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Free ALDI Meal Plan week of 5/16/21 – 5/22/21

Welcome to your free ALDI meal plan for the week of 5/16/21! This week, we’re cooking up everything from vegetarian burritos to a satisfying salsa verde chicken soup — and so much more.

Free ALDI Meal Plan week of 5/16/21: Six complete dinners for four, $60 out the door!

Enjoy some new meals, because every week provides another chance to save time & money with meal planning, have your dinner time covered, and try something new with your family.

As always, 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 5/16/21 – 5/22/21

Use these meal plans to help reclaim some of your precious time, and avoid the perennial question: What’s for dinner?

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But first, what’s new this week?

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From huge jars of pickles to pickle popcorn, from patio Finds to all-beef hot dogs for the grill… and so much more! Check out my top 25+ ALDI Finds of the week, and let me know what you’re planning on picking up.

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ALDI Meal Planning week of 5/16/21 – 5/22/21

But without further ado, here’s your easy weekly ALDI meal plan for the week of 5/16/21. Pick up everything on the shopping list below, and start cooking on Sunday: As always, six complete dinners for four, $60 out the door.

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

ALDI Meal Plan — start cooking 5/16/21








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

ALDI Shopping List — Shop through 5/15/21

Dairy & refrigerated

16 oz Happy Farms shredded cheddar, $4.09


16 oz Specially Selected salsa verde, $1.95
16 oz Casa Mamita organic chipotle & lime salsa, $1.89
Clancy’s white round tortilla chips, $1.85
Tuscan Garden bacon bits, $1.25
Tuscan Garden ranch dressing, $1.69
Pueblo Lindo chipotles in adobo, $1.09
El Milagro flour tortillas, $.98
Can Dakota’s Pride black beans, $.69
2 cans Dakota’s Pride great northern beans, $1.38
32 oz Chef’s Cupboard chicken broth, $1.19


6 lb whole chicken, $5.70
3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, $6.87
3.25 lbs bone-in chicken thighs, $4.19


Whole pineapple, $1.49
4 lbs navel oranges, $2.89
5 lbs yellow potatoes, $3.39
3 lbs yellow onions, $2.49
3 heads garlic, $1.29
2 packs 8 oz white mushrooms, $1.98
Bunch green onions, $.79
3 pack multi-colored bell peppers, $2.49
1 lb Brussels sprouts, $1.49
2 lbs carrots, $1.49
8 oz bag spinach, $1.49
Garden salad, $1.69
2 avocados, $1.98
2 Roma tomatoes, $.50

That comes to: $60.26

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, you can open this in Google Docs or in 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 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 5/9-5/15 in Sunday ad markets, and 5/12-5/18 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 5/16/21.

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

Brock N Lusch

Friday 14th of May 2021

I have loved the help that your planning has given me for meal planning. However, a plan where ever meal except one having chicken is a bit over doing it and feels like you are not putting much thought into your plans. I get it it been a tough year but consider mixing up the protein through out the week. I hope you take this as constructive criticism and not pointing the finger. I have picky eaters 5&8 they are not easy to please for dinner! 🤦🏻‍♂️


Wednesday 12th of May 2021

Hey Rachel. I can’t find the chipotle and lime salsa. Can you please show me the jar or describe? I live in Florida and maybe our Aldi doesn’t have it? Thank you!


Wednesday 12th of May 2021

It's a seasonal buy so might be in your Aisle of Shame. You can substitute a different salsa, though, if you can't find that one -- the fire roasted or restaurant style Casa Mamita would also work well. :)