How her mom made eight healthy meals from a $110 store at Aldi — here’s how she did it and her best tips for saving at the supermarket
- My mom spent $111.65 on groceries at Aldi
- I made eight meals of “unprocessed” foods.
- The woman also shared her best budgeting tips
One money-saving mum showed how she made eight healthy dinners for her family from an amazing Aldi grocery store that cost her just over $110.
The mum “challenged” herself to see how many servings she could make of “unprocessed” food from Aldi, and while she admits she wasn’t trying to be frugal, she only spent $111.65.
She managed to make eight “reasonably healthy” dinners leaving some for lunch with her own grocery store of fresh veggies and meat from Aldi.
The woman, from New South Wales, created delicious dishes including halloumi and bacon rolls, chicken and lettuce cups, chicken and chicken, bacon and vegetables and beef patties.
She also shared her best tips for spending less at the supermarket from choosing cheaper cuts of meat to growing her own herbs and vegetables and even swapping ingredients with friends.
A thrifty mom shared how she made eight healthy meals after buying just over $110 in groceries from Aldi after challenging herself to cook with “unprocessed” foods.
The mom made delicious dishes including halloumi and bacon rolls, chicken and lettuce cups, chicken pad thai (pictured), vegetable dumplings, sweet potato and cottage cheese dumplings.
Tips for savvy moms to save on groceries
- Check your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry before you shop
- Always have a plan
- Buy bulk meat
- Shop for prices
- Buy cheap cuts of meat
- Grow your own herbs and vegetables
- Go halves or swap ingredients with friends
- Get eggs from friends and family with the chickens
- Check store availability and locations
- Buy ingredients that you can use more than once
- Prepare, separate and freeze meat for later
Two weeks ago, I did a challenge to see what meals I could make using most of the unprocessed foods from Aldi. I spent $111.65, the mom explained in a post for Aldi Mams.
It wasn’t about making the most economical meal or I could cook pasta and toast. I’ve made eight reasonably healthy meals and still have a few leftovers for lunch and other meals.
She said each meal contained four to six servings but was often stretched out to six and was “packed with loads of vegetables”.
The mom shared her tips on saving on her grocery bill saying she could have cut down on her store expenses by checking her fridge, freezer and pantry to see what she already had before shopping and meal planning.
She also said always have a plan before you go shopping, buying meat in bulk and trying to grow herbs and vegetables.
The mother said buying cheap cuts of meat can save money and recommended giving away some and swapping ingredients with friends.
You get eggs from friends and family with chickens and shops at cheaper rates by checking out the items available in different stores.
“I often bundle other ingredients together and prep seasoning blends to make mealtimes easier,” she added.
Using items from the groceries as well as ingredients that were already in stock, the home chef prepared an array of delicious meals starting with halloumi and bacon rolls with homemade chips.
She also made Thai-style Chicken and Lettuce Cups, Salad, Creamy Chicken and Bacon Macaroni and Vegetables, and Beef Patties with Grilled Vegetables and Pita Chips.
She shared recipes for all eight meals she made during the week including creamy chicken and bacon spaghetti (pictured) as well as her best tips for slashing grocery bills.
Other meals included stuffed peppers and vegetables, sweet potato pancakes, chicken and vegetable curry, and vegetable fried rice.
The woman shared her eight dinner recipes so others can try them for themselves.
The group members were impressed by the mother’s efforts and thanked her for sharing her healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes.
‘Wow Wow wow!! You are amazingballs! Thanks for the recipes! surprising!’ One mother replied.
Thank you for publishing such an informative post with recipes. Well done, you are so organized, another said and agreed with a third: “That’s impressive!”
The Recipe: Creamy Chicken Pasta with Bacon
- 500 grams of chicken thigh
- olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 shallot
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1 zucchini
- 2 teaspoons chicken stock powder
- 1/4 cup white wine (optional)
- Grated parmesan cheese
- 600 ml thick cream
- Fry the chicken thighs and set aside
- Cook the pasta according to package instructions, making sure to reserve 1 cup of the pasta water for the sauce
- In a frying pan, add a little olive oil, butter, chopped shallots and crushed garlic
- Sauté for a few minutes and add the chopped bacon, chopped zucchini and plenty of black pepper
- Add the chicken stock powder and white wine, and allow the liquid to reduce
- Add the pasta water and the chicken and let it reduce again, then add a little Parmesan cheese.
- Pour in the cream, add the cooked pasta and chopped parsley to the mixture, and stir to combine.