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Free ALDI Meal Plan week of 12/19/21

Welcome to your free ALDI meal plan for the week of 12/19/21: This week, we’re cooking up everything from a cream cheese pasta bake to black bean & potato tacos — plus so much more!

Free ALDI Meal Plan week of 12/19/21: Six complete dinners for four, $65 out the door!

HEADS UP: There will be no new ALDI Meal Plan for the next two weeks: I will be on vacation! See you again on January 5, to start out our meal planning right in 2022.

It’s your very last ALDI Meal Plan for 2021! 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 12/19/21 – 12/25/21

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 this week?

Porch signs, Christmas cheese, love cats, and more

aldi holiday porch sign

Holiday porch signs, value pack crab cakes, Christmas cheese, and sooo much more: Check out all of my favorite ALDI Finds of the week, and let me know what you’re planning to buy.

cat hugging hand with engagement ring

What else is new around here? Well, this week you may have missed:

Now that we’re caught up with all of that, here’s your easy weekly ALDI meal plan for the week of 12/19/21!

ALDI Meal Planning week of 12/19/21 – 12/25/21

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 12/19/21





  • Low carb taco casserole
  • Roasted potatoes & carrots (chop a couple potatoes and a couple of carrots, toss with olive oil, seasoned salt, Italian seasoning, thyme, and black pepper to taste; start that sheet pan roasting in the oven while roasting the cauliflower; roast about 40 minutes, stirring & adding shredded Parmesan to taste halfway through)




  • Happy holidays! Have leftover pasta bake, or splurge on your own family’s traditional Christmas dinner. 🙂

ALDI Shopping List — Shop through 12/18/21

Note: You’ll end up with a bunch of potatoes left over, but the 10 lb bag is on sale this week — so, enjoy more potatoes next week, too!

Dairy & refrigerated

Friendly Farms 16 oz sour cream, $1.69
Priano shredded Parmesan, $1.99
8 oz Brick Happy Farms cream cheese, $1.29
12 oz bag Happy Farms shredded cheddar, $3.49


18 oz Burman’s BBQ sauce, $.95
2 boxes 32 oz Chef’s Cupboard chicken broth, $1.98
24 oz Reggano marinara sauce, $1.29
12 oz box Reggano farfalle (bowtie pasta), $.99
6 oz can Chef’s Cupboard French’s fried onions, $2.25
El Milagro flour tortillas, $.98
7 oz can Pueblo Lindo chipotles in adobo, $1.29
4 cans Dakota’s Pride black beans, $2.76


Parkview Polska kielbasa, $2.59
3 lbs chicken drumsticks, $4.77
3 lbs chicken thighs, $4.77
2 lbs 80/20 ground beef, $7.58


Pineapple, $.99
1 lb green beans, $1.89
3 lbs yellow onions, $1.89
3 heads garlic, $1.49
10 lbs russet potatoes, $2.99
Bunch green onions, $.79
2 bags 8 oz spinach, $3.18
Bag of garden salad, $1.15
2 containers 8 oz mushrooms, $3.78
2 lbs carrots, $1.29
Head of cauliflower, $1.99
3 pack multi-colored bell peppers, $2.99
1 avocado, $.59
1 medium sweet potato, $.27

That comes to: $65.94

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 12/12-12/18 in Sunday ad markets, and 12/15-12/21 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 12/19/21.

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.


Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Thanks, everyone! Have a wonderful holiday. :)


Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Just found your site! Thank you for putting together these affordable recipes. I need to get my budget on track after this holiday season 😂


Wednesday 15th of December 2021

Thank you for the weekly meal plans. Since there are only two people in my family now i get ideas from your plan and scale back what I make. Thank you for all your hard work and have an enjoyable vacation. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Wednesday 15th of December 2021

So happy you are getting to go on vacation and take some time off! Enjoy and as always thank you for the meal plans. Our family runs because of you! Happy Holidays!


Wednesday 15th of December 2021

My all time favorite recipe that we have had 3 times in the last couple of months.... Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. Oh My!!! Delicious. Even the leftovers. Thank You for all the work you put into these Meal Plans. Have a Very Merry Christmas!