Happy ALDI meal planning this week, everyone! Let’s be encouraged by the fact that this one takes us out of our endless April 2020 and into the beginning of May:
- Per request, I’m posting this week’s meal plan & going by the weekly ad as per usual.
- Stores may not have advertised items in stock, and inventory levels will vary by store, region, and demand.
- Use this week’s plan as a starting point; modify as necessary according to what is in stock in your area, and what you have on hand in your pantry.
Again, during these odd times, I hope that this latest meal plan helps your week feel a little more normal.
Free ALDI Meal Plan week of 4/26/20
With all of that in mind, here’s your easy weekly ALDI meal plan for the week of 4/26/20: Pick up everything on the shopping list below, then start cooking on Sunday. As always: Six complete dinners for four, $60 out the door!
Find this week’s meal plan below; a few updates first.
Holy Strawberries, Bat Man! Plus a giveaway, an easy dessert recipe, and a call to Etsy creators
ALDI now carries Crystal Farms cheese wraps! Check out my review, and enter through tomorrow 4/23 for your chance to win full-size products plus an ALDI gift card.
Look at the size of these strawberries I just found at my local ALDI! Some produce sales for your week, plus other ALDI Finds — gardening products, guacamole keeper, more.
What can you make with ALDI crescent roll dough? Check out this easy six ingredient mock rugelach recipe, for one…
Do you have an Etsy shop? I want YOU. I’m going to be putting together some recommendations, so check out the call for Etsy creators here, and fill out a simple form if interested.
ALDI Meal Planning week of 4/26/20 – 5/2/20
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 you have the necessary pantry staples on hand for this week’s ALDI menu plan; see a summary in the printable grocery list below.
Print your meal plan summary + grocery shopping list below this week’s detailed plan.
Six easy dinners from ALDI for $60.00
ALDI Meal Plan — start cooking 4/26/20
- Perfect Instant Pot ribs (No Instant Pot? Do the ribs in the oven wrapped in foil at 250 degrees for about 3.5 hours or until tender, then finish under the broiler per original recipe)
- Garlic skillet red potatoes. (Use coarsely chopped regular red potatoes, and Parmesan instead of parsley at the end.)
- 1 lb of the grapes
- Bowties & beans pasta
- The rest of the grapes
- Make garlic bread or garlic toast with half of the sourdough
- Taco naan pizza, topped with chopped green onion, diced tomatoes, and avocado
- Five ingredient easy chili (use yellow onion, black beans, and kidney beans), topped with chopped green onion and shredded cheddar
- Serve with sourdough toast
- Italian chicken with zucchini & red potatoes (substitute bone-in breast; check for done-ness at 20-25 minutes in the oven)
- Slow cooker balsamic chicken (omit optional fresh parsley garnish)
- Garlic mashed potatoes (garnish with chopped green onions, if desired — use the rest of the red potatoes; can substitute butter for the olive oil if desired, and increase the garlic/broth/seasonings to taste, because you’re using more potatoes)
- Leftovers, family pizza night (ALDI sells nice big take-and-bake deli pizzas), or order in.
ALDI Shopping List — Shop through 4/25/20
Dairy & refrigerated
12 oz Happy Farms shredded cheddar, $2.89
Priano shredded Parmesan, $1.99
Specially Selected sourdough, $2.99
Specially Selected naan, $3.99
Burman’s BBQ sauce, $.95
32 oz Chef’s Cupboard chicken broth, $1.29
12 oz Reggano farfalle pasta, $.99
3 cans Happy Harvest diced tomatoes, $1.77
2 cans Dakota’s Pride Cannellini beans, $.98
1 can Dakota’s Pride black beans, $.48
1 can Dakota’s Pride kidney beans, $.49
Casa Mamita taco seasoning packet, $.35
Can Casa Mamita refried beans, $.85
4 cans Casa Mamita diced tomatoes with green chilies, $2.60
4 lbs St. Louis spare ribs, $9.96
2 lbs 80/20 ground beef, $5.98
6 lbs split chicken breast, $5.94
2 lbs red grapes, $2.38
Bunch green onions, $.69
8 oz bag spinach, $1.39
3 heads garlic, $1.29
3 lbs yellow onions, $1.69
20 oz zucchini, $1.74
5 lbs red potatoes, $2.89
2 Roma tomatoes, $.40
2 avocados, $1.98
That comes to: $60.44
Or, maybe less…! These meals will likely run you 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. Let me know if you give it a try.
Printable ALDI meal plan & grocery list
*** Download this week’s printable ALDI shopping list and meal plan in Word format. (If you don’t have Word, open this in Google Docs or Wordpad.)
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 the ALDI meal plans
A couple of notes
- 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.
- 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 4/19-4/25 in Sunday ad markets, and 4/22-4/28 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 4/26/20.
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Resources for meal planning + ALDI shopping
Let’s close things out with just a few resources to help you out with your meal planning and ALDI shopping:
- Almost All ALDI — for more ALDI goodness, ALDI finds, reviews, and more.
- Master list of meal planning resources
- Come join us in the Almost All ALDI Facebook group for recipes, meal planning ideas, ALDI food finds, and more.
- Get cash back for ALDI shopping with cash back offers on the Ibotta app (search “ALDI” at the top of the app, if you can’t find it in the store list) and through the Fetch Rewards app.
- Pick up a pack of meal prep containers, & pack up any dinner leftovers for easy weekday lunches!
- Cute & handy ALDI quarter keepers.
- Check out my Amazon shop for some of my favorite useful items for your own meal planning. Also useful: Two pack insulated grab bag totes, or two pack clip to cart bags.
- Almost All ALDI, the eBook.
- How fun are these ALDI themed t-shirts I have for you guys?!
Lastly: You can always access your current regional ALDI ad here.