.69
12 oz Happy Farms shredded cheddar, $3.49


12 oz bag Season’s Choice steamable peas, $.79


16 oz Casa Mamita restaurant style salsa, $1.99
Clancy’s white round tortilla chips, $1.25
Fusia Asian Inspirations soy sauce, $1.29
3 lbs Earthly Grains long grain white rice, $2.19
48 oz box Chef’s Cupboard chicken broth, $1.69
32 oz box Chef’s Cupboard chicken broth, $1.19
2 cans Pueblo Lindo chopped green chiles, $1.58
Can of Dakota’s Pride black beans, $.69
Can of Dakota’s Pride great northern beans, $.69
Can of Dakota’s Pride cannellini beans, $.69
Can of Happy Harvest whole kernel corn, $.49


14 oz Parkview Polska kielbasa, $2.59
11 lb Appleton Farms spiral sliced ham, $9.35
1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, $4.49
1 lb chub 85% lean ground beef (frozen), $3.69


1 lb Brussels sprouts, $1.39
4 lbs navel oranges, $2.99
2 mangoes, $1.18
2 bags 8 oz spinach, $3.18
1 lb green beans, $1.89
Bunch green onions, $.79
1 lb baby carrots, $.95
18 oz broccoli crowns, $2.58
3 heads garlic, $1.39
3 lbs yellow onions, $1.79
Pint grape tomatoes, $1.89
3 avocados, $1.77

That comes to: $65.19

Or, maybe less…! These meals can run even less if you supplement this week’s ALDI purchases with: Clearance meat you already have in your freezer, pantry staples you picked up on sale, produce you already have on hand, and/or sale produce from your local produce market.

Printable ALDI meal plan & grocery list

print this week's ALDI meal plan

Print this week’s meal plan:

Edit and add in your own meal ideas, remove items you already have on hand, change regional pricing to match your own store, etc. *** The day(s) next to each item show which meals use each ingredient, so that you can easily see what to delete from the shopping list if you’re skipping a night.

Things to know about these meal plans

A couple of notes

  1. I try not to repeat main dish recipes more often than once a month, but you will see favorite easy recipes again in these weekly ALDI meal plans as the same meats and produce items come up again on sale. Part of the fun of meal planning lies in mixing old stand-bys with something new each week.
  2. If one or more of these recipes isn’t to your taste, or if you have other ingredients to use, adapt the recipes in this ALDI meal plan to your family’s preferences. Or, just use the ideas here to supplement your own meal planning! See: Pantry staples to stock up on and how to modify a meal plan for your family.

** ad markets & dates

This week’s ALDI meal plan reflects prices from the current week’s ad (running 12/5-12/11 in Sunday ad markets, and 12/8-12/14 in Wednesday ad markets). Non-advertised prices are from my local store in the Chicago suburbs, but non-advertised prices and produce deals *may vary* by location & region. In either ad market, shop any time through Saturday and start cooking on Sunday 12/12/21.

Stay in the meal planning loop

More ways to stay connected:

Happy ALDI shopping & cooking this week! If you find this meal plan useful, why not share it with your friends on Facebook so they can save money with ALDI meal planning as well?

Resources for meal planning & ALDI shopping

master list of meal planning resources from Mashup Mom

Let’s close things out with just a few resources to help you with your meal planning & ALDI shopping:

Lastly: You can always access your current regional ALDI ad here.


Monday 13th of December 2021

Thank you for creating these meal plans! I love Aldi and use your meal plans at least twice a month. I love how well thought out your ingredient use is (no left overs going bad in the fridge) and how achievable the recipes are. I love adding extra items from the fridge that need to be used up and the ham this week was such a great buy and use. Just wanted to reach out and say thanks for making my life easier with you awesome and thoughtful Aldi meal plans!


Monday 13th of December 2021

Thanks for taking the time to comment -- I'm glad to hear that they've been useful to you! (And that ham is SUCH a great buy this week. :))


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

I saw the email for this right before heading to the grocery store and decided to try it out this week. I haven't before because you use a lot of eggs, and my kid is allergic to them, but this one seemed easy to fix. Since I haven't done this before I didn't realize there's pantry ingredients I don't have on hand that were also needed but not on the shopping list. So now I need ginger, Sriracha and balsamic vinegar I think. Also my store was out of pie crust and I don't think they carry green chilies, but I have some peppers on hand I can substitute. I really hope this turns out well for my family, because it is very convenient and helps keep our grocery trip cost down.


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

I hope it works for you! There’s a list of pantry ingredients needed at the bottom of every printable meal plan. Hope that helps.

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