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Free ALDI Meal Plan week of 3/6/22

Welcome back to your free ALDI meal plan for the week of 3/6/22! This week we’re cooking up everything from BBQ potato chip baked fish to savory lemon garlic chicken thighs — and, so much more

Free ALDI Meal Plan week of 3/6/22: Six complete dinners for four, $65 out the door!

We’re well into March now! But neither lions nor lambs can stop these ALDI meal plans from bringing you six complete dinners for four, $65 out the door. As always, use these recipes to help you save time & money with meal planning, and get your dinnertime decisions 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 3/6/22 – 3/12/22

Cook along with us, and you may no longer dread the perennial question: What’s for dinner?

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But first, what’s new this week?

St. Patrick’s Day ice cream and tandoori potato chips

st patricks day aldi ice cream

ALDI Finds for the week of 3/2/22 include St. Patrick’s Day treats, tandoori potato chips, and Irish cheddar — plus, so much more. See all of my favorite Finds of the week here.

refined sugar and me 2022 reset with big chocolate cookie photo

Next, let’s revisit the old refined sugar and me series from a while back: How has it been going, and what does 2022 look like moving forward? The long overdue (and totally honest) update.

Lastly, over on the Amazon:

But now that we’re caught up with all of that, here’s your easy weekly ALDI meal plan for the week of 3/6/22.

ALDI Meal Planning week of 3/6/22 – 3/12/22

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; a list is included the printable shopping list below.

Six easy dinners from ALDI for $65

lemon garlic chicken thighs and tomato cucumber salad

ALDI Meal Plan — start cooking 3/6/22








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

ALDI Shopping List — Shop through 3/6/22

bbq kettle chips

Dairy & refrigerated

Priano shredded Parmesan, $1.99
7 oz Emporium Selection deli sliced Havarti, $2.29
7 oz Happy Farms deli sliced Swiss, $1.99


Specially Selected sourdough square, $3.29
Clancy’s 8 oz mesquite barbecue kettle chips, $1.49
Tuscan Garden restaurant style Italian dressing, $1.99
32 oz Chef’s Cupboard chicken broth, $1.19
2 cans Dakota’s Pride cannellini beans, $1.18


5 lbs bone-in chicken thighs, $5.95
4.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, $8.96
2 lb bag Fremont Fish Market swai fillets (frozen), $6.99


2 lbs lemons, $2.49
1.5 lbs red grapes, $1.94
3 lbs Cara Cara oranges, $3.49
2 lbs asparagus, $3.98
8 oz white mushrooms, $1.89
1 lb French green beans, $2.99
2 bags 8 oz spinach, $3.38
1 cucumber, $.49
2 lbs carrots, $1.49
3 heads garlic, $1.29
3 lbs yellow onions, $1.89
Celery, $1.29
1 pint grape tomatoes, $1.89

That comes to: $65.81

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 2/27-3/5 in Sunday ad markets, and 3/2-3/8 in Wednesday ad markets). Non-advertised prices are from my local store in the Chicago suburbs, and 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 3/6/22.

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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: Access your current regional ALDI ad here.


Thursday 3rd of March 2022

This meal plan has been a godsend over the years and so I hesitate to criticize, especially since it is provided free of charge. But it is increasingly impossible to actually use at Aldi. The one I go to in Chicago I have been to every single day this week, but it hasn't had chicken thighs in stock at any point -- and I have not been able to obtain them at Aldi for about a month. Sometimes there isn't any type of chicken at all! I am increasingly finding that the items in the proposed list simply are not available. Is there a secret about when to shop? I have gone different times of day and days of the week and have had little luck getting some of the most basic proteins. I'm having to adapt lemon pepper chicken in the lemon pepper pork tenderloin, and the differences in the cut means I'm about to serve a meal that I know will be under seasoned and disappointing. Regardless, the thing that currently leads me to frustrated crying is that this meal planning resource, once my most reliable fallback when everything else was falling apart, is now no longer serving because it doesn't seem to track to availability, not just with the little things but with the major core proteins. It would be super helpful to have a few recipes coming up that are adapted to chicken drumsticks, which appear to be the only kind of chicken in existence in Metro Chicago.


Friday 4th of March 2022

Hi Madison -- Trust me, I understand the frustration here -- we're all encountering empty shelves and shortages. (Not only at ALDI; all grocery stores are affected by this lately.) However, it's impossible to do a meal plan only around what is in stock because it varies so widely from store to store, depending on what shipments they get in. I made this week's chicken thighs recipe from a family pack I picked up at my own local ALDI store in the Chicago suburbs -- which was stocked with packs and packs of thighs that day, but out of boneless chicken breast. The same store later that week was out of thighs and drumsticks, but fully stocked on family packs of chicken breast. When stock varies so widely from day to day, store to store, unfortunately I can't do a plan around what's available -- because what's in stock at your store may be gone from someone else's, and vice versa. I'm sorry for the frustration, and hope that you're able to at least use or adapt part of it. If you're able to find drumsticks at your local store, they should substitute well in the lemon garlic chicken thighs recipe this week -- just watch the cooking time, but the flavor profile should be the same.

Big Mama

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

As an ALDI manager, I've been following your meal plans for a few years now. I sincerely appreciate the hard work and effort that goes into preparing your website, and I know that many others feel the same. In my district we follow a Sun-Sat ad so I always let customers know about what goes on sale, when, and let them know about your website as well. Thank you for allowing me to feed my family on a set budget, deliciously!


Thursday 3rd of March 2022

Thanks! I appreciate all of that, esp. as an ALDI manager you get to see things firsthand. :)


Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

I really enjoyed the recipes this week. I know I will be trying several of them. Thank you so much for sharing the weekly menus.


Thursday 3rd of March 2022

Thanks! Hope you enjoy them.