Summer may feel like it’s winding down, especially if you’ve started sending kids back to school. However, there is still a lot of summer living to do! Here in West Virginia, we have four distinct seasons. We typically don’t start seeing cooler weather until well into September and sometimes even October. That means we are still firing up the grill a couple times a week. We also like meals that aren’t going to heat up the whole kitchen. We’re still taking advantage of a menu in this summer Aldi meal plan. It makes the most of the fantastic bounty of peak farmer’s market season. This includes salads and or/ cold pasta dishes.
This meal plan and shopping list
Before You Get Started
Here are a couple of quick, standard notes and disclaimers that will apply to most of our meal plans. While some plans may feature gluten-friendly or dairy-free or keto-type meals, these plans don’t typically follow any types of restrictions (except for Lindsey, whose household is gluten-free). Email us directly if you have any questions or refer to specific recipe creators where it applies.
Also, we mostly follow USDA recommendations when it comes to portion sizes for meat, etc. That means we stick to 3-4-ounce portions of chicken, beef, fish, etc. We try to stick with as much organic meat as possible, and that access can vary. If you can get your hands on organic turkey, pork, or other cuts of meat, feel free to sub in where desired. See FAQ for more.
Next, we try to keep our shopping list totals to about $150 or less, but that doesn’t include tax. In West Virginia and Ohio, we don’t have food sales tax, but Ali and Lindsey do in Tennessee, so keep that in mind when you’re budgeting.
Finally, we all do the best we can when it comes to eating mostly organic, but we aren’t going to find every ingredient every time that’s organic. If you find something on our shopping list that you can’t get organic, simply do the best you can with your options. Conversely, if you CAN find something that’s organic that we have listed as “conventional” on the list, feel free to grab that option.
Another disclaimer: Prices, product availability, and coupons will obviously vary from region to region.
Affordable Organic: 14 Aldi Dinners
Click the very bottom link for full shopping list and recipe info.
Grilled Fish and Veggie Packs
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Italian Sausage Pasta
Whole Chicken (A Mind Full Mom) w/ Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots (Lil’ Luna)
Citrus Chicken Salad
Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice
Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas (Budget Bytes)
Spinach Sausage Sheet Pan
Lemon Garlic Chicken
Sheet Pan Fish and Chips (Well Plated)
Hot Dogs with Beans and Corn
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P.S. Don’t forget your Aldi quarters, some reusable shopping bags like these below (or these adorable produce bags).