Here’s a weekly ALDI meal plan with ideas for what to cook for breakfast, lunch and dinner using ingredients from your favorite grocery!
Here at A Couple Cooks, we love providing meal plans to help you get healthy meals on the table. We’ve amassed quite a collection, from vegetarian to pescatarian to vegan to Mediterranean. Many of you have told us you love shopping at ALDI, so our latest offering is a meal plan just for that grocery story! Our 1-week ALDI meal plan provides a list of meal ideas for dinner, lunch and breakfast: all focused around ingredients you can find at your favorite grocery.
Here are a few tips for navigating this ALDI Meal Plan:
- Pick as many as you like from the 6 dinner options. You don’t need to make all six! Alex and I don’t cook a new meal every night of the week (see the next bullet). Pick your favorites and base it around your schedule of time for cooking for the week.
- Eat leftovers and repurpose them into new meals. All of the meals below feed 4, but you’ll likely have leftovers. When you do, eat them straight or repurpose them in new ways (see our example in Quinoa Fried Rice below).
- Keep lunches and breakfasts and simple: alternate between 2 ideas. We provided 2 breakfast and lunch ideas because Alex and I like to keep things uber simple: better to save your cooking energy for dinners! If you’d like more inspiration, head to our Easy Breakfast Ideas or Healthy Lunch Ideas.
ALDI Meal Plan (1 week)
6 dinner ideas, 2 lunch ideas, and 2 breakfast ideas for the week ahead!
Short on time? This 10-minute baked salmon recipe is an ultra quick dinner, paired with a bright green chimichurri sauce.
For the salmon*
- 1 1/2 pounds Fresh Atlantic Salmon Side
- Kosher salt
- Stonemill Ground Black Pepper
For the chimichurri
- 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems, tightly packed (about 1 large bunch)
- 1 cup fresh parsley leaves and tender stems, tightly packed (about 1 large bunch)
- 2 green onions (tops only)
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 cup SimplyNature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon SimplyNature Oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Several grinds Stonemill Ground Black Pepper
- Preheat the oven to 450F. While the oven preheats, let the salmon sit at room temperature.
- Generously sprinkle the salmon with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake the salmon for about 10 minutes until flaky and just cooked; test it with a fork to assess doneness. Watch the salmon to make sure not to overcook; the timing can vary based on the thickness of the salmon and variations between ovens.
- Meanwhile, make the chimichurri: Slice off the tops of the green onions. In a blender, blend all ingredients until a smooth sauce forms, (if necessary, stop and mix the ingredients to allow them to fully blend).
- To serve, drizzle the salmon with chimichurri, and serve with potatoes.
*For an optional side dish, serve the salmon with roasted red potatoes: Preheat the oven to 450F. Slice 2 pounds red potatoes into thin rounds. In a large bowl, mix them with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon cumin, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the potatoes in an even layer on top. Roast the potatoes for about 35 minutes total, until golden brown, stirring halfway through.
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: ALDI Meal Plan
More meal plan resources
Outside of this ALDI meal plan, here are a few more resources for meal planning:
- Meal Planning Ideas
- 28 Day Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan
- 28 Day Pescatarian Meal Plan
- 28 Day Plant Based Diet Meal Plan
- 28 Day Healthy Meal Plan
- 28 Day Vegan Meal Plan
- 28 Day Vegetarian Meal Plan
- 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.