Delicious ALDI Recipes - 1 Week Meal Plan (2024)

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By Tiffany Published Last Updated: January 15, 2024 6 Comments

Using these ALDI recipes, you can feed a family of four for $75! This Aldi meal plan includes the slow cooker and Instant Pot, and even has ideas for using leftover ingredients to save more money!

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Who knew that when I published a $50 list of ALDI recipes, it would be one of the most popular posts on the blog?!

I shouldn’t have been so surprised, since people love ALDI, people love eating real food, and people REALLY love saving money!

My goal is to help you eat real food on a budget, so back by popular demand, let’s make another one-week Aldi meal plan!

Before we get to the ALDI recipes, I want to mention a few other ways you can save money on food…

Because while you CAN save money by making a meal plan, it’s when you combine that with strategies like shopping in bulk, cooking from scratch, and making a price book that you REALLY see the savings rack up.

Psst! I actually teach you step-by-step how to do EXACTLY this ^^ so you can stop spinning your wheels with money-saving tips that just don’t work. My course Grocery Budget Bootcamp is more than tips – it’s a complete system that allows you to maximize your grocery savings every week while saving time and energy. Enrollment for the course is limited and opens just a couple of times a year, so join the waiting list here!

One final note if you’re new to shopping at ALDI…be sure to read my Ultimate Guide to Shopping at ALDI BEFORE you leave the house. ALDI is unlike the typical grocery store and has a few quirks that might catch you off-guard. Read this first, and then enjoy the savings!



  • 100% real food recipes that are simple, straightforward, and family-friendly.
  • Recipes that are quick to make and all of them can be made in under an hour.
  • Easy from scratch staples to help cut costs, like no-knead artisan bread and hoagie rolls. Feel free to substitute store-bought if you prefer.
  • A plan that comes in right around $75 for a family of four!


  • Olive oil, vinegar, acids, spices, and pantry staples like baking powder are not included. These are things you likely already have in your pantry, and if you don’t have what the recipe calls for, you can easily swap it out with something you do have.
  • Sweetener. This meal plan has just one recipe that calls for 1-2 tablespoons of sweetener and you really can use whatever sweetener you have…honey, maple syrup, and all variations of granulated sugar will work. And if you don’t have any, just leave it out! We’re always on a mission to quit sugar anyway, right?
  • Precautions for food allergies. Two members of my family have sensitives to gluten, but we’re able to bypass those with gluten-free pasta and einkorn flour (which is traditional wheat that’s easier to digest – more on einkorn here). ALDI has a fantastic gluten-free line of foods, and if you’re dairy-free you probably have your favorite substitutes already. With a few tweaks, I think this Aldi meal plan would work in most food-allergy families too.
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This Aldi meal plan doesn’t include breakfast or lunches because, in my experience, most families have personal preferences on what they eat for breakfast and lunch.

I have NO DOUBT the ingredients you buy for this meal plan will provide extras you can use to cover breakfasts and/or lunches. Here’s why:

  • Every meal on this menu is something I have personally made for my family. Every single meal covers dinner for the four of us AND enough for at least one leftover lunch (usually two).
  • Use the “Bonus Aldi Meal Ideas” section at the bottom to create your own breakfast and lunch menu. Those are just some ideas to get started, but they’re there to help you use the ingredients you’re already buying!
  • If you still don’t think this is enough food to cover breakfast AND lunches, buy a bag of apples and a container of oatmeal. Make apple cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast and you’ll keep your bill under $80. 🙂


Prices for this Aldi meal plan were taken from an Aldi location outside of Atlanta just before publishing. The total cost in your area may be different!! I highly suggest…

  1. Shopping from your pantry first and substituting with as many things as possible where necessary to keep your shopping list as short as possible.
  2. Use your price book to find the rock-bottom prices in your area.
  3. Look at other stores like Walmart and Costco! I did side-by-side cost comparisons of ALDI vs. Walmart and ALDI vs. Costco and you might be surprised at what I found out!
  4. Remember, you’ll likely have extras of some ingredients! Use the Bonus Aldi Meal Ideas section below for ideas on additional recipes to make.
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  • Whole Chicken: Most of our meat this week comes from two whole chickens. I included a recipe to cook in the slow cooker, but you can also roast in the oven or use your Instant Pot. Make sure to cook chicken stock with the bones! You need it later in the week for African Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup. Note: If you have chicken breast in the freezer, make this sheet pan chicken to shred up instead of buying more.
  • Italian Sausage Links: You will use sausage links in Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions on Hoagie Rolls. Yum!

Meat Total: $18.29


  • Milk: You need milk to make some of your side dishes this week. The total amount comes just under half a gallon. You can stick with that or buy a whole gallon if your family loves homemade cinnamon granola for breakfast.
  • Butter: The Light and Fluffy Sweet Potato Biscuits NEED butter! It really makes those flakey layers stand out. Plus you’ll need it for your Hidden Veggie Mac & Cheese and Steamed Carrots.
  • Eggs: Since eggs come in a dozen, you’ll have some extras. Use them for breakfasts or boiled eggs for lunch on the go.
  • Cheddar Cheese: Cheese is typically cheaper (but not always!) when you buy it in a block and shred it yourself. Feel free to go the block route or buy already shredded.
  • Feta Cheese: Don’t skip the feta on the Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes. This topping makes the dish!

Cold Case Total: $12.75


  • Beans: Beans are a perfect cheap protein to add to meals. The shopping list calls for a can of beans but you can buy dry beans if you prefer (in the long run, dry beans are cheaper than canned beans!). Make them in the slow cooker or Instant Pot, then divide them into 1 ½ cup portions and freeze extras. One 15 oz can of black beans is about equal to 1 ½ cups of cooked beans.
  • Kalamata Olives: I love the flavor of kalamata olives, but if you like black olives better go right ahead (plus you’ll save $1). Olives round out the flavor of the Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes.
  • Pasta: Homemade Hidden Veggie Mac & Cheese is the best comfort food! Go with the traditional elbow pasta or mix it up with any other small pasta.
  • Peanut Butter: You probably want to go with creamy peanut butter this time. You need it for the dressing on the Loaded Kale Salad and in the African Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup.
  • Peanuts: Dry-roasted peanuts are your best bet for topping the Loaded Kale Salad and you need them for the African Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup too.
  • Pumpkin: Canned pumpkin is the hidden veggie in Hidden Veggie Mac & Cheese. It’s an amazing way to add some extra nutrients!
  • Rice: The recipes for these Aldi meals call for white rice. Feel free to use brown rice if that’s what you already have at home. I love to cook big batches in the Instant Pot and freeze them for later.
  • Tikka Masala: This is an unusual ingredient, but it has clean ingredients and I wanted to give you a super quick and easy meal for your busiest night. Pair a jar with shredded chicken and leftover rice and BOOM! Dinner!

Pantry Total: $17.35

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  • Avocado: This healthy fat is a great addition to any salad. Loaded Kale Salad is no exception!
  • Bell Peppers: You need yellow and green peppers for Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions. If you can’t find them individually at your ALDI, buy one package of mixed peppers – or even all green bell peppers – and substitute as needed.
  • Butternut Squash: One of your side dishes is Roasted Butternut Squash. Feel free to substitute any other winter squash or really any vegetable that’s on sale this week. For conventional produce, aim for $1 per pound. For organic produce, aim for $2 per pound.
  • Cabbage: You need cabbage for Roasted Cabbage Wedges and Egg Roll in a Bowl. Both are delicious ways to use this inexpensive vegetable!
  • Carrots: The recipes use about two pounds of carrots. I like to buy whole carrots and peel and cut myself, but you can use baby carrots if you want, and especially if they’re on sale!
  • Celery: You only need a little bit of celery in Egg Roll in a Bowl. Use the rest for snacks or lunches. Celery sticks dipped in Homemade Ranch or Hummus are a favorite in our house or have the classic celery and peanut butter!
  • Cilantro: Hands down, cilantro is one of my favorite herbs (hello Cilantro Lime Slaw and Magic Thai Peanut Sauce!) If you don’t love it, gasp you can skip it. It tops the African Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup.
  • Garlic: This is a kitchen staple that you need for a few dishes. Fresh garlic really adds so much flavor!
  • Kale: This leafy green is the star of the show in Loaded Kale Salad. Plus, you use it in the Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes.
  • Mushrooms: You need about 4 ounces of mushrooms in the Egg Roll in a Bowl. You can use any extra for stir fry or maybe even add them to the Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions!
  • Onions: Onions are part of the main dish in Italian Sausage, Pepper, and Onions. But you also need them in Egg Roll in a Bowl, African Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup!
  • Russet Potatoes: Potatoes are going in the Loaded Kale Salad. Don’t knock it until you try it! I didn’t think roasted potatoes in a salad would be good, but WOW!
  • Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are the main component of Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes. Make sure to bake an extra one that night to have it ready for Sweet Potato Biscuits.
  • Spinach: I really like kale, but mixing up the salad greens with spinach helps you vary the nutrients! Add these to the Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes (a.k.a. grape tomatoes) go on top of your Loaded Kale Salad and get roasted for your Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes. I’m telling you; these meals are delicious!
  • Tomatoes: The African Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup gets a handful of tomatoes. This helps thicken up the soup and adds great flavor!

Produce Total: $27.20


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Now that you’ve got your ingredients nailed down, these are the ALDI recipes we’ll be making:

  • MEAL 1: Whole Chicken // Roasted Cabbage Wedges // Hidden Veggie Mac & Cheese // Roasted Butternut Squash
  • MEAL 2: Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes // Fried Eggs
  • MEAL 3: Loaded Kale Salad // Sweet Potato Biscuits
  • MEAL 4: Tikka Masala Chicken over Rice // Mixed Mashed Potatoes // Steamed Carrots
  • MEAL 5: African Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup // No-Knead Overnight Artisan Bread
  • MEAL 6: Sheet Pan Sausage, Onions, & Peppers // Hidden Veggie Mac & Cheese // Hoagie Rolls
  • MEAL 7: Egg Roll in a Bowl

Psst! These recipes are meal plan exclusives! Get all of the yummy recipes, as well as a printable shopping list (so you can head right to the store!), below.

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After looking through the ingredients above, chances are you either have a bunch of them in the pantry already (SCORE!) or if you don’t, you’ll have extras as the week goes on. Here are some bonus Aldi recipes to use up those items, keeping your grocery bill even lower!

  • Peanut Butter Sandwiches – use leftover homemade buns and peanut butter.
  • Greek Pasta Salad – use extra pasta, kalamata olives, and this Homemade Greek Salad Dressing. Add any leftover feta, tomatoes, kale, spinach, and mushrooms too.
  • Fried Rice – use extra eggs, extra rice, soy sauce, and any leftover vegetables you might have (there will likely be leftover bell pepper, carrots, celery, garlic, mushrooms, and onion). If you have some, add leftover shredded chicken or sausage too. Add extra peanuts for crunch.
  • Biscuits – homemade biscuits need just flour, baking powder, salt, butter, and milk.
  • And/or Buttermilk Biscuits – If you use some apple cider vinegar to make Homemade Buttermilk, you can have buttermilk biscuits!
  • And/or Pumpkin Biscuits – Use my sweet potato biscuit recipe but substitute leftover pumpkin for the sweet potato.
  • Pancakes – use extra eggs, flour, baking powder, milk, and butter to make Light and Fluffy Pancakes. Top with honey or fruit if you don’t have maple syrup.


We have LOTS of real food meal plans in our archives. They’re seasonal, come out to around $350/month for a family of four, and delicious! You can find all of our meal plans here.

If you need a specific meal plan, say for a certain diet or special occasion, have a look at these. They all come with downloads so you can access the recipes and shopping list!

  • One Week Vegetarian Meal Plan
  • Whole30 Meal Plan
  • Two-Week School Lunch Meal Plan
  • One Week No-Cook Meal Plan
  • One-Week Grilling Meal Plan
  • $50 Aldi Meal Plan #1
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How do I work out my weekly meal plan? ›

Here are six steps to making a meal plan:
  1. Give yourself time to plan. Set aside time each week to make a meal plan. ...
  2. Check what you have. Check what ingredients you already have in your cupboard, fridge or freezer. ...
  3. Include some of your favourite meals. ...
  4. Use up your leftovers. ...
  5. Cook in bulk. ...
  6. Make your ingredients work.

How do I choose a week's recipe? ›

Pick recipes based on common ingredients.

This tactic will help keep your grocery list a little bit shorter, and maybe even help you come in under your weekly budget. Just because you'll use the same ingredients for multiple meals doesn't mean they all have to taste the same.

How much weight will I lose if eat 1200 calories a day? ›

To calculate your weight-maintenance calories, multiply your weight by 15. If 1,200 calories a day is more than 500 calories lower than your weight-maintenance calories, you can expect to lose more than 1 to 2 pounds per week.

What do you eat on the 7 day diet? ›

The General Motors (GM) diet is a seven-day low-calorie diet that promises quick weight loss. Some swear that you can lose up to 15 pounds in a week. Each day of the week has a strict outline of foods to consume, including fruits, vegetables, milk, lean meat, brown rice and lots of water.

What is the easiest diet to follow? ›

The Mediterranean diet also ranked first in the categories of easiest diet to follow, best family-friendly diet, best diet for healthy eating and best diet for diabetes, bone and joint and heart-healthy eating, the report said.

What's a good menu for the week? ›

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  • French Onion Beef and Noodles.

What does a normal day of eating look like? ›

This passage by Ellen Sattyr sums up nicely what a normal day of eating looks like… “Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose the food you enjoy and eat it and truly get enough of it – not just stop eating because you think you should.

What are the 5 basic steps of meal planning? ›

  • M E A L P L A N N I N G. Organize your meal plan and shopping list in a way that inspires you to stick with it. ...
  • START WITH WHAT YOU HAVE. Check your pantry, refrigerator,and freezer. ...
  • SHOP O N SALE. ...
  • COOK ONCE , EAT TWICE ( O R MORE ! ) ...

Can you meal prep for 7 days? ›

One important note though: as long as you cook meals properly, food will be perfectly safe to eat within seven days. However, by day five, it might not be as tasty. If there's one number to remember from this cheat sheet, it's four. Most meals are good (safe AND tasty) in the fridge for up to four days.

How do I plan a weekly meal for my family? ›

Write a list of the foods your family likes to eat and keep it taped inside the kitchen cabinet. When you try a new recipe that everyone likes, add it to the list. Make enough menus for about a two-week cycle. Plan for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, or five to six “mini-meals” per day.

What is a 7 course meal plan? ›

7 course meal: A 7 course dinner menu includes an hors d'oeuvre, soup, appetizer, salad, main course, dessert, and mignardise. 6 course meal: A 6 course dinner menu includes an hors d'oeuvre, soup, appetizer, salad, main course, and dessert.

How do I create my own diet plan? ›

How to Create Your Own Custom Weight Loss Meal Plans
  1. Avoid Calorie Counting. ...
  2. Find Nutrient-Dense Foods. ...
  3. Stick to an Eating Schedule. ...
  4. Find a Meal Prep Method That Fits Your Routine. ...
  5. Eat Foods You Actually Like. ...
  6. Variety Is Best. ...
  7. Remember to Plan For Snacks. ...
  8. Learn More About Weight Loss Meal Plans and Fitness.

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